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Textile Engineering Major

Textile engineering is a major that typically falls into the Engineering category.

There are 0 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in textile engineering, 3 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 3 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 3 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Textile Engineering Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 300 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in textile engineering in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 73.2% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of textile engineering majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 6.7%
  • Black or African American: 7.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 5.9%
  • White: 70.5%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.8%
  • Other Races: 7.1%
Textile Engineering Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in textile engineering. About 2.8% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending textile engineering majors to the U.S. are China, India and South Korea.

What Will You Learn as a Textile Engineering Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to textile engineering to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Textile Engineering Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Textile Engineering Majors

Skills for Textile Engineering Majors

A major in textile engineering prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

Important Skills for Textile Engineering Majors

Abilities for Textile Engineering Majors

As a textile engineering major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

Important Abilities for textile engineering Majors

What Can You Do With a Textile Engineering Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with textile engineering:

Careers Related to Textile Engineering
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Materials Engineers



Architectural and Engineering Managers



Engineering Professors



Textile Engineering Major Salary

Textile engineering majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $97,000 to $149,000. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Textile Engineering Major  ( 97000 to 149000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Textile Engineering Major Jobs

Some careers associated with textile engineering require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to textile engineering have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Textile Engineering
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Textile Engineering Programs

There are 3 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in textile engineering, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is a Textile Engineering Major Worth It?

The median salary for a textile engineering grad is $114,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 192% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,495,600 after 20 years!

textile engineering salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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