Textile & Apparel Studies
Types of Degrees Textile & Apparel Studies Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many textile and apparel studies graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Textile & Apparel Studies Majors Need to Know
People with careers related to textile studies were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.
Knowledge Areas for Textile Studies Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in textile studies should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Skills for Textile Studies Majors
When studying textile studies, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Abilities for Textile Studies Majors
As a textile studies major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
What Can You Do With a Textile & Apparel Studies Major?
People with a textile studies degree often go into the following careers:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Farm and Home Management Advisors||7.7%||$49,840|
Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Textile & Apparel Studies?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of textile studies majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||253|
|Hispanic or Latino||290|
Textile Studies appeals to people across the globe. About 5.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- South Korea
How Much Do Textile & Apparel Studies Majors Make?
Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary
The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in textile and apparel studies made a median starting salary of $33,500 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $30,000 (25th percentile) and $37,200 (75th percentile).
Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a textile studies degree.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $52,700 to $87,610 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to textile studies. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Textile & Apparel Studies
Some degrees associated with textile studies may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
Find out what the typical degree level is for textile studies careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||3.1%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||10.5%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||3.6%|
|Some College Courses||8.4%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||9.4%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||1.3%|
|Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.||1.5%|
|First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession.||3.8%|
Online Textile & Apparel Studies Programs
In 2018-2019, 135 schools offered a textile studies program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||42||1|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||41||1|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||6||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Textile & Apparel Studies Worth It?
The median salary for a textile studies grad is $59,120 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 48% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $384,400 after 20 years!
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Majors Related to Textile & Apparel Studies
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to textile studies.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Human Development & Family Studies||43,687|
|Food, Nutrition & Related Services||5,318|
|General Family & Consumer Sciences||3,753|
|Family & Consumer Economics||1,593|
|Human Sciences Business Services||477|
|Family, Consumer & Human Sciences (Other)||192|
|Work & Family Studies||0|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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