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Textile & Apparel Studies Major

3,107 yearly degrees
#169 in popularity
$59,000 median salary

Textile and apparel studies is a major that typically falls into the Family, Consumer & Human Sciences category.

There are 59 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in textile studies, 86 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 32 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 7 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Textile Studies Degree?

Textile and apparel studies is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #117 in popularity. About 2,500 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 92.2% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

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

  • Asian: 5.6%
  • Black or African American: 9.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 11.3%
  • White: 61.2%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 6.1%
  • Other Races: 6.1%
Textile & Apparel Studies Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in textile studies. About 6.1% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending textile studies majors to the U.S. are China, South Korea and India.

What Will You Learn as a Textile & Apparel Studies Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to textile studies 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 Studies Majors

Textile studies majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Textile & Apparel Studies Majors

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:

Important Skills for Textile & Apparel Studies Majors

Abilities for Textile Studies Majors

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

Important Abilities for textile studies Majors

What Can You Do With a Textile Studies Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with textile studies:

Careers Related to Textile & Apparel Studies
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Marketing Managers



Farm and Home Management Advisors



Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers



Fashion Designers



Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products



Interior Designers



Textile & Apparel Studies Major Salary

Average salaries range from $53,000 to $88,000 for careers related to textile studies. 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 Studies Major  ( 53000 to 88000 )
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 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Textile & Apparel Studies Major Jobs

Some careers associated with textile studies require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. 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 Levels for Careers Associated With Textile & Apparel Studies
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 & Apparel Studies Programs

There are 86 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in textile and apparel studies, with 6 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 & Apparel Studies Major Worth It?

The median salary for a textile studies grad is $59,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 52% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $404,400 after 20 years!

textile and apparel studies 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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