Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers

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What do they do?

Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.

Also known as:

Automatic Fabric Cutter (Autocutter), Computer Aided Design Operator (CAD Operator), Cutter, Designer, Fabric Cutter, Pattern Designer, Pattern Maker, Pattern Technician, Production Pattern Maker, Sewing Pattern Layout Technician, Technical Designer

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers is projected to Decline 11 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • -11.3%

    Percent Change

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  • 600

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.2%)
  • Master's degree (2.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (9%)
  • Associate's degree (6.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (18.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (34.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (29%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Design templates or patterns.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production.
  • Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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