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Fashion Schools

As a professor or instructor of fashion classes at one of the 248 accredited fashion schools in the country, you play a essential role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in fashion, which encompasses fashion training at the following levels:

  • Fashion Certificate
  • Associates degree in Fashion
  • Bachelors degree in Fashion
  • Masters degree in Fashion


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Fashion professionals

4,896,840 4,955,430 4,953,500 4,706,990 4,625,040
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 4,625,040 fashion professionals were working in the US. Between 2006 and 2010, the number of fashion professionals has shrunk by 6%.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to slow down.

National Salary percentiles for Fashion professionals

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In 2010, the median salary earned by fashion professionals around the nation, was $47,334 per year. The median yearly salary for fashion professionals in the US was 21% less than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Fashion

$42,139 $43,682 $45,440 $46,196 $47,334
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Fashion professionals' salaries have seen a 12% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Fashion Student enrollment growth by degree

3,772 4,517 4,634 4,971 4,714
3,445 3,886 4,450 5,007 5,325
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55 66 77 92 137
341 260 287 364 244
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Fashion
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Fashion
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Fashion
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Fashion
  • Grey: Certificate in Fashion

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for fashion professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 7,613 students who graduated from fashion degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 10,420 students graduating from fashion schools.

This represents a 37% change in the number of graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from fashion courses is greater than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Fashion Programs offered Nationwide


As student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering fashion programs has also increased. In 2006 there were 132 fashion schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 248 schools.

Fashion Faculty Salaries

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