|Quick Facts: Sewers and Tailors|
|2010 Median Pay||
$25,850 per year
$12.43 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||57,500|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||1% (Little or no change)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||400|
Sewers and tailors sew, join, reinforce, or finish clothing or other items. They may create new pieces of clothing from patterns and designs or alter existing garments to fit customers better.
Sewers and tailors work for textile and apparel manufacturers, department stores, and drycleaners. Many are self-employed.
There are no formal education requirements for someone to work as a sewer or tailor. Most workers are trained informally on the job or through apprenticeship programs. Some take classes to learn how to sew and alter clothing.
The median hourly wage of hand sewers was $11.13 in May 2010. The median hourly wage of tailors, dressmakers, and custom sewers was $12.77 in May 2010.
Employment of sewers and tailors is expected to experience little or no change, growing 1 percent from 2010 to 2020. Growth will be limited as clothing continues to be made in other countries and the demand for custom clothing keeps declining. However, job prospects are good for skilled workers.
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