Roxi1 2 If you were the kid making clothes for dolls, cutting your t-shirts into more interesting shapes or taking a Sharpie to your sneakers, you might have considered a career as a fashion designer.

Roxi Suger was one of those kids. She learned to sew at age eight and never looked back.

Fashion designers work in a variety of settings. Some, like Roxi, are entrepreneurs with their own businesses, while others work for small or large retail apparel companies, manufacturers or establishments involved in theater, movie or television production.

Most jobs as a fashion designer require a bachelor’s degree, although an associate’s degree is acceptable for some positions, depending on the employer. Of course, a sense of creativity is mandatory!

IMG_9920_largeCAREER OUTLOOK

The median annual salary for a fashion designer in 2014 was $64,030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The outlook for this profession over the next decade is slightly negative; between 2012 and 2022, employment in the industry is expected to decrease by 3 percent, paralleling the anticipated decline in apparel manufacturing.

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK

Roxi recently talked to JMA about her career as a fashion designer, which involved working for big brands, teaching and eventually launching her own clothing line.