Technical textiles

Working in this area usually involves technical, investigative and quality control of clothing and textiles. Technologists work on the development of products and liaise with those involved in the production process.

You can specialise into a number of areas such as garment technology, textile technology or research and product development. The most typical employers are manufacturing companies in the retail and clothing industry. There are specialist employers in the field of industrial textiles.

Technical textiles involves the development of new technologies for performance fabrics such as medical, detergent, defence and construction industries. The UK is also the world leader in innovation in the field of fire resistance.

Getting in and getting experience

As this is a more technical role, having strong analytical and problem solving skills are essential. A key eye for detail is vital in order to minimise risk and assure quality, as well as research and scientific skills. Good interpersonal skills are required when liaising with designers, wholesalers and customers.

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