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  • $24,353
  • 3.7
  • Drama
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While not required, most seamstresses will have a high school diploma or equivalent certification. While many seamstresses will choose to go from high school straight into a career, there is some formal training available in vocational programs and junior or community colleges. These programs offer training in fabric selection, garment design and garment construction as well as basic sewing skills. The availability of these programs has been reduced due to the decrease in demand for custom tailored clothing.

The vast majority of seamstresses train while on the job, usually in an apprenticeship. They may begin in a local tailor's shop, acting as a receptionist or keeping the books. If a position becomes available, they may graduate to apprenticeship with the shop's tailor or seamstress, who will teach them the skills of the trade. After gaining many years of experience, seamstresses may eventually take over the shop or branch out on their own.

What are Seamstresses like?


Based on our pool of users, Seamstresses tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Seamstresses by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 244 CareerExplorer users

Are Seamstresses happy?


Seamstresses rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 81st percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Seamstress Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Seamstresses

The most common degree held by Seamstresses is Drama. 16% of Seamstresses had a degree in Drama before becoming Seamstresses. That is over 15 times the average across all careers. Psychology graduates are the second most common among Seamstresses, representing 11% of Seamstresses in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 1.5 times the average.

Seamstress Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Seamstress, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Seamstresses % of population Multiple
Drama 15.8% 1.1% 15.0×
Psychology 10.5% 7.0% 1.5×
Fine Arts 9.2% 2.2% 4.2×
English Literature 6.6% 4.9% 1.3×
Communications 5.3% 3.4% 1.5×
Foreign Language Studies 5.3% 1.3% 4.0×
Liberal Arts 5.3% 1.9% 2.7×
Music 3.9% 0.9% 4.5×
Business Management And Administration 3.9% 6.5% 0.6×
Family And Consumer Sciences 3.9% 0.1% 32.1×
Graphic Design 3.9% 1.4% 2.9×

Seamstress Education Levels

43% of Seamstresses have a bachelor's degree. 33% of Seamstresses have an associate's degree.

No education 2%
High school diploma 21%
Associate's degree 33%
Bachelor's degree 43%
Master's degree 1%
Doctorate degree 0%

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Career Attributes

  • $24,353
  • 3.7
  • Drama
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