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Career and Education Opportunities for Tailors in Los Angeles, California

There is a wide variety of career and education opportunities for tailors in the Los Angeles, California area. About 6,400 people are currently employed as tailors in California. By 2016, this is expected to grow 11% to about 7,100 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for tailors are expected to shrink by about 2.0%. Tailors generally design, make, or fit garments.

A person working as a tailor can expect to earn about $12 per hour or $26,060 yearly on average in California and about $12 hourly or $24,990 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for tailors are better than earnings in the general category of Fabric and Leather in California and better than general Fabric and Leather category earnings nationally.

There are two schools within twenty-five miles of Los Angeles where you can study to be a tailor, among 274 schools of higher education total in the Los Angeles area. Given that the most common education level for tailors is less than a high school diploma, you can expect to spend only a short time studying to be a tailor if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Tailor

Tailor video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, tailors design, make, or fit garments.

Tailors sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines. They also trim excess material, using scissors. Equally important, tailors have to press garments, using hand irons or pressing machines. They are often called upon to assemble garment components and join components with basting stitches, using needles and thread or sewing machines. They are expected to repair or remove faulty garment components such as pockets and linings. Finally, tailors measure customers, using tape measures, and record measurements.

Every day, tailors are expected to be able to control objects and devices with precise control. They need to visualize how things come together and can be organized. It is also important that they control and manipulate objects at a fine level of detail.

It is important for tailors to position patterns of garment components on fabric, and cut fabric along outlines, using scissors. They are often called upon to talk with customers to establish types of material and garment styles desired. They also put in padding and shaping materials. They are sometimes expected to develop or adapt designs for garments, and layout patterns to fit measurements, applying knowledge of garment layout and fabric. Somewhat less frequently, tailors are also expected to examine tags on garments to establish alterations that are needed.

Tailors sometimes are asked to sew buttonholes and attach buttons so as to finish garments. and record required alterations and instructions on tags, and attach them to garments. And finally, they sometimes have to measure customers, using tape measures, and record measurements.

Like many other jobs, tailors must be thorough and dependable and be reliable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Los Angeles include:

  • Garment Patternmaker. Draw and construct sets of precision master fabric patterns or layouts. May also mark and cut fabrics and apparel.
  • Laundry Operator. Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, and carpets.
  • Prepress Technician. Set up and prepare material for printing presses.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Tailor Training

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles, 919 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015-1421. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles is a small school located in Los Angeles, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 4,800 students and an admission rate of 70%. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles has an associate's degree program in Apparel and Textiles, Other Specialties which graduated 154 students in 2008.

Virginia Sewing Machines and School Center - Los Angeles, CA

Virginia Sewing Machines and School Center, 1033 S Broadway St, Los Angeles, CA 90015-4001. Virginia Sewing Machines and School Center is a small school located in Los Angeles, California. It is a private for-profit school with primarily less-than 2-year programs and has 68 students. Virginia Sewing Machines and School Center has a one to two year program in Apparel and Textiles, Other Specialties which graduated eleven students in 2008.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California photo by Diliff

Los Angeles is located in Los Angeles County, California. It has a population of over 3,833,995, which has grown by 3.8% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Los Angeles, 166, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Los Angeles are valued at $361,500 on average, which is far greater than the state average. In 2008, seven hundred twelve new homes were built in Los Angeles, down from 1,551 the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Los Angeles are health care, educational services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. For men, it is construction, accommodation and food services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. The average travel time to work is about 30 minutes. More than 25.5% of Los Angeles residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 9.1%, is lower than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Los Angeles is 13.9%, which is greater than California's average of 12.3%.

The percentage of Los Angeles residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 58.1%, is more than both the national and state average. All Peoples Christian Church, All Saints Episcopal Church and All Saints Roman Catholic Church are some of the churches located in Los Angeles. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention and the LDS (Mormon) Church.

Los Angeles is home to the Balboa Municipal Golf Course and the Angels Flight Railway as well as Hazard Park and State Street Recreation Center. Shopping centers in the area include Encino Junior Shopping Center, Encino Oaks Shopping Center and Encino Town Center Shopping Center. Visitors to Los Angeles can choose from Best Western Mid-Wilshire Plaza, Best Western Westwood Pacific and Alma Lodge for temporary stays in the area.