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Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers

What they do?

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this unit group:

A. Theatre designers design and create settings, scenic environments, properties, costumes and lighting for theatre, film and video productions, operas and ballets.

B. Fashion designers design and create clothing and accessories for men, women and children.

C. Exhibit designers plan and develop permanent and temporary or moveable exhibits and displays for museum exhibitions, trade shows, conventions, retail spaces and other exhibitions.

D. Theatre designers may specialize in costume, lighting or set design; fashion designers may specialize in men's, women's or children's apparel or in different lines such as sportswear, footwear or formal wear.

Where they find work?

1. Specialized design services - 19.0%
2. Retail trade - 19.0%
3. Clothing manufacturing - 18.0%
4. Arts entertainment and recreation - 10.0%
5. Information and cultural industries - 9.0%

What education do I need?

1. A university degree in fine arts or visual arts with specialization in theatre design, clothing design or exhibit design or Completion of a college or art school program in theatre design, clothing design or exhibit design is required.

2. Creative ability, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, is required.

3. Use of computer-aided design (CAD) software may be required.

4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. Computer-related courses
3. Graphic Design
4. Visual Arts

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers is $16.12/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the art, culture, recreation and sport sector and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers Wage By Age

Unemployment:

6% of Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($16.12) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is above average.

3. The unemployment rate (6%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely exceed the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers are found in Quebec and British Columbia while the lowest concentrations are in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (20%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Colour

2. Design

3. Innovation

Part Time Workers

Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


19% of Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 11,500 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 34% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average reflecting the age/retirement structure of the occupation.

Self Employed

Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 32% of Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers are self-employed. This is considered Above average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


64% of the individuals employed as Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.