Analytical textile technologist

Analytical textile technologists produce technical textiles for industries like automotive and healthcare.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become an Analytical textile technologist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You’ll usually need a degree in textiles technology, science or engineering.

Relevant courses include:

  • textile science and technology
  • materials science and engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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You might also consider taking an apprenticeship if there is one available in your area.

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If you haven’t got a degree, you may be able to start out at technician level and then work your way up. You'll usually need some relevant work experience. You’ll also need to take some work-based training such as a foundation degree or an apprenticeship.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in this area from The Textile Institute.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • knowledge of physics
  • analytical thinking skills
  • science skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • working with customers, staff and suppliers
  • using analytical instruments and techniques, like microscopes and infrared technology, to test samples
  • looking at technical performance specifications
  • developing new analytical techniques
  • interpreting and reporting data
  • writing technical reports and cost estimates
  • dealing with health and safety issues

Working environment

You could work in a laboratory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could apply for jobs with more responsibility, like technical manager or production manager, or move into quality control. 

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an Analytical textile technologist right now.

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Courses In England

HNC Operations Engineering

  • Start date: 11 June 2020
  • Location: WORKINGTON

Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 4

  • Start date: 04 September 2019
  • Location:

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