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
  • working towards this role


You'll usually need a degree in:

  • textile science and technology
  • materials science and engineering

You could do a postgraduate qualification in a subject like textiles technology, especially if your first degree is not related to textiles.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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You may be able to start out at technician level and then work your way up if you do not have a degree.

To do this, you'll usually need some relevant work experience. You'll also need to take some work-based training like a foundation degree.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in textile technology 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
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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. 

Current opportunities

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Courses In England

Level 3 Diploma in Engineering

  • Provider: East Sussex College
  • Start date: 07 September 2020
  • Location: Hastings

Product Design A level | AQA

  • Provider: Steyning Grammar School
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Steyning

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