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Textile technologist

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Textile technologists produce specialist technical textiles for industries like automotive, manufacturing and healthcare.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become a 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:

  • 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, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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You could do a textile technical specialist higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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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

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of chemistry
  • analytical thinking skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • persistence and determination
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • analyse and test samples in a lab
  • research and develop new fibres and processes
  • assess the technical performance of materials
  • evaluate data and report on findings
  • develop new analytical techniques
  • liaise with industry customers, designers and suppliers
  • oversee textile finishing processes

Working environment

You could work in a laboratory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could become a senior technologist, leading a research and development team, move into quality control or become a technical production manager.

You might also move into buying or technical sales, working with materials suppliers and manufacturers of fashion and industrial textiles.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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