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What You Need to Know About Model

Model Job Description Model garments or other apparel and accessories for prospective buyers at fashion shows, private showings, or retail establishments. May pose for photos to be used in magazines or advertisements. May pose as subject for paintings, sculptures, and other types of artistic expression.

A Day in the Life of a Model

  • Dress in sample or completed garments, and select accessories.
  • Make many quick changes backstage during fashion shows and yet maintain poised appearance before audiences.
  • Apply makeup to face and style hair to enhance appearance, considering such factors as color, camera techniques, and facial features.
  • Record rates of pay and durations of jobs on vouchers.
  • Inform prospective purchasers about models, numbers, and prices of garments, the garments' designers, and where garments can be purchased.
  • Display clothing and merchandise in commercials, advertisements, or fashion shows.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Model?

These are the skills Models say are the most useful in their careers:

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Types of Model

  • Male Model
  • Nude Model
  • Figure Model
  • Hand Model
  • Runway Model

Model Job Outlook

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 4,800 jobs in the United States for Model. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Model. The BLS estimates 800 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Model are Washington, Alaska, and Florida. Watch out if you plan on working in Iowa, Ohio, or Idaho. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Model

The salary for Models ranges between about $18,320 and $49,140 a year.

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Models who work in Florida, New Jersey, or Ohio, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Models in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Arizona $24,050
California $43,810
Florida $51,370
Illinois $27,110
Maryland $34,110
Massachusetts $35,330
New Jersey $55,110
New York $34,720
Ohio $39,860
Oregon $34,770
Pennsylvania $39,090
Tennessee $20,190
Texas $19,560
Virginia $26,230

What Tools & Technology do Models Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Models may use on a daily basis:

  • Web browser software
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr

Becoming a Model

What education is needed to be a Model?

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Model?

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Where do Models Work?

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The table below shows the approximate number of Models employed by various industries.

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