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Footwear Technology : Job Prospects & Career Options

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Footwear designing technology is a lucrative career option and it is an important area of fashion. Career opportunities are growing for qualified footwear designers and leather technologists, major reason being the high growth of the consumption level of the latest leather products and footwear over the years. This surge in demand is mainly because of the high fashion consciousness of the customers as well as the wide media exposure in this field. The profession has become challenging as it blends the sensitivity of a designer and the artisan capabilities of the cobbler.

The footwear industry has a range of jobs in areas comprising of research and development, design, manufacturing operations, sales and marketing - retail and wholesale, quality control and management. Career opportunities are available for qualified professionals, with multinationals that are active in the field of leather production, product development, processing and designing, as well as with leather research centers, footwear designing institutes, footwear production units, sports shoe manufacturers, in the orthopedic market- designing specialist shoes for private clients, fashion houses and other similar industries. They could work as Footwear Designers- as Seniors or Assistants, Footwear Buyers, Fashion Trend Analysts, Footwear Technicians, Footwear Line Builders, Production Coordinators & managers, Marketing Managers and so on.

 Most graduates enter the industry as design assistants before progressing to become designers. On-the-job learning is a crucial part of developing skills. Once you establish yourself as a reliable designer you could freelance and earn handsomely or you can join any leading brands and go up in the ladder and reach top position in the company. Major Employers in this field are Bata, Action shoes, Flex, Liberty Group, Woodland, Lee Cooper etc.

The profession is not only lucrative, but also demanding and highly competitive. Designers are needed to design the products according to latest trends. As designers one could specialize in one area such as women's, children's or sports footwear. Experienced technicians are required to operate the machines for manufacturing the product and Marketing involves retail buying and selling. Marketing managers have to decide on  marketing policies such as organizing shoe fairs and exhibitions.

Footwear Technology : Remuneration

Since Employment opportunities are diverse, earnings can vary tremendously. Initially one can expect a starting salary somewhere around Rs.10,000-12,000 per month. International players offer even more high pay packages which may be between Rs.15,000-20,000 per month.

Earnings of Independent footwear designers depend upon the nature of their assignment. Entrepreneurs in this field can earn a lot per annum depending upon the size of their business. High end designing firms pay extremely well.


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