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Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
(SOC Code : 51-6052)
in California

Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Long-term on-the-job training (> 12 months) .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20221st Qtr$18.87$15.32$15.83$21.87

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeTotal Job Openings
California 2018 - 20285,5005,50000.07,340

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Clothing Stores 18,22018.5%
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 3857.7%
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 6,1467.1%
Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 8,0464.9%
Amusement Parks and Arcades 2011.1%

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations.
Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
Measure parts such as sleeves or pant legs, and mark or pin-fold alteration lines.
Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.
Take up or let down hems to shorten or lengthen garment parts such as sleeves.
Assemble garment parts and join parts with basting stitches, using needles and thread or sewing machines.
Record required alterations and instructions on tags, and attach them to garments.
Remove stitches from garments to be altered, using rippers or razor blades.
Examine tags on garments to determine alterations that are needed.
Fit, alter, repair, and make made-to-measure clothing, according to customers` and clothing manufacturers` specifications and fit, and applying principles of garment design, construction, and styling.

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Top Skills used in this Job
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.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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