If you want a career in fashion — or any industry, really — you have to go where the jobs are. According to jobs mega-site Monster.com, these 10 states have the largest number of available fashion industry jobs in the country right now. Something to think about with graduation approaching.
If you’re even a little bit surprised to see New York at the top of this list, then a career in fashion probably isn’t for you. New York City is the undisputed beating heart of the American fashion industry. Not only is it the home of New York Fashion Week, but there is not a single major designer in the world who doesn’t have some sort of presence in New York, be it a splashy Madison Avenue flagship or a cool Brooklyn boutique.
Fashion and celebrities go together like chocolate and peanut butter, and nowhere on earth are there more celebrities (or fashion bloggers) than in California.
Sexy fashion is the thing in Florida, particularly in Miami where a vibrant nightlife culture and amazing weather year-round mean people are going out and dressing up constantly. Miami even has its own Fashion Week — Miami Swim Fashion Week — by far the sexiest of all Fashion Weeks.
Is there anyone more “fashion” than Texas-native Beyoncé? Not that Beyoncé is responsible for bringing fashion jobs to Texas — that’s the work of companies like Neiman Marcus, the Dallas-based luxury department store chain that Texas’s best-dressed men and women can’t seem to get enough of.
The fashion scene in Massachusetts is built more on athletic wear than haute couture, with major fitness companies like Reebok, New Balance, and Converse headquartered in and around the greater Boston area. Blame it on the world famous Boston marathon, easily one of the most prestigious races in the world.
New Jersey doesn’t have nearly as many fashion industry jobs as New York, but its proximity to the fashion capital makes it an especially attractive location for fashion businesses looking to avoid the high price of setting up shop in the city.
Macy’s in Cincinnati and Victoria’s Secret in Columbus are just a couple of the major fashion industry power-houses based in this midsized Midwestern state. If life on the coasts isn’t for you, then a fashion career in Ohio might be just the thing.
Nordstrom and Amazon are both based in Seattle, making Washington a major player in the fashion world.
Illinois’s fashion game may not be as sexy as other states’, but there are still lots of fashion-related jobs to be had in and around the bustling metropolis that is Chicago.
Detroit might be known for cars, but it is also home to a growing fashion industry including the current darling of the fashionable watch industry, Shinola.