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Models

Models
Quick Facts : Models*
2010 Median Pay$32,920
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,400
Job Outlook14% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change200


Models pose for artists, photographers and consumers as advertisement for products such as clothing, cosmetics, food and appliances.

What Models Do

  • Pose for workers taking photos or creating paintings or sculptures
  • Display clothing, such as dresses, coats, underclothing, swimwear, and suits, for a variety of audiences and in various media
  • Model accessories, such as handbags, shoes, and jewelry, and promote beauty products, including fragrances and cosmetics
  • Work closely with photographers, hair and clothing stylists, makeup artists, and clients to produce a desired look
  • Create and maintain a portfolio of their work

Work Environment

Models work in a variety of conditions, from comfortable studios and runway fashion shows to outdoors in all weather conditions. Many models work part time and schedules can be unpredictable. Most models have periods of unemployment.
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Job Outlook

Employment of models is expected to grow by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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Pay

The average hourly wage of models was $15.83 in May 2010.
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Models*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Models

32920

Sales Occupations

43308.1818

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Models*
Percent Change in Employment

Models

14.2857

Sales Occupations

14.306078997525303

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Models

Specific requirements depend on the client, but most models must be within certain ranges for height, weight, and clothing size to meet the needs of fashion designers, photographers, and advertisers.
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