What Do Models Do?
One of the main roles of many models is to display clothing or other products to possible customers in an attempt to show those items in an attractive light. Models may do their work at live events, including fashion shows, or their work may mainly be displayed in magazines, catalogs or other channels, both digital and in print. Some models pose for artists, including sculptors and painters. Model positions in the U.S. number about 4,800 and may grow to 5,500 with about 210 positions available per year. The growth of this position is not very large at only about 15%.
Models Skills and Abilities
If you are considering a career as a model, you may want to work on skills such as social intuition, speaking, active listening and time management. Being able to communicate clearly with others and to easily understand others are both abilities you may need to possess. There is a considerable physical aspect to this position. Before pursuing this career, you should consider how able you are in terms of bodily coordination, how good your torso strength is, and how flexible you are.
Depending on the exact position, model duties can vary greatly. If you are a promotional model, you may spend time demonstrating products, distributing promotional material and speaking to people about products. As a fashion model you may spend time working with makeup artists, photographers and other creative types and posing for various fashion images. In addition to these duties, you may be required to maintain your appearance and figure through diet and exercise regimens.
Models Tools and Technology
As a model, you may need to know about social platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook, which can all help you promote your personal brand. Other tools of the trade related to your physical appearance may include:
- Airbrushing equipment
- Hair dryers
- Hair combs and brushes
- Makeup and makeup application tools
These tools and others can be used to help you prepare yourself physically for a promotional event, fashion show or other modeling job situation.
Education and Training for Models
You do not usually require any advanced education to begin a career as a model. About a third of models have a high school diploma, and roughly another third have completed some amount of college but do not have a college degree. About 10% of models have not completed high school. For an entry-level job in a modeling position, there is not typically any work experience required. You may also not receive any on-the-job training. If you do pursue a degree for this career, the most applicable degree would likely be in fashion modeling.
When you start out as a model, your salary will probably be around $10 per hour; $9.60 is the median hourly rate for all models. The median salary is $20,000. The top 10% of models may make as much as $23.86 per hour, or, $49,600 a year. The lowest 10% make about $8.13 an hour, which is $16,900 per year. The highest paying state for modeling work is Wisconsin, which, at a median $20.94 an hour and $43,600, pays over twice as much as the national median. Pennsylvania and Ohio are two other high-paying states, and the lowest-paying state is Iowa.
Models Jobs by Geography
Model jobs are very highly concentrated in a few states, and many states do not have a lot of modeling jobs available. Texas and New York have the highest number of modeling jobs by far. Texas jobs number about 2,900 and New York modeling jobs sit at about 1,320. Other states only report employment numbers in the double digits, from just 10 to about 80. Wisconsin, though the highest paying state for modeling, reports just 50 jobs in that industry with 15% growth projected for the future. Understanding where the jobs are and what they pay will help you determine the best location for you to begin your search for a modeling position.