STEM Careers for Women in Fashion Technology Jobs of the Future – Fashion Futures & Wearable Technology Series


Predicting the future of everything is massive at the moment, as people become more excited about what possibilities all this new technology surrounding us brings, such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence and 3D Printing.  New technologies offer new STEM career opportunities, you could find yourself in the future doing a job that did not even exist ten years ago such as working in Fashion Technology.  To learn more about STEM subjects check out my blog post, “STEM Females in Fashion: Education Opportunities in Science, Technology & Engineering”.

Fashion Technology is a growing careers area of the future, with only 24% of women employed in STEM industries, Fashion Technology maybe the area where females start to dominate.  It is a fun, creative, inspiring industry, so here are some of the types of jobs you could be doing working in Fashion Technology and the STEM skills you will need to carry out each job role.

Fashion Technology Shoe/ Clothing Designer

You could find yourself designing wearable technology garments and shoes, like these light-up, self-lacing trainers brought to life by Nike recently, as featured in the “Back to the Future Film” or working for Cute Circuit on their next light-up dresses collection.

STEM Skills:

  • Coding
  • Electronics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science


Fashion Technology Smart Fabrics Developer

Clothes in the future will be made from smart fabrics such as this stain resistant shirt, other examples include pattern, colour changing E-ink dresses and the Levis Jacquard jacket that acts as a touch screen, the possibilities are endless.

STEM Skills

  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Textile Technology
  • Bio Chemistry


Fashion Technology Forecaster

Jobs like this already exist in fashion working as colour, trends predictor for forecasting agencies.  However within fashion technology this think tank role will become more essential, no point in big business investing in all these experimental designs and ideas such as 3D body scanners if the customers won’t use or buy them.

STEM Skills

  • Statistics
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Psychology


Fashion Technology Robotics Designer 

It has already been predicted that robots will start to take over jobs done by humans and many ideas are already out there from a laundry folding machine, a machine that stitches clothes together and robots that help style your wardrobe.

STEM Skills

  • Computer Programming
  • Physics
  • IT
  • Mechanics


Fashion Technology Retail Shopping Experiences Designer

Traditionally physical shops were the only place to buy fashion, followed by on-line web-sites and now the two will becoming together to create Augmented Reality smart shop experiences.   The shopping experience will be carefully planned not just by merchandisers and shop window dressers, also by computer software engineers and smart building architects.

STEM Skills

  • Software Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Mathmatics
  • Sound Engineering


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