Analytical textile technologist

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Analytical textile technologists produce technical textiles for industries like automotive, aerospace and healthcare.

Salary range: £18,000 to £30,000

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How to become an analytical textile technologist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
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University

You’ll usually need a degree in:

  • textile science and technology
  • materials science and engineering

You could do a postgraduate qualification in a subject like textiles technology, especially if your first degree is not related to textiles.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Apprenticeship

You could do a textile technical specialist higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You may be able to start out at technician level and then work your way up if you do not have a degree.

To do this, you’ll usually need some relevant work experience. You’ll also need to take some work-based training like a foundation degree.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in textile technology from The Textile Institute.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of chemistry
  • knowledge of physics
  • analytical thinking skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • analysing and testing samples in a lab
  • measuring the technical performance of materials
  • interpreting and reporting data
  • writing technical reports
  • developing new analytical techniques
  • working with industry customers and suppliers

Working environment

You could work in a laboratory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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Career path and progression

You could become a senior technologist, leading a research and development team, move into quality control or become a technical production manager.

You might also move into buying or technical sales, working with materials suppliers and manufacturers of fashion and industrial textiles.