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Costume Attendants
SOC Code: 39-3092.00

Select, fit, and take care of costumes for cast members, and aid entertainers. May assist with multiple costume changes during performances.

Sample of reported job titles: Costume Draper, Costume Seamstress, Costume Shop Manager, Costumer, Draper, Dresser, Wardrobe Assistant, Wardrobe Attendant, Wardrobe Manager, Wardrobe Supervisor

Tasks

  • Create worksheets for dressing lists, show notes, or costume checks.
  • Provide dressing assistance to cast members or assign cast dressers to assist specific cast members with costume changes.
  • Arrange costumes in order of use to facilitate quick-change procedures for performances.
  • Design or construct costumes or send them to tailors for construction, major repairs, or alterations.
  • Examine costume fit on cast members and sketch or write notes for alterations.
  • Distribute costumes or related equipment and keep records of item status.
  • Check the appearance of costumes on stage or under lights to determine whether desired effects are being achieved.
  • Clean and press costumes before and after performances and perform any minor repairs.
  • Collaborate with production designers, costume designers, or other production staff to discuss and execute costume design details.
  • Monitor, maintain, or secure inventories of costumes, wigs, or makeup, providing keys or access to assigned directors, costume designers, or wardrobe mistresses/masters.
  • Purchase, rent, or requisition costumes or other wardrobe necessities.
  • Study books, pictures, or examples of period clothing to determine styles worn during specific periods in history.
  • Return borrowed or rented items when productions are complete and return other items to storage.
  • Review scripts or other production information to determine a story's locale or period, as well as the number of characters and required costumes.
  • Inventory stock to determine types or conditions of available costuming.
  • Direct the work of wardrobe crews during dress rehearsals or performances.
  • Participate in the hiring, training, scheduling, or supervision of alteration workers.
  • Provide managers with budget recommendations and take responsibility for budgetary line items related to costumes, storage, or makeup needs.
  • Assign lockers to employees and maintain locker rooms, dressing rooms, wig rooms, or costume storage or laundry areas.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Database software
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Inventory management software - Garment tracking software
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Bar code reader equipment - Data input scanners
  • Clothes dryers - Commercial dryers
  • Combination pliers
  • Domestic clothing irons - Electric irons
  • Domestic sewing machines - Multipurpose sewing machines; Sergers; Walking foot machines
  • Dry cleaning machines - Dry cleaning equipment
  • Garment steamer - Garment steamers
  • Glue guns - Hot glue guns
  • Hand sewing needles - Sewing needles
  • Ironing boards - Portable ironing boards
  • Label making machines - Labelmakers
  • Laundry type washing machines - Commercial washing machines
  • Multi tool pliers - Multi tools
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Rotary paper or fabric cutter - Portable electric fabric cutters
  • Steam pressing machines - Fabric pressing equipment
  • Tablet computers
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Thimbles
  • Two way radios - Mobile radios

Knowledge

  • Fine Arts - Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Interests

  • Interest code: CR
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 92% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 90% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 90% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 79% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 63% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 54% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Time Pressure - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 48% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 55% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 51% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 42% responded “Very important.”
  • Electronic Mail - 44% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 31% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 31% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 44% responded “40 hours.”
  • Telephone - 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 37% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 29% responded “Moderate results.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 35% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 42% responded “About half the time.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 35% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 35% responded “Less than half the time.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
32%High school diploma or equivalent
30%Bachelor's degree
15%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $20.49 hourly, $42,620 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 7,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,600

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