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39-3092.00 - Costume Attendants

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 Cutter, Costume Draper, Costume Seamstress, Costume Shop Manager, Costumer, Dresser, Theatrical Wardrobe Attendant, Wardrobe Assistant, Wardrobe Attendant, Wardrobe Supervisor

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

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

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Garment tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor operational quality or safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Deliver items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain supply or equipment inventories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise service workers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean fabrics or apparel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with others to determine production details. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor availability of equipment or supplies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Distribute resources to patrons or employees. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Manage budgets for personal services operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare operational reports or records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform human resources activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train service staff. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assign resources or facilities to patrons or employees. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design costumes or cosmetic effects for characters. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Arrange items for use or display. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review production information to determine costume or makeup requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Physical Proximity — 98% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 77% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 34% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 12% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 31% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 24% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 41% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 48% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 35% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 34% responded “Very little freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
70   High school diploma or equivalent Help
22   Bachelor's degree
6   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.

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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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $20.03 hourly, $41,670 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 6,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 3,200
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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