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Working As A Modeler

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $61,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Modeler Do

Models pose for artists, photographers, or customers to help advertise a variety of products, including clothing, cosmetics, food, and appliances.

Duties

Models typically do the following:

  • Display clothing and merchandise in print and online advertisements
  • Promote products and services in television commercials
  • Wear designers’ clothing for runway fashion shows
  • Represent companies and brands at conventions, trade shows, and other events 
  • Pose for photos, paintings, or sculptures
  • Work closely with photographers, hair and clothing stylists, makeup artists, and clients to produce a desired look
  • Create and maintain a portfolio of their work
  • Travel to meet and interview with potential clients
  • Conduct research on the product being promoted—for example, the designer or type of clothing fabric
  • Answer questions from consumers about the products

Almost all models sign with modeling agencies. Agencies represent and promote a model to clients in return for a portion of the model’s earnings. Models typically apply for a position with an agency by submitting their photographs through its website or by attending open casting calls and meeting with agents directly.

Models must research an agency before signing, in order to ensure that the agency has a good reputation in the modeling industry. For information on agencies, models should contact a local consumer affairs organization, such as the Better Business Bureau.

Some freelance models do not sign with agencies. Instead, they market themselves to potential clients and apply for modeling jobs directly. However, because most clients prefer to work with agents, it is difficult for new models to pursue a freelance career.

Models must put together and maintain up-to-date portfolios and composite cards. A portfolio is a collection of a model’s previous work. A composite card contains the best photographs from a model’s portfolio, along with his or her body measurements. Both portfolios and composite cards are typically taken to all casting calls and client auditions.

Because advertisers often need to target specific segments of the population, models may specialize in a certain area. For example, petite and plus-size fashions are modeled by women whose sizes are respectively smaller and larger than that worn by the typical model. Models who are disabled may be used to model fashions or products for consumers with disabilities. “Parts” models have a body part, such as a hand or foot, particularly well suited to model products such as nail polish or shoes.

Models appear in different types of media to promote a product or service. Models advertise products and merchandise in magazine or newspaper advertisements, department store catalogs, or television commercials. Increasingly, models are appearing in online ads or on retail websites. Models also pose for sketch artists, painters, and sculptors.

Models often participate in photo shoots and pose for photographers to show off the features of clothing and other products. Models change their posture and facial expressions to capture the look the client wants. The photographer usually takes many pictures of the model in different poses and expressions during the photo shoot.

Models also display clothes and merchandise live in different situations. At fashion shows, models stand, turn, and walk to show off clothing to an audience of photographers, journalists, designers, and garment buyers. Other clients may require models to interact directly with customers. In retail establishments and department stores, models display clothing directly to shoppers and describe the features and prices of the merchandise. At trade shows or conventions, models show off a business’ products and provide information to consumers. These models may work alongside demonstrators and product promoters to help advertise and sell merchandise.

Models often prepare for photo shoots or fashion shows by having their hair and makeup done by professionals in those industries. The hair stylists and makeup artists may touch up the model’s hair and makeup and change the model’s look throughout the event. However, models are sometimes responsible for applying their own makeup and bringing their own clothing.

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How To Become A Modeler

No formal education credential is required to become a model. Specific requirements depend on the client, with different jobs requiring different physical characteristics. However, most models must be within certain ranges for height, weight, and clothing size to meet the needs of fashion designers, photographers, and advertisers.

Education

There are no formal educational credentials required to become a model. Most modeling agencies allow applicants to email photos directly to the agency. The agency will then contact and interview prospective models who are well liked. Many agencies also have “open calls,” whereby aspiring models can walk into an agency during a specified time and meet directly with agents and clients.

Some aspiring models attend modeling schools that provide training in posing, walking, applying makeup, and other basic tasks. Although some models are discovered when agents scout for “fresh faces” at modeling schools, attending such schools does not necessarily lead to job opportunities.

Advancement

Models advance by working more regularly and being selected for assignments that offer higher pay. They may appear in magazines, print advertising campaigns, commercials, or runway shows that have higher profiles and provide more widespread exposure.

Because advancement depends on a model’s previous work, maintaining a good portfolio of high-quality, up-to-date photographs is important in getting assignments.

A model’s selection of an agency is also important for advancement: the better the reputation and skill of the agency, the more assignments a model is likely to get.

Important Qualities

Specific requirements depend on the client, but most models must be within certain ranges for height, weight, and clothing size to meet the needs of fashion designers, photographers, and advertisers. Requirements may change slightly over time as perceptions of physical beauty change.

Discipline. A model’s career depends on the person’s maintaining his or her physical characteristics. Models must control their diet, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep to stay healthy and photogenic. Haircuts, pedicures, and manicures are necessary work-related expenses.

Interpersonal skills. Models must interact with a large number of people, such as agents, photographers, and customers. It is important to be polite, professional, prompt, and respectful.

Listening skills. Models must be able to take direction from photographers and clients during photo shoots and commercials.

Organizational skills. Models must be able to manage their portfolios and their work and travel schedules.

Persistence. Competition for jobs is strong, and most clients have specific needs for each job, so patience and persistence are essential.

Photogenic. Models spend most of their time being photographed. They must be comfortable in front of a camera in order for photographers to capture the desired look.

Style. Models must have a basic knowledge of hair styling, makeup, and clothing. For photographic and runway work, models must be able to move gracefully and confidently.

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Modeler Career Paths

Modeler
Data Scientist Senior Data Analyst- Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Operations Manager Business Analyst
Consultant/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Texture Artist Senior Artist Senior Graphic Designer
Design Manager/Senior Designer
9 Yearsyrs
Character Animator Lead Designer Engineering Manager
Development Engineer/Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
3D Modeler Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Instructor Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Rigger Service Technician Service Engineer
Engineering Services Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Rigger Equipment Operator Maintenance Supervisor
Engineering/Maintenance Manager
12 Yearsyrs
3D Artist Instructor Technical Support Specialist
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Character Animator Designer Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Generalist Clinical Laboratory Scientist General Supervisor
Plant Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Process Engineer
Process Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
3D Artist Art Director Project Manager
Program/Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
3D Modeler Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Artist Art Director Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Artist Specialist Service Technician
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Technical Specialist Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Engineer Chief Engineer Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Clay Modeler 5.8 years
Data Modeler 2.3 years
Database Modeler 2.2 years
Modeler 2.0 years
3D Modeler 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Modeler
Internship 14.5%
Designer 6.5%
Animator 5.5%
Artist 4.8%
3D Artist 4.8%
Instructor 4.2%
Manager 4.2%
Analyst 3.5%
Generalist 3.5%
Consultant 3.2%
Top Careers After Modeler
Artist 9.8%
3D Artist 9.3%
3D Modeler 7.9%
Animator 6.5%
Designer 6.0%
Engineer 4.7%
Internship 4.7%
Instructor 4.2%
Manager 4.2%
Generalist 4.2%
Consultant 2.8%

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Modeler Demographics

Gender

Male

70.1%

Female

20.1%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

48.6%

Asian

23.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

9.0%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.6%

French

10.9%

Chinese

8.7%

Japanese

8.7%

Filipino

4.3%

German

4.3%

Mandarin

4.3%

Swahili

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Marathi

2.2%

Hebrew

2.2%

Kannada

2.2%

Norwegian

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Polish

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Hmong

2.2%

Italian

2.2%
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Modeler Education

Schools

Academy of Art University

7.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

7.8%

Full Sail University

7.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

6.9%

North Carolina State University

5.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.9%

University of Central Florida

4.9%

Art Institute of California - Inland

4.9%

Art Center College of Design

4.9%

Purdue University

4.9%

University of Arizona

3.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.9%

Brigham Young University

3.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.9%

Stanford University

3.9%

Columbia University

3.9%

Oklahoma State University

3.9%

University of Cincinnati

3.9%

College for Creative Studies

3.9%

University of Washington

2.9%
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Majors

Animation

13.0%

Computer Science

10.0%

Graphic Design

7.9%

Drafting And Design

7.6%

Statistics

7.3%

Business

6.0%

Finance

6.0%

Mechanical Engineering

6.0%

Computer Applications

4.8%

Civil Engineering

4.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.2%

Geology

3.9%

Photography

3.3%

Mathematics

2.7%

Fine Arts

2.4%

Architecture

2.4%

Design And Visual Communication

2.1%

Economics

2.1%

Environmental Science

1.8%

Information Systems

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.0%

Masters

30.3%

Other

11.4%

Doctorate

9.8%

Associate

8.8%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Modeler Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Ppnr Senior Modeler RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $200,000 -
$250,000
Ppnr Senior Modeler RBC Capital Markets, LLC New York, NY Feb 12, 2016 $200,000 -
$250,000
Quatitative Modeler Barclays Capital Inc. New York, NY Feb 11, 2016 $175,000
Senior Credit Modeler GE Capital Corporation Norwalk, CT Oct 01, 2015 $170,000 -
$180,000
Catastrophe Modeler QBE Americas, Inc. New York, NY Nov 19, 2015 $168,522
Mortgage Modeler Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $154,000
Icem Modeler Faraday & Future Inc. Gardena, CA Sep 28, 2015 $150,264
Mortgage Modeler Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $149,000
Quantitative Modeler Barclays Capital Inc. New York, NY Jan 05, 2015 $145,000 -
$200,000
Senior Hana Modeler Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Apr 01, 2015 $140,000
Senior Modeler Rhodium Group, LLC Oakland, CA Sep 20, 2015 $140,000
Geo-Modeler Hilcorp Energy Company LLC Houston, TX Jan 05, 2016 $139,000
Hana Modeler Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Feb 15, 2015 $137,500
Senior Modeler Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co Hartford, CT Jul 13, 2016 $95,400
Risk Modeler Elevate Credit Service, LLC Fort Worth, TX May 20, 2016 $95,321
Modeler Risk Management Solutions, Inc. Newark, CA Oct 16, 2015 $95,035
Modeler Risk Management Solutions, Inc. Newark, CA Jan 20, 2016 $95,035
Lead Modeler Risk Management Solutions, Inc. Newark, CA Sep 01, 2015 $95,000 -
$115,000
Environmental/Food Safety Modeler Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International Rockville, MD Apr 01, 2016 $95,000 -
$105,000
Modeler Cyence, Inc. San Mateo, CA Aug 22, 2016 $95,000
Statistical Modeler Lexisnexis Risk Solutions, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jan 09, 2016 $80,923 -
$110,826
Statistical Modeler Lexisnexis Risk Solutions, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Oct 01, 2015 $80,923 -
$110,826
Business Process Modeler Global Tech, Inc. Arlington, VA Dec 23, 2015 $80,500
Advanced Analytics Modeler The Dow Chemical Company Midland, MI Jul 28, 2016 $80,304 -
$120,456
Travel Demand Modeler Cambridge Systematics, Inc. Chicago, IL Feb 09, 2016 $80,000
Datastage Modeler Visual Consultants, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Jul 31, 2016 $80,000
Datastage Modeler Visual Consultants, Inc. Minneapolis, MN Nov 27, 2016 $80,000
SR. Risk Modeler Maxdecisions, Inc. Frisco, TX Jan 10, 2016 $80,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Modeler

Average Yearly Salary
$61,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$61,000
Median 50%
$141,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Medline Industries
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.6 years
How much does a Modeler make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Modeler in the United States is $61,886 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $141,000.

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Top Skills for A Modeler

  1. CAD
  2. Revit
  3. SAS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Serve as office subject matter expert regarding FTP site management, electronic document creation and AutoCAD standards.
  • Manage and create a file system for Revit users to access the model and parts families for the project.
  • Developed predictive censored regression models to examine customers spending and revolving behavior using SAS and Econometric techniques.
  • Created information objects (packages, attribute views, analytic views, calculation views Graphical and SQL script based).
  • Created base model of main character in Maya.

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Top 10 Best States for Modelers

  1. Colorado
  2. New York
  3. Oregon
  4. Washington
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Connecticut
  7. Ohio
  8. Virginia
  9. California
  10. Kansas
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