Job Roles

Explore Job Roles: Models

Learn about the average salary, relevant studies, related questions, and common path after college to becoming a Model.

What is a Model?

Models are people who pose for photographers, designers, and other artists as a way of showing and depicting off their efforts. Models are often hired to either help visually sell a product or as a source of an artist’s inspiration. 

Where does a Model work?

  • Modeling agencies
  • Indoor and outdoor photoshoots
  • Runway shows

How much does a Model make?

Based on real new grad salaries reported through Handshake, the median annual salary for a Model is $54,208.

What majors are typically interested in becoming Models? 

One’s major doesn’t necessarily determine their career, but these are some common majors of those who end up pursuing this career path.

  • Fashion design majors
  • Fashion merchandising majors
  • Photography majors
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Modeling skills and competencies:

On top of a relevant degree and formal training, here are some professional skills that can help aspiring Models succeed in their work:

  • Comfortability in front of the camera
  • Knowledge of fashion history and industry standards

What are some common questions about Models?

Q: How do I become a Model?

A: If you’re interested in a career in modeling, start by getting a good headshot and portfolio working. Once you assess your strong qualities, hire a photographer to take a wide variety of pictures for your portfolio. Add those pictures to both your physical and online portfolio for maximum efficiency. If you’re looking for an additional boost, you can also consider applying to modeling agencies to really get the ball rolling. Or you can start curating a presence on Instagram where many models have been scouted for their aesthetics, style, and existing following. 

Q: What is a day in the life of a Model like?

A: After you’ve booked a shoot, your days on set will vary by the company or theme of shoot. Arrive at set on-time with a fresh face and check in. After that you’ll be directed to hair and makeup and then to wardrobe to get fitted for the shoot. Then you’ll shoot your looks, change a few times depending on what they’ve booked you for, and then wrap up the final details of when your images will be out.