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Colour Technologist

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Colour technologists work for large manufacturing companies, making colourants (dyes and pigments) for a range of products such as clothing, paints, cosmetics and paper. They source new dyes and create suggested colour ranges.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates vary depending on:

Starting salaries are usually around £17,000 rising with experience to £22,000 and above. Supervisory positions can pay between £30,000 and £35,000.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
2018
1.4 %
RISE
2024
2046
  United Kingdom
2019
24731
1.6 %
RISE
2024
25118

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Once you are in a job, you may be able to do one or more of the courses run by the Society of Dyers and Colourists (SDC). These are:

You might also continue your professional development through courses offered by the Textile Institute (TI).

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Royal Society of Chemistry
Tel: 01223 432231
Website: http://www.rsc.org/
Website (2): http://www.rsc.org/careers/future/
Twitter: @RoySocChem
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalSocietyofChemistry

Society of Dyers and Colourists
Tel: 01274 725138
E-mail: info@sdc.org.uk
Website: http://www.sdc.org.uk/
Twitter: @sdc_org_uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sdc.org.uk

Textile Institute
Tel: 0161 237 1188
E-mail: tiihq@textileinst.org.uk
Website: https://www.textileinstitute.org/
Twitter: @textileinst
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTextileInst

The Textile Institute is the chartered professional institute for the textile, clothing and footwear industries. Members can gain internationally recognised qualifications.

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