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Footwear Technologist Career Information

If you want to divert people's attention from their faces to their feet you got to be a footwear technologist. You could be a designer or in the manufacturing wing. Interested in learning more about this profession? Read on…

What a Footwear Technologist does

Abilities & Traits Required


Being computer savvy is an added qualification because most footwear technology courses are computer aided. Use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) in footwear designing has made it much easier. And thanks to the Internet, today you can send a design to any part of the world.

To make an entry in to this field you need to go for a course in footwear technology or designing right after your Class 12. Some certificate and short-term courses require only a Class 10. There are various courses that you can choose from, depending on your interest. The duration of the courses can vary from 12 weeks to four years. You can opt for a Diploma in footwear designing or even choose to do BE Footwear Technology or BTech Footwear Technology.

The National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad offers courses both after 10+2 and graduation.

After 10+2 NID offers Graduate Diploma Programmes of four-year duration. Eligibility is 10+2. The Institute conducts an entrance examination consisting of a test and interview. Competence in technical and related subjects is normally considered an advantage. Upper age limit for candidates is 22 years (for SC/ST candidates the age limit is relax able by 3 years). Candidates with higher qualifications are also eligible to apply.

Central Footwear Training Institute (CFTI) also offers courses in Footwear technology.


Starting salaries for designers of all kinds will be in the range of Rs 30000 – Rs 40000 per month. However if you are from a good institute you can expect a few more thousands in your initial salary packet. After that as you progress in your profession, the salary will be proportionate to the kind of work that you can churn out. It's not unheard of about dedicated designers earning around Rs 70000-80000 per month after being in the industry for a few years.

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