How to Become a Presser

Written by

Beatrice Harrison


August 14, 2014


Apparel pressing is an important part of the dry-cleaning field that involves using a variety of techniques to remove wrinkles from many different types of clothing. Pressers are trained workers that perform a variety of pressing tasks.

What does a presser do?

Pressers typically work for dry-cleaning facilities or clothing manufacturers and are responsible for removing wrinkles and creases from clothing and other items by ironing, steaming, and starching. They often use a single machine or many different machines to complete their work. They often use vacuum presses, steam irons, and other equipment. Some pressers use machines that are controlled by computers such as tunnel presses. Some pressers are also responsible for alterations and other duties. After they complete the pressing tasks for a customer, pressers assemble the articles of clothing, place them in boxes or bags, and create an itemized invoice for the customer. Pressers that work for manufacturers typically press garments or fabric during the production process and throughout the final production stages. Some also perform pattern cutting and grading duties in large companies.

What kind of training does a presser need?

Pressers typically need at least a high school diploma. Most learn their skills through informal on the job training, where they work with experienced workers. Some pressers complete formal vocational training to remain competitive in the field and increase advancements opportunities. Many employers prefer applicants with previous work experience. Majority of employers provide on the job training where new pressers begin completing simple tasks and more on toe more difficult duties as they gain skills and experience. Pressers complete additional training throughout their careers on an as needed basis such as learning new techniques or adapting to new technology.

What are the prospects for a career as a presser?

Employment of pressers is expected to decline moderately, decreasing 8% through 2018 (1). The increase in imports and advanced automation will drive employment decline.

Job prospects are expected to be limited. Pressers with extensive experience and formal postsecondary training will have the best job opportunities. Some job openings will result from the need to replace pressers that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.

How much do presser make?

As of 2012, the average annual salary for pressers is $14,000; average annual presser salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).

A career as a presser is a great choice for people with a strong interest in performing a variety of pressing tasks on many different types of clothing. Pressers must have a solid understanding of pressing techniques and a variety of pressing equipment. Manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, patience, detail orientation, and good eye-hand coordination are necessary characteristics. Pressers must also be reliable and be able to perform repetitive tasks for long periods of time. They must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills because they often interact with a variety of customers and other workers. 

Becoming a Presser Requires Skills & Training, Start Today

Are you serious about becoming a Presser? Then you need to get the required skills and training to do it! To start your new career, first you must decide what school you want to enroll in, so you need to gather info about potential schools. Use the  College Mouse Course Search tool  to find the right course and college for you, and get started towards your new dream job today! If you want more personalized assistance, call (888) 389-7996 TOLL FREE to speak with a college advisor, who will help you find the best college for you. After you sign up for your course, make sure you fill out and submit the FAFSA so you can take advantage of any financial aid currently available to you!

Written by:  Beatrice Harrison

Educated at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Beatrice Harrison has extensive professional experience in career counseling, having helped a growing number of job seekers find fulfilling and meaningful careers in a variety of fields and disciplines.

Leave Comment

Share Your Comments & Feedback:

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.