Career in Footwear Technology - Courses, Colleges & Scope

Of late, owing to rapid strides by fashion and footwear industry, foot wear technology also has emerged as an exciting career option. As more and more people and especially the people living in metros are leaving no stone unturned in refining their personalities, the footwear industry is also going through a boom time.

Footwear being the most essential accessory requires sophisticated machinery and technically skilled professionals who must be competent to handle all the processes related to shoe-making.

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification: Usually aspirants wishing to make a career in this field must be science graduates but still there are various certificate and diploma course available for 10+2 holders too.

Personal Attributes

Besides a strong capability for hard work, comprehensive knowledge of science and machines is essential for candidates aspiring to make a career in this field. This is very necessary because as managers and supervisors their job would revolve around handling advance technologies related to footwear sector.

Conversely, footwear designers should be imaginative and innovative.

Career Scope & Job Prospects

    • Equipped with a diploma or a certificate course in leather technology, one can find many openings in this emerging sector at the executive level.
    • Those candidates who have completed diploma in footwear design can easily opt for a career as designers too.


Since the nature of job prospects is very diverse, the salary can vary tremendously. Though, initially pay packet in this field of work is not as lucrative as other hot career options, one can expect a starting salary somewhere around Rs. 8,000-12,000 per month.

Top Colleges/Institutes for Footwear Technology

1Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI)Noida
2AVI School of Fashion & Shoe TechnologyChandigarh
3Central Footwear Training Institute (CFTI)Agra
4Department of Industrial Training & Vocational Education, HaryanaHaryana
5Anna UniversityChennai
6Alagappa College of TechnologyChennai
7Bharat Institute of Science & TechnologyChennai
8College of EngineeringChennai
9College of Leather TechnologyKolkata
10Dr. B.R. Ambedkhar Regional Engineering CollegeJalandhar
11Harcourt Butler Technological InstituteKanpur
12Institute of Government Leather Working SchoolMumbai
13Muzaffarpur Institute of TechnologyMuzaffarpur
14National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)New Delhi
15The National Small Industries Corporation Ltd.Chennai
16Priyadarshini Engineering CollegeVaniyambadi


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