Leather Technologist

Job Description:

Leather technologists prepare, treat and finish leather to make it ready for manufacturing.

Job Category:

What you will do:

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • remove hair and tissue to prepare the leather
  • use salt, chemicals and natural extracts to clean, tan and preserve the hides
  • colour and dry the leather
  • apply finishes to hide flaws and add waterproof coatings
  • research, test and sample chemicals and dye products in the laboratory
  • monitor waste and by-products
  • write up research and operational reports
  • quality control the leather before it’s sent to the manufacturers


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork)
  • observation and recording skills
  • physical skills like strength and coordination
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

You could do a degree in:

  • leather technology
  • fashion and design technology
  • garment technology

You could also do a postgraduate course in leather technology at university. You’ll need experience in the industry or a relevant first degree to apply.

You could do a Diploma in Apparel, Footwear or Leather Production.

You could do a leather craftsperson intermediate apprenticeship or a fashion and textiles product technologist higher apprenticeship.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work in an office, in a laboratory, in a factory or in a workshop.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could move into related jobs like production manager, company chemist, buyer or technical salesperson.

You could move into other jobs in quality control, research or technical management. You could also move into related areas such as buying, sales or marketing.

You could set up your own research or consultancy business and work freelance for retail firms and leather companies.