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Jeweler

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AVG. SALARY

$41,710

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EDUCATION

Post-secondary training +

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JOB OUTLOOK

Stable

What They Do

Jewelers Career Video

Fabricates and repairs jewelry articles. Makes models or molds to create jewelry items.

This career is part of the Marketing cluster Professional Sales pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Smooths soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polishes smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire.
  • Positions stones and metal pieces, and sets, mounts, and secures items in place, using setting and hand tools.
  • Creates jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
  • Makes repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
  • Cleans and polishes metal items and jewelry pieces, using jewelers' tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths.
  • Selects and acquires metals and gems for designs.
  • Computes costs of labor and materials in order to determine production costs of products and articles.
  • Marks and drills holes in jewelry mountings in order to center stones according to design specifications.
  • Examines assembled or finished products to ensure conformance to specifications, using magnifying glasses or precision measuring instruments.
  • Constructs preliminary models of wax, metal, clay, or plaster, and forms sample castings in molds.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Bench Jeweler — Duties include stone setting; fabrication, refurbishing and repairs, sizing of rings, and metal polishing.
  • Earrings Fabricator
  • Gemologist
  • Goldsmith — Works with gold and other precious metals to create jewelry in their own design, as well as repair jewelry.