Quick Facts: Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
2012 Median Pay
$35,350 per year $16.99 per hour
High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Long-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2012
Job Outlook, 2012-22
Employment Change, 2012-22
What Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers Do
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers design, manufacture, and sell jewelry. They also adjust, repair, and appraise gems and jewelry.
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers spend much of their time at a workbench, using tools and chemicals. About one-third were self-employed in 2012. Many work from home and sell their products at trade and craft shows on weekends. Others are employed in jewelry stores, repair shops, and manufacturing plants.
How to Become a Jeweler or Precious Stone and Metal Worker
Although most jewelers and precious stone and metal workers have traditionally learned their skills through long-term on-the-job training, a growing number now learn their skills at trade schools.
The median annual wage for jewelers and precious stone and metal workers was $35,350 in May 2012.
Employment of jewelers and precious stone and metal workers is projected to decline 10 percent from 2012 to 2022. Moderate competition is expected for skilled positions, and strong competition is expected for lower-skilled manufacturing jobs.