|Quick Facts: Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers|
|2010 Median Pay||
$35,170 per year
$16.91 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Long-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||39,200|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||-5% (Decline moderately)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||-2,000|
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 a lot of their time at a workbench, using different tools and chemicals. Almost half are self-employed, and 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.
Many jewelers and precious stone and metal workers learn their skills through apprenticeships and on-the-job training, but a growing number attend trade schools.
The median annual wage of jewelers and precious stone and metal workers was $35,170 in May 2010.
Employment of jewelers and precious stone and metal workers is expected to decline 5 percent from 2010 to 2020. Moderate competition is expected for skilled positions, and strong competition is expected for lower skilled manufacturing jobs.
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