Jeweler Job Description
Jewelers repair, appraise, design, manufacture, and sell jewelry. If that sounds like a pretty vague job description, well, that’s because it is. There are many different types of jewelers, each of whom perform very different kinds of work.
Many jewelers use their artistic abilities to design jewelry. Some draw their designs by hand, while others use computer aided design software. One major advantage of using software is that it allows them to make adjustments to their designs more quickly and easily than if they were working by hand.
Some designers create the jewelry that they design themselves, and others pass their designs off to a jeweler who specializes in crafting.
Most jewelers work in a retail environment, where they spend most of their time repairing jewelry and running their business. Strong customer service skills are required for these kinds of positions.
Finally, many jewelers work in a manufacturing environment where mass quantities of jewelry are produced. Most of the jewelry you see in the store in your local mall is produced this way. Machines are able to do a lot of the assembly, but a human touch is still required.
Work Environment and Schedule
Most jewelers work in repair shops, jewelry stores, and manufacturing plants.
They spend most of their time at a workbench, where they use specialized tools and chemicals to create and repair jewelry. Increasingly, jewelers are relying on computer software to aid them in the design and creation of jewelry.
Jewelers work with sharp tools and equipment that can cause injury, so it’s important to remain focused and alert while on the job.
The working schedule for jewelers varies depending on where they work. Those who are self-employed may be able to set their own schedule, but retail jewelers are often required to work on nights and weekends.
How to Become a Jeweler
Most jewelers learn their trade through extensive on the job training, which can last for many years. It’s becoming increasingly popular for jewelers to learn the basics of their trade by attending trade schools. Trade school programs normally last between six months and a year.
Trade school graduates are often more desirable to employers. Because they have already been taught the basics, it decreases the amount of time that they have to spend in training and demonstrates an interest in the profession.
There are currently 39,200 jewelers in the United States, with 930 new jeweler job openings created each year.
Jeweler jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Jeweler salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most jewelers make between $25,600 – $46,100 per year, or $12.30 – $22.15 per hour.