Details Report for:
51-9071.01 - Jewelers
Fabricate and repair jewelry articles. Make models or molds to create jewelry items.
Sample of reported job titles: Bench Jeweler, Earrings Fabricator, Gemologist, Goldsmith, Jeweler
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Tools used in this occupation:
- Abrasive stones — Grinding stones
- Air compressors
- Anodizing machine — Pen platers
- Applicator brushes — Flux brushes
- Awls — Awl sets
- Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers
- Battery testers
- Bead accessories — Beading tools
- Belt sander — Belt sanders
- Bench refractometers or polarimeters — Bench refractometers
- Bench scales — Digital scales
- Bench vises — Mini bench vises
- Binocular light compound microscopes — Gemological microscopes
- Blow torch — Blow torches; Casting torches
- Burnisher — Burnishing tools
- Calipers — Digital calipers
- Crimping pliers — Pocket crimpers
- Cross and straight pein hammer — Chasing hammers
- Curved nose pliers — Bent chain nose pliers
- Dapping punches — Chasing tools; Dapping tools
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutters; Flush cutters
- Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial gauges
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses
- End cut pliers — Oblique end cutters; Side cutters
- Engravers — Engraving tools; Pneumatic gravers
- Engraving machines — Engraving blocks
- Flat nose pliers
- Fume hoods or cupboards — Fume hoods
- Hammers — Embossing hammers; Fretz hammers; Texture hammers
- Hand reamer — Bead reamers
- Jewel appraising tester — Diamond testers; Gem gauges
- Jeweler scissors — Jewelry scissors
- Jewellers pliers — Jewelers' chain-nose pliers; Split ring pliers; Tweezer nose pliers; Wire looping pliers (see all 20 examples)
- Jewelry mandrels
- Knurling tool — Milgrain machines; Milgrain tools
- Laboratory hotplates — Electric hot plates
- Laser welding machine — Laser welders
- Light boxes
- Loupes — Jeweler's loupes
- Magnifiers — Handheld magnifiers
- Mechanical or ultrasonic metal cleaner — Ultrasonic cleaners
- Metal cutters — Micro bevel cutters; Ring cutters
- Mini pliers — Micro pliers
- Paint brushes — Sable brushes
- Power buffers — Polishing wheels
- Power drills — Cordless power drills
- Precision file — Hand files
- Precision screwdriver — Precision screwdriver sets
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaners
- Punching pliers — Hole punch pliers
- Ring sizers — Ring rollers; Ring sizing sets; Ring stretcher/reducers
- Round nose pliers
- Rulers — Precision rulers
- Safety glasses — Eye protection
- Scratch brushes
- Shears — Mini shears
- Soldering iron — Soldering guns
- Stamping die — Metal stamping dies
- Thickness measuring devices — Digital gauges
- Tongs — Draw tongs
- Tumblers or polishers — Bench top polishers; Magnetic tumblers; Polishing units
- Tweezers — Mini tweezers; Plastic coated tweezers; Soldering tweezers; Utility tweezers (see all 8 examples)
- Utility knives — Bench knives
- Vacuum pumps
- Watch or clock repair kits — Case presses; Watch hand removers
- Wire brushes — Bristle brushes
- Wire cutters — Wire cutting tools
- Wire mills — Jump ring makers; Rolling mills
Technology used in this occupation:
- Accounting software — Intuit QuickBooks
- Computer aided design CAD software — Computer assisted jewelry design CAD software
- Customer relationship management CRM software — Customer information databases
- Data base user interface and query software — Retail management software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software
- Point of sale POS software — Jewelry store point of sale POS software
- Evaluate quality of materials or products.
- Mix ingredients to create specific finishes.
- Select production input materials.
- Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
- Place materials into molds.
- Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
- Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
- Record operational or production data.
- Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
- Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
- Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
- Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
- Examine physical characteristics of gemstones or precious metals.
- Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
- Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
- Shape clay or dough to create products.
- Clean workpieces or finished products.
- Design jewelry or decorative objects.
- Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
- Repair precision devices or workpieces.
- Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products.
- Estimate costs of products, services, or materials.
- Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
- Solder parts or workpieces.
- Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
- Repair production equipment or tools.
- Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
- Build production molds.
- Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
- Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures.
- Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.
- Adjust position of molds during processing.
- Remove workpieces from molds.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|33||High school diploma or equivalent|
|17||Less than high school diploma|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|27-1013.00||Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators|
|29-2081.00||Opticians, Dispensing Bright Outlook|
|49-9063.00||Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners|
|51-6052.00||Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers|
|51-9071.06||Gem and Diamond Workers|
|51-9071.07||Precious Metal Workers|
|51-9081.00||Dental Laboratory Technicians|
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wages data collected from Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers.
Employment data collected from Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers.
Industry data collected from Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers.
|Median wages (2014)||$17.73 hourly, $36,870 annual|
|Employment (2014)||40,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Decline (-2% or lower)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||6,200|
|Top industries (2014)||
Self-Employed (42% employed in this sector)
Retail Trade (27%)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.