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51-6041.00 - Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

Construct, decorate, or repair leather and leather-like products, such as luggage, shoes, and saddles.

Sample of reported job titles: Boot Maker, Cutter, Lacer, Leather Production Worker, Leather Worker, Saddle and Harness Maker, Shoe Cutter, Shoe Maker, Shoe Repairer, Shoe Repairman

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Cut out parts, following patterns or outlines, using knives, shears, scissors, or machine presses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Construct, decorate, or repair leather products according to specifications, using sewing machines, needles and thread, leather lacing, glue, clamps, hand tools, or rivets. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Align and stitch or glue materials such as fabric, fleece, leather, or wood, to join parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dye, soak, polish, paint, stamp, stitch, stain, buff, or engrave leather or other materials to obtain desired effects, decorations, or shapes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select materials and patterns, and trace patterns onto materials to be cut out. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dress and otherwise finish boots or shoes, as by trimming the edges of new soles and heels to the shoe shape. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Estimate the costs of requested products or services such as custom footwear or footwear repair, and receive payment from customers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach insoles to shoe lasts, affix shoe uppers, and apply heels and outsoles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cement, nail, or sew soles and heels to shoes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shape shoe heels with a knife, and sand them on a buffing wheel for smoothness. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair or replace soles, heels, and other parts of footwear, using sewing, buffing and other shoe repair machines, materials, and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make, modify, and repair orthopedic or therapeutic footwear according to doctors' prescriptions, or modify existing footwear for people with foot problems and special needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair and recondition leather products such as trunks, luggage, shoes, saddles, belts, purses, and baseball gloves. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place shoes on lasts to remove soles and heels, using knives or pliers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and polish shoes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check the texture, color, and strength of leather to ensure that it is adequate for a particular purpose. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read prescriptions or specifications, and take measurements to establish the type of product to be made, using calipers, tape measures, or rules. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect articles for defects, and remove damaged or worn parts, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drill or punch holes and insert or attach metal rings, handles, and fastening hardware, such as buckles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach accessories or ornamentation to decorate or protect products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut, insert, position, and secure paddings, cushioning, or linings, using stitches or glue. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Draw patterns, using measurements, designs, plaster casts, or customer specifications, and position or outline patterns on work pieces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure customers for fit, and discuss with them the type of footwear to be made, recommending details such as leather quality. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stretch shoes, dampening parts and inserting and twisting parts, using an adjustable stretcher. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Nail heel and toe cleats onto shoes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare inserts, heel pads, and lifts from casts of customers' feet. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Re-sew seams, and replace handles and linings of suitcases or handbags. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Anatomical models — Shoe lasts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Applicator brushes — Polish applicator brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Awls — Leather awls; Leather punchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench scales — Digital scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blade sharpener — Knife sharpeners; Scissor sharpeners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Digital calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cash registers — Electronic cash registers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Shoe hammers; Tack hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inkjet printers — Computer inkjet printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leather cutting machines — Bench trimmers; Leather skivers; Mini leather cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leather presses — Shoe repair presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leather riveting machines — Leather rivet settings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leatherworking workshop equipment — Hole punching equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders — Credit card readers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Planes — Block planes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Polishing machines — Shoe polishing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Buffing wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Cordless drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Cobblers' pincers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Leather drive punch sets; Rotary hole punchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rotary paper or fabric cutter — Portable electric fabric cutters; Rotary fabric cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Precision rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sanding machines — Shoe sanding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sewing machines — Automatic sole stitchers; Industrial sewing machines; Outside stitching machines; Sole stitchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sewing needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Heavy duty scissors; Leather shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shoe heelpiece machine — Heel-nailing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip-joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes — Wire cleaning brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters — Wire nippers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — Bookkeeping software; Financial accounting software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Point of sale POS software — Sale processing software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sew clothing or other articles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select production input materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure clients to ensure proper product fit. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate sewing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut fabrics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design templates or patterns. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate costs of products, services, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble garments or textile products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Construct customized assistive medical or dental devices. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attach decorative or functional accessories to products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair textiles or apparel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply water or solutions to fabrics or apparel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect garments for defects, damage, or stains. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare fabrics or materials for processing or production. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 73% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 87% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 63% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 64% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 58% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 43% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 52% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 38% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 45% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 33% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 27% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 30% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 45% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 32% responded “Not important at all.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
56   High school diploma or equivalent Help
22   Some college, no degree
18   Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCA

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $11.43 hourly, $23,770 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 9,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 1,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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