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51-9195.03 - Stone Cutters and Carvers, Manufacturing

Cut or carve stone according to diagrams and patterns.

Sample of reported job titles: Carver, Granite Cutter, Sculptor, Stone Carver, Stone Cutter

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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

  • Carve designs or figures in full or bas relief on stone, employing knowledge of stone carving techniques and sense of artistry to produce carvings consistent with designers' plans. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Verify depths and dimensions of cuts or carvings to ensure adherence to specifications, blueprints, or models, using measuring instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lay out designs or dimensions from sketches or blueprints on stone surfaces, by freehand or by transferring them from tracing paper, using scribes or chalk and measuring instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Study artistic objects or graphic materials, such as models, sketches, or blueprints, to plan carving or cutting techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drill holes and cut or carve moldings and grooves in stone, according to diagrams and patterns. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shape, trim, or touch up roughed-out designs with appropriate tools to finish carvings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select chisels, pneumatic or surfacing tools, or sandblasting nozzles and determine sequence of use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Move fingers over surfaces of carvings to ensure smoothness of finish. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Carve rough designs freehand or by chipping along marks on stone, using mallets and chisels or pneumatic tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Guide nozzles over stone, following stencil outlines, or chip along marks to create designs or to work surfaces down to specified finishes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut, shape, and finish rough blocks of building or monumental stone, according to diagrams or patterns. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Smooth surfaces of carvings, using rubbing stones. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove or add stencils during blasting to create differing cut depths, intricate designs, or rough, pitted finishes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Copy drawings on rough clay or plaster models. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Abrasive stones — Rubbing stones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Blow torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Cup chisels; Flat chisels; Frosting chisels; Point chisels (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compasses — Layout compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cross cut chisels — Criss-cross chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cutting machines — Computerized numerical control CNC water jet cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flat taper file — Vixen files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding or polishing machines — Polishing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Bush hammers; Lump hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Precision levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mainframe console or dumb terminals — Computer terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling machines — Computerized numerical control CNC routers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Pneumatic chisels; Pneumatic hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Sandblasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Hammer drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power routers — Variable speed routers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Precision file — Precision files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rasps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Protective respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rock cutters — Granite saws; Stone saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Precision rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scribers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Combination squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stencils or lettering aids — Design stencils See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Straightedges See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Inventory management software — Inventory control software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Time accounting software — Timekeeping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Select production equipment according to product specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products. 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.
  • Inspect finishes of workpieces or finished products. 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.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 92% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 76% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 72% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 76% responded “Every day.” 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.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 36% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 36% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 40% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 32% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 28% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 32% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 76% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 32% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 40% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 48% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 32% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 28% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 52% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” 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
72   High school diploma or equivalent Help
16   Less than high school diploma
8   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RA

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic.
Employment data collected from Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic.
Industry data collected from Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic.

Median wages (2014) $14.34 hourly, $29,820 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 42,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 17,000
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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