Details Report for:
51-9071.00 - Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
Design, fabricate, adjust, repair, or appraise jewelry, gold, silver, other precious metals, or gems.
Sample of reported job titles: Artist, Bench Jeweler, Caster, Earrings Fabricator, Gemologist, Goldsmith, Jeweler, Platinum Smith, Restoration Silversmith, Silversmith
Also see: Gem and Diamond Workers
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Accounting software — Intuit QuickBooks
- Computer aided design CAD software — Computer assisted jewelry design CAD software; Metal designing software
- Customer relationship management CRM software — Customer information databases
- Data base user interface and query software — Retail management software
- Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator ; Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software
- Point of sale POS software — Jewelry store point of sale POS software
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Abrasive stones — Grinding stones
- Air compressors
- Anodizing machine — Pen platers
- Anvils — Double horn anvils; Flat horn anvils; Hex anvils
- Applicator brushes — Flux brushes
- Automatic lathe or chucking machine — Automatic lathes
- Awls — Awl sets
- Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers; Peening hammers
- Battery testers
- Bead accessories — Beading tools
- Belt sander — Belt sanders
- Bench refractometers or polarimeters — Bench refractometers
- Bench scales — Digital scales
- Bench vises — Adjustable bench vises; Mini bench vises
- Binocular light compound microscopes — Gemological microscopes
- Blow torch — Blow torches; Casting torches; Gas torches
- Burnisher — Burnishers; 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 cutters; Dapping tools
- Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutters; Flush cutters
- Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial gauges
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses
- Drop hammer forging machine — Foot-powered hammers
- End cut pliers — Oblique end cutters; Side cutters; Sidecutters
- Engravers — Engraving tools; Pneumatic gravers
- Engraving machines — Engraving blocks
- Flat nose pliers
- Fume hoods or cupboards — Fume hoods
- Hammers — Dead-blow hammers; Riveting hammers; Silversmiths' hammers; Texture hammers (see all 7 examples)
- Hand clamps — Ring clamps
- Hand or push drill — Hand drills
- Hand reamer — Bead reamers
- Jewel appraising tester — Diamond testers; Gem gauges; Stone gauges
- Jeweler scissors — Jewelers shears; Jewelry scissors
- Jewellers pliers — Bail pliers; Jewelers' chain-nose pliers; Wire looping pliers; Wire twisting pliers (see all 25 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; Jewelers' loupes
- Magnifiers — Binocular magnifiers; Handheld magnifiers
- Mallets — Plastic mallets
- Mechanical or ultrasonic metal cleaner — Ultrasonic cleaners
- Metal cutters — Micro bevel cutters; Ring cutters
- Metal testing instruments — Gold testers
- Mini pliers — Micro pliers
- Paint brushes — Sable brushes
- Power buffers — Polishing wheels
- Power drills — Cordless power drills
- Power grinders — Flex shaft machines
- Power routers — Routing machines
- Power saws — Jeweler's saws; Mini band saws
- Power scissors — Disc cutters
- Precision file — Hand files; Precision files
- Precision screwdriver — Jewelers screwdrivers; Precision screwdriver sets
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaners
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Tracing punches
- Punching pliers — Hole punch pliers; Hole punching 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
- Stamping dies or punches — Stamping dies
- Straight edges — Straightedges
- Thickness measuring devices — Digital gauges
- Tongs — Crucible tongs; Draw tongs; Flask tongs
- Tumblers or polishers — Bench top polishers; Polishing units; Rotary tumblers; Vibratory tumblers (see all 5 examples)
- Tweezers — Beading tweezers; Mini tweezers; Soldering tweezers; Utility tweezers (see all 11 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 gauge — Bur gauges; Wire gauges
- Wire mills — Jump ring makers; Rolling mills
- Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
- Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
- Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
- Design jewelry or decorative objects.
- Clean workpieces or finished products.
- Repair precision devices or workpieces.
- Solder parts or workpieces.
- Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
- Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
- Select production input materials.
- Estimate costs of products, services, or materials.
- Heat material or workpieces to prepare for or complete production.
- Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
- Build production molds.
- Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
- Adjust position of molds during processing.
- Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
- Melt metal, plastic, or other materials to prepare for production.
- Mix ingredients to create specific finishes.
- Place materials into molds.
- Reshape small metal components for precision assembly.
- Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
- Determine the value of goods or services.
- Evaluate quality of materials or products.
- Apply protective or decorative finishes to workpieces or products.
- Purchase products or services.
- Record operational or production data.
- Sell products or services.
- Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
- Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products.
- Confer with customers or designers to determine order specifications.
|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 hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
|27-1013.00||Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators|
|49-9063.00||Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners|
|49-9064.00||Watch and Clock Repairers|
|51-4032.00||Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic|
|51-4061.00||Model Makers, Metal and Plastic|
|51-5112.00||Printing Press Operators|
|51-6052.00||Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers|
|51-9071.06||Gem and Diamond Workers|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2019)||$19.65 hourly, $40,870 annual|
|Employment (2019)||35,100 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Decline (-1% or lower)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||3,600|
|Top industries (2019)||
Retail Trade (31% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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