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Job Description & Duties Fabricate and repair jewelry articles. Make models or molds to create jewelry items.

List of Jeweler Job Duties

  • Create jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones.
  • Immerse gemstones in chemical solutions to determine specific gravity and other key properties necessary for identification and appraisal.
  • Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.
  • Assemble and secure mold sections used to cast metal articles and pieces.
  • Alter existing jewelry mountings in order to reposition jewels or to adjust mountings.
  • Remove mold castings from metal or jewelry workpieces, and place workpieces in water or on trays to cool.

Skills Needed to be a Jeweler

When polled, Jewelers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Operations Analysis: Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Types of Jeweler Jobs

  • Jewelry Maker
  • Jewelry Technician
  • Jewelry Drilling Machine Operator
  • Goldsmith
  • Lathe Operator

Are There Job Opportunities for Jewelers?

There were about 37,700 jobs for Jeweler in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Jeweler. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 3,500 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Jeweler are Idaho, South Carolina, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in Tennessee, New Mexico, or Wisconsin. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Jeweler

The typical yearly salary for Jewelers is somewhere between $23,530 and $67,250.

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Jewelers who work in Kentucky, New Jersey, or Wisconsin, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Jewelers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $41,320
Alaska $33,520
Arizona $45,860
Arkansas $43,880
California $40,940
Colorado $42,490
Connecticut $54,280
Delaware $46,690
Florida $41,300
Georgia $36,350
Hawaii $37,560
Idaho $42,040
Illinois $39,030
Indiana $41,220
Iowa $44,390
Kansas $44,200
Kentucky $55,840
Louisiana $36,820
Maine $43,950
Maryland $51,920
Massachusetts $44,480
Michigan $40,580
Minnesota $39,590
Mississippi $27,820
Missouri $38,330
Montana $34,950
Nebraska $30,680
Nevada $46,200
New Hampshire $48,280
New Jersey $54,870
New Mexico $30,480
New York $50,380
North Carolina $40,420
North Dakota $52,090
Ohio $38,180
Oklahoma $41,100
Oregon $52,580
Pennsylvania $42,670
Rhode Island $43,710
South Carolina $40,270
South Dakota $37,330
Tennessee $46,740
Texas $41,450
Utah $36,900
Vermont $40,010
Virginia $48,330
Washington $39,540
West Virginia $39,120
Wisconsin $52,050

What Tools & Technology do Jewelers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Jewelers:

  • Web browser software
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Inventory tracking software
  • Customer information databases

How to Become a Jeweler

What education or degrees do I need to become a Jeweler?

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What work experience do I need to become a Jeweler?

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Where Jewelers Work

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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