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What Do Precious Metal Worker Do?

Precious Metal Worker Job Description Cast, anneal, solder, hammer, or shape gold, silver, pewter or other metals to form jewelry or other metal items such as goblets or candlesticks.

A Day in the Life of a Precious Metal Worker

  • Rotate molds to distribute alloys and to prevent formation of air pockets.
  • Weigh and mix alloy ingredients, using formulas and knowledge of ingredients' chemical properties.
  • Position and align auxiliary parts in jigs and join parts, using solder and blowtorches.
  • Shape and straighten damaged or twisted articles by hand or using pliers.
  • Anneal precious metal objects such as coffeepots, tea sets, and trays in gas ovens for prescribed times to soften metal for reworking.
  • Design and fabricate models of new casting molds, and chipping and turning tools used to finish product surfaces.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Precious Metal Worker?

Below is a list of the skills most Precious Metal Workers say are important on the job.

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

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.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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

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

  • Metal Engraver
  • Pewter Fabricator
  • Artist
  • Goldsmith
  • Fabricator

Job Demand for Precious Metal Workers

There were about 37,700 jobs for Precious Metal Worker in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Precious Metal Worker. The BLS estimates 3,500 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Precious Metal Worker 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.

Precious Metal Worker Salary

Precious Metal Workers make between $23,530 and $67,250 a year.

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Precious Metal Workers who work in Kentucky, New Jersey, or Wisconsin, make the highest salaries.

How much do Precious Metal Workers make in each U.S. state?

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 Precious Metal Workers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Precious Metal Workers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

How to Become a Precious Metal Worker

Are there Precious Metal Workers education requirements?

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What work experience do I need to become a Precious Metal Worker?

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Precious Metal Workers Sector

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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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