|Quick Facts: Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers|
|2014 Median Pay||
$36,870 per year
$17.73 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Long-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||39,800|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||-11% (Decline)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||-4,500|
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers design, manufacture, and sell jewelry. They also adjust, repair, and appraise gems and jewelry.
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers spend much of their time at a workbench, using tools and chemicals. About 4 in 10 were self-employed in 2014. Many work from home and sell their products at trade and craft shows on weekends. Others are employed in jewelry stores, repair shops, and manufacturing plants.
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers can enter the occupation on the basis of their education, which is typically earning a high school diploma, or receive on-the-job training, or a combination of the two.
The median annual wage for jewelers and precious stone and metal workers was $36,870 in May 2014.
Employment of jewelers and precious stone and metal workers is projected to decline 11 percent from 2014 to 2024. Employment of these workers is expected to decline because most jewelry is now manufactured outside of the United States. Some job opportunities should be available to replace those who retire or who leave the occupation for other reasons.
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