Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-9071 Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
Design, fabricate, adjust, repair, or appraise jewelry, gold, silver, other precious metals, or gems. Include diamond polishers and gem cutters and persons who perform precision casting and modeling of molds, casting metal in molds, or setting precious and semi-precious stones for jewelry and related products.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: 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.
Tasks: Examine and grade diamonds and other gems. Create jewelry from gold, silver, and precious gemstones. Shape metal to hold the gems when making individual pieces. Make a model with carved wax (a mold) or with computers, and then make (cast) pieces with the model. Solder pieces together and insert stones. Smooth joints and rough spots and polish smoothed areas Inspect finished products to ensure proper gem spacing and metal shine Repair jewelry by replacing broken clasps, enlarging or reducing ring sizes, resetting stones, or soldering pieces together
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $11.35   Entry $23,588.00
Mean $19.01   Mean $39,533.00
Experience $22.84 Experience $47,506.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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