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Precious Metal Workers

Cast, anneal, solder, hammer, or shape gold, silver, pewter or other metals to form jewelry or other metal items such as goblets or candlesticks.   (O'Net 51-9071.07)

 
Reported job titles:   Artist, Bench Jeweler, Bench Mechanic, Brass Chaser, Bronze Chaser, Caster   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers which includes:
                          - Jewelers
                          - Gem and Diamond Workers
                          - Precious Metal Workers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 12.67   $ 15.33   $ 21.49   $ 23.81   $ 25.18   $ 20.02  
    Yearly $26,360   $31,880   $44,700   $49,520   $52,380   $41,630  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 12.63   $ 13.62   $ 15.27   $ 21.16   $ 26.86   $ 17.52  
    Yearly $26,260   $28,320   $31,760   $44,010   $55,860   $36,440  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.67   $ 19.01   $ 21.94   $ 23.94   $ 25.13   $ 20.53  
    Yearly $26,350   $39,540   $45,630   $49,800   $52,270   $42,710  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers which includes:
                                  - Jewelers
                                  - Gem and Diamond Workers
                                  - Precious Metal Workers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 268 237 -1.2% 4
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers which includes:
                                - Jewelers
                                - Gem and Diamond Workers
                                - Precious Metal Workers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Self-employed workers, all industries 41.5%
    Clothing and clothing accessories stores 26.6%
    Miscellaneous manufacturing 15.9%
    Merchant wholesalers, durable goods 9.8%
    Repair and maintenance 2.5%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Precious Metal Workers
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  • Cut and file pieces of jewelry such as rings, brooches, bracelets, and lockets.
     
  • Solder parts together or fill holes and cracks with metal solder, using gas torches.
     
  • Polish articles by hand or by using a polishing wheel.
     
  • Pierce and cut open designs in ornamentation, using hand drills and scroll saws.
     
  • Position and align auxiliary parts in jigs, and join parts using solder and blowtorches.
     
  • Examine articles to determine the nature of defects requiring repair, such as dents, uneven bottoms, scratches, or holes.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Precious Metal Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Knowledge
    for Precious Metal Workers
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  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Precious Metal Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Skills
    for Precious Metal Workers
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Precious Metal Workers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Precious Metal Workers
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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Precious Metal Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Activities
    for Precious Metal Workers
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  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information - Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
     
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment - Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
     
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Precious Metal Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Interests
    for Precious Metal Workers
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Precious Metal Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Precious Metal Workers
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Precious Metal Workers  updated June 2008
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Precious Metal Workers
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Precious Metal Workers
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Precious Metal Workers  updated June 2008
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Metal and Jewelry Arts.
     
    • Watchmaking and Jewelrymaking.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Precious Metal Workers 
     

     
     
     
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