|Overview:||Design, fabricate, adjust, repair, or appraise jewelry, gold, silver, other precious metals, or gems. Includes 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.|
|Duties:||Smooth soldered joints and rough spots, using hand files and emery paper, and polish smoothed areas with polishing wheels or buffing wire. Position stones and metal pieces, and set, mount, and secure items in place, using setting and hand tools. Create jewelry from materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones. Make repairs, such as enlarging or reducing ring sizes, soldering pieces of jewelry together, and replacing broken clasps and mountings. Clean and polish metal items and jewelry pieces, using jewelers' tools, polishing wheels, and chemical baths. Select and acquire metals and gems for designs. Compute costs of labor and materials in order to determine production costs of products and articles. Mark and drill holes in jewelry mountings in order to center stones according to design specifications. Examine assembled or finished products to ensure conformance to specifications, using magnifying glasses or precision measuring instruments. Construct preliminary models of wax, metal, clay, or plaster, and form sample castings in molds.|
|Degree(s):||A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History
|Job Outlook:||Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2014 to 2024. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.|
|Education Level:||The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.