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METALSMITH & JEWELER: Artistic Concepts Across Mediums

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Deb is an artist trained in illustrating who's chosen medium of artistic expression is jewelry-making and metalworking. She advises artists and others trying to get into her field that business classes are a great supplement to the artistic ones, as many there are few openings in her field and many will have to create opportunities for themselves.

Degree: Art
Job Title: Metalsmith & Jeweler
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers

Job Description

Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers design, manufacture, and sell jewelry. They also adjust, repair, and appraise gems and jewelry.

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Long-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
-10 to 0 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Part-time, Varies Widely, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Remote, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Artistic, Creativity, Detail oriented, Likes working with hands, People skills, Hand-eye coordination

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Fine Arts
Metal Working
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m='18230'>usually</span> <span m='18520'>not</span> <span m='18770'>that</span> <span m='18960'>typical.</span> <span m='20220'>Some</span> <span m='20450'>days</span> <span m='20710'>I</span> <span m='20770'>might</span> <span m='20970'>be</span> <span m='21080'>carving</span> <span m='21450'>wax</span> <span m='22000'>all</span> <span m='22220'>day.</span> <span m='22630'>Some</span> <span m='22910'>days</span> <span m='23330'>I</span> <span m='23440'>might</span> <span m='23800'>be</span> <span m='24120'>soldering,</span> <span m='25390'>working</span> <span m='25740'>with</span> <span m='25920'>my</span> <span m='26100'>torch.</span> <span m='27440'>Other</span> <span m='27690'>days</span> <span m='28060'>I</span> <span m='28110'>might</span> <span m='28360'>have</span> <span m='28520'>a</span> <span m='28570'>lot</span> <span m='28770'>of</span> <span m='28860'>client</span> <span m='29320'>meetings.</span> <span m='30290'>So</span> <span m='31090'>I</span> <span m='31270'>mix</span> <span m='31530'>it</span> <span m='31620'>up</span> <span m='31780'>quite</span> <span m='32009'>a</span> <span m='32049'>bit,</span> <span m='32369'>which</span> <span m='32619'>is</span> <span m='32740'>really</span> <span m='32940'>fun</span> <span m='33180'>for</span> <span m='33290'>me.</span> <span m='33500'>I</span> <span m='33520'>don't</span> <span m='33700'>like</span> <span m='33860'>to</span> <span m='33950'>do</span> <span m='34110'>the</span> <span m='34190'>same</span> <span m='34470'>thing</span> <span m='34640'>all</span> <span m='34830'>day</span> <span m='35090'>everyday.</span> </p><p><span m='36560'>I</span> <span m='37080'>have</span> <span m='37210'>been</span> <span m='37370'>doing</span> <span m='37650'>art</span> <span m='38400'>since</span> <span m='38930'>go.</span> <span m='39420'>I've</span> <span m='39840'>always</span> <span m='40390'>only</span> <span m='40520'>loved</span> <span m='41010'>art.</span> <span m='42350'>I</span> <span m='42480'>would</span> <span m='42630'>say</span> <span m='42730'>it</span> <span m='42840'>took</span> <span m='42990'>me</span> <span m='43110'>a</span> <span m='43180'>long</span> <span m='43460'>time</span> <span m='43690'>to</span> <span m='43770'>figure</span> <span m='44060'>out</span> <span m='44250'>what</span> <span m='44510'>part</span> <span m='44860'>of</span> <span m='44980'>art I</span> <span m='45270'>wanted</span> <span m='45700'>to</span> <span m='45790'>do</span> <span m='45990'>for</span> <span m='46140'>a</span> <span m='46210'>living.</span> <span m='47840'>I</span> <span m='48230'>went</span> <span m='48670'>through</span> <span m='49190'>high</span> <span m='49390'>school,</span> <span m='49730'>of</span> <span m='49850'>course,</span> <span m='50200'>doing</span> <span m='50920'>mostly</span> <span m='51350'>art, but</span> <span m='51690'>everything</span> <span m='52090'>else,</span> <span m='52310'>as</span> <span m='52480'>well.</span> <span m='53250'>And</span> <span m='53430'>then</span> <span m='53590'>went</span> <span m='53780'>onto</span> <span m='54210'>an</span> <span m='54320'>art</span> <span m='54550'>college,</span> <span m='55490'>where</span> <span m='55780'>my</span> <span m='55930'>focus</span> <span m='56370'>was</span> <span m='56550'>in</span> <span m='56810'>illustration,</span> <span m='58600'>which</span> <span m='58870'>I</span> <span m='58940'>promptly</span> <span m='59360'>decided</span> <span m='59840'>was</span> <span m='60000'>not</span> <span m='60240'>the</span> <span m='60320'>right</span> <span m='60510'>career</span> <span m='60780'>for</span> <span m='60930'>me</span> <span m='61130'>upon</span> <span m='61400'>graduation</span> <span m='62230'>and</span> <span m='62970'>kept</span> <span m='63160'>going</span> <span m='63350'>back</span> <span m='63570'>to</span> <span m='63660'>school</span> <span m='64450'>and</span> <span m='64569'>taking</span> <span m='64870'>classes,</span> <span m='65700'>one</span> <span m='65860'>by</span> <span m='66000'>one,</span> <span m='67450'>to</span> <span m='67570'>sort of</span> <span m='67850'>get</span> <span m='68020'>a</span> <span m='68060'>better</span> <span m='68290'>focus</span> <span m='68810'>for</span> <span m='69080'>what</span> <span m='69260'>I</span> <span m='69320'>might</span> <span m='69560'>like</span> <span m='69740'>to</span> <span m='69840'>do</span> <span m='70280'>professionally,</span> <span m='71300'>long</span> <span m='71550'>term.</span> </p><p><span m='72830'>After</span> <span m='73230'>I</span> <span m='73710'>left</span> <span m='73980'>college,</span> <span m='74540'>I</span> <span m='74710'>got</span> <span m='74940'>into</span> <span m='75220'>interior</span> <span m='75590'>design,</span> <span m='76810'>which</span> <span m='77010'>I</span> <span m='77160'>love</span> <span m='77990'>and</span> <span m='78540'>still</span> <span m='78950'>do.</span> <span m='79880'>But</span> <span m='80745'>I</span> <span m='81240'>flip-flopped</span> <span m='82210'>doing</span> <span m='82590'>jewelry</span> <span m='82980'>part</span> <span m='83280'>time</span> <span m='84050'>and</span> <span m='84460'>interiors</span> <span m='84980'>full</span> <span m='85160'>time.</span> <span m='85850'>I</span> <span m='85970'>switched</span> <span m='86470'>it</span> <span m='86670'>about</span> <span m='86920'>10</span> <span m='87100'>years</span> <span m='87390'>ago,</span> <span m='87660'>and</span> <span m='87760'>now</span> <span m='87890'>I</span> <span m='87980'>do</span> <span m='88140'>my</span> <span m='88340'>own</span> <span m='89150'>everything,</span> <span m='90000'>whatever</span> <span m='90390'>I</span> <span m='90540'>want,</span> <span m='91340'>all</span> <span m='91560'>day</span> <span m='91730'>every</span> <span m='91940'>day</span> <span m='92190'>and</span> <span m='92420'>interiors</span> <span m='92960'>on</span> <span m='93100'>the</span> <span m='93190'>side,</span> <span m='94310'>which</span> <span m='94730'>is</span> <span m='94860'>really</span> <span m='95150'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='95940'>And</span> <span m='98420'>I</span> <span m='98530'>think</span> <span m='98780'>that</span> <span m='98920'>there's</span> <span m='99100'>so</span> <span m='99300'>many</span> <span m='99570'>skill</span> <span m='99930'>sets</span> <span m='100420'>that</span> <span m='100650'>are</span> <span m='100740'>similar</span> <span m='101430'>amongst</span> <span m='102060'>many</span> <span m='102510'>media.</span> <span m='103980'>So</span> <span m='104220'>interior</span> <span m='104550'>design</span> <span m='105030'>has</span> <span m='105190'>a</span> <span m='105250'>lot</span> <span m='105460'>of</span> <span m='105530'>the</span> <span m='105630'>same</span> <span m='105930'>ideas,</span> <span m='106670'>concepts,</span> <span m='107760'>spatial</span> <span m='108640'>relationships,</span> <span m='109760'>color,</span> <span m='110500'>balance,</span> <span m='112450'>and</span> <span m='112670'>fine</span> <span m='112980'>motor</span> <span m='113270'>skills.</span> <span m='114550'>So</span> <span m='115610'>many</span> <span m='115960'>artists</span> <span m='116320'>that</span> <span m='116460'>I</span> <span m='116580'>know</span> <span m='117410'>change</span> <span m='117900'>from</span> <span m='118180'>one</span> <span m='118450'>field</span> <span m='118820'>to</span> <span m='118960'>another</span> <span m='119500'>to</span> <span m='119700'>sort</span> <span m='119920'>of</span> <span m='120070'>tweak</span> <span m='120430'>to</span> <span m='120560'>where</span> <span m='120740'>they</span> <span m='120890'>really</span> <span m='121270'>want</span> <span m='121450'>to</span> <span m='121500'>get</span> <span m='121780'>to.</span> <span m='122390'>But</span> <span m='122960'>each</span> <span m='123300'>experience</span> <span m='124100'>builds</span> <span m='124470'>on</span> <span m='124670'>the</span> <span m='124740'>next.</span> </p><p><span m='125900'>When</span> <span m='126150'>I</span> <span m='126420'>got</span> <span m='126630'>out</span> <span m='126770'>of</span> <span m='126890'>college,</span> <span m='127510'>I</span> <span m='127580'>feel</span> <span m='127790'>like</span> <span m='127960'>I</span> <span m='128030'>was</span> <span m='128220'>very--</span> <span m='129780'>looking</span> <span m='130080'>back,</span> <span m='130419'>I</span> <span m='130479'>was</span> <span m='130680'>very</span> <span m='131120'>ill</span> <span m='131330'>prepared.</span> <span m='132350'>I</span> <span m='132540'>didn't</span> <span m='133590'>pay</span> <span m='133720'>attention</span> <span m='134210'>to</span> <span m='134290'>how</span> <span m='134460'>to</span> <span m='134550'>write</span> <span m='134740'>a</span> <span m='134850'>resume.</span> <span m='135760'>There</span> <span m='135830'>wasn't</span> <span m='136330'>as</span> <span m='136500'>much</span> <span m='136750'>focus</span> <span m='137160'>on</span> <span m='137360'>that.</span> <span m='138080'>That</span> <span m='138440'>would've</span> <span m='138610'>been</span> <span m='138800'>a</span> <span m='138860'>really</span> <span m='139660'>strong</span> <span m='140160'>thing</span> <span m='140410'>I</span> <span m='140480'>wish</span> <span m='140740'>I</span> <span m='140780'>had</span> <span m='140970'>done</span> <span m='141190'>more</span> <span m='141520'>of.</span> <span m='142060'>I'm</span> <span m='142490'>thinking</span> <span m='142900'>about</span> <span m='143320'>adding</span> <span m='143780'>in--</span> <span m='144020'>even</span> <span m='144240'>if</span> <span m='144330'>you</span> <span m='144530'>love</span> <span m='144870'>art</span> <span m='145210'>completely,</span> <span m='146270'>adding</span> <span m='146640'>in</span> <span m='146730'>a</span> <span m='146780'>few</span> <span m='147010'>business</span> <span m='147540'>classes</span> <span m='148120'>to</span> <span m='148260'>know</span> <span m='148420'>how</span> <span m='148550'>to</span> <span m='148640'>run</span> <span m='148930'>your</span> <span m='149130'>own</span> <span m='149290'>business</span> <span m='150100'>or</span> <span m='150980'>know how to</span> <span m='151300'>hire</span> <span m='151620'>someone</span> <span m='151940'>else</span> <span m='152180'>who</span> <span m='152790'>knows</span> <span m='152990'>how</span> <span m='153090'>to</span> <span m='153190'>do</span> <span m='153480'>it better than</span> <span m='153800'>you.</span> </p><p><span m='155810'>Some</span> <span m='156120'>basic</span> <span m='156560'>skill</span> <span m='156850'>sets</span> <span m='157290'>about</span> <span m='158410'>running</span> <span m='158700'>your</span> <span m='158870'>own</span> <span m='159000'>business,</span> <span m='159500'>I</span> <span m='159570'>think,</span> <span m='160400'>that's</span> <span m='161100'>probably</span> <span m='161550'>the</span> <span m='161650'>big</span> <span m='161850'>thing.</span> <span m='162660'>And</span> <span m='165200'>just</span> <span m='165420'>being</span> <span m='165640'>flexible</span> <span m='166150'>and</span> <span m='166240'>knowing</span> <span m='166470'>how</span> <span m='166670'>to</span> <span m='166780'>wear</span> <span m='167010'>a</span> <span m='167080'>lot</span> <span m='167300'>of</span> <span m='167340'>different</span> <span m='167650'>hats.</span> <span m='168690'>And</span> <span m='169700'>really</span> <span m='170100'>learning</span> <span m='170590'>the</span> <span m='170690'>basics</span> <span m='171340'>of</span> <span m='171530'>things</span> <span m='171930'>before</span> <span m='172280'>moving</span> <span m='172670'>into</span> <span m='173170'>some</span> <span m='173390'>of</span> <span m='173440'>the</span> <span m='173520'>more</span> <span m='173680'>juicy</span> <span m='174150'>things.</span> <span m='175090'>Putting</span> <span m='175250'>the</span> <span m='175350'>time</span> <span m='175730'>in in</span> <span m='176000'>the</span> <span m='176060'>basics.</span> </p>","file":{"id":255669,"video_id":"2699030347001","name":"67848920","duration":178027,"thumbnail_url":null}});