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Shoe & Leather Workers & Repairers

Also called: Boot Maker, Cutter, Shoe Maker, Shoe Repairer

What they do:
Construct, decorate, or repair leather and leather-like products, such as luggage, shoes, and saddles.
On the job, you would:
  • Cut out parts, following patterns or outlines, using knives, shears, scissors, or machine presses.
  • Construct, decorate, or repair leather products according to specifications, using sewing machines, needles and thread, leather lacing, glue, clamps, hand tools, or rivets.
  • Align and stitch or glue materials such as fabric, fleece, leather, or wood, to join parts.


  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Accounting software
  • Bookkeeping software
  • Financial accounting software
Point of sale POS software
  • Sale processing software
Inventory management software
  • Inventory tracking software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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