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Precious Metal Workers

Also called: Artist, Caster, Goldsmith, Silversmith

What they do:
Cast, anneal, solder, hammer, or shape gold, silver, pewter or other metals to form jewelry or other metal items such as goblets or candlesticks.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Dependability
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
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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