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Potters, Manufacturing

Also called: Glazer, Jiggerman, Potter, Production Potter

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What they do:
Operate production machines such as pug mill, jigger machine, or potter's wheel to process clay in manufacture of ceramic, pottery and stoneware products.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate gas or electric kilns to fire pottery pieces.
  • Mix and apply glazes to pottery pieces, using tools, such as spray guns.
  • Raise and shape clay into wares, such as vases and pitchers, on revolving wheels, using hands, fingers, and thumbs.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • design
  • product and service development
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
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
Ideas and Logic
  • create new and original ideas
  • group things in different ways

Personality

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
  • Independence
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Persistence
  • Achievement/Effort

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology
Inventory management software
  • Inventory control software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$34,030
$24,280
$51,920
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