There are a number of benefits to becoming a jeweler. Of course, first and foremost will be the ability to express yourself artistically and see your designs come to life. If you are a naturally artistic and creative person, this is probably a big selling point to you. Other benefits include the ability to earn higher-than average income, to choose from a variety of work schedules, and spend less time studying before you can get started on your career.
You can earn higher-than-average income.
Jewelers make an average of $35,350 a year, which is slightly higher than the $34,750 that is the average salary across all occupations. Remember too that the overall average income in the U.S. is offset by high-earning occupations that require very advanced degrees. Jewelers still earn above the average and their education requirements are much less than the average degree needed for most occupations. Jewelers also earn significantly more than the average salary for other production occupations, which is only $29,330. And if you are a very qualified jeweler or gain a lot of experience, you could eventually earn over $61,940 annually!
You can have a flexible schedule.
There is a wide variety of schedules available to someone who works in the jewelry industry. There is a chance that you will work a fairly standard, 9am to 5pm schedule and only have to work weekends. If this is the type of schedule you prefer it is certainly an option. However, if you work in a retail location you may be asked to work non-typical hours, such as evenings and weekends. Some people might not like having to stay at work until 8 pm or later at night, but the tradeoff is that you would get to sleep in, so if you are a night owl and not a morning person, there’s an option for you too! Some jewelers also work weekends in order to sell their own designs at trade shows and exhibits. And of course, if you are self-employed you will have the luxury to set your own work schedule. You will even have the opportunity to work part-time if that is all you want, as about 20% of jewelers work less than a full schedule.
You can spend less time in school.
If you’re not the kind of person who wants to spend years reading textbooks, you don’t have to worry when it comes to jewelry school. Many programs last as little as six months, and the longest it will take you to complete your education is about two years, if you choose to earn an associate’s degree. This means that you can spend less money on tuition and find work doing what you love in less time. It also means that from start to finish, there is less time between you making the decision to be a jeweler and you earning a reasonable income! You also have the option, in some jewelry careers, to go through extensive on-the-job training to learn your trade, during which time you can earn a decent salary.