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Jeweller

Jewellers design, make, repair, and appraise fine and costume jewellery.

Also Known As

Appraiser, Craftsperson, Goldsmith, Jewellery Designer, Jewellery Maker, Model Maker, Salesperson, Silversmith, Stone Setter, Watch Repairer

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Jewellers and Related Workers (7344.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Jewellers, Watch Repairers and Related Occupations (H514) 
  • 2011 NOC: Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations (6344) 
  • 2016 NOC: Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations (6344) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Jewellers and Related Workers
2006 NOC : 7344.1

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to examine, cut, shape and polish diamonds and precious and synthetic gems using optical instruments, lathes, laps and cutting disks

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing information to differentiate between stones, to appraise gemstones and diamonds, and to identify rare specimens

METHODICAL

Interest in cutting, sawing and filing articles in preparation for further processing

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2022

Jewellers design, create, or repair jewellery and set stones in mountings. Jewellery may be made of precious or semiprecious metals. The stones may be precious or synthetic. Jewellers may specialize in certain types of jewellery, such as silver or gold. Or they may specialize in specific operations, such as design or repair.

  • Jewellery designers create jewellery. They may use sketches or computer renderings to show design options to customers. They may design production-line jewellery or create designs for others to make.
  • Craftspersons may design and make their own lines of jewellery or make jewellery someone else has designed. For example, they may accept commissions from individual clients based on their own or the customer’s design. They may sell their own designs at craft shows, online, or to retailers at trade shows (to learn more, see the Craftsperson occupational profile).
  • Model makers create designs and moulds for mass-produced pieces. They may use computer-aided design and manufacturing programs to design products and automate mould and model making.
  • Jewellers in manufacturing tend to specialize in operations such as setting stones, engraving, electroplating, soldering, or polishing.
  • Jewellers in retail outlets sell jewellery items, enlarge and reduce ring sizes, set stones and replace claws, and replace broken clasps and mountings.
  • Jewellery instructors are trained jewellers who teach their own workshops, become college instructors, and increasingly teach online.

Jewellers also may be gemmologists. To learn more, see the Gemmologist occupational profile.

 

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2022
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg

Jewellers work indoors, often seated at specially designed and equipped workbenches. Their hours are regular. However, they may work shifts in manufacturing firms, or evenings and weekends in retail. Overtime may be required during busy periods such as Christmas and the summer holiday season.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2022

Jewellers need:

  • Good eyesight or corrected vision
  • Good eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity
  • The ability to concentrate for long periods of time on small-scale, finely detailed work

Designers, craftspersons, and model makers must be artistic. They must be able to visualize line, form, and colour in 3 dimensions. Jewellers working in retail stores also must have customer service skills.

Jewellers should enjoy using tools and instruments to perform precision tasks, analyzing information to perform appraisals, and using organized methods for their work.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2022
  • Minimum Education Varies

In Alberta, many jewellers learn through a combination of short courses and on-the-job experience. Complete on-the-job training is hard to find because most shops specialize in a certain type of work. Some jewellery companies offer internships.

Most employers prefer to hire graduates of recognized training programs who already have some basic skills in the trade. Some workplaces expect applicants to supply their own set of hand tools.

Prospective jewellers should discuss their career plans with potential employers before enrolling in a training program. Different areas of specialty may require different training routes.

For example, jewellery designers need training in the visual arts. They also need computer skills for both one-of-a-kind and mass-production work. Post-secondary art programs offer the best opportunities to get this kind of training.

These programs most often require a high school diploma or equivalent. Some programs may consider mature students. They also require a portfolio showing artistic ability and skill.

Elsewhere in Canada, colleges and private vocational schools offer related courses and programs, such as the following:


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2022
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2022

Jewellers work for jewellery stores, design studios, repair shops, wholesale companies, and manufacturers. Graduates of art and design programs often work for other artists or do other types of work while they establish their own design studios.

Advancement most often means becoming more specialized or building a business. Opportunities to advance to supervisory positions are limited.

Jewellers who wish to start their own retail businesses must make a large financial investment in a highly competitive industry. Setting up a design studio involves lower overhead costs.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 6344: Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations occupational group, 75.4% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 6344: Jewellers, jewellery and watch repairers and related occupations occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 0 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2022

Jewellers’ incomes vary a lot. Factors include the type of work, the jeweller’s training and experience, and whether commission sales are involved. Jewellery store employees may be able to buy store merchandise at reduced prices. However, starting wages are usually quite low.

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Fine Arts and Performing Arts
  • Personal and Food Services
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2022

Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA) website: canadianjewellers.com

Gemmological Institute of American (GIA) website: www.gia.edu

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Mar 31, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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