Jewellers make and repair jewellery such as rings, brooches, chains and bracelets, craft objects out of precious metals, and cut, shape and polish rough gemstones to produce fashion and industrial jewels.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Creativity may also be important.

Tasks

  • examining designs and specifications for jewellery and precious metal objects
  • shaping moulded metal by cutting, filing, beating, turning and bending, using specialised hand and power tools
  • assembling articles by soldering, screwing, riveting and otherwise joining
  • securing precious stones in retaining prongs and ridges, and smoothing and checking final settings
  • engraving designs on ring settings, brooches, bracelets and other articles
  • repairing jewellery by soldering, replacing and rebuilding worn and broken parts
  • appraising the quality and value of jewellery
  • cutting and dividing stones to approximate final shape, using precision hand and power tools and jigs
  • securing stones and shapes, cutting angles, smoothing and polishing
  • finishing articles using files, emery paper and buffing machines
  • restyling old jewellery

Job Titles

  • Jeweller
  • Jeweller

    Specialisations: Diamond Cutter, Faceter, Gem Setter, Goldsmith, Lapidary, Opal Polisher, Ring Maker, Silversmith

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    5300
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    42.3%
  • Female Share

    57.7%
  • Full-Time Share

    71.4%

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This is a very small occupation employing 5300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, New South Wales and Queensland have a large share of Jewellers.
  • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Retail Trade; and Mining.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 40.3 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 54 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 7 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 6 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20055700
20065100
20075800
20083800
20094700
20105900
20116100
20124100
20133300
20144300
20155300
20205600

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryJewellersAll Jobs Average
Full-time71.468.4
Part-time28.631.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)40.340

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing51.5
Retail Trade26.3
Mining14.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.9
Other Industries1.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateJewellersAll Jobs Average
NSW53.731.8
VIC5.625.5
QLD25.719.8
SA86.8
WA011.2
TAS2.12
NT11.1
ACT3.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketJewellersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-2414.6-9.99.9
25-348.9-23.423.4
35-446.8-21.721.7
45-5430.7-21.121.1
55-5910-8.78.7
60-644-5.95.9
65 and Over25.1-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryJewellersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males42.3Males53.6
Females57.7Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Creativity may also be important.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Jewellers who provide good customer service and have strong interpersonal skills.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    82% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Design

    76% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Production and Processing

    72% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. Sales and Marketing

    65% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  5. Mechanical

    59% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Thinking Creatively

    86% Important

    Using your own ideas to developing, designing, or creating something new.

  2. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    76% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  3. Getting Information

    73% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Estimating Products, Events, or Information

    72% Important

    Working out sizes, distances, and amounts; or time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    72% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

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