What do they do?

Fabricate, finish, or evaluate the quality of gems and diamonds used in jewelry or industrial tools.

Also known as:

Diamond Cutter, Diamond Grader, Diamond Picker, Diamond Polisher, Diamond Sawer, Diamond Setter, Facetor, Gemologist, Lapidarist

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment in VA

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  • 10%


    Ranks #16 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #40 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (2%)
  • Master's degree  (6%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (24%)
  • Associate's degree  (10%)
  • Some college, no degree  (22%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (24%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (12%)

Typical College Majors

Most Popular Majors that prepare Gem and Diamond Workers

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Examine physical characteristics of gemstones or precious metals.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
  • Determine the value of goods or services.
  • Maneuver workpieces in equipment during production.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Advise others on ways to improve processes or products.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications.
  • Mix substances to create chemical solutions.
  • Apply solutions to production equipment.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Sharpen cutting or grinding tools.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Solder parts or workpieces.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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