What do they do?

Repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks. Includes watchmakers, watch technicians, and mechanical timepiece repairers.

Also known as:

Antique Clock Repairer, Clock Repair Technician, Clock Repairer, Horologist, Watch and Clock Repairer, Watch Estimator, Watch Repair Person, Watch Repair Technician, Watch Repairer, Watch Technician (Watch Tech), Watchmaker

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Watch Repairers is projected to Decline 21 percent from 2020 to 2030

Projected Employment in VA

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  • -21.4%

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    Ranks #12 in job growth rate
    10

    Job Openings

    Ranks #4 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (1%)
  • Master's degree  (4%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (19%)
  • Associate's degree  (23%)
  • Some college, no degree  (26%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (24%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (3%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair.
  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
  • Disassemble equipment to inspect for deficiencies.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
  • Estimate costs for labor or materials.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Confer with customers or users to assess problems.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
  • Repair electronic equipment.
  • Record information about parts, materials or repair procedures.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products.
  • Fabricate parts or components.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 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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