"Forbes: Worst Jobs for the 21st century
Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
The number of jewelers in the U.S. is expected to decline, but
by less than 1% by 2014, the Department of Labor says.
Nonetheless, the industry isn’t growing, largely due to the
influx of mass-produced jewelry in recent years. Would-be
necklace and ring makers shouldn’t be entirely discouraged–the
government says prospects for highly skilled jewelers,
particularly those who make custom or luxury jewelry–are
You might want to work on your entrepreneurial skills if you
plan on going into this field though. About 40% of all jewelers
are self-employed, according to the Labor Department.
Working conditions: many jewelers work alone, requires
vocational training, local retailers rely heavily on
Median salary: about $28,000 per year."