Did anyone see this on Forbes.com the other day?
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"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."