I do hope you will get the real world answers you seek. Also, doesn't
someone publish an annual report on jewelry salaries? Is it MJSA?
I would check with all the associations, with GIA Career Day, with
Vic, the industry head hunter guy.
Also the bureau of labor statistics, though that is so averaged it
is not as helpful.
If I were teaching this class I would want to present to the
students the different career paths possible: sales, repair/bench
work, factory, independent store owner, road show remounts,
department store work, appraisals, craft show curcuit, etc.
If there is time, meeting a real life person from some of these
different paths would be terrific. Chicago Metal Arts Guild held a
panel discussion with folks from three different kinds of studios
(all making a living selling though) and it was terrifically
There was a short slide show on each person's work, by the
moderator, and the moderator, herself a self employed
person-making-a-living-doing-shows, asked most of the questions,
then audience members could ask questions.
So valuable for students to see and meet real people doing what they
want to do. "Oh, so it's really possible."
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor
Hard to Find Tools for Metal Clay