Working in jewelry manufacturing offers a dynamic and engaging environment, with potential opportunities for international travel to trade shows and overseas locations. Various career positions are available in the jewelry manufacturing industry including sales representatives, customer service representatives, jewelers, quality assurance technicians, and specialists in finance, product development, inventory management, marketing, or social media. If you work for a smaller company – or start your own business – you may find you wear most of these hats yourself.

On the Job

The day-to-day aspects of the job really depend on the focus within a manufacturing company, whether you are dealing with solving customer problems, dealing with production by meeting exact standards and ensuring timely shipments, or managing employees. For example, an interest in fashion can translate into a position with a design-focused firm, while an aptitude for marketing or finance can be put to beneficial use working for a high-volume manufacturer.

Jobs in this field may include oversight on various processes that impact the customer experience, production and more. As such, time management and organizational skills are critical to completing daily tasks while also planning and strategizing on long-term goals

Growing in the Industry

Those who work in sales for a manufacturer may become sales or marketing directors. Independent reps are self-employed and develop a regular clientele to whom they sell merchandise from a variety of jewelry manufacturers. Customer service and production staff may move into management positions, becoming sales or product development managers.

Jewelers may expand their areas of expertise or develop new skills. Some jewelers go on to work in supervisory positions while others may open their own manufacturing companies or retail stores.

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Jewelers of America

In 1906, Jewelers of America was founded by jewelers for jewelers, with a desire to advance the professionalism and ethics of the jewelry industry.

Today, we continue that mission and Jewelers of America Members stand as the most trustworthy, informed and professional jewelry businesses within the United States.