In today’s job market, workers more than ever need to ensure their skills are of the highest caliber. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), "Opportunities ... will be best for graduates from training programs for jewelers or gemologists." And that’s especially true for those with skills in the latest technologies, such as computer-aided design and manufacturing. (Click here to see the BLS outlook for “Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers.")
To help current workers and student graduates advance their careers, as well as to ensure the craft of jewelry making and design continues to thrive, MJSA offers the following resources.
Search for job opportunities in jewelry making and design, or to post your resume.
This outreach program, spearheaded by the MJSA Education Foundation, aims to bring "new blood" into the jewelry industry: It works with jewelers across the country to identify promising candidates from their communities, then provides the resources needed for those candidates to embark on careers.
Locate schools with courses and programs related to jewelry design and jewelry making. Schools can be searched by name, location, or topic.
Current courses, workshops, and other educational offerings of MJSA member schools.
Apply for financial aid to advance your education. Six permanent endowment funds provide support to students enrolled in jewelry design, jewelry making, or other jewelry-related degree programs at colleges, universities, and technical schools throughout the United States.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit subsidiary of the association, the MJSA Education Foundation supports programs that help to ensure the industry maintains a qualified, competitive workforce.
Top photo courtesy of the Alan Revere and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts