Retail jeweller Jeweller
Retail jewellers promote and sell a range of jewellery to customers.
1. Entry requirements
You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in subjects like English and maths, art or design and technology.Retail or customer care experience might be helpful.
Doing a retail or business course at college could teach you some of the skills you'll need.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- customer service skills
- patience, accuracy and attention to detail
- maths skills
- practical skills and good hand-eye coordination
3. What you'll do
You’ll sell a range of products from precious metals and gems to fashion accessories, watches, clocks and silverware.
You might work in stores owned by large high street retailers, or in independent jewellers.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- arranging displays in windows and show cabinets
- advising customers on products
- taking payments for goods, and issuing receipts and guarantees
- meeting sales targets
- using IT systems to manage customer accounts and control stock
You might also:
- gift wrap goods
- carry out repairs and adjustments
- provide a jewellery cleaning service
- value precious metals, jewellery, clocks and watches for insurance or sale purposes
- design and make items
Starter: £16,000 to £22,000
Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000
Highly Experienced: Up to £35,000
You’ll usually earn commission on what you sell.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 37 to 40 hours a week, including weekends, on a rota system. Overtime and part-time work are common.
The work can be physically demanding.
You’ll usually wear a uniform.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could progress to specialist repairs, store management or buying.
You could open your own business.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017