Description: Work as part of a team having responsibility for assembling an entire product or component of a product. May participate in making management decisions affecting the work.
Knowledge Required: Mechanical, fine art, English
Skills: Troubleshooting, time management, repairing
Career Path: Most common training is long term, on-the-job training. Some colleges also provide an associate's degree in Musical Instrument Fabrication and Repair.
Best Cities for this job: Metropolitan areas with a concentration of manufacturing facilities such as San Jose and Chicago.
Median Annual Income: National: $32,800 CA: $29,600
Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment to decline 2% in the next decade due to factories moving out of the country. Certain industries, such as aircraft and electromedical, are expected gain jobs.
From the field: “I love my job for the fact that I get to take part in creating and building an instrument that I love so much.“ - Lindsay, Production Repairist, Taylor GuitarsView more Day at Work videos »