Professional Jeweler Archive: Watchmaker Demographics

August 2001

Timepieces/Data & Statistics


Watchmaker Demographics

Industry seeks to increase ranks as 25% may retire in the next decade


The relatively low number of watchmakers under age 35 has contributed to efforts toward more recruiting. These efforts, reported in Professional Jeweler, June 2001, page 98, aim to fill existing watchmaking schools and add new training curricula.

Where Did You Learn Watchmaking?

Watchmaking School
35.0%
On-the-Job Training
22.9%
Apprenticeship
15.8%
Self-Taught
9.7%
Watch Repair Training Course
8.5%
Family and Other
2.9%
Home Study
2.7%
Watchmakers of Switzerland Training & Education Program
2.5%

Of the 1,365 respondents to a new survey by the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute, 311 hold a certified title, most from AWI. Thirty-six percent are certified master watchmakers, an AWI designation.


Aging Population

Under 25 Years 6.6%
25-35 Years 12.6%
36-45 Years 32.1%
46-55 Years 23.9%
Over 55 Years 24.8%

The AWI survey found nearly half the watchmakers are 46 or older; nearly 25% were 55 or older. Watchmaking schools and watch companies have organized to inform young students about careers as a watchmaker. Contact the American Watch Association, Washington, DC; (703) 759-3377.

Source: AWI, Harrison, OH; (866) 367-2924, www.awi-net.org.

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