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Craft Artists

Create or reproduce handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Create functional or decorative objects by hand, using a variety of methods and materials.
    • Advertise products and work, using media such as internet advertising and brochures.
    • Develop concepts or creative ideas for craft objects.
    • Research craft trends, venues, and customer buying patterns to inspire designs and marketing strategies.
    • Fabricate patterns or templates to guide craft production.
    • Sketch or draw objects to be crafted.
    • Plan and attend craft shows to market products.
    • Cut, shape, fit, join, mold, or otherwise process materials, using hand tools, power tools, or machinery.
    • Apply finishes to objects being crafted.
    • Create prototypes or models of objects to be crafted.
    • Confer with customers to assess customer needs or obtain feedback.
    • Develop designs using specialized computer software.
    • Select materials for use based on strength, color, texture, balance, weight, size, malleability and other characteristics.
    • Develop product packaging, display, and pricing strategies.

    Skills

    • Management of Personnel Resources

      Selecting and managing the best workers for a job.

    • Monitoring

      Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.

    • Coordination

      Changing what is done based on other people's actions.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.

    • Systems Evaluation

      Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

    • Technology Design

      Making equipment and technology useful for customers.

    • Programming

      Writing computer programs.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Planning and doing the basic maintenance on equipment.

    • Mathematics

      Using math to solve problems.

    • Active Learning

      Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.

    • Science

      Using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems.

    • Critical Thinking

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

    • Equipment Selection

      Deciding what kind of tools and equipment are needed to do a job.

    • Systems Analysis

      Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.

    • Operation and Control

      Using equipment or systems.

    • Management of Financial Resources

      Making spending decisions and keeping track of what is spent.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Reading work-related information.

    • Writing

      Writing things for co-workers or customers.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Understanding people's reactions.

    • Persuasion

      Talking people into changing their minds or their behavior.

    • Instructing

      Teaching people how to do something.

    • Installation

      Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Testing how well a product or service works.

    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the right tools.

    • Service Orientation

      Looking for ways to help people.

    • Negotiation

      Bringing people together to solve differences.

    • Troubleshooting

      Figuring out what is causing equipment, machines, wiring, or computer programs to not work.

    • Management of Material Resources

      Managing equipment and materials.

    • Learning Strategies

      Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.

    • Active Listening

      Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

    • Operations Analysis

      Figuring out what a product or service needs to be able to do.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others.

    • Time Management

      Managing your time and the time of other people.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.

    WorkKeys®

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    Workplace Documents
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    Graphic Literacy
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    Abilities

    • Spatial Orientation

      Knowing where things are around you.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      Noticing when problems happen.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      Keeping your arm or hand steady.

    • Wrist-Finger Speed

      Making fast, simple, repeated movements of your fingers, hands, and wrists.

    • Written Expression

      Communicating by writing.

    • Mathematical Reasoning

      Choosing the right type of math to solve a problem.

    • Flexibility of Closure

      Seeing hidden patterns.

    • Static Strength

      Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying.

    • Peripheral Vision

      Seeing something to your side when your are looking ahead.

    • Far Vision

      Seeing details that are far away.

    • Number Facility

      Adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing.

    • Control Precision

      Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

    • Gross Body Coordination

      Moving your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving.

    • Reaction Time

      Quickly moving your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command.

    • Visual Color Discrimination

      Noticing the difference between colors, including shades and brightness.

    • Sound Localization

      Noticing the direction that a sound came from.

    • Time Sharing

      Doing two or more things at the same time.

    • Speech Clarity

      Speaking clearly.

    • Speed of Limb Movement

      Quickly moving your arms and legs.

    • Dynamic Strength

      Exercising for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

    • Speed of Closure

      Quickly knowing what you are looking at.

    • Category Flexibility

      Grouping things in different ways.

    • Information Ordering

      Ordering or arranging things.

    • Manual Dexterity

      Holding or moving items with your hands.

    • Depth Perception

      Deciding which thing is closer or farther away from you, or deciding how far away it is from you.

    • Gross Body Equilibrium

      Keeping your balance or staying upright.

    • Rate Control

      Changing when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

    • Explosive Strength

      Jumping, sprinting, or throwing something.

    • Speech Recognition

      Recognizing spoken words.

    • Selective Attention

      Paying attention to something without being distracted.

    • Oral Comprehension

      Listening and understanding what people say.

    • Glare Sensitivity

      Seeing something even if there is a glare or very bright light.

    • Response Orientation

      Quickly deciding if you should move your hand, foot, or other body part.

    • Visualization

      Imagining how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

    • Written Comprehension

      Reading and understanding what is written.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      Using rules to solve problems.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      Making general rules or coming up with answers from lots of detailed information.

    • Oral Expression

      Communicating by speaking.

    • Fluency of Ideas

      Coming up with lots of ideas.

    • Auditory Attention

      Paying attention to one sound while there are other distracting sounds.

    • Trunk Strength

      Using your lower back and stomach.

    • Extent Flexibility

      Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      Using your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down.

    • Originality

      Creating new and original ideas.

    • Memorization

      Remembering words, numbers, pictures, or steps.

    • Stamina

      Exercising for a long time without getting out of breath.

    • Hearing Sensitivity

      Telling the difference between sounds.

    • Near Vision

      Seeing details up close.

    • Perceptual Speed

      Quickly comparing groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

    • Finger Dexterity

      Putting together small parts with your fingers.

    • Dynamic Flexibility

      Quickly and repeatedly bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Night Vision

      Seeing at night or under low light.

    Knowledge

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    • Economics and Accounting

      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

    • Building and Construction

      Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

    • Fine Arts

      Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Foreign Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Geography

      Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Administrative

      Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • Sociology and Anthropology

      Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.

    • History and Archeology

      Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

    • Philosophy and Theology

      Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

    • Communications and Media

      Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

    • Physics

      Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub-atomic structures and processes.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Personnel and Human Resources

      Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 37870/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.21/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 430
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Innovation
    • Persistence
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Air brushes
    • Air cleaners
    • Air compressors
    • Angle gauge
    • Angle measuring instrument
    • Anvils
    • Applicator brushes
    • Artist knives
    • Automatic lathe or chucking machine
    • Bastard cut file
    • Belt and disc sander
    • Bench scales
    • Bench vises
    • Bending machines
    • Biscuit jointers
    • Blade sharpener
    • Blow torch
    • Bobbins or bobbin holders
    • Boring machines
    • Burnisher
    • C clamps
    • Calipers
    • Calligraphy pens
    • Candlemaking accessories
    • Candlemaking forms
    • Carving tools
    • Clay or modeling tools
    • Combination pliers
    • Commercial use molds
    • Coping saw
    • Corner clamps
    • Crochet hooks
    • Cross and straight pein hammer
    • Cutting die
    • Diagonal cut pliers
    • Domestic clothing irons
    • Dovetail machine
    • Dressmakers ruler
    • Drill press or radial drill
    • Drum sander
    • Drying cabinets or ovens
    • Dye sublimination printers
    • Ear plugs
    • Edge bander
    • Electrolytic bath machine
    • Extruders for modeling materials
    • Fabric frame
    • Fabric or cloth folding machines
    • Facial shields
    • Felting machines
    • Floor looms
    • Gas burners
    • Glass blowing instrument
    • Glass cutters
    • Grinding machines
    • Half round file
    • Hammers
    • Hand looms
    • Handheld thermometer
    • Heat guns
    • Height gauges
    • Hex keys
    • Hold down clamps
    • Hose or pipe clamps
    • Hydrometers
    • Inkjet printers
    • Jewellers pliers
    • Jewelry mandrels
    • Jigsaw
    • Kiln accessories for firing ceramics
    • Kiln furniture
    • Kilns for firing ceramics
    • Lapping machine
    • Levels
    • Lighters
    • Loupes
    • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders
    • Mallets
    • Masks or accessories
    • Mechanical or ultrasonic metal cleaner
    • Micrometers
    • Mini pliers
    • Miter saw
    • Moisture meters
    • Notebook computers
    • Paint brushes
    • Paint sprayers
    • Palette knives
    • Palettes for paint or ink mixing
    • Paper drilling machines
    • Personal computers
    • Photo print dryer
    • Photocopiers
    • Picks
    • Pipettes for paint or dye mixing
    • Planes
    • Pneumatic hammer
    • Polariscopes
    • Potters wheels for hand made ceramics
    • Power buffers
    • Power drills
    • Power grinders
    • Power nail guns
    • Power planes
    • Power routers
    • Power saws
    • Power scissors
    • Power screwguns
    • Power staple guns
    • Printing presses
    • Protective gloves
    • Protractors
    • Pry bars
    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Punching pliers
    • Pyrometers
    • Rasps
    • Remote reading thermometers
    • Respirators
    • Rotary paper or fabric cutter
    • Rulers
    • Safety glasses
    • Sand blasting machine
    • Saw guide
    • Sawing machines
    • Saws
    • Scrapers for paint application
    • Screwdrivers
    • Scribers
    • Scroll saw
    • Seam ripper
    • Sewing machines
    • Sewing needles
    • Sharpening stones or tools or kits
    • Silk screen arc lamps
    • Silk screen screens
    • Silk screen squeegees
    • Silk screen vacuum printing frames
    • Spatulas
    • Specialty brushes
    • Spirit burners
    • Squares
    • Stamping dies or punches
    • Stonemason chisel
    • Straight edges
    • T squares
    • Table looms
    • Tablet computers
    • Templates
    • Tenoner or tenoning machine
    • Thermal tape printers
    • Thermocouples
    • Tile cutter
    • Tongs
    • Triple beam balances
    • Tumblers or polishers
    • Tweezers
    • Utility knives
    • Viscosimeters
    • Warping machine
    • Wet or dry combination vacuum cleaners
    • Wire gauge
    • Wood burning tools
    • Wood chisels
    • Wood gouge
    • Wood mannequins
    • Wool comb
    • Yarn assembly winder
    • pH meters

    Technology

    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Instant messaging software
    • Internet browser software
    • Point of sale POS software
    • Web page creation and editing software

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