Where Can I Find Out About Gunsmithing Jobs?
According to GunPolicy.org, the number of privately owned firearms in the United States is estimated to fall within the 270 to 310 million range. This number is large enough to put the country on top of the world’s highest number of privately owned guns, which can either be a pistol, rifle, or handgun. While this data is alarming to anti-gun violence groups, there’s no denying that this has opened windows of opportunities to gunsmiths and dealers.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have an occupational outlook data specific for the gunsmithing profession, but it does have a Machinists and Tool and Die Makers category. These craftsmen operate CNC machines and work on CAD images just like gunsmiths. They make an average annual salary of $39,910, and before one can gain regular employment, he must have a formal training or completed an apprenticeship program.
After training, a gunsmith can work at any of the following fields:
- large and small gunsmithing shops,
- firearm manufacturing companies,
- sporting goods or gun dealers,
- law enforcement, and
- the military.
Where can you find out about gunsmithing jobs?
If you are currently enrolled in a gunsmithing program, your school may help you find the right company for you. All you have to do is to ask the office that handles student’s affairs for a list of these companies. They can even give you a primer on how to start a business, how to prepare for an interview, and assist you in preparing your resume. One school that has this service is Colorado School of Trades.
But if your school is not of much help, you can expand your search online through classified ad sites, job directories, and even social networking sites. Some of these sites include LinkedIn, Indeed.com, and Directory Employment.
You can even post a “looking-for-a-job” advertisement in forums and classified ad sites. Or you can check out forums and post a question to see if anyone out there can point you to the right direction.
If you don’t have much luck online, you can narrow down your search to include companies related to firearms. They can be for manufacturing of guns, or they can be an independent gun dealer. Check out their website one by one and see if they have job opportunities. If they do, polish your resume and create a compelling cover letter and then send them via their website.
Another place to look for gunsmithing jobs is the community board. Don’t forget that the local government partners with companies both within and outside the state, so check out their public announcements.
These are just some of the ways that you can do to refine your searches for a gunsmithing job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the “Machinists and Tool and Die Makers” category has a slow growth rate, which is pegged at only 7%. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the US, you might want to consider working overseas.