Leather Tanning and Finishing Workers

Worker Lays Out Leather

Leather tanning and finishing workers make leather out of hides and skins by cleaning, tanning, currying, and finishing them. The leather they produce later is used to manufacture shoes, belts, luggage, gloves, saddles, and many other products.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Beaming Inspectors, Color Matchers, Continuous-Process Rotary-Drum Tanning-Machine Operators, Drum Attendants, Embossers, Fleshing-Machine Operators, Frame Makers, Hide and Skin Colorers, Hide Inspectors, Hide Splitters, Leather Coaters, Machine Buffers, Measuring-Machine Operators, Roll Fillers, Roller Machine Operators, Splitting-Machine Feeders, Sprayers, Stakers, Trimmers, Wool Pullers, Wringer-Machine Operators
Duties Make leather out of hides and skins by cleaning, tanning, currying, and finishing them
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Technical/Shop
Experience No previous experience required for entry-level positions
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Plant Manager
  • Grader, or Inspector, or Supervisor
  • Leather Tanning and Finishing Worker
  • Laborer

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