In a typical work setting, musical instrument repairers and tuners:
- Have a medium level of social contact. They talk to customers to learn what is wrong with their instrument, but work alone most of the time.
- Communicate with others by telephone, e-mail, and in person.
- May work as part of a team, especially if working in a retail environment.
Physical Work Conditions
- Nearly always work indoors.
- Are sometimes exposed to contaminants.
- Are occasionally exposed to hazardous equipment.
- Sometimes must hear loud sounds and distracting noise levels, such as when operating power tools or tuning instruments.
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- May on rare occasions wear protective attire such as gloves and eyewear. This is more likely when using toxic solutions to clean instruments.
- Must be very exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Lack of attention while using tools could damage instruments.
- Repeat the same physical and mental activities.
- Make most of their decisions and set daily tasks and goals independently.
- Must meet strict weekly deadlines.
- Usually work a standard 40-hour week. Schedules are typically fairly regular.
- May spend hours each day driving to appointments, especially piano and organ repairers.