Traditionally, luthiers learned through apprenticeships, though now there are more opportunities for education and training. Working as an apprentice allows someone to earn money while gaining valuable experience in the field. It provides access to highly trained luthiers who may have a lot of connections in the industry. Although students cannot obtain a degree this way, the luthier might issue a certification. 

Colleges and specialized trade schools offer education in maintenance, manufacturing and the repair of stringed instruments. Valuable skills for becoming a luthier include woodworking, metal shop, and design experience. 

There is no one way to become a luthier, though a love for music and instruments is a huge part of what drives the most successful luthiers. It takes patience and problem solving skills to be able to work with specific materials in order for luthiers to be able to either create and/or fix instruments. For many luthiers, it may take months or even years to build one instrument.

What are Luthiers like?


Based on our pool of users, Luthiers tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Luthiers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 69 Sokanu users

Are Luthiers happy?


Luthiers rank among the happiest careers. Overall they rank in the 86th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Luthier Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Luthiers

The most common degree held by Luthiers is Studio Arts. 4% of Luthiers had a degree in Studio Arts before becoming Luthiers. That is over 8 times the average across all careers.

Luthier Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Luthier, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Luthiers % of population Multiple
Studio Arts 4.3% 0.5% 8.0×

Luthier Education Levels

43% of Luthiers have a bachelor's degree. 33% of Luthiers have an associate's degree.

No education 2%
High school diploma 21%
Associate's degree 33%
Bachelor's degree 43%
Master's degree 1%
Doctorate degree 0%

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