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17-2111.02 - Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers

Research causes of fires, determine fire protection methods, and design or recommend materials or equipment such as structural components or fire-detection equipment to assist organizations in safeguarding life and property against fire, explosion, and related hazards.

Sample of reported job titles: Chief Engineer, Consulting Engineer, Design Director, Engineer, Fire Protection Engineer, Fire Protection Engineer and Code Consultant (FP Engineer and Code Consultant), Lead Fire Protection Engineer, Loss Control Manager, Senior Engineer, Senior Fire Protection Engineer

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
84   Core Advise architects, builders, and other construction personnel on fire prevention equipment and techniques, and on fire code and standard interpretation and compliance.
83   Core Inspect buildings or building designs to determine fire protection system requirements and potential problems in areas such as water supplies, exit locations, and construction materials.
74   Core Design fire detection equipment, alarm systems, and fire extinguishing devices and systems.
71   Core Prepare and write reports detailing specific fire prevention and protection issues, such as work performed, revised codes or standards, and proposed review schedules.
63   Core Determine causes of fires and ways in which they could have been prevented.
59   Core Direct the purchase, modification, installation, maintenance, and operation of fire protection systems.
59   Core Develop plans for the prevention of destruction by fire, wind, and water.
58   Core Consult with authorities to discuss safety regulations and to recommend changes as necessary.
56   Core Study the relationships between ignition sources and materials to determine how fires start.
53   Core Develop training materials and conduct training sessions on fire protection.
52   Core Conduct research on fire retardants and the fire safety of materials and devices.
52   Core Attend workshops, seminars, or conferences to present or obtain information regarding fire prevention and protection.
46   Supplemental Evaluate fire department performance and the laws and regulations affecting fire prevention or fire safety.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Calorimeters — Cone calorimeters; Furniture calorimeters; Oxygen depletion calorimeters; Room calorimeters (see all 5 examples)
Digital cameras
Dissolved oxygen meters — Oxygen meters
Fiber sensors — Silica-carbide fiber sensors
Flow transmitters — Flow tunnels; Mass flow controllers
Fume hoods or cupboards — Collection hoods
Gas burners — Counter-flow slot burners CSB; Methane burners; Propane diffusion flame burners
Heat sinks
Laboratory box furnaces — Flame spread testers; Flammability testers; Smoke density testers; Wall panel furnaces (see all 6 examples)
Laboratory heaters — Radiant heaters
Lasers — Helium-neon lasers
Notebook computers
Orifice plate — Orifice-plate flowmeters
Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen analyzers
Photosensitive diodes — Silicon photodiodes
Temperature transmitters — Heat flux transducers
Tube furnaces — Steiner tunnel furnaces

Technology used in this occupation:

Administration software — Network flow modeling software
Analytical or scientific software — A Large Outdoor Fire plume Trajectory model Flat Terrain ALOFT-FT software *; Berkeley Algorithm for Breaking Window Glass in a Compartment Fire BREAK1 software *; Crows Dynamics Simulex; Simulation of fires in enclosures SOFIE software (see all 35 examples)
Computer aided design CAD software — Computational Dynamics STAR-CD

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
91   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.
79   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
78   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.
74   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
72   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.
69   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
66   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.
63   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.
59   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
57   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.
53   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.
53   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
51   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
46   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.
40   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.
39   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.
37   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
34   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
30   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.
30   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.
26   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
23   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
21   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
20   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
15   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
15   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.
15   History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
14   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.
  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.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  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.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  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.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
78   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
72   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
72   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
69   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
69   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
69   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
66   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
66   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
63   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
63   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
63   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
56   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
53   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
53   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
50   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
50   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
50   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
50   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
50   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
50   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
50   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
44   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
44   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
44   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
41   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
41   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
28   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
25   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
22   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
 Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
78   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
75   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
75   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
72   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
69   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
69   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
69   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
69   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
66   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
66   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
66   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
66   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
63   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
60   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
60   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
53   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
53   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
53   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
50   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
47   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
44   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
44   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
44   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
41   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
41   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
38   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
38   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
38   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
25   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
25   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
10   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
  Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
  Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
  Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
 Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
88   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
85   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
84   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
82   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Determine causes of operational problems or failures.
76   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
76   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Update technical knowledge.
75   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
75   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
74   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
73   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare technical or operational reports.
73   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.
72   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
71   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
70   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
70   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
70   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Advise others on health and safety issues.
68   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
66   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
66   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
61   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
58   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
58   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
57   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
57   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities.
  • Direct equipment maintenance or repair activities.
  • Direct installation activities.
55   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
54   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
53   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
52   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Teach safety standards or environmental compliance methods.
50   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
46   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
46   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
44   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
40   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
37   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
30   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
28   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
25   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
18   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
15   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
15   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
13   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


96     Every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


86     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


61     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


61     Every day
32     Once a week or more but not every day
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


71     More than 40 hours
29     40 hours
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


39     A lot of freedom
46     Some freedom
14     Limited freedom
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


39     Every day
50     Once a week or more but not every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


43     Extremely important
36     Very important
21     Important
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


43     Extremely important
36     Very important
14     Important
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


36     Constant contact with others
36     Contact with others most of the time
21     Contact with others about half the time
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


21     A lot of freedom
54     Some freedom
25     Limited freedom
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


21     Every day
61     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


36     Very important results
25     Important results
32     Moderate results
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


68     More than half the time
25     About half the time
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


36     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
32     Once a month or more but not every week
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


18     Extremely important
54     Very important
14     Important
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


46     Very important
36     Important
14     Fairly important
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


14     Very high responsibility
21     High responsibility
43     Moderate responsibility
21     Limited responsibility
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


29     Once a week or more but not every day
43     Once a month or more but not every week
21     Once a year or more but not every month
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


11     Extremely competitive
14     Highly competitive
61     Moderately competitive
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


21     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
25     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


18     Once a week or more but not every day
43     Once a month or more but not every week
32     Once a year or more but not every month
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


29     Once a week or more but not every day
36     Once a month or more but not every week
25     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


21     High responsibility
32     Moderate responsibility
29     Limited responsibility
11     No responsibility
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


11     Moderately close (at arm's length)
46     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
39     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


14     Extremely serious
14     Very serious
25     Serious
25     Fairly serious
21     Not serious at all
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
32     Once a month or more but not every week
39     Once a year or more but not every month
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


25     Once a week or more but not every day
25     Once a month or more but not every week
46     Once a year or more but not every month
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


14     Extremely important
18     Very important
11     Important
36     Fairly important
21     Not important at all
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
32     Once a month or more but not every week
46     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


21     Once a month or more but not every week
64     Once a year or more but not every month
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
43     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


29     Once a month or more but not every week
61     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


25     About half the time
75     Less than half the time
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


29     Once a month or more but not every week
54     Once a year or more but not every month
14     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


14     Once a month or more but not every week
79     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


21     About half the time
43     Less than half the time
25     Never
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


18     Once a month or more but not every week
57     Once a year or more but not every month
18     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


29     Moderately automated
32     Slightly automated
32     Not at all automated
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


82     Less than half the time
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


23     Once a month or more but not every week
31     Once a year or more but not every month
38     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


18     Once a month or more but not every week
46     Once a year or more but not every month
32     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


21     Once a month or more but not every week
39     Once a year or more but not every month
36     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


11     Once a month or more but not every week
46     Once a year or more but not every month
36     Never
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


43     Less than half the time
43     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


75     Less than half the time
21     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


57     Less than half the time
36     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


57     Less than half the time
36     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


11     Once a month or more but not every week
30     Once a year or more but not every month
59     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


21     Once a year or more but not every month
68     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


29     Once a year or more but not every month
64     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


29     Less than half the time
64     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


19     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
81     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


11     Once a year or more but not every month
82     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


25     Once a year or more but not every month
75     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


89     Not important at all
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


89     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
97   Bachelor's degree
  Some college, no degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Engineering — Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
95   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
72   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
61   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
50   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
22   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
17   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
90   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
85   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
83   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
80   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
79   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
74   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
72   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
72   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
70   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
68   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
67   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
67   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
66   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
63   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
59   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
47   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
78   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
78   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
75   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
72   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
56   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
33   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors.
Employment data collected from Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors.
Industry data collected from Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors.

Median wages (2013) $37.89 hourly, $78,820 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 24,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 9,700
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Construction (22% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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