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19-1013.00 - Soil and Plant Scientists

Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

Sample of reported job titles: Agronomist, Agronomy Research Manager, Agronomy Specialist, Crop Nutrition Scientist, Extension Specialist, Microbiology Soil Scientist, On-Site Soil Evaluator, Research Soil Scientist, Soil Fertility Extension Specialist, Soil Scientist

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
83   Core Communicate research or project results to other professionals or the public or teach related courses, seminars, or workshops.
74   Core Conduct experiments to develop new or improved varieties of field crops, focusing on characteristics such as yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value, or adaptation to specific soils or climates. Green Task Statement
74   Core Develop new or improved methods or products for controlling or eliminating weeds, crop diseases, or insect pests.
71   Core Provide information or recommendations to farmers or other landowners regarding ways in which they can best use land, promote plant growth, or avoid or correct problems such as erosion. Green Task Statement
68   Core Develop environmentally safe methods or products for controlling or eliminating weeds, crop diseases, or insect pests. Green Task Statement
68   Core Investigate soil problems or poor water quality to determine sources and effects. Green Task Statement
67   Core Conduct experiments investigating how soil forms, changes, or interacts with land-based ecosystems or living organisms. Green Task Statement
66   Core Conduct research to determine best methods of planting, spraying, cultivating, harvesting, storing, processing, or transporting horticultural products.
64   Core Investigate responses of soils to specific management practices to determine the effects of alternative practices on the environment. Green Task Statement
63   Core Develop methods of conserving or managing soil that can be applied by farmers or forestry companies. Green Task Statement
63   Core Study ways to improve agricultural sustainability, such as the use of new methods of composting. Green Task Statement
60   Core Investigate responses of soils to specific management practices to determine the use capabilities of soils and the effects of alternative practices on soil productivity.
58   Core Identify degraded or contaminated soils and develop plans to improve their chemical, biological, or physical characteristics. Green Task Statement
54   Core Develop ways of altering soils to suit different types of plants.
61   Supplemental Identify or classify species of insects or allied forms, such as mites or spiders.
60   Supplemental Provide advice regarding the development of regulatory standards for land reclamation or soil conservation. Green Task Statement
57   Supplemental Study insect distribution or habitat and recommend methods to prevent importation or spread of injurious species.
56   Supplemental Consult with engineers or other technical personnel working on construction projects about the effects of soil problems and possible solutions to these problems. Green Task Statement
53   Supplemental Perform chemical analyses of the microorganism content of soils to determine microbial reactions or chemical mineralogical relationships to plant growth.
53   Supplemental Conduct experiments regarding causes of bee diseases or factors affecting yields of nectar or pollen.
49   Supplemental Develop improved measurement techniques, soil conservation methods, soil sampling devices, or related technology. Green Task Statement
49   Supplemental Study soil characteristics to classify soils on the basis of factors such as geographic location, landscape position, or soil properties.
47   Supplemental Research technical requirements or environmental impacts of urban green spaces, such as green roof installations. Green Task Statement
47   Supplemental Survey undisturbed or disturbed lands for classification, inventory, mapping, environmental impact assessments, environmental protection planning, conservation planning, or reclamation planning. Green Task Statement
47   Supplemental Conduct research into the use of plant species as green fuels or in the production of green fuels. Green Task Statement
44   Supplemental Plan or supervise land conservation or reclamation programs for industrial development projects. Green Task Statement
43   Supplemental Plan or supervise waste management programs for composting or farming. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Drying cabinets or ovens — Laboratory drying ovens
Gel documentation systems — Gel electrophoresis systems
Laboratory flasks — Erlenmeyer flasks; Glass flasks
Orbital shaking water baths — Hot water shaking baths
pH meters — Digital pH meters; pH indicators
Photometers — Flame photometers; Luminometers
Radarbased surveillance systems — Ground penetrating radar GPR; Light detection and ranging LIDAR systems; Synthetic aperture radar SAR
Refrigerated and heated reach in environmental or growth chambers — Laboratory growth chambers
Soil core sampling apparatus — Calibrated soil scoops; Soil augers
Soil testing kits — Heat flux plates
Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — Fluorimeters; X ray fluorescence XRF spectrometers

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — European Soil Erosion Model EUROSEM; PC-Progress HYDRUS; Variogram Estimation and Spatial Prediction plus Error Vesper *; Water Erosion Prediction Project WEPP * (see all 16 examples)
Categorization or classification software — GAEA Technologies WinSieve
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software
Data base user interface and query software — National Resources Conservation Service NRCS PEDON Description Program PDP *; National Soil Information System NASIS *; PedonCE *; SoilVision Systems SoilVision software (see all 6 examples)
Map creation software — ESRI ArcGIS software; GIS software; Leica Geosystems ERDAS IMAGINE
Object or component oriented development software — R *
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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

See all 72 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
88   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
84   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
73   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
72   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.
65   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   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
55   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   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.
49   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.
47   Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
45   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.
45   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.
45   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.
40   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.
40   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.
38   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.
33   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
30   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
28   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
27   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.
27   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
26   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
25   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
19   History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
18   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
17   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   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.
15   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
14   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.
  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.
  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.
  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.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
78   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
78   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
75   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
75   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
75   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
72   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   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
72   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
60   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
60   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
60   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.
56   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
56   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
56   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
53   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
50   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
50   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
47   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
47   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
44   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
44   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
38   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
35   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
25   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
25   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
25   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
25   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
19   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
78   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
78   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
75   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
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).
75   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).
75   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
72   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.
63   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
63   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.
63   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
60   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).
60   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
56   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.
56   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
50   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
50   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.
47   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
47   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
44   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.
44   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
44   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
44   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).
44   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
41   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.
35   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
35   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
31   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.
28   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.
28   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.
25   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
25   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
25   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
25   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.
25   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
25   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
22   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
22   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
19   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.
19   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
16   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
16   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.
16   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
16   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
16   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
16   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
13   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
13   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
93   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Analyze biological samples.
90   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
90   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
89   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Classify organisms based on their characteristics or behavior.
  • Conduct research of processes in natural or industrial ecosystems.
  • Research crop management methods.
  • Research diseases or parasites.
  • Research geological features or processes.
  • Research hydrologic features or processes.
  • Research impacts of environmental conservation initiatives.
  • Research sustainable agricultural processes or practices.
87   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
85   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
84   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Collaborate with technical specialists to resolve design or development problems.
83   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
83   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
83   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
80   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
78   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
75   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Develop environmental sustainability plans or projects.
  • Develop sustainable industrial or development methods.
  • Plan natural resources conservation or restoration programs.
73   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.
73   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.
  • Survey land or properties.
72   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
68   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Develop agricultural methods.
68   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
67   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
64   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
61   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
60   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
60   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Direct natural resources management or conservation programs.
60   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
59   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.
59   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 about environmental management or conservation.
  • Advise others about land management or conservation.
55   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
47   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
47   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.
46   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
40   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
39   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.
38   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
37   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
34   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
33   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
31   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
30   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
26   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.
19   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.
17   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.

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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
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


70     Every day
26     Once a week or more but not every day
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


56     A lot of freedom
41     Some freedom
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?


50     A lot of freedom
46     Some freedom
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


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


59     More than 40 hours
41     40 hours
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


38     Extremely important
38     Very important
19     Important
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


37     Every day
48     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a year or more but not every month
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


26     Extremely important
63     Very important
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?


26     Very important results
44     Important results
22     Moderate results
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?


15     Constant contact with others
56     Contact with others most of the time
15     Contact with others about half the time
15     Occasional contact with others
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


15     Extremely important
41     Very important
33     Important
11     Fairly important
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


15     Every day
35     Once a week or more but not every day
42     Once a month or more but not every week
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


44     Once a week or more but not every day
44     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?


11     Extremely important
48     Very important
22     Important
15     Fairly important
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?


15     Every day
26     Once a week or more but not every day
52     Once a month or more but not every week
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


11     Every day
37     Once a week or more but not every day
37     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


19     Very high responsibility
22     High responsibility
48     Moderate responsibility
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


19     Very high responsibility
33     High responsibility
26     Moderate responsibility
19     Limited responsibility
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


41     More than half the time
41     About half the time
11     Less than half the time
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


15     Extremely competitive
27     Highly competitive
42     Moderately competitive
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


44     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
11     Never
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?


23     Extremely important
15     Very important
31     Important
19     Fairly important
12     Not important at all
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


41     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


19     Once a week or more but not every day
48     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


12     Extremely serious
27     Very serious
15     Serious
35     Fairly serious
12     Not serious at all
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?


15     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
33     Once a year or more but not every month
11     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


11     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
19     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?


19     Once a week or more but not every day
33     Once a month or more but not every week
33     Once a year or more but not every month
11     Never
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


22     Once a week or more but not every day
37     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
15     Never
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


15     Moderately close (at arm's length)
33     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
52     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
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?


22     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
41     Once a year or more but not every month
11     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?


11     Continually or almost continually
15     More than half the time
11     About half the time
44     Less than half the time
19     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


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


19     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
41     Once a year or more but not every month
22     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


12     Seasonal (only during certain times of the year)
46     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
42     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


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


12     More than half the time
23     About half the time
38     Less than half the time
23     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


15     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
44     Once a year or more but not every month
19     Never
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?


19     Once a month or more but not every week
70     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


22     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
30     Once a year or more but not every month
37     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


26     Once a month or more but not every week
41     Once a year or more but not every month
26     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


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


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


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


67     Less than half the time
26     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?


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


19     Once a month or more but not every week
33     Once a year or more but not every month
48     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


48     Less than half the time
44     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.)


12     Important
12     Fairly important
77     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)?


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


22     Less than half the time
74     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


15     Once a year or more but not every month
81     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


15     Once a year or more but not every month
81     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


23     Less than half the time
77     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


19     Once a year or more but not every month
81     Never
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
89     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
44   Doctoral degree
26   Master's degree
15   Bachelor's degree

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

Chemistry — Soil Chemistry and Physics
Life Sciences — Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding; Agriculture, General; Agronomy and Crop Science; Horticultural Science; Plant Sciences, General; Range Science and Management (see all 7 programs)
Physics/Astronomy — Soil Chemistry and Physics

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100   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.
78   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.
45   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.
33   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.
33   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
11   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.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
90   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
87   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
87   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
85   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
84   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
82   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
81   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
81   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.
80   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
77   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
74   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
70   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
68   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
67   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
58   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
46   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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Extent
Work Value
83   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.
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.
67   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.
50   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.
39   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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $28.36 hourly, $58,990 annual
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Employment (2012) 16,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 6,700
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Top industries (2012)

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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