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19-2011.00 - Astronomers

Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.

Sample of reported job titles: Professor, Astronomer, Astronomy Professor, Research Scientist, Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy Professor, Scientist, Assistant Professor, Astrophysicist, Lunar and Planetary Institute Director

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
92   Core Study celestial phenomena, using a variety of ground-based and space-borne telescopes and scientific instruments.
90   Core Analyze research data to determine its significance, using computers.
86   Core Develop theories based on personal observations or on observations and theories of other astronomers.
86   Core Collaborate with other astronomers to carry out research projects.
85   Core Present research findings at scientific conferences and in papers written for scientific journals.
82   Core Raise funds for scientific research.
80   Core Measure radio, infrared, gamma, and x-ray emissions from extraterrestrial sources.
78   Core Teach astronomy or astrophysics.
74   Core Develop instrumentation and software for astronomical observation and analysis.
70   Core Review scientific proposals and research papers.
64   Core Serve on professional panels and committees.
57   Core Develop and modify astronomy-related programs for public presentation.
53   Core Calculate orbits and determine sizes, shapes, brightness, and motions of different celestial bodies.
25   Supplemental Direct the operations of a planetarium.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Calorimeters — Differential scanning calorimeters
Digital cameras — Wide-field mosaic charge-coupled device CCD cameras
Laboratory evaporators — Thermal evaporators
Laboratory mills — Ball mills
Notebook computers — Laptop computers
Photometers — Tilting filter photometers
Polarizers — Solar telescope filters
Radarbased surveillance systems — Doppler Rayleigh laser imaging ranging and detecting LIDAR systems; Laser imaging detection and ranging LIDAR systems; Resonance fluorescence laser imaging detection and ranging LIDAR systems
Radio frequency transmitters or receivers — Planetary radar transmitters
Spectrographs — High resolution spectrographs; Low resolution imaging spectrographs; Multi-object spectrographs MOS
Spectrometers — Ebert-Fastie spectrometers; Near-infrared imagers and spectrometers NIRI; Pulsar processors; Wideband pulsar processors (see all 7 examples)
Telescopes — Automated telescopes; Optical telescopes; Very large array VLA telescopes; Very long baseline array VLBA telescopes (see all 14 examples)

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Adaptive optics AO simulation software; Software Bisque CCDSoft; Starcal *; Visual Numerics PV-WAVE (see all 13 examples)
Data base user interface and query software — Spectroscopy databases
Development environment software — Abstraction plus reference plus synthesis A++; Formula translation/translator FORTRAN; Interface definition language IDL; National Instruments LabVIEW
Graphics or photo imaging software — Avis Fits Viewer *; IRIS *
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Object or component oriented development software — C++; Python
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
100   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.
98   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
84   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
74   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
62   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.
58   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.
54   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.
39   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.
33   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.
29   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
28   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
25   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.
25   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
24   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.
17   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
15   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
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.
13   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.
  Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  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.
 Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


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

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
78   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
78   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
78   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
75   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
75   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
75   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
72   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
69   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.
69   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.
66   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).
66   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   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
63   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
63   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
60   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
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.
50   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
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   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
50   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47   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).
35   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
25   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.
25   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.
19   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
19   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
16   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
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.
  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.
 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.
 Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 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.
 Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
99   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
97   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
96   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
95   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Develop software or applications for scientific or technical use.
  • Develop theories or models of physical phenomena.
93   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.
  • Review professional literature to maintain professional knowledge.
87   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
83   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
81   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
77   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
76   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Instruct college students in physical or life sciences.
70   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
70   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
68   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.
67   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.
  • Provide technical information or assistance to public.
65   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 on research activities with scientists or technical specialists.
53   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
52   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Direct scientific activities.
51   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
50   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
48   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
48   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
47   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
46   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
45   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
40   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
40   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
39   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.
33   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
31   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
29   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
28   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.
27   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
24   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.
23   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.
21   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
15   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
13   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
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.
10   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  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.

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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?


100     Every day
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


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


97     A lot of 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?


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


50     Every day
44     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?


58     Extremely important
18     Very important
21     Important
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


42     Extremely competitive
42     Highly competitive
15     Moderately competitive
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


36     Continually or almost continually
55     More than half the time
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


66     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a year or more but not every month
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


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


15     Extremely important
42     Very important
30     Important
12     Fairly 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?


48     Contact with others most of the time
27     Contact with others about half the time
18     Occasional contact with others
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


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


48     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
30     Once a year or more but not every month
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


31     Very important
38     Important
22     Fairly important
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


21     Once a week or more but not every day
58     Once a month or more but not every week
21     Once a year or more but not every month
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?


23     Important results
55     Moderate results
19     Minor results
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


22     High responsibility
28     Moderate responsibility
41     Limited responsibility
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?


13     Very important
19     Important
31     Fairly important
28     Not important at all
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


19     More than half the time
44     Less than half the time
25     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


17     Very serious
27     Serious
20     Fairly serious
33     Not serious at all
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?


32     Once a month or more but not every week
50     Once a year or more but not every month
11     Never
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


33     Important
33     Fairly important
24     Not important at all
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


30     Once a month or more but not every week
67     Once a year or more but not every month
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


78     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


13     Once a week or more but not every day
34     Once a year or more but not every month
38     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


58     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
42     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
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?


13     Once a month or more but not every week
75     Once a year or more but not every month
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?


15     More than half the time
52     Less than half the time
30     Never
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?


18     Once a month or more but not every week
27     Once a year or more but not every month
45     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


94     Less than half the time
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


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


13     Moderately automated
34     Slightly automated
47     Not at all automated
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?


66     Once a year or more but not every month
28     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


47     Once a year or more but not every month
41     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


36     Once a year or more but not every month
48     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


55     Once a year or more but not every month
39     Never
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


36     Limited responsibility
52     No responsibility
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


47     Less than half the time
53     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


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


27     Once a year or more but not every month
67     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


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


15     Once a year or more but not every month
76     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?


29     Once a year or more but not every month
68     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


18     Once a year or more but not every month
76     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


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


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


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


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


13     Once a year or more but not every month
87     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?


90     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


91     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


94     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


91     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.)


94     Not important at all
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


94     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


97     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
61   Post-doctoral training
30   Doctoral degree
  Master's degree

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

Physics/Astronomy — Astronomy and Astrophysics; Astrophysics; Planetary Astronomy and Science

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Credentials

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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.
67   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.
61   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.
28   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.
28   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
96   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
90   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
90   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
89   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
87   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
86   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.
83   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
78   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
64   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
62   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
62   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
60   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
58   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
49   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
33   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
24   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
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.
78   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.
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.
22   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.
22   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) $53.10 hourly, $110,450 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 3,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 900
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Educational Services (54% 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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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Physicists and Astronomers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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