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47-5021.00 - Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas

Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap sub-surface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. May use explosives. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.

Sample of reported job titles: Driller, Blaster, Blast Hole Driller, Drill Operator, Well Driller, Blasting Production Technician, Hard Rock Drill Operator, Highwall Drill Operator, Overburden Drill Operator, Rock Drill Operator

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
84   Core Regulate air pressure, rotary speed, and downward pressure, according to the type of rock or concrete being drilled.
83   Core Verify depths and alignments of boring positions.
81   Core Monitor drilling operations, checking gauges and listening to equipment to assess drilling conditions and to determine the need to adjust drilling or alter equipment.
80   Core Start, stop, and control drilling speed of machines and insertion of casings into holes.
79   Core Select the appropriate drill for the job, using knowledge of rock or soil conditions.
78   Core Operate controls to stabilize machines and to position and align drills.
78   Core Select and attach drill bits and drill rods, adding more rods as hole depths increase, and changing drill bits as needed.
77   Core Drill or bore holes in rock for blasting, grouting, anchoring, or building foundations.
76   Core Operate machines to flush earth cuttings or to blow dust from holes.
75   Core Drive or guide truck-mounted equipment into position, level and stabilize rigs, and extend telescoping derricks.
74   Core Perform routine maintenance and upgrade work on machines and equipment, such as replacing parts, building up drill bits, and lubricating machinery.
72   Core Drive trucks, tractors, or truck-mounted drills to and from work sites.
72   Core Record drilling progress and geological data.
71   Core Retrieve lost equipment from bore holes, using retrieval tools and equipment.
71   Core Assemble and position machines, augers, casing pipes, and other equipment, using hand and power tools.
87   Supplemental Pour water into wells, or pump water or slush into wells to cool drill bits and to remove drillings.
84   Supplemental Operate water-well drilling rigs and other equipment to drill, bore, and dig for water wells or for environmental assessment purposes.
83   Supplemental Perform pumping tests to assess well performance.
83   Supplemental Document geological formations encountered during work.
81   Supplemental Withdraw drill rods from holes, and extract core samples.
75   Supplemental Retract augers to force discharge dirt from holes.
73   Supplemental Place and install screens, casings, pumps, and other well fixtures to develop wells.
72   Supplemental Disinfect, reconstruct, and redevelop contaminated wells and water pumping systems, and clean and disinfect new wells in preparation for use.
71   Supplemental Review client requirements and proposed locations for drilling operations to determine feasibility, and to determine cost estimates.
57   Supplemental Observe electronic graph recorders and flow meters that monitor the water used to flush debris from holes.
57   Supplemental Signal crane operators to move equipment.
53   Supplemental Inspect core samples to determine nature of strata, or take samples to laboratories for analysis.
53   Supplemental Fabricate well casings.
Not available Supplemental Design well pumping systems.
Not available Supplemental Operate hoists to lift power line poles into position.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Air compressors — Portable air compressors
Cargo trucks — Work trucks
Core drills — Air rotary drills; Core drill rigs
Diesel generators — Alternating current AC generators
Grease guns — Lube guns
Hydraulic rock drills — Cable tool drills; Earth drilling machines
Levels — Precision levels
Logging instruments for water wells — Water logging tools
Plaster or mortar mixers — Mud mixers
Remote reading thermometers — Handheld remote thermometers
Rotary drills — Mud rotary drills; Rotary drilling tools
Slings — Chain slings
Submerged arc welding machine — Submerged arc welding tools
Viscosimeters — Marsh funnels
Water pumps — Truck-mounted water pumps

Technology used in this occupation:

Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software
Mobile location based services software — Global positioning system GPS software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
76   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
62   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.
56   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   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
46   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.
42   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.
42   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
41   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.
41   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.
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.
36   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
33   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
33   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.
31   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
27   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
26   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.
26   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
21   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
17   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   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.
15   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.
15   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.
11   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
10   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  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.
  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.
 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
75   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
75   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
56   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
53   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
53   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
53   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
50   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
50   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
50   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
50   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
50   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
47   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.
44   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
44   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
41   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
41   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
38   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
38   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
35   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
35   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
35   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
35   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
31   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
28   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
25   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.
25   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
22   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
22   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
19   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
16   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
13   Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
13   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
13   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
72   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.
69   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.
66   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.
66   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
63   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.
63   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.
60   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
60   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
60   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.
60   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.
56   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
56   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53   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.
53   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
53   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).
53   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
53   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
53   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
50   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
47   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
47   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
44   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
44   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.
44   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
44   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
44   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
44   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
41   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).
41   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
41   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
41   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
38   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
35   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.
35   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.
35   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
31   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
28   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
28   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
28   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
25   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
25   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
25   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
25   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
25   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
22   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
13   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  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.
  Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
86   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.
  • Maintain drilling equipment.
81   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate drilling equipment.
  • Operate pumps or compressors.
81   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
77   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation.
72   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
68   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
64   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning.
61   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
61   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
60   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Assemble products or production equipment.
  • Collect geological samples.
  • Drill holes in earth or rock.
  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Install drilling equipment.
  • Position construction or extraction equipment.
  • Prepare excavation or extraction sites for commissioning or decommissioning.
58   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
57   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.
57   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Determine appropriate locations for operations or installations.
  • Select construction equipment.
55   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements.
54   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Record operational or environmental data.
53   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
51   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
49   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
48   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
45   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
44   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
42   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
40   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
38   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
37   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
35   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.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Decontaminate equipment or sites to remove hazardous or toxic substances.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Remove debris or vegetation from work sites.
34   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
33   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.
33   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor extraction operations.
32   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.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
29   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
29   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
29   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.
28   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
27   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.
27   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
24   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
19   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
14   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.
13   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
  Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


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


83     A lot of freedom
13     Some freedom
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


93     Every day
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?


82     Continually or almost continually
14     More than half the time
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


76     A lot of freedom
19     Some freedom
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?
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


12     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


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


11     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Never
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
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?


19     Constant contact with others
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
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?


27     Every day
13     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?


19     Extremely important
11     Important
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.)


21     Extremely 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?


77     Important results
11     Minor results
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


16     Continually or almost continually
13     About half the time
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


17     Every day
14     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


25     Continually or almost continually
11     More than half the time
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


18     Extremely important
18     Very important
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


18     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


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


20     Not important at all
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


19     Every day
11     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?


16     Very high responsibility
11     Limited responsibility
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


22     Every day
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


23     Extremely serious
16     Very serious
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
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?


11     Extremely important
16     Fairly important
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


12     Every day
19     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
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)
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


80     Less than half the time
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


13     More than half the time
11     About half the time
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


72     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
28     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


11     Never
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


18     Very high responsibility
12     Moderate responsibility
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?


80     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


79     Less than half the time
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


90     Less than half the time
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


17     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Once a year or more but not every month
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


11     Highly automated
16     Moderately automated
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?


12     Once a week or more but not every day
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


12     More than half the time
21     Less than half the time
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


81     Never
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


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


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


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


93     Never
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


95     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


98     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
46   High school diploma or equivalent Help
28   Less than high school diploma
15   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Occupational Interest
Interest
100   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.
67   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.
56   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.
17   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  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.
 Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
82   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
80   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
69   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
67   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.
67   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
66   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
65   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
63   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
59   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
57   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
56   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
56   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
54   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
52   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
51   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
39   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
67   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.
50   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
36   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.
33   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.
33   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
22   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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $20.48 hourly, $42,600 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 20,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 9,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Construction (45% 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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