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49-9062.00 - Medical Equipment Repairers

Test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.

Sample of reported job titles: Bio Medical Technician, Biomedical Electronics Technician, Biomedical Engineering Technician (BMET), Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET), Biomed Tech (Biomedical Technician), Dental Equipment Technician, Electronic Technician, Repair Technician, Service Technician, X-ray Service Engineer

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
88   Core Inspect and test malfunctioning medical or related equipment, following manufacturers' specifications and using test and analysis instruments.
85   Core Test or calibrate components or equipment, following manufacturers' manuals and troubleshooting techniques, using hand tools, power tools, or measuring devices.
84   Core Keep records of maintenance, repair, and required updates of equipment.
84   Core Perform preventive maintenance or service, such as cleaning, lubricating, or adjusting equipment.
83   Core Test, evaluate, and classify excess or in-use medical equipment and determine serviceability, condition, and disposition, in accordance with regulations.
82   Core Examine medical equipment or facility's structural environment and check for proper use of equipment to protect patients and staff from electrical or mechanical hazards and to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
76   Core Disassemble malfunctioning equipment and remove, repair, or replace defective parts, such as motors, clutches, or transformers.
75   Core Plan and carry out work assignments, using blueprints, schematic drawings, technical manuals, wiring diagrams, or liquid or air flow sheets, following prescribed regulations, directives, or other instructions as required.
71   Core Research catalogs or repair part lists to locate sources for repair parts, requisitioning parts and recording their receipt.
71   Core Solder loose connections, using soldering iron.
68   Core Explain or demonstrate correct operation or preventive maintenance of medical equipment to personnel.
68   Core Contribute expertise to develop medical maintenance standard operating procedures.
67   Core Evaluate technical specifications to identify equipment or systems best suited for intended use and possible purchase, based on specifications, user needs, or technical requirements.
66   Core Study technical manuals or attend training sessions provided by equipment manufacturers to maintain current knowledge.
66   Supplemental Compute power and space requirements for installing medical, dental, or related equipment and install units to manufacturers' specifications.
65   Supplemental Supervise or advise subordinate personnel.
58   Supplemental Fabricate, dress down, or substitute parts or major new items to modify equipment to meet unique operational or research needs, working from job orders, sketches, modification orders, samples, or discussions with operating officials.
57   Supplemental Repair shop equipment, metal furniture, or hospital equipment, including welding broken parts or replacing missing parts, or bring item into local shop for major repairs.
56   Supplemental Make computations relating to load requirements of wiring or equipment, using algebraic expressions and standard formulas.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Hex keys — Allen wrenches
Levels — Magnetic torpedo levels; Precision levels
Medical computed tomography CT or CAT quality assurance or calibration phantoms or devices — Computed tomography CT calibration phantoms
Multimeters — Digital multimeters
Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen test meters
Power drills — Cordless drills; Power tap tools
Power screwguns — Power screwdrivers
Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges; Pressure meters
Round file — Rat tail files
Stripping tools — Wire strippers
Utility knives — Electricians' knives; Precision knives
Ventilator accessories — Lung simulators; Ventilator analyzers
Voltage or current meters — Amp meters; Digital voltmeters DVM; Neon testers; Non-contact voltage probes (see all 5 examples)
Wattmeters — Ultrasound wattmeters

Technology used in this occupation:

Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Medical software — Medical equipment diagnostic software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
84   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
76   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
68   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.
64   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.
63   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.
62   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   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
49   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.
44   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.
44   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.
41   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.
39   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
37   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
33   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.
30   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.
30   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
30   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
28   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
27   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.
26   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.
25   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
24   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.
21   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.
21   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.
21   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
17   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.
16   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
13   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.
11   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.
  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.
  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.
 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
75   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
75   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
75   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
60   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
60   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
56   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
56   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
56   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
53   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
53   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
53   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
50   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
50   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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.
47   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
47   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
47   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
47   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
47   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
44   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
44   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
44   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
44   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
41   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
38   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
31   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
31   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
28   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
25   Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
25   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
25   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
19   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
16   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
72   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.
72   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
63   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
63   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
60   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
60   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).
56   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.
56   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
56   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
56   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
53   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.
53   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
53   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
53   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.
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   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
50   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
50   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50   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.
50   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
50   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
50   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
50   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
50   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
47   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
47   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
47   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.
47   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
47   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
41   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
41   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
41   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.
31   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
31   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.
31   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
28   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
28   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).
25   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
25   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
25   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
22   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
22   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
19   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.
19   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
19   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
16   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
16   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
16   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
13   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
  Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
85   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform installation, development or operation activities.
  • Read technical information needed to perform maintenance or repairs.
83   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.
83   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Calculate requirements for equipment installation or repair projects.
  • Determine types of equipment, tools, or materials needed for jobs.
83   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.
82   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Test mechanical systems to ensure proper functioning.
79   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
75   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
74   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records.
73   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor work areas or procedures to ensure compliance with safety procedures.
71   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.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery.
  • Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
71   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
67   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
65   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
65   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
64   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Train others in operational procedures.
63   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.
63   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Calibrate equipment to specifications.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Fabricate parts or components.
  • Install machine or equipment replacement parts.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Solder parts or connections between parts.
62   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Plan work procedures.
59   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
59   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
55   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.
54   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
54   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
53   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
52   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
52   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.
52   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
52   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
51   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
48   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
47   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Advise others on issues related to repairs, installation, or equipment design.
45   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
44   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
43   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
43   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
41   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Supervise employees.
38   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.
36   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
36   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.
32   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
24   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


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


65     Every day
22     Once a week or more but not every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


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


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


59     Every day
22     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a year or more but not every month
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?


39     A lot of freedom
23     Limited freedom
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


50     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
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?


27     Contact with others most of the time
19     Occasional contact with others
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?


30     Every day
12     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?


12     Very important results
66     Important results
12     Minor results
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?


38     Continually or almost continually
34     More than half the time
17     Less than half the time
11     Never
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


33     More than 40 hours
67     40 hours
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


28     Extremely important
42     Very important
11     Important
17     Not important at all
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


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


17     Extremely important
32     Very important
40     Important
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


30     Extremely important
22     Very important
16     Important
11     Fairly important
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


16     Every day
28     Once a week or more but not every day
34     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


33     Highly competitive
40     Moderately competitive
14     Slightly competitive
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


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


45     Moderately close (at arm's length)
42     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


51     About half the time
29     Less than half the time
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


19     Every day
22     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
24     Once a year or more but not every month
23     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


15     Extremely serious
16     Very serious
24     Serious
32     Fairly serious
14     Not serious at all
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


28     Very high responsibility
11     Moderate responsibility
33     Limited responsibility
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


33     Very high responsibility
34     Limited responsibility
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
17     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
43     Never
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


17     Very important
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


35     More than half the time
13     About half the time
38     Less than half the time
15     Never
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


15     More than half the time
25     About half the time
41     Less than half the time
12     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


19     More than half the time
39     About half the time
30     Less than half the time
12     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


28     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
33     Once a year or more but not every month
19     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


24     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a year or more but not every month
26     Never
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


13     Once a week or more but not every day
34     Once a month or more but not every week
50     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


17     More than half the time
28     About half the time
44     Less than half the time
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?


14     Every day
16     Once a week or more but not every day
41     Once a year or more but not every month
23     Never
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


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


18     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
17     Once a year or more but not every month
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?


12     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
18     Once a year or more but not every month
36     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


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


22     Once a week or more but not every day
28     Once a year or more but not every month
43     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


16     About half the time
56     Less than half the time
21     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


35     Moderately automated
22     Slightly automated
40     Not at all 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?


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


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


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


39     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
61     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
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     Very important
74     Not important at all
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


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


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


11     More than half the time
35     Less than half the time
54     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


11     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a year or more but not every month
68     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


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


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


48     Once a year or more but not every month
51     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


14     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
71     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


11     Once a week or more but not every day
89     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


35     Less than half the time
65     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
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Not available Associate's degree
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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


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.
61   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.
11   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.
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.
  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
90   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
85   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
80   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
77   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
77   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
77   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
76   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
74   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
74   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.
72   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
72   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
70   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
66   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
65   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
62   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
57   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
72   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.
61   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
61   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.
56   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.
39   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   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) $21.24 hourly, $44,180 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 42,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 24,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Wholesale Trade (28% 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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