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51-9023.00 - Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines to mix or blend materials, such as chemicals, tobacco, liquids, color pigments, or explosive ingredients.

Sample of reported job titles: Blender, Blending Technician, Coater Operator, Ink Blender, Ink Maker, Issuing Operator, Machine Operator, Mixer, Mixer Operator, Stock Preparation Operator (Stock Prep Operator)

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
91   Core Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, or products to ensure conformance to requirements.
89   Core Compound or process ingredients or dyes, according to formulas.
89   Core Read work orders to determine production specifications or information.
87   Core Observe production or monitor equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation.
87   Core Mix or blend ingredients by starting machines and mixing for specified times.
86   Core Dump or pour specified amounts of materials into machinery or equipment.
86   Core Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory testing.
85   Core Operate or tend machines to mix or blend any of a wide variety of materials, such as spices, dough batter, tobacco, fruit juices, chemicals, livestock feed, food products, color pigments, or explosive ingredients.
84   Core Add or mix chemicals or ingredients for processing, using hand tools or other devices.
84   Core Stop mixing or blending machines when specified product qualities are obtained and open valves and start pumps to transfer mixtures.
83   Core Examine materials, ingredients, or products visually or with hands to ensure conformance to established standards.
83   Core Transfer materials, supplies, or products between work areas, using moving equipment or hand tools.
82   Core Test samples of materials or products to ensure compliance with specifications, using test equipment.
82   Core Record operational or production data on specified forms.
82   Core Tend accessory equipment, such as pumps or conveyors, to move materials or ingredients through production processes.
77   Core Unload mixtures into containers or onto conveyors for further processing.
75   Core Clean and maintain equipment, using hand tools.
71   Supplemental Open valves to drain slurry from mixers into storage tanks.
61   Supplemental Dislodge and clear jammed materials or other items from machinery or equipment, using hand tools.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Bench scales — Gram scales
Claw hammer — Claw hammers
Depth indicators — Measuring sticks
Floor or platform scales — Platform scales
Goggles — Safety goggles
Hand trucks or accessories — Handtrucks
Lifts — Hydraulic lifts
Masks or accessories — Safety masks
Pallet trucks — Pallet movers
pH meters — pH indicators
Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment
Protective gloves — Safety gloves
Remote reading thermometers — Remote reading electronic thermometers
Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
Track cranes — Overhead cranes
Viscosimeters — Viscosity meters

Technology used in this occupation:

Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software
Electronic mail software — Email software
Spreadsheet software
Word processing software

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
82   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
66   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.
66   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
59   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
58   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.
55   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
42   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.
41   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.
39   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
39   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
38   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   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.
36   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.
35   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
30   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
25   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.
25   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
23   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
17   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.
16   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.
13   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
12   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.
11   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.
10   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.
  Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  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.
  Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  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
66   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
66   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.
56   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50   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.
50   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
50   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
50   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
50   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
47   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
47   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
47   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
47   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
44   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
41   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
41   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
38   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
35   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
35   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
31   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
31   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
28   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
28   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
28   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
25   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
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.
19   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
19   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
63   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.
63   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
56   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   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.
56   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
53   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
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   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
50   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50   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.
50   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
50   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.
50   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.
50   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
47   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
47   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.
47   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.
47   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
47   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
47   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.
47   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
44   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
44   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
41   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
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   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
38   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
35   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
35   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
35   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
31   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
31   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
28   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
28   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.
25   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
25   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
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.
25   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
22   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
22   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
  Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
74   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
73   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operate cooking, baking, or other food preparation equipment.
  • Operate mixing equipment.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment.
73   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
72   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
70   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
70   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
67   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
64   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
61   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
60   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 dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Weigh finished products.
60   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.
58   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
55   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
55   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
52   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Record operational or production data.
51   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 production equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Mix substances to create chemical solutions.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas.
49   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.
  • Clear equipment jams.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
48   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
47   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
47   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
46   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
44   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
44   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
43   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
40   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
39   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
38   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
38   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
38   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
36   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
33   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
32   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
30   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.
30   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
28   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
25   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.
25   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
24   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
20   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.
18   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.
16   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
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?


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


83     Every day
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?


56     Constant contact with others
36     Contact with others most of the time
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


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


49     Extremely important
43     Very important
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


49     Very high responsibility
31     High responsibility
20     Moderate responsibility
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


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


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


45     Extremely important
33     Very important
13     Fairly important
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


49     More than 40 hours
51     40 hours
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?


60     Every day
20     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Never
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?


31     Very important results
32     Important results
28     Moderate results
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?


43     Extremely important
22     Very important
23     Important
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?


22     A lot of freedom
55     Some freedom
14     Limited freedom
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


28     A lot of freedom
40     Some freedom
19     Limited freedom
13     Very little freedom
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


26     Very high responsibility
43     High responsibility
22     Moderate responsibility
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.)


43     Extremely important
24     Very important
13     Important
12     Not important at all
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


40     Continually or almost continually
25     More than half the time
26     Less than half the time
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?


41     Continually or almost continually
15     More than half the time
22     About half the time
22     Less than half the time
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?


38     Every day
32     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a year or more but not every month
18     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


39     Continually or almost continually
19     More than half the time
35     Less than half the time
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


20     Extremely important
42     Very important
14     Important
16     Fairly important
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


32     Extremely serious
13     Very serious
26     Serious
22     Fairly serious
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


27     Every day
28     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Never
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


21     Extremely competitive
29     Highly competitive
13     Moderately competitive
30     Slightly competitive
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?


26     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
20     Once a month or more but not every week
34     Once a year or more but not every month
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


52     Every day
44     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


36     Every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


22     Every day
37     Once a week or more but not every day
34     Never
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


34     Continually or almost continually
15     About half the time
36     Less than half the time
14     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


26     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
24     Once a year or more but not every month
17     Never
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


45     Every day
48     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


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


24     Every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
38     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


29     Highly automated
34     Moderately automated
16     Slightly automated
21     Not at all automated
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


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


24     Moderately close (at arm's length)
30     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
25     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
20     I don't work near other people (beyond 100 ft.)
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


13     Continually or almost continually
17     More than half the time
11     About half the time
36     Less than half the time
24     Never
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


15     Every day
18     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a year or more but not every month
31     Never
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


13     Extremely important
22     Important
17     Fairly important
39     Not important at all
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


18     Every day
17     Once a week or more but not every day
53     Never
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


18     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
47     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?


15     Once a week or more but not every day
32     Once a month or more but not every week
22     Once a year or more but not every month
31     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


13     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
13     Once a year or more but not every month
51     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


21     More than half the time
42     Less than half the time
33     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


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


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


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


45     Less than half the time
41     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


13     Continually or almost continually
22     Less than half the time
60     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


11     Continually or almost continually
31     Less than half the time
54     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


15     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
78     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


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


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


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


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


100     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
87   High school diploma or equivalent Help
  Some college, no degree
  Post-secondary certificate Help

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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.
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.
45   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.
  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.
 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.
 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
92   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
87   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
85   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
84   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
81   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
80   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.
79   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
79   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
75   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
73   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
71   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
70   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
70   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
64   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
61   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
59   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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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.
39   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.
33   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
31   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.
17   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.
17   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) $16.32 hourly, $33,960 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 120,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 33,900
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Manufacturing (86% 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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