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51-9061.00 - Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.

Sample of reported job titles: Inspector, Picker / Packer, Quality Assurance Auditor, Quality Assurance Inspector, Quality Assurance Technician, Quality Auditor, Quality Control Inspector, Quality Control Technician, Quality Inspector, Quality Technician

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
91   Core Inspect, test, or measure materials, products, installations, or work for conformance to specifications.
88   Core Measure dimensions of products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers.
88   Core Read blueprints, data, manuals, or other materials to determine specifications, inspection and testing procedures, adjustment methods, certification processes, formulas, or measuring instruments required.
86   Core Record inspection or test data, such as weights, temperatures, grades, or moisture content, and quantities inspected or graded.
86   Core Mark items with details such as grade or acceptance-rejection status.
84   Core Notify supervisors or other personnel of production problems.
83   Core Discard or reject products, materials, or equipment not meeting specifications.
79   Core Collect or select samples for testing or for use as models.
78   Core Write test or inspection reports describing results, recommendations, or needed repairs.
77   Core Compare colors, shapes, textures, or grades of products or materials with color charts, templates, or samples to verify conformance to standards.
77   Core Recommend necessary corrective actions, based on inspection results.
81   Supplemental Grade, classify, or sort products according to sizes, weights, colors, or other specifications.
80   Supplemental Analyze test data, making computations as necessary, to determine test results.
79   Supplemental Clean, maintain, calibrate, or repair measuring instruments or test equipment, such as dial indicators, fixed gauges, or height gauges.
79   Supplemental Remove defects, such as chips, burrs, or lap corroded or pitted surfaces.
78   Supplemental Read dials or meters to verify that equipment is functioning at specified levels.
78   Supplemental Check arriving materials to ensure that they match purchase orders, submitting discrepancy reports as necessary.
78   Supplemental Make minor adjustments to equipment, such as turning setscrews to calibrate instruments to required tolerances.
77   Supplemental Fabricate, install, position, or connect components, parts, finished products, or instruments for testing or operational purposes.
76   Supplemental Inspect or test raw materials, parts, or products to determine compliance with environmental standards. Green Task Statement
76   Supplemental Compute defect percentages or averages, using formulas and calculators.
76   Supplemental Position products, components, or parts for testing.
76   Supplemental Stack or arrange tested products for further processing, shipping, or packaging.
75   Supplemental Monitor production operations or equipment to ensure conformance to specifications, making necessary process or assembly adjustments.
75   Supplemental Adjust, clean, or repair products or processing equipment to correct defects found during inspections.
75   Supplemental Monitor machines that automatically measure, sort, or inspect products.
73   Supplemental Compute usable amounts of items in shipments.
73   Supplemental Weigh materials, products, containers, or samples to verify packaging weights or ingredient quantities.
70   Supplemental Interpret legal requirements, provide safety information, or recommend compliance procedures to contractors, craft workers, engineers, or property owners.
69   Supplemental Disassemble defective parts or components, such as inaccurate or worn gauges or measuring instruments.
66   Supplemental Administer tests to assess whether engineers or operators are qualified to use equipment.
Not available Not available Inspect or test cleantech or green technology parts, products, or installations, such as fuel cells, solar panels, or air quality devices, for conformance to specifications or standards. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Accelerometers — Capacitive acceleration instruments; Magnetic induction acceleration instruments; Piezoelectric acceleration instruments; Resonance acceleration instruments (see all 5 examples)
Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Digital resistance meters; Resistance meters; Resistivity meters
Eddy current examination equipment — Eddy current flaw detectors; Eddy current probes
Impedance meters — Return loss calibrator RLC passive component testers
Integrated circuit testers — Backplane testers; Logic test systems; Manufacturing defect analyzers MDA; Printed circuit board PCB testers (see all 5 examples)
Leak testing equipment — Bubble leak testers; Calorimetric leak testers; Mass flow leak testers
Multimeters — Digital multimeters
Resistance thermometers — Digital resistance thermometers
Shock testing apparatus — Shock testers
Signal conditioners — Linear or mixed signal equipment
Signal generators — Function generators
Tension testers — Tensile testers
Track cranes — Overhead cranes

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Data analysis software; Design of experiments DOE software; Minitab software; Tolerance analysis software
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Computer-aided inspection software
Industrial control software — Coordinate measuring machine software; CyberMetrics GAGETrak Calibration Management Software; Statistical process control SPC data collection devices; Wilcox Associates PC-DMIS Inspection Planner
Label making software — Inspection marking systems
Optical character reader OCR or scanning software — Label inspection systems
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
60   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
56   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
54   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
39   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
39   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.
37   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.
34   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
33   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.
33   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
31   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.
27   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.
26   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.
20   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.
18   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.
17   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
16   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.
16   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.
12   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
12   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.
12   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.
  Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  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.
  Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
63   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
60   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.
53   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
53   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
53   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
53   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
50   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
50   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
47   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
44   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
38   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
35   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
35   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.
31   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
28   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
25   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
25   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
25   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
22   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
22   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
22   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
22   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
19   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
19   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
16   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
13   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
13   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
10   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
10   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
10   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
69   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
69   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
63   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
60   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.
60   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
60   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
56   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
53   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
53   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
53   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
53   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   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
47   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.
47   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.
47   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.
47   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
47   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
44   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
41   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
41   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
35   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
35   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).
35   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.
35   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
35   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
35   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   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
31   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
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.
28   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.
25   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
25   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
25   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
25   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
25   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
25   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.
25   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
25   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
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   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
19   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
  Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
  Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 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.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
79   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.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
78   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Analyze test results.
  • Compare physical characteristics of materials or products to specifications or standards.
  • Inspect sustainable energy production facilities or equipment.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.
71   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
69   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
68   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.
66   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
65   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.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
61   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Record operational or production data.
60   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.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
60   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
58   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
57   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
56   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
55   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
54   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.
54   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges.
54   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
47   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
47   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
46   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Instruct workers to use equipment or perform technical procedures.
44   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
39   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
38   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
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   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
38   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
36   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
33   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
30   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
30   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
29   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 ways to improve processes or products.
28   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
27   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
26   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
23   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.
23   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.
22   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
21   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
21   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
16   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
14   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
94   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?
90   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
85   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?
85   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
83   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
82   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?
80   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
79   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
78   Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?
77   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?
76   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?
72   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?
71   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?
69   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
68   Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
65   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
64   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
64   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
63   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
62   Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
60   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
60   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
60   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
58   Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
57   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
56   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?
56   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.)
56   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
52   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
50   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
50   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?
49   Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
45   Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
45   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
43   Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
40   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
39   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
36   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
33   Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
28   Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
28   Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
22   Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
20   Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
18   Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
18   Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
18   Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
17   Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
17   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?
16   Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
13   In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
  Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
  In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
  Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
  Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
  Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
  Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
  Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?

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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)

There are 28 recognized apprenticeable specialties associated with this occupation:
Airplane Inspector; Cable Tester; Complaint Inspector; Diesel-Engine Tester; Experimental Assembler; Hydrometer Calibrator; Inspector, Outside Production; Inspector, Precision; Rubber Tester; Radiographer; Thermometer Tester; Electronics Tester; Testing-and-Regulating Technician; Inspector, Set-Up and Lay-Out; Automobile-Repair-Service Estimator; Relay Tester; Inspector, Metal Fabricating; Electric-Meter Tester; Trouble Locator, Test Desk; Automobile Tester; Experimental Test Mechanic; Electric-Distribution Checker; X-Ray-Equipment Tester; Quality-Control Inspector; Operational Test Mechanic; Inspector, Electromechanical; Grader; Calibrator, Military (Instruments and Apparatus)

To learn about specific apprenticeship opportunities, please consult the U.S. Department of Labor State Apprenticeship Information external site website.

For general information about apprenticeships, training, and partnerships with business, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship external site website.

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
52   High school diploma or equivalent Help
14   Less than high school diploma
14   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
95   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.
89   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
45   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.
28   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.
11   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
 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.

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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.
83   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
79   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
78   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
75   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
72   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
69   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
69   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
67   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
67   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
66   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
62   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
60   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
59   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
56   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
51   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
56   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.
33   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
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.
22   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.
22   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
11   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

National

Median wages (2012) $16.57 hourly, $34,460 annual
Employment (2012) 464,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 127,700
Top industries (2012)
Manufacturing (66% employed in this sector)

State & National

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 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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