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53-3032.00 - Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license.

Sample of reported job titles: Truck Driver, Driver, Over the Road Driver (OTR Driver), Line Haul Driver, Delivery Driver, Owner Operator, Road Driver, Semi Truck Driver, City Driver, Feeder Driver

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
85   Core Check vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
80   Core Maneuver trucks into loading or unloading positions, following signals from loading crew and checking that vehicle and loading equipment are properly positioned.
80   Core Collect delivery instructions from appropriate sources, verifying instructions and routes.
79   Core Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
78   Core Report vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles.
78   Core Secure cargo for transport, using ropes, blocks, chain, binders, or covers.
78   Core Drive trucks to weigh stations before and after loading and along routes to document weights and to comply with state regulations.
78   Core Drive trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons, including tractor-trailer combinations, to transport and deliver products, livestock, or other materials.
77   Core Obtain receipts or signatures for delivered goods and collect payment for services when required.
76   Core Inventory and inspect goods to be moved to determine quantities and conditions.
75   Core Operate equipment, such as truck cab computers, CB radios, and telephones, to exchange necessary information with bases, supervisors, or other drivers.
74   Core Perform basic vehicle maintenance tasks, such as adding oil, fuel, or radiator fluid or performing minor repairs.
73   Core Check conditions of trailers after contents have been unloaded to ensure that there has been no damage.
73   Core Read bills of lading to determine assignment details.
73   Core Couple or uncouple trailers by changing trailer jack positions, connecting or disconnecting air or electrical lines, or manipulating fifth-wheel locks.
72   Core Check all load-related documentation to ensure that it is complete and accurate.
70   Core Read and interpret maps to determine vehicle routes.
68   Core Crank trailer landing gear up or down to safely secure vehicles.
66   Core Load and unload trucks, or help others with loading and unloading, operating any special loading-related equipment on vehicles and using other equipment as necessary.
60   Core Remove debris from loaded trailers.
76   Supplemental Follow appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.
67   Supplemental Follow special cargo-related procedures, such as checking refrigeration systems for frozen foods or providing food or water for livestock.
63   Supplemental Wrap goods using pads, packing paper, and containers, and secure loads to trailer walls, using straps.
61   Supplemental Climb ladders to inspect loads, ensuring that cargo is secure.
59   Supplemental Give directions to laborers who are packing goods and moving them onto trailers.
58   Supplemental Perform emergency roadside repairs, such as changing tires or installing light bulbs, tire chains, or spark plugs.
58   Supplemental Collaborate with other drivers as part of a driving team on some trips.
50   Supplemental Operate trucks equipped with snowplows or sander attachments to maintain roads in winter weather.
49   Supplemental Install or remove special equipment, such as tire chains, grader blades, plow blades, or sanders.
46   Supplemental Place empty carts and pallets in trailers so they will be available to facilitate placement and movement of goods.
Not available Not available Drive electric or hybrid-electric powered trucks or alternative fuel-powered trucks to transport and deliver products, livestock, or other materials. Green Task Statement
Not available Not available Operate idle reduction systems or auxiliary power systems to generate power from alternative sources, such as fuel cells, to reduce idling time, to heat or cool truck cabins, or to provide power for other equipment. Green Task Statement
Not available Not available Plan or adjust routes based on changing conditions, using computer equipment, global positioning systems (GPS) equipment, or other navigation devices to minimize fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Blocks or pulleys — Blocks and tackle
Cargo trucks — Flatbed trucks
Container trailers — Pup trailers
Delivery trucks — Trucks greater than 26000 pounds
Flatbed trailers — Lowboy trailers; Tilt trailers
Hand trucks or accessories — Handtrucks
Hoists — Cargo hoists
Lifts — Handlifts; Hydraulic lifts; Johnson bars
Mobile phones — Cell phones
Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
Snowplow attachments — Plow attachments
Telescoping boom lift — Telescoping boom trucks
Thin client computers — On-board computers
Tower cranes — 4-ranger tower trucks
Trailer hitches — Sliding fifth wheels; Sliding tandem axles

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Omnitracs Performance Monitoring
Data base user interface and query software — ddlsoftware.com drivers daily log program DDL; Easy Trucker software; Fog Line Software Truckn2004; Truckers Helper software
Inventory management software — Computerized inventory tracking software
Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — PeopleNet
Route navigation software — ALK Technologies PC*Miler; MarcoSoft Quo Vadis

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
75   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
66   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.
64   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
58   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.
51   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.
49   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
48   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.
47   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.
45   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.
44   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
41   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.
40   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
40   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
39   Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
32   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.
32   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
31   Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
31   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
30   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.
30   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.
26   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
23   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.
21   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
20   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.
20   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.
18   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.
15   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
15   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.
14   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.
14   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.
12   Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
11   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
10   History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


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

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
78   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
78   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
75   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.
72   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.
72   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
72   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.
69   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
69   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
66   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.
66   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
60   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.
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   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
56   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
53   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
53   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.
53   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
53   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
53   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
50   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
50   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
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   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
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   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
50   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
50   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50   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).
50   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
50   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
50   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
47   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
47   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.
47   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
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   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
44   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
44   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
44   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
41   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
41   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
41   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
38   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
38   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
28   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
28   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
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   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).
  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
96   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
  • Follow safety procedures for vehicle operation.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment.
84   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Inspect cargo areas for cleanliness or condition.
  • Inspect motor vehicles.
  • Monitor cargo area conditions.
83   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Read maps to determine routes.
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures.
79   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.
  • Load shipments, belongings, or materials.
  • Remove debris or damaged materials.
  • Secure cargo.
77   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 emergencies, problems, or hazards.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions.
77   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
74   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Connect cables or electrical lines.
  • Install parts, assemblies, or attachments in transportation or material handling equipment.
  • Package materials or products.
  • Position material handling equipment.
72   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Inspect cargo to ensure it is properly loaded or secured.
70   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
68   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.
68   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Record service or repair activities.
66   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.
  • Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations.
64   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
64   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Verify information or specifications.
63   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Choose optimal transportation routes or speeds.
62   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
57   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Adjust routes or speeds as necessary.
55   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operate communications equipment or systems.
53   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.
52   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 vehicles in good working condition.
52   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
51   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.
50   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
44   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
41   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
40   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
40   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
39   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
38   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
37   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
35   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Acquire supplies or equipment.
  • Collect fares or payment from customers.
34   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
31   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
31   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Direct material handling or moving activities.
30   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
28   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
16   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.
15   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.
14   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
14   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
  Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
100   In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
100   Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
97   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
92   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?
91   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
90   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?
87   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?
85   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
84   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
82   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
81   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
81   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?
78   Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
78   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   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
76   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?
74   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
72   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?
72   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
68   Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
68   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?
67   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
66   Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
61   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
58   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?
58   Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
55   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?
51   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
51   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
48   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
47   Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
46   Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
44   Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
43   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
41   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
41   In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
41   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
40   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.)
38   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
33   Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
33   Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
33   Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
32   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
31   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
27   Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
27   Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
23   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
22   Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
22   Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
22   Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
19   Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
18   Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
15   Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
13   Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
  Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
  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?
  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 3 recognized apprenticeable specialties associated with this occupation:
Truck Driver, Heavy; Truck Driver, Heavy; Construction Driver

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
53   High school diploma or equivalent
23   Some college, no degree
22   Less than high school diploma

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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.
33   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.
17   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
76   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
74   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
72   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
72   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
69   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
67   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
64   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
62   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
58   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
57   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
56   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
55   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
53   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
50   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
49   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
45   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
61   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.
56   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
39   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
33   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.
28   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   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) $18.37 hourly, $38,200 annual
Employment (2012) 1,702,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 464,700
Top industries (2012)
Transportation and Warehousing (54% 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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