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53-4011.00 - Locomotive Engineers

Drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas-turbine-electric locomotives to transport passengers or freight. Interpret train orders, electronic or manual signals, and railroad rules and regulations.

Sample of reported job titles: Locomotive Engineer, Conductor, Transportation Specialist, Passenger Locomotive Engineer, Railroad Engineer, Train Engineer, Trainmaster

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
91   Core Monitor gauges or meters that measure speed, amperage, battery charge, or air pressure in brakelines or in main reservoirs.
90   Core Observe tracks to detect obstructions.
90   Core Interpret train orders, signals, or railroad rules and regulations that govern the operation of locomotives.
89   Core Receive starting signals from conductors and use controls such as throttles or air brakes to drive electric, diesel-electric, steam, or gas turbine-electric locomotives.
84   Core Confer with conductors or traffic control center personnel via radiophones to issue or receive information concerning stops, delays, or oncoming trains.
82   Core Operate locomotives to transport freight or passengers between stations or to assemble or disassemble trains within rail yards.
81   Core Respond to emergency conditions or breakdowns, following applicable safety procedures and rules.
79   Core Check to ensure that brake examination tests are conducted at shunting stations.
77   Core Call out train signals to assistants to verify meanings.
75   Core Inspect locomotives to verify adequate fuel, sand, water, or other supplies before each run or to check for mechanical problems.
72   Core Prepare reports regarding any problems encountered, such as accidents, signaling problems, unscheduled stops, or delays.
71   Core Check to ensure that documentation, such as procedure manuals or logbooks, are in the driver's cab and available for staff use.
60   Core Inspect locomotives after runs to detect damaged or defective equipment.
67   Supplemental Drive diesel-electric rail-detector cars to transport rail-flaw-detecting machines over tracks.
61   Supplemental Monitor train loading procedures to ensure that freight or rolling stock are loaded or unloaded without damage.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Diesel freight locomotives — Diesel freight engines
Diesel passenger locomotives — Diesel passenger engines
Electric freight locomotives — Electric freight engines; Gas-turbine-electric engines
Electric passenger locomotives — Electric passenger engines
Hammers — Claw hammers
Radio frequency transmitters or receivers — Two-way end of train devices
Rail couplers — Car coupling devices
Rail switching systems — Automatic track switching systems; Manual rail switches
Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
Socket sets — Socket wrench sets
Steam engines
Tape measures
Thin client computers — On-board computers
Train braking systems — Freight car air brakes; Locomotive air brakes
Two way radios
Vehicle horns — Warning horns

Technology used in this occupation:

Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software
Expert system software — Electronic train management systems ETMS
Route navigation software — Route mapping software
Time accounting software — Time tracking software

See all 24 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
69   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
53   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.
50   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
47   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.
42   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
38   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.
36   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.
36   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
36   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
33   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
31   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
25   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.
25   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
21   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.
21   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.
18   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
17   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.
16   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.
16   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.
15   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.
12   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.
11   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.
11   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
11   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.
10   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.
  Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  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.
  Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
 Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
75   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
75   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
66   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.
63   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
63   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
60   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
56   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
56   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
53   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
50   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
50   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
47   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
44   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
44   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
44   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
44   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
41   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
41   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
38   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
35   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
35   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
31   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
28   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
25   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
25   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
19   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
13   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   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
 Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
 Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

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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   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.
75   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.
75   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
72   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.
72   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
72   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
72   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
69   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
69   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.
66   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
66   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.
66   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
66   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).
66   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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.
63   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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.
60   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
60   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.
56   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
56   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
56   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
56   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).
56   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
53   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
53   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
47   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
47   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
47   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
47   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
44   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
44   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
44   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
41   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
41   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
38   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
38   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.
38   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
35   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
31   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).
31   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
31   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
28   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
28   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
25   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
25   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
19   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
 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
83   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
83   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
83   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Inspect locomotives or other railroad equipment.
82   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
81   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
72   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor equipment gauges or displays to ensure proper operation.
  • Monitor loading processes to ensure they are performed properly.
  • Monitor surroundings to detect potential hazards.
68   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments.
  • Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement.
68   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Operate locomotives or other rail vehicles.
68   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
67   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
65   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.
64   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
59   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare accident or incident reports.
55   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
52   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
50   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.
48   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
46   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Respond to transportation emergencies.
45   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
42   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
40   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
40   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
39   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
38   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
38   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
37   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
35   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
30   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
29   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
27   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
24   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.
20   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
20   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
17   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.
16   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
16   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.
10   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
  Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Monitor availability of equipment or supplies.
  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.
  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.
  Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
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?


84     Continually or almost continually
15     More than half the time
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


85     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


73     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


69     Extremely important
29     Very important
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


69     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


64     Constant contact with others
32     Contact with others most of the time
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


66     Every day
20     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
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?


86     Every day
13     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


81     Every day
14     Once a year or more but not every month
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


67     A lot of freedom
17     Some freedom
13     Very little freedom
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?


70     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a year or more but not every month
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


81     More than 40 hours
16     Less than 40 hours
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


71     Very high responsibility
16     High responsibility
13     No responsibility
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


49     Extremely important
33     Very important
15     Important
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


66     Very important results
13     Moderate results
16     Minor results
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


52     Every day
31     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a year or more but not every month
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


65     Extremely serious
14     Very serious
19     Not serious at all
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


66     Every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Never
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


45     Extremely important
23     Very important
27     Important
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


33     Extremely important
46     Very important
14     Fairly important
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


45     A lot of freedom
16     Some freedom
23     Limited freedom
14     Very little freedom
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


46     Continually or almost continually
16     More than half the time
15     About half the time
23     Less than half the time
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


20     More than half the time
25     About half the time
15     Less than half the time
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?


55     Every day
26     Once a year or more but not every month
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


70     Moderately close (at arm's length)
23     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


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


51     Every day
13     Once a year or more but not every month
32     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


41     Every day
15     Once a week or more but not every day
36     Never
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


38     Very high responsibility
17     High responsibility
16     Limited responsibility
27     No responsibility
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


46     Every day
13     Once a year or more but not every month
33     Never
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


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


36     Every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
32     Once a year or more but not every month
15     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


42     Every day
25     Once a year or more but not every month
24     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


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


23     Extremely important
17     Very important
19     Important
19     Fairly important
22     Not important at all
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.)


15     Extremely important
33     Very important
19     Fairly important
24     Not important at all
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


18     Every day
54     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


36     Every day
56     Never
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


13     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
30     Once a year or more but not every month
29     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


15     More than half the time
42     About half the time
23     Less than half the time
20     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


14     More than half the time
25     About half the time
39     Less than half the time
17     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


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


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


16     Every day
20     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
49     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


27     Slightly automated
42     Not at all automated
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


17     More than half the time
22     Less than half the time
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


21     About half the time
41     Less than half the time
29     Never
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


31     Moderately competitive
22     Slightly competitive
39     Not at all competitive
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


14     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
63     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


22     About half the time
20     Less than half the time
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


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


87     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


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


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


99     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


99     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
70   High school diploma or equivalent Help
16   Some college, no degree
10   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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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.
22   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.
22   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.
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
77   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
72   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
71   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
71   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
68   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
68   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
67   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
66   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
60   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
57   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.
57   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
57   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
57   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
54   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
46   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
43   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
83   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   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
56   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
45   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   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.
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $25.63 hourly, $53,310 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 38,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 11,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Transportation and Warehousing (98% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.

  • Railroad Occupations external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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