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11-1031.00 - Legislators

Develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

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Tasks

  • Analyze and understand the local and national implications of proposed legislation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Appoint nominees to leadership posts, or approve such appointments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with colleagues to formulate positions and strategies pertaining to pending issues. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Debate the merits of proposals and bill amendments during floor sessions, following the appropriate rules of procedure. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop expertise in subject matters related to committee assignments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Hear testimony from constituents, representatives of interest groups, board and commission members, and others with an interest in bills or issues under consideration. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Keep abreast of the issues affecting constituents by making personal visits and phone calls, reading local newspapers, and viewing or listening to local broadcasts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant national and international current events. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make decisions that balance the perspectives of private citizens, public officials, and party leaders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Negotiate with colleagues or members of other political parties in order to reconcile differing interests, and to create policies and agreements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare drafts of amendments, government policies, laws, rules, regulations, budgets, programs and procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read and review concerns of constituents or the general public and determine if governmental action is necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Represent their parties in negotiations with political executives or members of other parties, and when speaking with the media. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review bills in committee, and make recommendations about their future. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Seek federal funding for local projects and programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Serve on commissions, investigative panels, study groups, and committees in order to examine specialized areas and recommend action. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Vote on motions, amendments, and decisions on whether or not to report a bill out from committee to the assembly floor. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write, prepare, and deliver statements for the Congressional Record. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Alert constituents of government actions and programs by way of newsletters, personal appearances at town meetings, phone calls, and individual meetings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attend receptions, dinners, and conferences to meet people, exchange views and information, and develop working relationships. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct "head counts" to help predict the outcome of upcoming votes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine campaign strategies for media advertising, positions on issues, and public appearances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Encourage and support party candidates for political office. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Establish personal offices in local districts or states, and manage office staff. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate the structure, efficiency, activities, and performance of government agencies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Organize and maintain campaign organizations and fundraisers, in order to raise money for election or re-election. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Oversee expense allowances, ensuring that accounts are balanced at the end of each fiscal year. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Promote the industries and products of their electoral districts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Represent their government at local, national, and international meetings and conferences. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Speak to students to encourage and support the development of future political leaders. See more occupations related to this task.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Supervise employees. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolve customer complaints or problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Promote products, services, or programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with organizational members to accomplish work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Approve expenditures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establish interpersonal business relationships to facilitate work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in area of expertise. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Present information to the public. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Hire personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop marketing plans or strategies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Support the professional development of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend organizational process or policy changes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare proposals or grant applications to obtain project funding. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinate operational activities with external stakeholders. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Represent the organization in external relations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Manage outreach activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze impact of legal or regulatory changes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Draft legislation or regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: ES

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $20,180 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 58,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 16,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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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Job Openings on the Web

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