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17-1022.00 - Surveyors

Make exact measurements and determine property boundaries. Provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction, and other purposes.

Sample of reported job titles: County Surveyor, Engineer, Engineering Technician, Geodesist, Land Surveyor, Licensed Land Surveyor, Mine Surveyor, Professional Land Surveyor, Survey Party Chief, Surveyor

Also see: Geodetic Surveyors

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Tasks

  • Verify the accuracy of survey data including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Search legal records, survey records, and land titles to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calculate heights, depths, relative positions, property lines, and other characteristics of terrain. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports, and legal descriptions of surveys to describe, certify, and assume liability for work performed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct or conduct surveys to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal documents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compute geodetic measurements and interpret survey data to determine positions, shapes, and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine longitudes and latitudes of important features and boundaries in survey areas using theodolites, transits, levels, and satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS). See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record the results of surveys including the shape, contour, location, elevation, and dimensions of land or land features. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate findings with the work of engineering and architectural personnel, clients, and others concerned with projects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Establish fixed points for use in making maps, using geodetic and engineering instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train assistants and helpers, and direct their work in such activities as performing surveys or drafting maps. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust surveying instruments to maintain their accuracy. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan and conduct ground surveys designed to establish baselines, elevations, and other geodetic measurements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze survey objectives and specifications to prepare survey proposals or to direct others in survey proposal preparation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop criteria for survey methods and procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Survey bodies of water to determine navigable channels and to secure data for construction of breakwaters, piers, and other marine structures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct research in surveying and mapping methods using knowledge of techniques of photogrammetric map compilation and electronic data processing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Locate and mark sites selected for geophysical prospecting activities such as efforts to locate petroleum or other mineral products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct aerial surveys of specified geographical areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine specifications for photographic equipment to be used for aerial photography, as well as altitudes from which to photograph terrain. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Barometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clinometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Distance meters — Telescopic viewers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electromagnetic geophysical instruments — Magnetic locators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extension pole — Prism poles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Geological compasses — Pocket transits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers; Integrated global positioning systems GPS See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Abney levels; Altimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Instrument tripods — Elevator tripods; Robotic tripods; Tripods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Interferometers — Tracking lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser measuring systems — Automatic slope lasers; Handheld measuring lasers; Line lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers — Dot lasers; Invisible beam lasers; Rotary lasers; Visible beam lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Level sensors or transmitters — Transit levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Automatic levels; Electronic digital levels; Hand levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Machetes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Map measurers — Curvimeters; Planimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring rods — Digital measuring poles; Rod levels; San Francisco rods; Surveyors leveling rods (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring tapes — Depth gauge tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring wheels for distance — Road measuring wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Optical calibration sets — Tribrachs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers — Pocket personal computers PC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plumb bobs — Laser plumb bobs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Prisms — Double right-angle prisms; Right-angle prisms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rangefinders — Digital laser rangefinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Laser scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sonars — Side scan sonars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sonometers — Single-beam echo sounders; Single-beam transducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Gammon reels; Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Theodolites — Electronic digital theodolites; Long range reflectorless total stations; Prismless total stations; Total stations (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video attachments for microscopes — Stereoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Geocomp Systems GeoNav; MicroSurvey FieldGenius; Sokkia Spectrum Survey Suite; Survey software (see all 11 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Application server software — CloudWorks See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD Land Desktop; Bentley MicroStation; CMT Incorporated CogoCAD; Trimble Terramodel (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data logging software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data conversion software — Cyclone * See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — Data transfer software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Bentley GeoPak Bridge See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Information retrieval or search software — Topographic database software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Map creation software — ESRI ArcGIS software; ESRI ArcView; PC-Mapper software; Sokkia Imap (see all 10 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Mobile location based services software — Global positioning system GPS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Latitude software; Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Crones & Associations Project Tracker Pro; Project analysis and costing software; Project data integration software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Route navigation software — NOAA Shoreline Data Explorer See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Time accounting software — Sharetech Tabs Plus See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge

  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Verify mathematical calculations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate geographic positions from survey data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Gather physical survey data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Survey land or bodies of water to measure or determine features. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create maps. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct surveying activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document technical design details. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze physical, survey, or geographic data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinate activities with suppliers, contractors, clients, or other departments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine operational criteria or specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 97% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 91% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 55% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 42% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 58% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 61% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 39% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 56% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 45% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 45% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 47% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 63% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 30% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 33% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 48% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 41% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 36% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 30% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 36% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 42% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 42% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 36% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 30% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 30% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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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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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
55   Bachelor's degree
15   Post-secondary certificate Help
9   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

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

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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.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $27.43 hourly, $57,050 annual
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Employment (2012) 42,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 13,400
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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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