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17-2112.00 - Industrial Engineers

Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.

Sample of reported job titles: Engineer, Engineering Manager, Industrial Engineer, Manufacturing Specialist, Operations Engineer, Plant Engineer, Process Engineer, Production Engineer, Supply Chain Engineer, Tool Engineer

Also see: Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Plan and establish sequence of operations to fabricate and assemble parts or products and to promote efficient utilization. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, orders, and related information to obtain knowledge of manufacturing methods, procedures, and activities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Estimate production costs, cost saving methods, and the effects of product design changes on expenditures for management review, action, and control. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Draft and design layout of equipment, materials, and workspace to illustrate maximum efficiency using drafting tools and computer. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate and implement quality control objectives, activities, or procedures to resolve production problems, maximize product reliability, or minimize costs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate with management and user personnel to develop production and design standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend methods for improving utilization of personnel, material, and utilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop manufacturing methods, labor utilization standards, and cost analysis systems to promote efficient staff and facility utilization. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with clients, vendors, staff, and management personnel regarding purchases, product and production specifications, manufacturing capabilities, or project status. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply statistical methods and perform mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, staff requirements, and production standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Study operations sequence, material flow, functional statements, organization charts, and project information to determine worker functions and responsibilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Complete production reports, purchase orders, and material, tool, and equipment lists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record or oversee recording of information to ensure currency of engineering drawings and documentation of production problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate precision and accuracy of production and testing equipment and engineering drawings to formulate corrective action plan. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze statistical data and product specifications to determine standards and establish quality and reliability objectives of finished product. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Regulate and alter workflow schedules according to established manufacturing sequences and lead times to expedite production operations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct workers engaged in product measurement, inspection, and testing activities to ensure quality control and reliability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Formulate sampling procedures and designs and develop forms and instructions for recording, evaluating, and reporting quality and reliability data. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Implement methods and procedures for disposition of discrepant material and defective or damaged parts, and assess cost and responsibility. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Schedule deliveries based on production forecasts, material substitutions, storage and handling facilities, and maintenance requirements. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Acoustic testing rooms — Reverberant auditory test chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anechoic chambers — Anechoic auditory test chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Audiometers or accessories — Audiometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Camera controllers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Heart rate monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cassette players or recorders — Audio tape recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Computer servers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrical control panels for generators — Pulsed width modulation PWM drives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electro pneumatic transducers — Pressure transducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Equalizers — Audio equalizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Frequency analyzers — Fast Fourier transform FFT spectrum analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hardness testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heated walk in environmental or growth chambers — Heated environmental chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic motor — Hydraulic power units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared imagers — Electrophysics infrared cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Integrated motion control systems — Motion control systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory benches — Optical benches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Environmental ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Loadcells — Load cells See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metallurgical microscopes — Inverted metallurgical microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microphones — Recording microphones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Motor drive or control integrated circuits — Variable frequency drives VFD See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Operational amplifiers — Audio amplifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen monitors or supplies — Oxygen uptake measurement devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Physiological recorders — Electrogoniometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Potentiometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Force plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radiometer — Radiometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Noise dosimeters; Octave band analyzers; Sound level calibrators; Sound level meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tension testers — Tensile testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermocouples See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Anthropometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Time relay — Time delay relay panel boxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torsion testers — Torsion meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turntables — Programmable logic controller PLC controlled turntables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers — Vibration tables See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Dataxiom StatMost; ETA Dynaform; Windward Technologies GRG2; Workcell simulation software (see all 38 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Charting software — Microsoft Office Visio See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; International TechneGroup IGESworks; Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search MINOS software *; SolidWorks CAD software (see all 10 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — EGS FeatureCAM See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — Microsoft Visual Basic; Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition VBScript; Microsoft Visual Studio; National Instruments LabVIEW See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Expert system software — Decision support software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Human resources software — Personnel scheduling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Allen Bradley PanelView; Computer numerical control CNC software; Human machine interface HMI software; Nupro CastView (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Manhattan Associates PkMS Pickticket; Oracle Retek; Warehouse management software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — Materials requirements planning MRP software; Production scheduling and planning software; Supply chain capacity planning software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++; Sun Microsystems Java See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Program testing software — Logic programming software; Rockwell RSLogix; User interface design software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project; Process reengineering software; Yield management systems See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel 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

  • 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.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Skills

  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. 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.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. 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.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. 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.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. 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.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Prepare operational reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Discuss designs or plans with clients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop technical methods or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document technical design details. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule operational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review technical documents to plan work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend technical design or process changes to improve efficiency, quality, or performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement design or process improvements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create graphical representations of industrial production systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine operational methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare procedural documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Devise research or testing protocols. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct quality control activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate operational costs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate technical information to suppliers, contractors, or regulatory agencies. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 90% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 60% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 52% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 74% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 55% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 44% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 51% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 43% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 42% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 42% responded “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 — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 34% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 41% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 46% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 53% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 67% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 41% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 30% responded “Fairly serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 26% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 31% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 31% responded “Very important.” 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
62   Bachelor's degree
14   Post-secondary certificate Help
13   Associate's degree

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: ICE

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $39.18 hourly, $81,490 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 223,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 75,400
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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