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17-3021.00 - Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.

Sample of reported job titles: Avionics Technician, Avionics Test Technician, Calibration Technician, Communication Technician, Electronics Technician, Engineering Technician, Instrumentation Technician, Spacecraft Systems Engineer, Systems Test Technician, Test Technician

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Tasks

  • Inspect, diagnose, maintain, and operate test setups and equipment to detect malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record and interpret test data on parts, assemblies, and mechanisms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with engineering personnel regarding details and implications of test procedures and results. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust, repair or replace faulty components of test setups and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify required data, data acquisition plans and test parameters, setting up equipment to conform to these specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Construct and maintain test facilities for aircraft parts and systems, according to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate and calibrate computer systems and devices to comply with test requirements and to perform data acquisition and analysis. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test aircraft systems under simulated operational conditions, performing systems readiness tests and pre- and post-operational checkouts, to establish design or fabrication parameters. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fabricate and install parts and systems to be tested in test equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and test instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Finish vehicle instrumentation and deinstrumentation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Exchange cooling system components in various vehicles. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Accelerometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Borescope inspection equipment — Borescopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Box end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Digital calipers; Spring calipers; Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Straight chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compasses — Dividers; Layout compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compression testers — Digital force gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Countersinks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Depth gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eddy current examination equipment — Eddy current inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Explosive initiators — Pyrotechnic initiators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fall protection lanyard — Safety lanyards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Farmers own file — Knife files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flat hand file — Flat files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flat taper file — Vixen files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Flow meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Force or torque sensors — Electronic torque testers; Force transducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Form tools or toolbits — Twist drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gage block set — Gauge blocks; V blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gantry milling machine — Gantry mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Gas arc welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Go or no go gauge — Go/no-go gauges; Plug gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gyroscopic instruments — Gyroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Half round file — Half-round files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Soft face hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Digital height gauges; Planer gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Allen wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hole gauge — Bore gauges; Small hole gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal turning center — Computerized numerical control CNC lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared imagers — Infrared inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • IR 192 radiography examination equipment — Gamma ray testing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leak testing equipment — Bubble emission inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid penetrant examination equipment — Dye penetrant inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic particle examination equipment — Fluorescent penetrant inspection equipment; Magnetic particle inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mainframe console or dumb terminals — Terminal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manipulators — Hydrasets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mass spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal cutters — Aviation snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Depth micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mill saw file — Mill files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Offset screw driver — Offset screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint application system — Paint booths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic drill — Air drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power screwguns — Power screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Precision file — Precision files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Profiling and duplicating milling machine — Multi-axis mills; Skin mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Aligning punches; Center punches; Drive punches; Pin punches (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Air-supplying respirators; Purifying respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Riveting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Round file — Round files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Steel rules See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Body harnesses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Flat head screwdrivers; Reed and Prince screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scribers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shot peen machine — Shot peening equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sockets — Socket wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spanner wrenches — Hook spanner wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Bleeder wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Speed sensors — Accelerometer sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Alignment squares; Tri-squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Straightedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strain gauges — Strain gauge balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Taps — Bottoming taps; Plug taps; Taper taps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Telescopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Telescoping gauge — Telescoping gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Theodolites See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermocouples See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Snap gauges; Thickness gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thread counters or gauges — Thread gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thread repair kits — Split dies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tinners snips — Hand snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches — Digital torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torx keys — Torx drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track cranes — Overhead cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Traveling column milling machine — Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turret lathe — Vertical turret lathes VTL See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum ovens — Annealing ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers — Shakers; Vibration tables; Vibration transducers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welder torch — Brazing equipment; Brazing hearths; Welding torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire lug crimping tool — Wire crimpers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire twister — Safety wire pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray radiography examination equipment — X ray inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Data acquisition software; Vibration analysis software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Computerized numerical control CNC software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory software 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.

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Skills

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. 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.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. 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.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. 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.

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Abilities

  • 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 Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. 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 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.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.

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Work Activities

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Interpret design or operational test results. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate computer systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document design or operational test results. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble equipment or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain test equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fabricate devices or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install production equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 98% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 97% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 93% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 93% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 95% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 66% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 58% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 39% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 33% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 65% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 60% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 30% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 38% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 59% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 35% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 64% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 64% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 36% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” 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
Not available Master's degree
Not available High school diploma or equivalent Help
Not available Associate's degree

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

Engineering — Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RIC

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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. 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.
  • 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) $30.66 hourly, $63,780 annual
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Employment (2012) 10,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 2,100
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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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