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19-4091.00 - Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.

Sample of reported job titles: Environmental Health Specialist, Environmental Specialist, Environmental Technician, Industrial Pretreatment Program Specialist (IPP Specialist), Laboratory Specialist, Laboratory Technician, Process Laboratory Specialist, Public Health Sanitarian, Sanitarian, Sanitarian Specialist

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Tasks

  • Collect samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, or asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels or identify sources of pollution. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or implement programs for monitoring of environmental pollution or radiation. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Discuss test results and analyses with customers. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up equipment or stations to monitor and collect pollutants from sites, such as smoke stacks, manufacturing plants, or mechanical equipment. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain files, such as hazardous waste databases, chemical usage data, personnel exposure information, or diagrams showing equipment locations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop testing procedures or direct activities of workers in laboratory. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare samples or photomicrographs for testing and analysis. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calibrate microscopes or test instruments. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and analyze material for presence and concentration of contaminants, such as asbestos, using variety of microscopes. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calculate amount of pollutant in samples or compute air pollution or gas flow in industrial processes, using chemical and mathematical formulas. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make recommendations to control or eliminate unsafe conditions at workplaces or public facilities. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Weigh, analyze, or measure collected sample particles, such as lead, coal dust, or rock to determine concentration of pollutants. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide information or technical or program assistance to government representatives, employers, or the general public on the issues of public health, environmental protection, or workplace safety. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct standardized tests to ensure materials or supplies used throughout power supply systems meet processing and safety specifications. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform statistical analysis of environmental data. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Respond to and investigate hazardous conditions or spills, or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine amounts and kinds of chemicals to use in destroying harmful organisms or removing impurities from purification systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect sanitary conditions at public facilities. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect workplaces to ensure the absence of health and safety hazards, such as high noise levels, radiation, or potential lighting hazards. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Distribute permits, closure plans, or cleanup plans. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Initiate procedures to close down or fine establishments violating environmental or health regulations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze potential environmental impacts of production process changes and recommend steps to mitigate negative impacts. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or implement site recycling or hazardous waste stream programs. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor emission control devices to ensure they are operating properly and are in compliance with state and federal regulations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air pollutant samplers — Digital hand meters; Handheld laser particle counters; Particulate monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air samplers or collectors — Air sampling impingers; Bioaerosol impactors; Indoor air quality IAQ monitors; Particulate samplers (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air sampling pumps — Air sampling primary flow calibrators; Area sampling pumps; Sequential air samplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air velocity and temperature monitors — Air current test kits; Velometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anemometers — Velocity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges — Centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Passive samplers for organic vapors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Colorimeters — Colorimetric field sampling devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Darkfield microscopes — Phase contrast microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Sewer surveillance cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flame ionization analyzers — Flame ionization detectors FID See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Electronic pump calibrators; Flow monitoring equipment; Pilot tubes; Pump flowmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas detector tubes — Detector tubes; Freon detectors; Halogen leak detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Graphics tablets — Digitizing tablets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors — Chlorinated hydrocarbon testing equipment; Halide meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hygrometers — Humidity sticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ion analyzers — Photoionization detectors PID See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory bailers — Water sampling bailers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory diluters — Dilution systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Logging instruments for water wells — Interface probes; Water well depth meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Luxmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manometers — Micromanometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microscope slides See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters — Carpet sampling pump kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Landfill gas collection systems; Landfill gas detection systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nephelometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ohmmeters — Volt-ohm meters VOM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open stream water level recorders — Water level recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen generators — Zero air generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ozone generator — Ozone generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint tester — Lead surface sampling kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Peristaltic pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Permeability testing apparatus — Infiltrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers — Pocket personal computers PC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plotter printers — Large-format plotters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Polarizing microscopes — Polarized light microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Field data collection computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radon detectors — Radon detection devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Salinity meter — Salinity meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sampling pumps — Centrifugal water sampling pumps; Low-flow pumps; Purge pumps; Water sample extraction pumps (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Single gas monitors — Carbon monoxide monitors; CO2 monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soil core sampling apparatus — Soil augers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soil testing kits — Lead soil sampling kits; Soil vapor extraction units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter — Noise dosimeters; Noise logging analyzers; Noise monitoring instruments; Sound level meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Autoclaves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Still cameras — 35 millimeter cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers — Vibration monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water analyzers — Chloride test kits; Hach field kits; Water chemistry analysis equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water samplers — Lead water sampling kits; Water sample extraction tubes; Water sampling augers; Water sampling pumps See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — FishXing software; Flood modeling software; HEC RAS *; Visual OTTHYMO (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Autodesk Softdesk See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Map creation software — ESRI ArcGIS software; ESRI ArcView; Geomechanical design analysis GDA software; Trimble GPS software (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint 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

  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 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.
  • 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.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. 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.
  • 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.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. 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.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. 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.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Work Activities

  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Record research or operational data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate scientific or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze chemical compounds or substances. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess compliance with environmental laws. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with clients to exchange information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test quality of materials or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect environmental data or samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze environmental data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze geological samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others on business or operational matters. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop environmental research methods. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others on matters of public policy. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect areas for compliance with sanitation standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct natural resources management or conservation programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research environmental impact of industrial or development activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop environmental sustainability plans or projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Determine methods to minimize environmental impact of activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare documentation for permits or licenses. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 49% responded “Every day.” 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.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 48% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 52% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 47% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 43% 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 — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 37% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 36% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 51% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 35% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 33% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 75% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 27% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 39% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 37% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 28% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 34% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 64% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 42% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 29% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 44% 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
44   Bachelor's degree
20   Master's degree
13   Associate's degree

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

Environmental Science — Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Physical Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IRC

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Work Styles

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

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Work Values

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $20.29 hourly, $42,190 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 33,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 19,000
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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