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19-4092.00 - Forensic Science Technicians

Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.

Sample of reported job titles: Crime Laboratory Analyst, Crime Scene Analyst, Crime Scene Technician (Crime Scene Tech), CSI (Crime Scene Investigator), Evidence Technician, Forensic Science Examiner, Forensic Scientist, Forensic Specialist, Latent Fingerprint Examiner, Latent Print Examiner

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Tasks

  • Keep records and prepare reports detailing findings, investigative methods, and laboratory techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect evidence from crime scenes, storing it in conditions that preserve its integrity. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Testify in court about investigative or analytical methods or findings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Use photographic or video equipment to document evidence or crime scenes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Visit morgues, examine scenes of crimes, or contact other sources to obtain evidence or information to be used in investigations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Reconstruct crime scenes to determine relationships among pieces of evidence. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate and maintain laboratory equipment and apparatus. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, documents, electronics, medical, chemical, or metallurgical experts concerning evidence and its interpretation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare solutions, reagents, or sample formulations needed for laboratory work. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train new technicians or other personnel on forensic science techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Use chemicals or other substances to examine latent fingerprint evidence and compare developed prints to those of known persons in databases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Interpret laboratory findings or test results to identify and classify substances, materials, or other evidence collected at crime scenes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect impressions of dust from surfaces to obtain and identify fingerprints. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review forensic analysts' reports for technical merit. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and analyze blood stain patterns at crime scenes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine physical evidence, such as hair, fiber, wood, or soil residues to obtain information about its source and composition. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine firearms to determine mechanical condition and legal status, performing restoration work on damaged firearms to obtain information such as serial numbers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compare objects, such as tools, with impression marks to determine whether a specific object is responsible for a specific mark. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze gunshot residue and bullet paths to determine how shootings occurred. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify and quantify drugs or poisons found in biological fluids or tissues, in foods, or at crime scenes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine types of bullets and specific weapons used in shootings. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Alcohol analysers — Breathalyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges — Laboratory benchtop centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Biological evidence collection kits — Blood collection kits; Body fluid collection kits; Deoxyribonucleic acid DNA collection kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Biometric identification equipment — Fingerprint recognition systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Camera lens — Colored camera filters; Ultraviolet UV camera lens filters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Direction finding compasses — Navigational compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Distance meters — Electronic measuring devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fabric or netting for entomology — Insect swoop nets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fingerprint applicators or brushes — Fingerprint brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fingerprint latent print kits — Fingerprint evidence kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flags or accessories — Crime scene evidence flags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats — Medical hemostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Footprint lifters — Electrostatic dust print lifters; Gel lifters; Impression casting kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Footwear covers — Footwear protectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forensic chemical workstations — Cyanoacrylate fuming chambers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Portable generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — UV forensic goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Handheld digital thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Biohazard suits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Identification markers — Photo markers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared lamps — Infrared light sources See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inspection mirror — Inspection mirrors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances — Electronic precision balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory hotplates — Fuming hot plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory insect containers — Insect collection containers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory mixers — Benchtop mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory scalpels — Pointed scalpels; Rounded scalpels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory scissors — Evidence scissors; Stainless steel scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory sifting equipment — Sifting screens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory spatulas — Stainless steel spatulas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory tools — Plastic evidence tweezers; Stainless steel tweezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory washing machines — Glassware washers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers — Laser trajectory kits; Portable lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnifiers — Hand held magnifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring wheels for distance — Distance measuring wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Protective masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microscope slides See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Minivans or vans — Police vans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Narcotic test kits — Drug testing kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nitrogen or nitrate or nitrite analyzer — Gunshot residue kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers; Mobile data computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Handheld evidence collection computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Postmortem fingerprint or impression materials — Postmortem print spoons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Reciprocating saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Protective latex gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Photographic scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sexual assault determination kits — Sexual assault evidence collection kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spades See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specimen collection container — Evidence collection containers; Glass specimen jars; Plastic specimen jars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Steam sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Still cameras — 35 millimeter cameras; Large format cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Crime scene tape measures; Steel measuring tape See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Thermocyclers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Portable two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps — Long-wave ultraviolet UV lamps; Ultraviolet UV lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — DNA sequence analysis software; Laboratory information management system LIMS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Charting software — Microsoft Office Visio See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS; Combined DNA Index System CODIS *; Microsoft Access; National Crime Information Center NCIC database (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — IBM Lotus Notes; Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software; DesignWare 3D EyeWitness; Mideo Systems EZDoc Plus; Midwest Information Systems PAX-it (see all 11 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Corel WordPerfect 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. 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.
  • 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.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. 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.
  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. 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.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • 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.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Record research or operational data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpret research or operational data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze forensic evidence to solve crimes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate on research activities with scientists or technical specialists. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document events or evidence, using photographic or audiovisual equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate laboratory or field equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Electronic Mail — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 74% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 68% 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 — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 56% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 54% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 58% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 53% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 57% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 52% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 38% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 27% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 23% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 24% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 48% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 32% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 49% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 43% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 42% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 32% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 43% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 47% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” 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 Some college, no degree
Not available Bachelor's degree
Not available Associate's degree

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $26.61 hourly, $55,360 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 13,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 5,800
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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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