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19-4093.00 - Forest and Conservation Technicians

Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts, under the direction of foresters; or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation, fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats.

Sample of reported job titles: Conservationist, Fire Technician, Forest Ranger, Forest Technician, Forestry Aide, Forestry Technician, Natural Resources Technician, Resource Manager, Resource Technician, Wildlife Technician

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Tasks

  • Keep records of the amount and condition of logs taken to mills. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Manage forest protection activities, including fire control, fire crew training, and coordination of fire detection and public education programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train and lead forest and conservation workers in seasonal activities, such as planting tree seedlings, putting out forest fires, and maintaining recreational facilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Survey, measure, and map access roads and forest areas such as burns, cut-over areas, experimental plots, and timber sales sections. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select and mark trees for thinning or logging, drawing detailed plans that include access roads. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide information about, and enforce, regulations such as those concerning environmental protection, resource utilization, fire safety and accident prevention. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise forest nursery operations, timber harvesting, land use activities such as livestock grazing, and disease or insect control programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor activities of logging companies and contractors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Patrol park or forest areas to protect resources and prevent damage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Thin and space trees and control weeds and undergrowth, using manual tools and chemicals, or supervise workers performing these tasks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop and maintain computer databases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan and supervise construction of access routes and forest roads. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide forestry education and general information, advice, and recommendations to woodlot owners, community organizations, and the general public. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform reforestation or forest renewal, including nursery and silviculture operations, site preparation, seeding and tree planting programs, cone collection, and tree improvement. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Issue fire permits, timber permits, and other forest use licenses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide technical support to forestry research programs in areas such as tree improvement, seed orchard operations, insect and disease surveys, or experimental forestry and forest engineering research. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure distances, clean sightlines, and record data to help survey crews. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect trees and collect samples of plants, seeds, foliage, bark and roots to locate insect and disease damage. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Agricultural tractors — Farm tractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Articulating boom lift — Aerial bucket trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Axes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Backhoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Mantax computer tree calipers; Wheeler pentaprism calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clinometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial fishing nets — Frame nets; Gill nets; Seines; Trawls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conventional truck cranes — Truck cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Decorticators — Girdling tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dibblers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Remote video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dredgers — Aquatic weed harvesters; Hydraulic dredges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dump trucks — Brush trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Earthmoving buckets or its parts or accessories — Slurry buckets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Earthmoving shovels — Fire plows See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fertilizer spreaders or distributors — Fertilizer spreaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire or rescue trucks — Wildland fire pumper trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire suppression hand tools — McLeod tools; Pulaski tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fishing boats — Electroshocking boats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forestry increment borers — Increment borers; Tree corers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forestry saws — Pruning saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Front end loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Geological compasses — Pocket transits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Geological prospecting apparatus — Crown densitometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Handheld refractometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Harrows See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Altimeters; Relaskops See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic truck cranes — Hydraulic truck-mounted cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser measuring systems — Laser tree measuring devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers — Laser surveying equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lawnmowers — Lawn mowers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Pickup trucks; Trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lighters — Terrain torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lumbering equipment — Clearing hooks; Grass whips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetometer geophysical instruments — Magnetic locators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Map measurers — Planimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring rods — Stadia rods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring tapes — Diameter tapes; Loggers' tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring wheels for distance — Measuring wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters — Soil moisture meters; Watermark soil moisture data collectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Motorcycles — Trail motorbikes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open stream current meters — Stream flow gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open stream water level recorders — Water level recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pisciculture supplies — Macroalgae harvesters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Planters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Field data recorders; Field personal computers PC; Global positioning system GPS data collectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Chain saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Prisms — Basal area factor BAF prisms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radarbased surveillance systems — Remote sensing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rainfall recorders — Electronic rain gauges ERR; Forestry rain gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rangefinders — Hypsometers; Laser rangefinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Recreational motorboats — Airboats; Boats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reforestation equipment — Brush hooks; Plug spades; Tree planter spades See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Leaf area meter scanning instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Seed drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Snowplow attachments — Snowplows See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soil core sampling apparatus — Soil augers; Soil probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sprayers — Gunjets for pressurized sprayers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tensiometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Theodolites — Survey levels; Survey transits; Total stations See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tow trucks — Winch trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track bulldozers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track excavators — Amphibious excavators; Excavators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tug boats — Tugboats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video editors — Video editing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water meters — Water monitoring meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water pumps — Truck-mounted water pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water samplers — Water monitoring samplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel bulldozers — Bulldozers; Rubber-tired bulldozers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Assisi Software Forest; Forest Vegetation Simulator FVS *; HARVEST *; LoggerPC software (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD LT See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Forest EcoSurvey; LJI Technologies Lumberjack; Microsoft Access; PhoenixPRO Forest Activity Tracking (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop publishing software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Computer graphics software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Assisi Software Forest Inventory; Haglof Sweden AB TCruise Forest Inventory See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Map creation software — Allegro Landmark; ESRI ArcView; Forestry Reconnaissance ArcView Editor RAVE software; Geomechanical design analysis GDA software (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Corel Presentation; 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

  • 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.
  • Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 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.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. 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.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. 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.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. 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.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. 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.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. 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.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • 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.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Record research or operational data. 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.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Manage agricultural or forestry operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect condition of natural environments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others about environmental management or conservation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect biological specimens. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop technical or scientific databases. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare maps. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cultivate land. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Survey land or properties. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others on management of emergencies or hazardous situations or materials. 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 — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 64% 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 — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 72% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 58% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 58% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 54% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 38% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 38% responded “Very important.” 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 Walking and Running — 44% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 38% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 33% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 48% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 36% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 44% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 38% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 31% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 58% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 38% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 35% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 35% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 35% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 31% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 28% responded “Fairly serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 40% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
40   High school diploma or equivalent Help
36   Associate's degree
12   Some college, no degree

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

Life Sciences — Forest Sciences and Biology; Forestry; Natural Resources and Conservation, Other; Natural Resources Management and Policy; Natural Resources/Conservation, General

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RIE

  • 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.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $16.95 hourly, $35,260 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 34,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 13,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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