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29-1171.00 - Nurse Practitioners

Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

Sample of reported job titles: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner; Adult Nurse Practitioner; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN); Family Nurse Practitioner; Family Practice Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner; Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner; Nurse Practitioner; Nurse Practitioner, Adult; Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner

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Tasks

  • Analyze and interpret patients' histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose or treat acute health care problems such as illnesses, infections, or injuries. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend diagnostic or therapeutic interventions with attention to safety, cost, invasiveness, simplicity, acceptability, adherence, and efficacy. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prescribe medications based on efficacy, safety, and cost as legally authorized. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Educate patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients' individual circumstances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prescribe medication dosages, routes, and frequencies based on patient characteristics such as age and gender. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order, perform, or interpret the results of diagnostic tests, such as complete blood counts (CBCs), electrocardiograms (EKGs), and radiographs (x-rays). See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain complete and detailed records of patients' health care plans and prognoses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop treatment plans based on scientific rationale, standards of care, and professional practice guidelines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Detect and respond to adverse drug reactions, with special attention to vulnerable populations such as infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, or older adults. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Counsel patients about drug regimens and possible side effects or interactions with other substances such as food supplements, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, or herbal remedies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose or treat chronic health care problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide patients with information needed to promote health, reduce risk factors, or prevent disease or disability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Treat or refer patients for primary care conditions, such as headaches, hypertension, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, and dermatological conditions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Consult with or refer patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose or treat complex, unstable, comorbid, episodic, or emergency conditions in collaboration with other health care providers as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Schedule follow-up visits to monitor patients or evaluate health or illness care. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform routine or annual physical examinations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise or coordinate patient care or support staff activities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain current knowledge of state legal regulations for nurse practitioner practice including reimbursement of services. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide patients or caregivers with assistance in locating health care resources. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain departmental policies and procedures in areas such as safety and infection control. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform primary care procedures such as suturing, splinting, administering immunizations, taking cultures, and debriding wounds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advocate for accessible health care that minimizes environmental health risks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Keep abreast of regulatory processes and payer systems such as Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, and private sources. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Apnea monitors or accessories — Apnea monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arm orthopedic softgoods — Upper extremity braces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arterial blood gas monitors or accessories — Arterial blood gas monitoring equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arterial line catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Back or lumbar or sacral orthopedic softgoods — Back braces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood collection syringes — Blood drawing syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Cardiac monitors; Hemodynamic monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P — Pacemaker analyzers; Transcutaneous pacemakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes — Doppler ultrasound equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks — Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Central venous catheters — Multiple lumen central line catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cervical collars or neck braces — Neck braces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemistry analyzers — Hemoglobin analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chest tube — Chest tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crutches or crutch accessories — Crutches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets — Angiocaths; Pulmonary artery catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG units — Electrocardiography EKG machines; Portable electrocardiography EKG machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic blood pressure units — Electronic blood pressure monitors; Pediatric blood pressure cuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic medical thermometers — Digital medical thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Electrosurgical cauterization machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services head immobilizers — Head immobilization devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency or resuscitation carts — Crash carts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endotracheal or tracheotomy sets — Tracheotomy sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endotracheal tubes — Endotracheal ET tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Epidural anesthesia kit or tray — Epidural catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eye charts or vision cards — Snellen eye charts; Visual acuity testing cards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products — Fiberoptic endoscopes; Flexible sigmoidoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow sensors or regulators or components — Oxygen flowmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glucose monitors or meters — Glucometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Head or neck traction supplies — Halo traction equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines — Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intraaortic balloon pump and accessories — Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intracranial pressure ICP monitoring units or accessories — Intracranial pressure monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use — Intravenous IV infusion pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial catheter tray — Intravenous IV administration sets; Intravenous IV cutdown trays See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intubator components or accessories — Intubation sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lancets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laryngoscopes or accessories — Fiberoptic laryngoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leg orthopedic softgoods or accessories — Lower extremity braces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems — Holter monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves — Medical examination protective gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical nasal catheters or catheterization kits — Nasal catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical oxygen masks or parts — Oxygen delivery masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staff isolation or cover gown — Protective gowns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Protective face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staple or clip removers — Surgical staple removers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical stapler for external use — Skin staplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical suction or vacuum appliances — Nasal suctioning equipment; Oral suctioning equipment; Tracheal suctioning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical syringe with needle — Hypodermic syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical tuning forks — Diagnostic tuning forks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcentrifuges — Microhematocrit centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nasogastric tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nebulizer or accessories — Handheld nebulizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Non invasive bi level machines — Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets — Ophthalmoscopes; Otoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthopedic splint systems — Orthopedic splinting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen concentrators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient floor scales — Medical scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Peak flowmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pericardiocentesis needles or kits or accessories — Pericardiocentesis kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reflex hammers or mallets — Reflex hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specimen collection container — Specimen collection containers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spine boards — Spinal immobilization equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies — Incentive spirometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Mosquito hemostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical lasers or accessories — Argon lasers; Carbon dioxide CO2 lasers; Pulsed dye lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical pneumatic or electric tourniquets or accessories — Pneumatic tourniquets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical punches or punch holder or accessories — Biopsy punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories — Surgical scalpels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scissors — Straight surgical scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Suturing kits or trays or packs or sets — Suturing kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thoracentesis set or tray — Thoracentesis kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue culture incubators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tourniquets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units — Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tympanometers or accessories — Tympanometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Umbilical catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Urinalysis test strips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Urinary catheterization kit — Urinary catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Evacuated blood collection tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vaginal exam specula See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ventricular assist devices — Ventricular assist devices VAD See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Walking braces See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer *; Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — eClinicalWorks software; GE Healthcare Centricity EMR; PCC Pediatric Partner; StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite (see all 15 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. 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.
  • Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance. 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.
  • 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.
  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. 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.
  • Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 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.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. 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.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. 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.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. 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

  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Record patient medical histories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Diagnose medical conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prescribe medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Follow protocols or regulations for healthcare activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop medical treatment plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat medical emergencies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train patients, family members, or caregivers in techniques for managing disabilities or illnesses. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Immunize patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise patients on effects of health conditions or treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise patient care personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise patients on healthcare system processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Telephone — 90% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 90% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 72% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 76% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 63% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 61% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 52% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 69% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 67% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 48% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 53% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 46% responded “Very important.” 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.
  • Time Pressure — 40% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 41% responded “Very high responsibility.” 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 — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 41% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 36% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 48% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 28% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
83   Master's degree
7   Doctoral degree
3   Post-baccalaureate certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: SIR

  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to 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.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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) $45.84 hourly, $95,350 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 110,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 58,500
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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