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29-2031.00 - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists.

Sample of reported job titles: Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Technologist, Cardiac Catheterization Technician, Cardiac Technician, Cardiology Technician, Cardiopulmonary Technician, Cardiovascular Technician, Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT), Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG Technician), Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)

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Tasks

  • Conduct electrocardiogram (EKG), phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, or other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, or laboratory instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Obtain and record patient identification, medical history, or test results. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and position patients for testing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connect electrodes to leads from the electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, and operate the EKG machine to obtain a reading. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise or train other cardiology technologists or students. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compare measurements of heart wall thickness and chamber sizes to standard norms to identify abnormalities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe ultrasound display screen and listen to signals to record vascular information, such as blood pressure, limb volume changes, oxygen saturation, or cerebral circulation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist surgeons with vascular procedures, such as preparing balloons and stents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac or peripheral vascular treatments, such as implanting pacemakers or assisting with balloon angioplasties to treat blood vessel blockages. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess cardiac physiology and calculate valve areas from blood flow velocity measurements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment to produce contrast enhanced radiographs of heart and cardiovascular system. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inject contrast medium into patients' blood vessels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transcribe, type, and distribute reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Enter factors such as amount and quality of radiation beam, and filming sequence, into computer. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct tests of pulmonary system, using spirometer or other respiratory testing equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Activate fluoroscope and camera to produce images used to guide catheter through cardiovascular system. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up 24-hour Holter and event monitors, scan and interpret tapes, and report results to physicians. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments or ordering supplies or equipment. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Angiography contrast medium delivery set — Contrast power injectors; Medrad injectors; Pressure injectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Angioplasty balloon catheter — Balloon catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Angioscopes or accessories — Heart probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arterial line catheters — Swan Ganz artery catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arterial needles — Brachial artery needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED; Defibrillators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Laboratory microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood collection syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood gas analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Body plethysmographs — Plethysmography machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Hemodynamic monitors; Physiological monitoring and analysis systems; Thermodilution cardiac output computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P — Pacemaker analyzers; Pacemakers; Silicone lead end caps; Ventricular demand pacemakers (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiovascular sheath kits — Cardiovascular catheter sheaths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Central venous catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical or gas sterilizers — Chemical sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coagulation analyzers — Coagulation testing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coronary stent — Coronary stents See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Defense Digital Imaging Network DIN system equipment — Defense digital imaging network-picture archiving and communications systems DIN-PACS See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheter introducers or sets — Brockenbrough needles; Transseptal sheaths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets — Angiojets; Grollmann catheters; Rheolytic thrombectomy systems; Rotoblators (see all 10 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM standard system equipment — Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM system equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG accessories — Electrocardiography EKG tape reading scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG electrode patch — Electrocardiography EKG electrodes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG unit analyzers — Vector-cardiographs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG units — Cardio-page writers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electromyography EMG units or accessories — Light and sound machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic blood pressure units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic stethoscopes or accessories — Electronic stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glucose monitors or meters — Glucometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hematology analyzers — Activated clotting time ACT lab equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hypodermic needle — Venipuncture needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intraaortic balloon pump and accessories — Indeflators; Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial cannulas or accessories — Arterial line stop-cocks; Pressure tubing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial extension tubing — Intravenous IV tubing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors — Intravenous IV locks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Introducer or guide pin or guidewire or glidewire for non endoscopic surgical or open heart procedures — Guidewires See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lancets — Sterile blood lancets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Thermal printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lightmeters — Light meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems — Holter monitors; Portable electrocardiography EKG machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment — Fluoroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors — Film processing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS — Image capturing and transmission systems; Image storage systems; Scan converters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes — Lead aprons; Lead collars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical syringe without needle — Intravenous IV syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — X ray machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mercury blood pressure units — Mercury sphygmomanometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Nitric oxide administration equipment; Oxygen therapy systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Perfusion oxygenators or accessories — 3, 4, and 5 stopcock manifolds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use — Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulmonary function calculators — Computerized lung analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Removal devices of diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets — Transluminal extraction catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies — Spirometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — C-clamps; Myocardial biopsy forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical equipment stands or accessories — Surgical trays/tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical lasers or accessories — Lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories — Microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical purstring devices — Suture devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tourniquets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy — Therapeutic treadmill exercisers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultracentrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Evacuated blood collection tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vascular filter — Bird's nest inferior vena caval filters; Caval filters; Distal embolic protection devices; Vena caval filters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vascular imaging guidewire — Radi pressure wires; Wave wires See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Structured data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Information retrieval or search software — Information systems integration software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Cardinal Health Pyxis CII Safe See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM-compatible image acquisition and integration software products; Electronic medical record EMR software; Practice management software PMS; Smart Digital Holter Monitor (see all 7 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.
  • Web platform development software — JavaScript See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. 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.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. 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.

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Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record patient medical histories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain sterile operative fields. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor video displays of medical equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare patients physically for medical procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test patient heart or lung functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Enter patient or treatment data into computers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train medical providers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair medical facility equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise patient care personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment. 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

  • Contact With Others — 94% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 89% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 73% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 80% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 66% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 62% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 65% responded “Extremely important.” 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 — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 54% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 45% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 45% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 42% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 52% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 36% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 42% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Radiation — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 36% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 35% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 27% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 35% responded “Less than half the time.” 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
63   Associate's degree
13   Post-secondary certificate Help
10   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RIS

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Work Styles

  • 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.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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) $26.12 hourly, $54,330 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 52,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 23,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

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

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