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29-2056.00 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Emergency Veterinary Technician, Internal Medicine Veterinary Technician, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Medical Technologist, Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Laboratory Technician (Veterinary Lab Tech), Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Technician (Vet Tech)

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Tasks

  • Care for and monitor the condition of animals recovering from surgery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain controlled drug inventory and related log books. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Administer anesthesia to animals, under the direction of a veterinarian, and monitor animals' responses to anesthetics so that dosages can be adjusted. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Restrain animals during exams or procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Administer emergency first aid, such as performing emergency resuscitation or other life saving procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe the behavior and condition of animals and monitor their clinical symptoms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform laboratory tests on blood, urine, or feces, such as urinalyses or blood counts, to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and administer medications, vaccines, serums, or treatments, as prescribed by veterinarians. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments, equipment, or materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect, prepare, and label samples for laboratory testing, culture, or microscopic examination. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare animals for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving surgical areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Discuss medical health of pets with clients, such as post-operative status. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill prescriptions, measuring medications and labeling containers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take animals into treatment areas and assist with physical examinations by performing such duties as obtaining temperature, pulse, and respiration data. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain laboratory, research, or treatment records, as well as inventories of pharmaceuticals, equipment, or supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take and develop diagnostic radiographs, using x-ray equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for surgery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide veterinarians with the correct equipment or instruments, as needed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform dental work, such as cleaning, polishing, or extracting teeth. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean kennels, animal holding areas, surgery suites, examination rooms, or animal loading or unloading facilities to control the spread of disease. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Schedule appointments and procedures for animals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide information or counseling regarding issues such as animal health care, behavior problems, or nutrition. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dress and suture wounds and apply splints or other protective devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain instruments, equipment, or machinery to ensure proper working condition. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Give enemas and perform catheterizations, ear flushes, intravenous feedings, or gavages. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide assistance with animal euthanasia and the disposal of remains. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise or train veterinary students or other staff members. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor medical supplies and place orders when inventory is low. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform a variety of office, clerical, or accounting duties, such as reception, billing, bookkeeping, or selling products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Bathe animals, clip nails or claws, and brush or cut animals' hair. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct specialized procedures, such as animal branding or tattooing or hoof trimming. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air rifles or air handguns — Capture rifles; Dart guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ambulances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Analgesic infusion sets or kits — Infusion sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Animal catching devices — Animal capture nets; Animal catching poles; Animal snares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Animal husbandry equipment — Cattle chutes; Dehorners; Hoof picks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Animal shearing or clipping equipment — Electric animal clippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Animal weighing scales — Electronic animal scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anti shock garments — Medical anti-shock trousers MAST See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arterial line catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Artificial airway holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood collection needle — Venoject needles 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.
  • Blood pressure recording units — Blood pressure recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Butterfly needles — Scalp vein needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cages or its accessories — Squeeze cages See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Cardiac monitors; Portable cardiac monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P — External pacers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks — One-way valve pocket masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical or gas sterilizers — Gas sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemistry analyzers — Automated chemistry analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coagulation analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental finishing or polishing discs — Prophylaxis angles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental hand pieces or accessories — Dental handpieces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental probes — Dental explorers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental scalers or accessories — Ultrasonic dental scalers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental x ray units — Veterinary dental x ray equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories — Telemetry units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Electrosurgery units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical service intravenous IV kit — Intraosseous kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services head immobilizers — Head immobilization devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services obstetrics kits — Obstetrical OB kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services suction units or accessories — Airway suction units; Battery-powered portable suction units; Fixed-suction equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services tracheal tube or cricothyrotomy kits — Cricothyrotomy kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services triage tags — Triage tags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories — Multi-level wheeled cots; Stair chairs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency resuscitator or aspirator kits — Resuscitation devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endotracheal tubes — Endotracheal ET tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Enema kits or accessories — Enema equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Enteral feeding administration sets — Enteral feeding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Esophageal tubes — Esophageal tracheal airway devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extremity restraints — Limb restraints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Finger ring removers — Ring cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow sensors or regulators or components — Wall-mounted oxygen regulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators — Laboratory mechanical convection incubators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks — Veterinary immersion hydrotherapy equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas anesthesia apparatus — Veterinary anesthesia machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glucose monitors or meters — Glucometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Handheld refractometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Harnesses or its accessories — Head halters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hemocytometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hypodermic injection apparatus or accessories — Epi-pens; Preload syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hypodermic needle — Hypodermic needles 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.
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use — Intravenous IV pressure infusers; Intravenous IV pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial arm boards — Long arm boards; Short arm boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial cannulas or accessories — Intravenous IV cannulas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors — Saline locks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits — Intravenous IV administration sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intubation forceps — Adult Magill forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intubation gauges or guides — Esophageal intubation detection devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intubation stylets — Adult stylets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances — Laboratory scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory diluters — Automated diluters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laryngoscopes or accessories — Curved adult blades; Laryngoscopes; Straight adult blades; Straight pediatric blades (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters — Differential blood cell counters; Electronic blood cell counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes — Bulb syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical computed tomography CT or CAT scanners or tubes — Computed tomography CT scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Fixed-oxygen equipment; Portable oxygen equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners — Magnetic resonance imaging MRI systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical nasal cannulae — Oxygen nasal cannulae See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical oxygen masks or parts — Adult non-rebreather oxygen masks; Child oxygen masks; Infant oxygen masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiation films or badges — Radiation detecting film badges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological positioning aids for general radiological use — X ray patient positioning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes — Lead aprons; Lead thyroid collars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological shielding gloves — Lead gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Protective face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical syringe with needle — Anesthesia syringes; Hypodermic syringes; Multiple dose syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical ultrasound or doppler or pulse echo or echography units for general diagnostic use — Veterinary ultrasound equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray darkroom equipment or supplies — Manual darkroom developing equipment; X ray film processors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray film or cassette — X ray cassettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray intensifying screens — X ray intensifying equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — Digital x ray equipment; Portable veterinary x ray equipment; Stationary veterinary x ray equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcentrifuges — Microhematocrit centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microscope slides See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile or transportable medical linear accelerators — Linear accelerator equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Muzzles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nasopharyngeal tubes — Nasopharyngeal airways See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nebulizer or accessories — Aerosol nebulizers; Humidification equipment; Nebulizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needleless intravenous injection syringe set or injection cannula — Interlink syringe cannulas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters — Vacutainer adapters; Vial access cannulas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Non vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Blood tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ophthalmic tonometers or accessories — Ophthalmic tonometers 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 — Cardboard splints; Rigid splints; Splints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Osmometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen insufflator or its accessories — Transtracheal jet insufflators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Oxygen administration equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient stretchers or stretcher accessories — Stretchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Periodontal curettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Bite gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories — Respiration monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Restraints — Bovine tail restraints; Nose tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resuscitation masks or accessories — Ambu bags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specimen collection container — Specimen collection containers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Steam autoclaves; Vacuum autoclaves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical calipers or rulers — Surgical calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical retractors for general use — Surgical retractors 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.
  • Suture needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Suture removers — Suture scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling units or systems — Veterinary patient warming systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tourniquets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment — Ultrasonic instrument cleaners 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.
  • Veterinary blood pressure testers — Ultrasonic blood pressure monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary castration instruments — Veterinary emasculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary clinical thermometers — Digital veterinary thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary electrocardiograph ECG — Animal electrocardiograph ECG units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary injection or suction units or accessories — Balling guns; Veterinary suction equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary nail trimmers or cutters — Animal nail trimmers; Hoof trimmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Veterinary speculums — Veterinary oral specula; Veterinary vaginal specula See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — FileMaker Pro 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 — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — Animal Intelligence Software Animal Intelligence; McAllister Software Systems AVImark; Veterinary practice management software PMS 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 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.
  • 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.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. 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.
  • 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.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. 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.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions. 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat dental problems or diseases. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer non-intravenous medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Process x-rays or other medical images. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat medical emergencies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare patients physically for medical procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical facility records. 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.
  • Train medical providers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean medical equipment or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Process medical billing information. 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.
  • Assist patients with hygiene or daily living activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Merchandise healthcare products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Contact With Others — 95% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 77% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 73% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 81% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 66% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 88% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 64% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 50% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 78% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 65% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 48% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Radiation — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 39% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 69% 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 — 44% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 53% 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 — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 39% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 65% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 43% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 65% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 41% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 34% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 44% 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 “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 34% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 41% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 46% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” 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
68   Associate's degree
12   High school diploma or equivalent Help
11   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RI

  • 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.

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Work Styles

  • 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.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • 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) $14.94 hourly, $31,070 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 85,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 33,400
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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