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31-2011.00 - Occupational Therapy Assistants

Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.

Sample of reported job titles: Acute Care Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed (COTA/L), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant-Licensed (COTA-L), Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), School Based Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Staff Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/Licensed (Staff COTA/L)

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Tasks

  • Select therapy activities to fit patients' needs and capabilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor patients' performance in therapy activities, providing encouragement. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct, or assist in instructing, patients and families in home programs, basic living skills, or the care and use of adaptive equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain and promote a positive attitude toward clients and their treatment programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe and record patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior and maintain this information in client records. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Aid patients in dressing and grooming themselves. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Implement, or assist occupational therapists with implementing, treatment plans designed to help clients function independently. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals involved with the care of a patient. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate the daily living skills or capacities of physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabled clients. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attend continuing education classes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Report to supervisors, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, and behavior. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Alter treatment programs to obtain better results if treatment is not having the intended effect. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Work under the direction of occupational therapists to plan, implement, or administer educational, vocational, or recreational programs that restore or enhance performance in individuals with functional impairments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Teach patients how to deal constructively with their emotions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Demonstrate therapy techniques, such as manual or creative arts or games. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform clerical duties, such as scheduling appointments, collecting data, or documenting health insurance billings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assemble, clean, or maintain equipment or materials for patient use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attend care plan meetings to review patient progress and update care plans. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order any needed educational or treatment supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport patients to and from the occupational therapy work area. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design, fabricate, or repair assistive devices or make adaptive changes to equipment or environments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist educational specialists or clinical psychologists in administering situational or diagnostic tests to measure client's abilities or progress. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged — Augmentative communication systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arm orthopedic softgoods — Arm braces; Slings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Awls — Punching awls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Back or lumbar or sacral orthopedic softgoods — Back braces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy — Balance boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bead accessories — Beading needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises — Vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood pressure cuff kits — Sphygmomanometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Braille devices for the physically challenged — Braille writers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • C clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Canes or cane accessories — Canes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clay or modeling tools — Ceramic modeling tools; Slip mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clinical hydraulic lifts or accessories — Hydraulic lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clothes dryers — Industrial clothes dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use dishwashers — Automatic dishwashing systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use microwave ovens — Commercial microwave ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial use ovens — Commercial cooking ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Continuous passive motion CPM devices or accessories — Continuous passive motion CPM equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crochet hooks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crutches or crutch accessories — Crutches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Foundry molds — Metalsmith molds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks — Hydrotherapy equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy — Gait belts; Transfer belts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Game pads or joy sticks — Joy sticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glue guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goniometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sewing needles — Knitting needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Headpointers or mouthsticks for the physically challenged — Headpointers; Mouthsticks; Optical pointers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Keyboards — Alternative computer keyboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Kilns for firing ceramics — Ceramics kilns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lacing or stringing accessories — Lacing needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laundry type washing machines — Light commercial washing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leather accessories — Leather scissors; Rotary punches; Wing dividers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Leg orthopedic softgoods or accessories — Lower extremity braces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged — Communication boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Macrame accessories — Macrame boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mallets — Rawhide mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy — Treatment tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes 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 — Surgical masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needlenose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthotics or foot care products — Orthotic devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Page turners for the physically challenged — Page turners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient shifting boards or accessories — Sliding boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient stretchers or stretcher accessories — Stretchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Positioning devices — Patient positioning devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Hand drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders — Power hand sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Mini punch sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rasps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reflex hammers or mallets — Reflex hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Rivet setters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Multi-purpose saw sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Mini screwdriver sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sewing needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Metal shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • T squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs — Cold packs; Therapeutic hot packs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touch pads — Trackpads See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Triangles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives — Precision knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vascular or compression apparel or support — Compressive garments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing — Compression devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged — Talking word processor software See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Walkers or rollators — Walkers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Weaving accessories — Latch hooks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheelchairs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wood burning tools — Wood burners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wood chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Writing aids for the physically challenged — Word prediction software; Writing support software See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — Billing software; Bookkeeping software; Fifth Walk BillingTracker; Financial record software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Action games — BrainTrain SmartDriver See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Calendar and scheduling software — Scheduling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer based training software — BrainTrain IVA+Plus; Language arts educational software; Math educational software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software; dBASE; FileMaker Pro software; Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Device drivers or system software — Screen reader software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Graphics software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — BrainTrain Captain's Log; Laboratory information system LIS software; TheraClin Systems iMAPR; Visual Health Information VHI PC-Kits (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software — Text scanning software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Voice recognition software 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. 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.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 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.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. 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.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean medical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement therapeutic programs to improve patient functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare medical reports or documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Encourage patients during therapeutic activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate patient status to other health practitioners. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop patient therapy programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist patients with daily activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach basic living or other adaptive skills to patients or caregivers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move patients to or from treatment areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with other professionals to plan patient care. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Process medical billing information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inventory medical supplies or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer screening tests to determine abilities or treatment needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Make patient-assistive devices or device models. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attend educational events to update medical knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach medical procedures to healthcare personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Contact With Others — 86% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 95% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 83% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 78% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 77% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 40% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 58% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 58% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 77% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 52% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 37% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 54% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 38% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 37% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 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 — 37% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 36% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 34% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 39% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 46% responded “Less than half the time.” 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 — 27% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 26% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — 39% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 29% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 30% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” 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
82   Associate's degree
10   Master's degree
8   Bachelor's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: SR

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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) $27.38 hourly, $56,950 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 30,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 20,500
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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