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31-2021.00 - Physical Therapist Assistants

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Physical Therapist Assistant (CPTA), Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA), Outpatient Physical Therapist Assistant, Per Diem Physical Therapist Assistant (Per Diem PTA), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Physical Therapist Assistant and Nurse Aide, Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Physical Therapy Technician (Physical Therapy Tech), Staff Physical Therapy Assistant

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Tasks

  • Instruct, motivate, safeguard, and assist patients as they practice exercises or functional activities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe patients during treatments to compile and evaluate data on their responses and progress and provide results to physical therapist in person or through progress notes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with physical therapy staff or others to discuss and evaluate patient information for planning, modifying, or coordinating treatment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Administer active or passive manual therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, aquatic physical therapy, or heat, light, sound, or electrical modality treatments, such as ultrasound. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure patients' range-of-joint motion, body parts, or vital signs to determine effects of treatments or for patient evaluations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate with or instruct caregivers or family members on patient therapeutic activities or treatment plans. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport patients to and from treatment areas, lifting and transferring them according to positioning requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Secure patients into or onto therapy equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train patients in the use of orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist patients to dress, undress, or put on and remove supportive devices, such as braces, splints, or slings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean work area and check and store equipment after treatment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fit patients for orthopedic braces, prostheses, or supportive devices, such as crutches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor operation of equipment and record use of equipment and administration of treatment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attend or conduct continuing education courses, seminars, or in-service activities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform clerical duties, such as taking inventory, ordering supplies, answering telephone, taking messages, or filling out forms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform postural drainage, percussions, or vibrations or teach deep breathing exercises to treat respiratory conditions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Administer traction to relieve neck or back pain, using intermittent or static traction equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare treatment areas and electrotherapy equipment for use by physiotherapists. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Arm orthopedic softgoods — Slings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Back or lumbar or sacral orthopedic softgoods — Back braces; Sacro-illiac joint lumbar corsets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy — Balance beams; Balance boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood pressure cuff kits — Blood pressure cuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Canes or cane accessories — Quad canes; Single point canes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Cardiac monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chest percussors — Mechanical percussors 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.
  • Crutches or crutch accessories — Crutches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electric vibrators for rehabilitation or therapy — Massage equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electromyography EMG units or accessories — Electromyographs EMG See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrotherapy combination units — Interferential electrical stimulation machines; Iontopheresis equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ergometer — Ergometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Exercise trampolines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Full body immersion hydrotherapy baths or tanks — Hydrotherapy pools; Whirlpool therapy baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy — Gait belts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Galvanic or faradic stimulators — High-voltage Galvanic stimulation machines 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.
  • Head or neck traction supplies — Cervical traction equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydrotherapy bath or tank accessories — Lavage hydrotherapy equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Knee brace or support — Knee braces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lower body resistance machines — Lower-body isokinetic machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lower extremity prosthetic devices — Above-the-knee prosthetics; Below-the-knee prosthetics See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mats or platforms for rehabilitation or therapy — Hi-lo manipulation tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical nasal cannulae 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.
  • Neuromuscular stimulators or kits — Functional electrical stimulation FES equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthopedic splint systems — Splints; Wrist splints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthotics or foot care products — Ankle-foot orthotics See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Portable oxygen equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Parallel bars for rehabilitation or therapy — Parallel bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care — Rotating bed; Standing cages; Standing tables; Tilt tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient height rulers — Posture grids See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient lifts or accessories — Hoyer lifts; Total lift chairs 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.
  • Pedal exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy — Stationary bicycles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pelvis or back traction supplies — Pelvic traction equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Physiological recorders — Inclinometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plumb bobs — Plumb lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Positioning devices — Patient positioning devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Powder boards for rehabilitation or therapy — Powder boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reachers for the physically challenged — Reachers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reflex hammers or mallets — Reflex hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resistive exercise bands or putty or tubing or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy — Resistive exercise bands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Short wave diathermy units — Short wave diathermy devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skinfold calipers — Body-fat calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Therapeutic balls or accessories — Medicine balls; Swiss exercise balls 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.
  • Therapeutic paraffin baths or accessories — Paraffin baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units — Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy — Therapeutic treadmill exercisers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic therapy apparatus or supplies — Ultrasound machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps — Ultraviolet UV phototherapy lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Upper body resistance machines — Upper-body isokinetic machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Upper extremity prosthetic devices — Arm prosthetics See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing — Intermittent compression units; Sequential compression devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Walkers or rollators — Front-wheel walkers; Hemi walkers; Platform walkers; Reciprocating walkers (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Weights or sets or accessories for rehabilitation or therapy — Free weights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheelchairs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wrist exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy — Hand grips See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — Billing software; Bookkeeping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Action games — Video game software; Virtual reality game software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Calendar and scheduling software — Scheduling software; SpectraSoft AppointmentsPRO See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — dBASE; FileMaker Pro software; Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — BioEx Systems Exercise Pro; Rehab Documentation Company ReDoc Suite; Summit Software CarePoint; TherAssist (see all 13 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. 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.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • 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.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.

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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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. 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.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. 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.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare medical reports or documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Hold patients to ensure proper positioning or safety. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor medical equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate patient status to other health practitioners. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Encourage patients during therapeutic activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Engage patients in exercises or activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare patient treatment areas for use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust positions of patients on beds or tables. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist patients with daily activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer therapy treatments to patients using hands or physical treatment aids. 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.
  • Inventory medical supplies or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fit patients for assistive devices. 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 — 100% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 86% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 91% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 68% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 45% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 41% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 76% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 64% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 56% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 45% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 28% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 32% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 40% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 35% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 28% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 54% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 48% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 50% responded “40 hours.” 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
100   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: SRI

  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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) $26.16 hourly, $54,410 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 71,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 45,100
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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