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31-9091.00 - Dental Assistants

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Certified Registered Dental Assistant, Dental Assistant (DA), Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA), Expanded Function Dental Assistant, Oral Surgery Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant (Ortho Assistant), Orthodontic Technician, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), Surgical Dental Assistant

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Tasks

  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record treatment information in patient records. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fabricate temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pour, trim, and polish study casts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and polish removable appliances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean teeth, using dental instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fabricate and fit orthodontic appliances and materials for patients, such as retainers, wires, or bands. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Schedule appointments, prepare bills and receive payment for dental services, complete insurance forms, and maintain records, manually or using computer. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply protective coating of fluoride to teeth. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Amalgam carriers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bands for dental matrix — Matrix bands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical or gas sterilizers — Chemiclaves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination furniture sets for dental procedures — Dental furniture units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cosmetic dentistry curing lights or accessories — High-intensity lights; Light curing units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental amalgamators — Amalgamators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental articulators or accessories — Articulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental bite blocks or wings or tabs — Bite blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental burs — Burs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental cutting or separating discs — Dental cutting instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental dam supplies — Molar clamps; Rubber dam clamp forceps; Rubber dam punches; Rubber dams See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental depth gauges — Apex locators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental elevators — Root elevators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental examination chairs or related parts or accessories — Dental chairs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental filler contouring instruments — Filling instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental film processors — Dental x ray film processors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental finishing or polishing discs — Prophylaxis angles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental finishing or polishing kits — Denture, acrylic and porcelain polishing kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental forceps — Cotton forceps; Extracting forceps; Splinter forceps; Tongue forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental formers — Vacuum formers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental hand pieces or accessories — Dental handpieces; Electric endodontic handpieces; Electric surgical handpieces; Rotary handpieces (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental hygiene instruments — Electronic calculus detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental impression trays — Impression trays See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental instrument sharpening accessories — Instrument sharpening devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental laboratory air abrasion units — Air abrasion units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental laboratory casting machines or its parts or accessories — Denture model presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental laboratory lathes or accessories — Bench lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental laboratory model trimmers or accessories — Model trimmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental laboratory vacuum units or supplies — Computerized pressure/vacuum casting systems; Power vacuum mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental lasers — Caries detection aids; Dental laser systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental matrices or sets — Posterior matrices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental operatory retraction cords — Gingival retraction cords See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental probes — Dental explorers; Double-ended probes; Single-ended periodontal probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental pulp or vitality testers — Pulp testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental radiology film — Bitewing film holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental retainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental saliva ejectors or oral suction devices or supplies — Evacuator systems; High-velocity evacuators; Saliva ejectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental scalers or accessories — Dental scalers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental scissors — Collar scissors; Crown scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental spatulas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental syringe accessory kits — Needle holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental syringes or needles or syringes with needles — Aspirating syringes; Cartridge syringes; Needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental tooth separators — Orthodontic separators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental tweezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental wedges or sets — Dental wedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental x ray apparatus parts or kits or accessories — X ray machine cones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dental x ray units — Dental x ray machines; Intraoral x ray equipment; Panoramic x ray equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dry heat or hot air sterilizers — Thermal disinfectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic blood pressure units — Electronic blood pressure devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Electrosurgery units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Oxygen tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiation dosimeters — Radiation dosimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes — Lead aprons; Protective shielding equipment; Thyroid collars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mercury blood pressure units — Manual blood pressure cuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthodontic appliance clasps — Headgear See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthodontic brackets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthodontic pliers — Contouring orthodontic pliers; Dental crimping pliers; Dental pliers; Intraoral detailing pliers (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthodontic setter bands — Orthodontic band pushers; Orthodontic band slitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Periodontal curettes — Gracey curettes; Universal curettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Autoclaves; Steam cleaning equipment; Steam sterilizers; Sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Hemostatic forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Teeth cleaning devices or accessories — Air/water syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic cleaning equipment — Ultrasonic sterilization units See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — Intuit Quicken software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — Henry Schein Dentrix software; Kodak Dental Systems Kodak SOFTDENT Practice management software PMS; Patterson Dental Supply Patterson EagleSoft; The Systems Workplace TDOCS 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.

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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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Assist practitioners to perform medical procedures. 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.
  • Maintain medical records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate medical equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interview patients to gather medical information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Explain technical medical information to patients. 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.
  • Make patient-assistive devices or device models. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fit patients for assistive devices. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 94% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 94% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 84% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 86% 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 — 78% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Radiation — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 51% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 52% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 66% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 51% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 37% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 40% 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 — 34% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 50% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 37% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 29% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 51% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 42% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 31% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 45% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 40% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 38% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
63   Post-secondary certificate Help
12   Associate's degree
9   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: CRS

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. 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.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and 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.
  • 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) $17.02 hourly, $35,390 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 303,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 137,200
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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