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43-5111.00 - Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

Weigh, measure, and check materials, supplies, and equipment for the purpose of keeping relevant records. Duties are primarily clerical by nature. Includes workers who collect and keep record of samples of products or materials.

Sample of reported job titles: Cycle Counter, Inventory Specialist, Lab Technician, Material Control Manager, Quality Assurance Lab Technician, Quality Control Lab Technician, Quality Control Operator, Quality Control Technician, Scale Operator, Supply Clerk

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Collect or prepare measurement, weight, or identification labels and attach them to products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Document quantity, quality, type, weight, test result data, and value of materials or products to maintain shipping, receiving, and production records and files. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compare product labels, tags, or tickets, shipping manifests, purchase orders, and bills of lading to verify accuracy of shipment contents, quality specifications, or weights. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Count or estimate quantities of materials, parts, or products received or shipped. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Weigh or measure materials, equipment, or products to maintain relevant records, using volume meters, scales, rules, or calipers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate with customers and vendors to exchange information regarding products, materials, and services. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compute product totals and charges for shipments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect product samples and prepare them for laboratory analysis or testing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Unload or unpack incoming shipments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate scalehouse computers to obtain weight information about incoming shipments such as those from waste haulers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill orders for products and samples, following order tickets, and forward or mail items. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sort products or materials into predetermined sequences or groupings for display, packing, shipping, or storage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Signal or instruct other workers to weigh, move, or check products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain financial records, such as accounts of daily collections and billings, and records of receipts issued. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Store samples of finished products in labeled cartons and record their location. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove from stock products or loads not meeting quality standards, and notify supervisors or appropriate departments of discrepancies or shortages. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain, monitor, and clean work areas, such as recycling collection sites, drop boxes, counters and windows, and areas around scale houses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect incoming loads of waste to identify contents and to screen for the presence of specific regulated or hazardous wastes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine products or materials, parts, subassemblies, and packaging for damage, defects, or shortages, using specification sheets, gauges, and standards charts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport materials, products, or samples to processing, shipping, or storage areas, manually or using conveyors, pumps, or hand trucks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare measurement tables and conversion charts, using standard formulas. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Animal weighing scales — Livestock scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Articulating boom lift — Cherry pickers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automatic selective scale — Automatic bulk weighing systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Axle load scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bar code printer — Label printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench scales — Computerized scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conveyor weighting scale — Belt conveyor scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crane scale — Crane scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop calculator — Calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Distance meters — Cordage measurers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Mass flow meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Warehouse forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grain analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Industrial trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hopper scale — Hopper scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mainframe console or dumb terminals — Computer terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — High lifts; Order selectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters — Grain moisture meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Overhead crane — Electric overhead traveling crane EOT See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pallet trucks — Pallet jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective coveralls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency identification devices — Radio frequency RF scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety shoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Triple beam balances — Beam scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Truck or rail scales — Monorail scales; Railway track scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Two-way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water meters — Milk meters; Vehicle tank meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Root cause analysis software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — Infor ERP Baan; Infor XA; Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne; SAP software (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory software; Warehouse management system WMS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — Materials resource planning MRP software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 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

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. 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.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. 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.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. 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.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.

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Work Activities

  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Discuss goods or services information with customers or patrons. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate costs of goods or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain financial or account records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Deliver items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate computers or computerized equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Send information, materials or documentation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate shipping costs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attach identification information to products, items or containers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare informational or reference materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Package objects for shipping. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record production information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect shipments to ensure correct order fulfillment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide information to coworkers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sort materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Unload materials or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Store items. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean facilities or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect items for damage or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 45% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 48% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 53% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 57% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 52% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 40% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 53% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 48% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 57% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 37% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 50% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 56% responded “Limited freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 36% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 49% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 28% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 30% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 46% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 35% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
60   High school diploma or equivalent Help
23   Some college, no degree
9   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: CR

  • 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.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • 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.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $13.74 hourly, $28,570 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 72,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 23,300
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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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Material Recording Clerks external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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