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47-2073.00 - Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.

Sample of reported job titles: Back Hoe Operator, Engineering Equipment Operator, Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Loader Operator, Machine Operator, Motor Grader Operator, Operating Engineer, Operator, Track Hoe Operator

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Tasks

  • Learn and follow safety regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Locate underground services, such as pipes or wires, prior to beginning work. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust handwheels and depress pedals to control attachments, such as blades, buckets, scrapers, or swing booms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Start engines, move throttles, switches, or levers, or depress pedals to operate machines, such as bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, or backhoes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load and move dirt, rocks, equipment, or other materials, using trucks, crawler tractors, power cranes, shovels, graders, or related equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check fuel supplies at sites to ensure adequate availability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive and maneuver equipment equipped with blades in successive passes over working areas to remove topsoil, vegetation, or rocks or to distribute and level earth or terrain. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Signal operators to guide movement of tractor-drawn machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Keep records of material or equipment usage or problems encountered. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Align machines, cutterheads, or depth gauge makers with reference stakes and guidelines or ground or position equipment, following hand signals of other workers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate tractors or bulldozers to perform such tasks as clearing land, mixing sludge, trimming backfills, or building roadways or parking lots. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair and maintain equipment, making emergency adjustments or assisting with major repairs as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect hydraulic hoses, belts, mechanical linkages, or power takeoff shafts to tractors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate equipment to demolish or remove debris or to remove snow from streets, roads, or parking lots. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate loaders to pull out stumps, rip asphalt or concrete, rough-grade properties, bury refuse, or perform general cleanup. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select and fasten bulldozer blades or other attachments to tractors, using hitches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Push other equipment when extra traction or assistance is required. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test atmosphere for adequate oxygen or explosive conditions when working in confined spaces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive tractor-trailer trucks to move equipment from site to site. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Talk to clients and study instructions, plans, or diagrams to establish work requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate compactors, scrapers, or rollers to level, compact, or cover refuse at disposal grounds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate road watering, oiling, or rolling equipment, or street sealing equipment, such as chip spreaders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Turn valves to control air or water output of compressors or pumps. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compile cost estimates for jobs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform specialized work, using equipment such as pile drivers, dredging rigs, drillers, or concrete pumpers. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Agricultural rollers — Cultipackers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Agricultural tractors — 20-ton tractors; Tractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Articulating boom lift — Cherry pickers; Hydraulic telescoping boom utility trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Asphalt finishers — Road finishing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Axes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Backhoe boom or boom sections — Backhoe attachments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Backhoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bituminous material distributors — Asphalt spreader boxes; Oiling equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blades or tooth or other cutting edges — Blade attachments; Industrial scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Cutting torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cargo trucks — Dempster dumpers; Flatbed trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chip Spreaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compactors — Asphalt compactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conventional truck cranes — 15-ton truck cranes; Truck cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conveyor rails — Monorails See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Curbing machines — Curb pavers; Gutter pavers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Demolition equipment kits — Demolition machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Derricks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ditchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Draglines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drain or pipe cleaning equipment — Basin machines; Sewer rodding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dredgers — Aquatic weed harvesters; Dredges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drilling machines — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dump trucks — Belly dumpers; Heavy dump trucks; Single axle dump trucks; Tandem axle dump trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Earthmoving buckets or its parts or accessories — Bucket attachments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Edgers — Groovers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Elevating scrapers — Box scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extendable conveyors — Extender conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flatbed trailers — Truck trailers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forestry saws — Treecutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Front end loaders — End loaders; Tracked loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Truck-mounted generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Gas welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Graders — Motor graders; Tilt graders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Harrows See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Chemical-resistant clothing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Silent hoists; Tugger hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic truck cranes — 18-ton hydraulic cranes; Hydraulic boom trucks; Hydraulic cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Hydraulic jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Joint cleaning or refacing machines — Shot blasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Kettle exchangers — Aeroil propane kettles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Land drilling rigs — Churn drills; Vertical drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Ross carriers; Travel lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Pickup trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Loading equipment — Barrier movers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Manlifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring wheels for distance — Measuring wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal detectors — Utility locators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile excavators — Mini excavators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile phones — Cell phones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mowers — Verticutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint sprayers — Mainline paint stripers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paving breakers — Pavement breakers; Robotic concrete busters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pick or place robots — Robotic machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Picks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Jackhammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Post hole digger — Post hole diggers; Two-man augers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Chain saws; Circular saws; Concrete saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulled scrapers — Scrapers; Turn-a-pulls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Road pavers — Asphalt pavers; Laydown machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rollers for lawn or sports grounds — Turf quakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety boots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scrubbing machines — Mechanical sweepers; Multipurpose vacuum catch basin cleaners; Sweepers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Seeder attachment — Seeders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skid steer loaders — Skid steer machines; Skip loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Snow blowers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Snowplow attachments — Snowplows See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sprayers — Runway deicers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tampers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Telescoping boom lift — Telescopic forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading dies — Pipe threaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track bulldozers — Angle dozers; Crawler dozers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track cranes — Roustabout cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track excavators — Heavy duty excavators; Tracked hydraulic excavators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track loaders — Belt loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trenching machines — Trenchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibratory plates — Vibratory compactors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water trucks — Road watering equipment; Tankers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Weeders — Weedeaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel bulldozers — Bulldozers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel excavators — Rubber-tired excavators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel loaders — Scoopmobiles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Facilities management software — Maintenance record software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Time accounting software — Work record software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • 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.
  • Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene. 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.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. 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.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • 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.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Update job related knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install equipment attachments or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position construction or extraction equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or environmental data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate pumps or compressors. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with clients about products, procedures, and policies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Compact materials to create level bases. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate road-surfacing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimate construction project costs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Locate equipment or materials in need of repair or replacement. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate heavy-duty construction or installation equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor construction operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain construction tools or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Signal equipment operators to indicate proper equipment positioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate equipment or vehicles to clear construction sites or move materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select construction equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove debris or vegetation from work sites. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test air quality at work sites. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 76% 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 — 64% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 50% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 44% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 48% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 43% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 42% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 48% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 38% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 48% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 40% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 47% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 48% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 33% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 39% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 30% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 29% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 44% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 38% 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 — 41% responded “More than 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
67   High school diploma or equivalent Help
18   Post-secondary certificate Help
13   Less than high school diploma

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Related Occupations

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $20.92 hourly, $43,510 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 351,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 144,400
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