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47-2131.00 - Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall

Line and cover structures with insulating materials. May work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.

Sample of reported job titles: Attic Blower, Installer, Insulation Estimator, Insulation Installer, Insulation Mechanic, Insulation Worker, Insulator, Retrofit Installer, Spray Foam Installer, Warehouse Insulation Worker

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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

  • Read blueprints and select appropriate insulation, based on space characteristics and the heat retaining or excluding characteristics of the material. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure and cut insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures, handsaws, power saws, knives, or scissors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cover and line structures with blown or rolled forms of materials to insulate against cold, heat, or moisture, using saws, knives, rasps, trowels, blowers, or other tools and implements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fit, wrap, staple, or glue insulating materials to structures or surfaces, using hand tools or wires. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cover, seal, or finish insulated surfaces or access holes with plastic covers, canvas strips, sealants, tape, cement or asphalt mastic. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Distribute insulating materials evenly into small spaces within floors, ceilings, or walls, using blowers and hose attachments, or cement mortars. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fill blower hoppers with insulating materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Move controls, buttons, or levers to start blowers and regulate flow of materials through nozzles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare surfaces for insulation application by brushing or spreading on adhesives, cement, or asphalt, or by attaching metal pins to surfaces. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Caulking guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chalk lines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filtering machinery — Air filtering devices; Filtered vacuum cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Hooded protective suits; Protective suits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hole saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal cutters — Sheet metal cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power blowers — Blower machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Stud scrubbers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Reciprocating saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Asbestos cutters; Scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Staple guns — Hammer staplers; Pneumatic staplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — R-value rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tool template sets — Sheet metal templates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trowels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives — Batt knives; Knives See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — North American Insulation Manufacturers Association NAIMA 3E Plus See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — CMSN FieldPAK; Comput-Ability Mechanical Insulation Key Estimator See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal 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.
  • 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.
  • Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 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.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 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.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. 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.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position. 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.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare surfaces for finishing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply sealants or other protective coatings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply adhesives to construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into construction equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or specifications to determine work requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 89% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 81% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 62% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 66% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 73% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 58% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 56% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 56% responded “Continually or almost continually.” 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 — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 46% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 33% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 25% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 28% responded “No freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 46% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 21% responded “No responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — 37% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — 36% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 27% responded “Occasional contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 29% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 47% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” 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
61   Less than high school diploma
37   High school diploma or equivalent Help
1   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $16.21 hourly, $33,720 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 23,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 9,200
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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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Insulation Workers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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