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47-3012.00 - Helpers--Carpenters

Help carpenters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Sample of reported job titles: Carpenter Assistant, Installer; Carpenter Helper; Carpenter's Helper; Carpenter/Labor; Carpentry; Drywall Hanger, Framer; Form Setter; Form Setter/Driver; Framing and Hanging; Hanger

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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

  • Clean work areas, machines, or equipment, to maintain a clean and safe job site. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fasten timbers or lumber with glue, screws, pegs, or nails and install hardware. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform tie spacing layout and measure, mark, drill or cut. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select tools, equipment, or materials from storage and transport items to work site. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drill holes in timbers or lumber. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut timbers, lumber, or paneling to specified dimensions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position and hold timbers, lumber, or paneling in place for fastening or cutting. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Align, straighten, plumb, or square forms for installation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Hold plumb bobs, sighting rods, or other equipment to aid in establishing reference points and lines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Erect scaffolding, shoring, or braces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Construct forms and assist in raising them to the required elevation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install handrails under the direction of a carpenter. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Glue and clamp edges or joints of assembled parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Smooth or sand surfaces to remove ridges, tool marks, glue, or caulking. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Secure stakes to grids for constructions of footings, nail scabs to footing forms, and vibrate and float concrete. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut and install insulating or sound-absorbing material. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut tile or linoleum to fit and spread adhesives on flooring for installation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cover surfaces with laminated plastic covering material. 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.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Brooms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers 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.
  • Cheesegrater file — Wood files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Concrete vibrators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs — Protective ear plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floats — Concrete floats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand or push drill — Braces and bits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Carpenters' levels; Precision levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal markers or holders — Marking gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mitre box — Mitre boxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Picks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Planes — Block planes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plumb bobs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders — Random orbital sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Circular saws; Table saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power screwguns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sawing machines — Miter saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Hand saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sockets — Socket wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Combination squares; Framing squares; Layout squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives — Drywall knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wood chisels — Carpenters' chisels See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — Intuit QuickBooks software; Intuit Quicken software; Job costing software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Drawing and drafting software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Bosch Punch List; Cost estimating software; Craftsman CD Estimator; Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel 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.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 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.
  • Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. 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.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles. 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Cut carpet, vinyl or other flexible materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply adhesives to construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position structural components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Compact materials to create level bases. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut wood components for installation. 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.
  • Select construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install building fixtures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install wooden structural components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in construction materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position construction forms or molds. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select construction equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Finish concrete surfaces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Build construction forms or molds. 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 — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 83% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 72% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 61% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 53% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 48% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 50% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 48% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 51% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 40% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 53% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 39% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 45% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 31% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 47% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 46% responded “Moderate results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 38% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 40% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 27% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 49% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 55% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 24% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” 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 — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 29% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 30% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — 41% responded “Less than half the time.” 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.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 28% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 39% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 31% responded “Never.” 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
Not available High school diploma or equivalent Help
Not available Less than high school diploma
Not available Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • 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.

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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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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) $12.79 hourly, $26,600 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 36,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 16,400
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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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