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47-4041.00 - Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.

Sample of reported job titles: Abatement Worker, Asbestos Abatement Worker, Asbestos Hazard Abatement Worker, Asbestos Remover, Asbestos Worker, Decontamination / Decommissioning Operator (D & D Operator), Field Technician, Hazmat Technician (Hazardous Materials Technician), Site Worker, Waste Handling Technician

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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

  • Build containment areas prior to beginning abatement or decontamination work. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove asbestos or lead from surfaces, using hand or power tools such as scrapers, vacuums, or high-pressure sprayers. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify asbestos, lead, or other hazardous materials to be removed, using monitoring devices. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare hazardous material for removal or storage. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Comply with prescribed safety procedures or federal laws regulating waste disposal methods. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load or unload materials into containers or onto trucks, using hoists or forklifts. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean contaminated equipment or areas for re-use, using detergents or solvents, sandblasters, filter pumps, or steam cleaners. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove or limit contamination following emergencies involving hazardous substances. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean mold-contaminated sites by removing damaged porous materials or thoroughly cleaning all contaminated nonporous materials. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate machines or equipment to remove, package, store, or transport loads of waste materials. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record numbers of containers stored at disposal sites, specifying amounts or types of equipment or waste disposed. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sort specialized hazardous waste at landfills or disposal centers, following proper disposal procedures. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate cranes to move or load baskets, casks, or canisters. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive trucks or other heavy equipment to convey contaminated waste to designated sea or ground locations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify or separate waste products or materials for recycling or reuse. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Upload baskets of irradiated elements onto machines that insert fuel elements into canisters and secure lids. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Process e-waste, such as computer components containing lead or mercury. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Organize or track the locations of hazardous items in landfills. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix or pour concrete into forms to encase waste material for disposal. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply bioremediation techniques to hazardous wastes to allow naturally occurring bacteria to break down toxic substances. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Package, store, or move irradiated fuel elements in the underwater storage basins of nuclear reactor plants, using machines or equipment. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Absorbent booms — Curtain booms; Oleophilic booms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air exhausters — Ventilation equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air pollutant samplers — Air pollutant monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air samplers or collectors — Aerosol meters; Air monitoring equipment; Air sampling devices; Personal air monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air sampling pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air scrubbers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blowers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Borescope inspection equipment — Borescopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cargo trucks — Large trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemistry test kits or supplies — Lead testing kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Concrete mixers or plants — Concrete mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conventional truck cranes — Truck cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Decontamination shower — Decontamination trailers; Decontamination units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dehumidifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dosimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dredgers — Dredges; Robotic crawler dredges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dust collectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Explosimeters — Combustible gas indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eyewashers or eye wash stations — Eyewash fountains See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Chemical protective face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fans — Ventilation fans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Filtering machinery — Filter pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire retardant apparel — High-temperature protective clothing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flame ionization analyzers — Flame ionization detectors FID See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatographs GC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas detector tubes — Colorimetric detector tubes/badges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas detectors — Gas leak detection devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Chemical solution sprayers; High-pressure water sprayers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Chemical protective clothing; Level B encapsulated suits; Liquid splash protective clothing; Vapor protective garments (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective footwear — Chemical protective boots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic truck cranes — Hydraulic booms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hygrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared spectrometers — Infrared IR spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ion analyzers — Photoionization detectors PID See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Light trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid chromatographs — Fluorescence immunochromatography systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid leak detectors — Liquid leak detection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Minivans or vans — Vans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Moisture meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Color changing gas detection devices; Electrochemical gas monitors; Total vapor survey instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nut drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal 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.
  • pH meters — pH indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pick or place robots — Mechanical arms; Remote control track robots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Pneumatic scabbling tools; Sandblasters; Slurry blast equipment; Steel shot recyclable blasting equipment (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Dataloggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Positive displacement pumps — Positive displacement vacuum equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Handheld concrete and coating removal systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective aprons — Chemical protective aprons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective coveralls — Chemical protective coveralls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Chemical protective gloves; Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Crowbars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radiation detectors — Beta radiation meters; Gamma radiation meters; Radiation survey meters; Thermoluminescent dosimeters (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radon detectors — Radon detection devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reagent kits for use with air samplers — Chemical agent detectors; Portable chemical agent detection devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Positive pressure self contained breathing apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Negative pressure respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety hoods — Chemical protective head covers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sample holders — Asbestos sample containers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Single gas monitors — Oxygen concentration instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soil core sampling apparatus — Soil samplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soil testing kits — Soil vapor extraction units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — X ray fluorescence XRF lead testing analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers — Flame spectroscopy detection instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track excavators — Excavators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum cleaners — Filtered vacuums; High-efficiency particulate air HEPA vacuums See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum pumps — Vacuum blast equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water samplers — Groundwater sampling equipment; Water sampling pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel bulldozers — Bulldozers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Operation respond emergency information system OREISTM software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software See more occupations related to this technology.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Skills

  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. 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.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. 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.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. 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.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or environmental data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect work sites to identify potential environmental or safety hazards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare hazardous waste for processing or disposal. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Decontaminate equipment or sites to remove hazardous or toxic substances. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply new technologies to improve work processes. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 84% 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 — 69% 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 — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 58% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 42% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 42% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 49% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 35% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 52% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 60% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 58% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 56% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 33% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 53% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 43% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 36% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 33% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 54% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 54% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 57% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 45% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 33% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 26% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 62% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 56% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 35% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 30% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 35% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 18% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 35% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — 35% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 35% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 35% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
26   Less than high school diploma
25   High school diploma or equivalent Help
20   Post-secondary certificate Help

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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) $18.52 hourly, $38,520 annual
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Employment (2012) 38,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 13,400
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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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