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47-5012.00 - Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas

Set up or operate a variety of drills to remove underground oil and gas, or remove core samples for testing during oil and gas exploration.

Sample of reported job titles: Daylight Driller, Drill Foreman, Drill Operator, Driller, Drilling Rig Operator, Motor Man, Oil Rig Driller, Oil Well Driller, Relief Driller, Tool Pusher

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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

Tasks

  • Train crews, and introduce procedures to make drill work more safe and effective. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe pressure gauge and move throttles and levers to control the speed of rotary tables, and to regulate pressure of tools at bottoms of boreholes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Count sections of drill rod to determine depths of boreholes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Push levers and brake pedals to control gasoline, diesel, electric, or steam draw works that lower and raise drill pipes and casings in and out of wells. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect sections of drill pipe, using hand tools and powered wrenches and tongs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain records of footage drilled, location and nature of strata penetrated, materials and tools used, services rendered, and time required. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain and adjust machinery to ensure proper performance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Start and examine operation of slush pumps to ensure circulation and consistency of drilling fluid or mud in well. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Locate and recover lost or broken bits, casings, and drill pipes from wells, using special tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Weigh clay, and mix with water and chemicals to make drilling mud. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct rig crews in drilling and other activities, such as setting up rigs and completing or servicing wells. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor progress of drilling operations, and select and change drill bits according to the nature of strata, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair or replace defective parts of machinery, such as rotary drill rigs, water trucks, air compressors, and pumps, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and oil pulleys, blocks, and cables. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Bolt together pump and engine parts, and connect tanks and flow lines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove core samples during drilling to determine the nature of the strata being drilled. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cap wells with packers, or turn valves, to regulate outflow of oil from wells. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Line drilled holes with pipes, and install all necessary hardware, to prepare new wells. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position and prepare truck-mounted derricks at drilling areas specified on field maps. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plug observation wells, and restore sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lower and explode charges in boreholes to start flow of oil from wells. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air compressors — Portable air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blocks or pulleys — Traveling blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blowout preventer controls — Accumulator systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blowout preventers — Oil well blowout preventers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Carbon steel pipe spectacle blind flange — Pipe covering blind flanges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Casing head spool — Adapter spools; Drilling spools; Spacer spools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cement pumping units — Cement pumping equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Choke manifolds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crown blocks — Oil rig crown blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Derricks — Truck mounted derricks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Detonators — Explosives detonating equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diesel engines — Rig diesel engines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Downhole fishing poles — Downhole fishing tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drawworks — Chain driven draw works; Drilling draw works; Gear driven draw works See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill collars — Drilling collars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill pipe — Oil drilling pipes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill rig rotary tables — Drilling rig rotary tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill swivels — Drilling swivels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drilling casings — Drill casings; Pipe slips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electric rotary converters — Silicon controlled rectifiers SCR See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Multiphase flowmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas engines — Gasoline engines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hard hats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Air hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact wrenches — Power wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Industrial drill bits — Well drill bits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Makeup tongs — Drill pipe tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mud mixers — Drilling mud mixers; Mud mixing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mud pumps — Slush pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oilfield cementing tools — Well cementing units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Packers or tubing anchors — Well packers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe handling equipment — Stuck pipe tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Pressure recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rotary drills — Rotary drilling rigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Protective safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Fall arrest systems; Protective harnesses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety vests — Reflective vests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Hammer wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Taglines — Lifting taglines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches — Hydraulic torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tubing head adapter — Double studded adapters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wellhead production chokes — Drilling chokes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wellhead tees or crosses — Drilling crosses See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Schlumberger E&P software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Drillingsoftware Tubular Database; Pason WellView Field Solution See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — CAPSHER Technology SureTec; Drillingsoftware DrillPro See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 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.
  • 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.
  • Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. 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.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. 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.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • 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.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. 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.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. 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.
  • 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.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization. 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.
  • Prepare explosives for detonation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate detonation equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble products or production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install equipment attachments or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position construction or extraction equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure materials or objects for installation or assembly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain drilling equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment or facilities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor extraction operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or environmental data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train construction or extraction personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate drilling equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure work site dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install plumbing or piping. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate pumps or compressors. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dig holes or trenches. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install drilling equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect geological samples. 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.
  • Prepare excavation or extraction sites for commissioning or decommissioning. 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 — 98% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 97% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 94% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 97% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 86% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 86% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 89% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 75% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 69% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 71% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 63% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 70% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 60% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 66% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 57% responded “Extremely competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 61% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 43% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 80% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 38% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 40% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 19% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 35% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 33% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 47% 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 — 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 37% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 39% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 41% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 29% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” 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
31   Less than high school diploma
29   High school diploma or equivalent Help
22   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: REC

  • 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.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. 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

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $25.56 hourly, $53,160 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 26,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 15,400
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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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