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47-5013.00 - Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining

Operate equipment to increase oil flow from producing wells or to remove stuck pipe, casing, tools, or other obstructions from drilling wells. May also perform similar services in mining exploration operations. Includes fishing-tool technicians.

Sample of reported job titles: Fisherman, Operator, Pulling Unit Operator, Reverse Unit Operator-Fisherman, Rig Operator, Service Operator, Service Rig Operator, Tool Pusher, Well Servicing Rig Operator, Wireline Operator

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Tasks

  • Maintain and perform safety inspections on equipment and tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate controls that raise derricks or level rigs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Listen to engines, rotary chains, or other equipment to detect faulty operations or unusual well conditions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare reports of services rendered, tools used, or time required, for billing purposes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install pressure-control devices onto wellheads. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with others to gather information regarding pipe or tool sizes or borehole conditions in wells. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate pumps that circulate water, oil, or other fluids through wells to remove sand or other materials obstructing the free flow of oil. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive truck-mounted units to well sites. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Interpret instrument readings to ascertain the depth of obstruction. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Thread cables through derrick pulleys, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select fishing methods or tools for removing obstacles such as liners, broken casing, screens, or drill pipe. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Close and seal wells no longer in use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct drilling crews performing activities such as assembling and connecting pipe, applying weights to drill pipes, or drilling around lodged obstacles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply green technologies or techniques such as the use of coiled tubing, slim-hole drilling, horizontal drilling, hydraulic fracturing, or gas lift systems. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate specialized equipment to remove obstructions by backing-off or severing pipes by chemical or explosive action. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perforate well casings or sidewalls of boreholes with explosive charges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine unserviceable wells to determine actions to be taken to improve well conditions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor sound wave generating or detecting mechanisms to determine well fluid levels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Insert detection instruments into wells with obstructions. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cement pumping units — Cement pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Completion hydraulic pumps — Hydraulic pumping systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Depth indicators — Depth gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Derricks — Truck-mounted derricks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diesel engines — Diesel motors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Downhole fishing poles — Downhole object retrieval equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electric downhole pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Hex wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Hoisting equipment; Hydraulic hoisting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Torpedo levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mud pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe handling equipment — Pipe elevators; Pipe slips; Pipe tongs; Stuck pipe tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plaster or mortar mixers — Cement mixers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Handheld data loggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure controllers — Pressure control devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets — Ratchet sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rod pumps — Continuous sucker rods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slickline chemical cutters — Chemical casing cutters; Chemical pipe cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slickline jet cutters — Jet casing cutters; Jet pipe cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slickline severing tools — Slickline severance tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sonars — Sonar equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strain gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Steel measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Through tubing perforation guns — Well tubing perforation guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Well testing downhole tools — Free point tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wellhead beam pumps — Wellhead drives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Data logger software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Supervisory control and data acquisition SCADA software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Time accounting software — Time and attendance software 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.
  • 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.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 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.
  • 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.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. 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.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. 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.
  • 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.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. 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.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. 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.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. 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.
  • 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

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. 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.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. 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.
  • 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.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. 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.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. 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.
  • 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.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions. 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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 operational reports. 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.
  • Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction or excavation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain extraction or excavation equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor extraction operations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure work site dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate pumps or compressors. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with other construction or extraction personnel to discuss project details. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install plumbing or piping. 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.
  • Apply new technologies to improve work processes. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 100% 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 — 97% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 93% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 84% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 86% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 83% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 76% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 70% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 87% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 63% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 42% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 28% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 20% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 61% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 64% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 76% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 81% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 49% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 43% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 43% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 14% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 20% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 61% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 19% 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 — 36% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 25% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 31% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — 33% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 25% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — 34% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 26% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 23% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 33% 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

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.

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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) $21.62 hourly, $44,970 annual
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Employment (2012) 59,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 36,400
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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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