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49-3031.00 - Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.

Sample of reported job titles: Bus Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Diesel Technician, Fleet Mechanic, General Repair Mechanic, Mechanic, Service Technician, Trailer Mechanic, Transit Mechanic, Truck Mechanic

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Tasks

  • Inspect brake systems, steering mechanisms, wheel bearings, and other important parts to ensure that they are in proper operating condition. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Use handtools such as screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, pressure gauges, and precision instruments, as well as power tools such as pneumatic wrenches, lathes, welding equipment, and jacks and hoists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust and reline brakes, align wheels, tighten bolts and screws, and reassemble equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and adjust protective guards, loose bolts, and specified safety devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform routine maintenance such as changing oil, checking batteries, and lubricating equipment and machinery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test drive trucks and buses to diagnose malfunctions or to ensure that they are working properly. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Raise trucks, buses, and heavy parts or equipment using hydraulic jacks or hoists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach test instruments to equipment, and read dials and gauges to diagnose malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Rebuild gas or diesel engines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect and verify dimensions and clearances of parts to ensure conformance to factory specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect, test, and listen to defective equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using test instruments such as handheld computers, motor analyzers, chassis charts, and pressure gauges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recondition and replace parts, pistons, bearings, gears, and valves. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Rewire ignition systems, lights, and instrument panels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Specialize in repairing and maintaining parts of the engine, such as fuel injection systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Align front ends and suspension systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect, repair, and maintain automotive and mechanical equipment and machinery such as pumps and compressors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install or repair accessories. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble and overhaul internal combustion engines, pumps, generators, transmissions, clutches, and differential units. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose and repair vehicle heating and cooling systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair or adjust seats, doors, or windows. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Follow green operational practices involving conservation of water or energy or reduction of solid waste. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust or repair computer controlled exhaust emissions devices. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure vehicle emissions to determine whether they are within acceptable limits. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain or repair vehicles with alternative fuel systems, including biodiesel, hybrid, or compressed natural gas vehicles. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate valve-grinding machines to grind and reset valves. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers — Water pump pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable crescent wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automotive honing machine — Hones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Battery chargers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Acetylene torches; Cutting torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boring machines — Boring bars; Boring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Box end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Brake repair kits — Brake shoe adjusting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Inside calipers; Outside calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tester — Test lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compressed air gun — Blow guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cross and straight pein hammer — Cross peen hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Depth gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Punch presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers — Dynanometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs — Hearing protectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engine or component test stands — Fuel pump test stands; Governor test stands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Feeler gauges — Spark plug gapping tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Gas welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Brass hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand reamer — Reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hole gauge — Bore gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic pumps — Hydraulic rams See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Induction heaters — Bearing heating ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Vise grip pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mill saw file — Single-cut mill saw files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needlenose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint sprayers — Paint spray guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic impact wrenches — Pneumatic wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Blast cleaning cabinets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Detroit diesel electronic control DDEC readers; Flash card readers; Handheld diagnostic computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Drill machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Grinding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure sensors — Injector pop testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Brass drifts; Punch sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Retaining ring pliers — Snap ring pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Riveting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Round file — Rat tail files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slings — Chain slings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spark plug wrench — Spark plug sockets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Bleeder wrenches; Flare nut wrenches; Pump wrenches; Slug wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Speed sensors — Decelerometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Portable welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stamping dies or punches — Punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tachometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Snap gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire pressure gauge — Tire pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment 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 pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Valve refacer — Valve seat grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welder torch — Brazing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding masks — Welding hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel balancing equipment — Wheel balancers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters — Wire cutting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire lug crimping tool — Wire crimpers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Workshop cranes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Shop management software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Skills

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. 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.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 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.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • 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.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. 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.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Align equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair defective engines or engine components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install vehicle parts or accessories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect mechanical components of vehicles to identify problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust vehicle components according to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Service vehicles to maintain functionality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate transportation equipment to demonstrate function or malfunction. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Troubleshoot equipment or systems operation problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure equipment outputs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure distances or dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dismantle heavy equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Grind parts to required dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Rebuild parts or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Rewire electrical or electronic systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Service green vehicles to make repairs or maintain good working order. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 90% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 73% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 49% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 51% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 51% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 59% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 58% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 45% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 56% 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 — 49% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 58% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 42% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 22% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 45% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 41% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 49% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 45% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 29% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 41% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 43% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 44% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 32% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 51% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 40% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 34% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 36% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 40% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 47% 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 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
40   High school diploma or equivalent Help
30   Less than high school diploma
18   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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $20.98 hourly, $43,630 annual
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Employment (2012) 251,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 75,100
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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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