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49-3041.00 - Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians

Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems.

Sample of reported job titles: Agricultural Mechanic, Agricultural Technician, Farm Equipment Mechanic, Harvester Mechanic, Mechanic, Service Mechanic, Service Technician, Shop Mechanic, Tractor Mechanic

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Tasks

  • Record details of repairs made and parts used. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Reassemble machines and equipment following repair, testing operation and making adjustments as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain, repair, and overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, and irrigation systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and listen to equipment, read inspection reports, and confer with customers to locate and diagnose malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dismantle defective machines for repair, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test and replace electrical components and wiring, using test meters, soldering equipment, and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair or replace defective parts, using hand tools, milling and woodworking machines, lathes, welding equipment, grinders, or saws. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and lubricate parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tune or overhaul engines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive trucks to haul tools and equipment for on-site repair of large machinery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fabricate new metal parts, using drill presses, engine lathes, and other machine tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calculate bills according to record of repairs made, labor time, and parts used. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install and repair agricultural irrigation, plumbing, and sprinkler systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair bent or torn sheet metal. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors — Gas powered air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters — Inductive ammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Angle grinder — Angle grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automatic lathe or chucking machine — Automated lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball peen hammer — Machinist's hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bastard cut file — Flat bastard files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench grinder — Bench grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises — Clamp-on bench vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bolt cutters — Heavy duty bolt cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Box end wrenches — Offset box wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bullet pilot point — Spade drill bits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • C clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Inside calipers; Outside calipers; Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Center punch — Automatic center punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Curved claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Diamond point chisels; Flat cold chisels; Round nose chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination wrenches — Combination spanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Countersinks — Countersink drill bits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Crimping pliers — Crimping tools 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 — Clamping dial indicator See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill bit set — Drill bit sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Bench mount drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dynamometers — Engine dynamometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engine tune up tester — Engine analyzers; Engine compression testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Feeler gauges — Flat feeler gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow sensors — Fuel flow gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fuel pressure sensor — Fuel pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Oxyacetylene welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding wheel dressers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Mini hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Ripping hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat guns — Dual temperature heat guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hole gauge — Small hole gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact wrenches — Air wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Insulation resistance meters — Insulation resistance testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Short chassis jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Mechanic's levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Linemans pliers — Lineman's pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Hose clamp pliers; Locking chain pliers; Straight jaw locking pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mallets — Rawhide hammers 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 — Inside micrometers; Outside micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needlenose pliers — Needle nose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nut drivers — T-handle nut drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Offset screw driver — Offset screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ohmmeters — Digital ohmmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil gun — Oil injectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oscilloscopes — Digital oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Pipe cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe reamer — Spiral pipe reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Diagnostic scan units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Electric drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Disk grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power riveter — Pop riveters; Rivet guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Portable power hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Bearing pullers; External gear pullers; Internal gear pullers; Slide hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Nail sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pyrometers — Digital pyrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets — Flex head ratchets; Reversible ratches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Router bits — Router bit sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Handsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screw extractors — Spiral screw extractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdriver bits — Screwdriver bit sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Clutch head screwdrivers; Phillips screwdrivers; Standard screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Oil stones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Arc welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Groove joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sockets — Extension sockets; Flex handle sockets; Universal socket wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spark plug gap gauge — Spark plug feeler gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spark plug wrench — Spark plug sockets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Speedometers — Speed indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Steel squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tachometers — Digital tachometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Taper punch — Lining-up punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Taps — Tap and die sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Sheet metal gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thread pitch gauge — Screw thread pitch gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading dies — Pie dies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading taps — Pipe taps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Timing light — Engine timing lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tinners snips — Aviation snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire pressure gauge — Digital tire pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tire repair kit — Valve core removal tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque screwdriver — Digital torque screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches — Click type torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine — Tungsten inert gas TIG welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum gauges — Digital vacuum gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Digital voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire gauge — Circular wire gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire-stripping pliers — Wire stripper pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Workshop cranes — Portable cranes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — FarmLogic FarmPAD; ServiceMax software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Oulook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenace management system CMMS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software 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.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes. 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.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. 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.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. 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.
  • 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.
  • Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with customers or users to assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair defective engines or engine components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Fabricate parts or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair pipes to stop leaking. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Reassemble equipment after repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust vehicle components according to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Service vehicles to maintain functionality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install machine or equipment replacement parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move large objects using heavy equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install piping for installation or maintenance activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair structural components. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Exposed to Contaminants — 90% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 87% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 79% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 59% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 63% 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 See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 56% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 67% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 45% 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 — 51% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 44% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 50% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 36% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 51% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 35% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 57% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 22% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 31% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 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 — 14% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 39% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 32% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 47% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 68% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” 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
56   High school diploma or equivalent Help
19   Some college, no degree
18   Post-secondary certificate Help

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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.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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) $17.38 hourly, $36,150 annual
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Employment (2012) 36,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 13,800
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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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