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49-9012.00 - Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door

Install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors.

Sample of reported job titles: Control Valve Technician; Electric Meter Technician; Instrument and Controls Technician; Instrument and Electrical Technician (I & E Technician); Instrument Technician; Instrument, Control and Electrical Technician (ICE Technician); Maintenance Technician; Measurement Technician; Meter Technician; Valve Technician

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Tasks

  • Turn meters on or off to establish or close service. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Turn valves to allow measured amounts of air or gas to pass through meters at specified flow rates. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Report hazardous field situations and damaged or missing meters. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record meter readings and installation data on meter cards, work orders, or field service orders, or enter data into hand-held computers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect regulators to test stands, and turn screw adjustments until gauges indicate that inlet and outlet pressures meet specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble and repair mechanical control devices or valves, such as regulators, thermostats, or hydrants, using power tools, hand tools, and cutting torches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record maintenance information, including test results, material usage, and repairs made. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disconnect or remove defective or unauthorized meters, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lubricate wearing surfaces of mechanical parts, using oils or other lubricants. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test valves and regulators for leaks and accurate temperature and pressure settings, using precision testing equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install regulators and related equipment such as gas meters, odorization units, and gas pressure telemetering equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shut off service and notify repair crews when major repairs are required, such as the replacement of underground pipes or wiring. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine valves or mechanical control device parts for defects, dents, or loose attachments, and mark malfunctioning areas of defective units. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach air hoses to meter inlets, plug outlets, and observe gauges for pressure losses to test internal seams for leaks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dismantle meters, and replace or adjust defective parts such as cases, shafts, gears, disks, and recording mechanisms, using soldering irons and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advise customers on proper installation of valves or regulators and related equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Connect hoses from provers to meter inlets and outlets, and raise prover bells until prover gauges register zero. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make adjustments to meter components, such as setscrews or timing mechanisms, so that they conform to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replace defective parts, such as bellows, range springs, and toggle switches, and reassemble units according to blueprints, using cam presses and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Investigate instances of illegal tapping into service lines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install, inspect and test electric meters, relays, and power sources to detect causes of malfunctions and inaccuracies, using hand tools and testing equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Trace and tag meters or house lines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mount and install meters and other electric equipment such as time clocks, transformers, and circuit breakers, using electricians' hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Vary air pressure flowing into regulators and turn handles to assess functioning of valves and pistons. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach pressurized meters to fixtures which submerge them in water, and observe meters for leaks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure tolerances of assembled and salvageable parts for conformance to standards or specifications, using gauges, micrometers, and calipers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair leaks in valve seats or bellows of automotive heater thermostats, using soft solder, flux, and acetylene torches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean internal compartments and moving parts, using rags and cleaning compounds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair electric meters and components, such as transformers and relays, and replace metering devices, dial glasses, and faulty or incorrect wiring, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recondition displacement type gas meters and governors, fabricating, machining, or modifying parts needed for repairs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut seats to receive new orifices, tap inspection ports, and perform other repairs to salvage usable materials, using hand tools and machine tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Reassemble repaired equipment, and solder top, front, and back case panels in place, using soldering guns, power tools, and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calibrate thermostats for specified temperature or pressure settings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect money due on delinquent accounts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend and write up specifications for changes in hardware, such as house wiring. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dip valves and regulators in molten lead to prevent leakage, and paint valves, fittings, and other devices, using spray guns. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Splice and connect cables from meters or current transformers to pull boxes or switchboards, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean plant growth, scale, paint, soil, or rust from meter housings, using wire brushes, scrapers, buffers, sandblasters, or cleaning compounds. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clamp regulator units into vises on stages above water tanks, and attach compressed air hoses to intake ports. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers — Insulated adjustable widemouth pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters — Clamp-on meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Articulating boom lift — Bucket trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Acetylene torches; Cutting torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Measurement calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tester — Burden testers; Circuit testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Steel chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conduit benders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cutting die — Metal cutting dies 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.
  • End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fish tape — Fish tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Flow meters; Flow recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Frequency calibrator or simulator — Power system analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic truck cranes — Hydraulic truck-mounted cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact wrenches — Hydraulic wrenches; Power wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared imagers — Infrared cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Insulated screwdriver — Insulated screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Precision levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Linemans pliers — Electrician's pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Longnose pliers 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.
  • Multimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nut drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open end wrenches — Crescent wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pad or keyhole saw — Keyhole saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paint application system — Paint spray booths 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.
  • Phasemeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Copper cutters; Pipe cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe wrenches — Quick wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Sandblasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Dataloggers; Handheld computers; Mobile data terminals See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Grinding tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power screwguns — Power screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges; Pressure recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Rubber gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency transmitters or receivers — Handheld transmitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rasps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives — Scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Pop rivet guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Hand saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scaffolding See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Robertson screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Groove-joint pliers; Slip joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Insulated wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Portable welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Layout squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stripping tools — Wire strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Taps — Metal cutting taps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track cranes — Overhead cranes 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.
  • Voltage or current meters — Test lamps; Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wattmeters — Watt-hour test meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire lug crimping tool — Wire crimpers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire or cable cutter — Cable cutters See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Emerson FIRSTVUE Value Sizing See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Maintenance record software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet 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.
  • 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.

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Skills

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. 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.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.
  • 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Paint surfaces or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning. 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.
  • Repair 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.
  • Repair pipes to stop leaking. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with coworkers to coordinate installations or repairs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with coworkers to coordinate work activities. 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.
  • Adjust the tension of nuts or bolts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Document operational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Control power supply connections. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect payments for good or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calibrate equipment to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect electrical or electronic systems for defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install electrical components, equipment, or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair electrical circuits or wiring. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Seal gaps or cracks to prevent leakage or moisture intrusion. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect electrical components or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Solder parts or connections between parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure distances or dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train customers in the use of products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install metering equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Rebuild parts or components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair electrical components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Enter codes or other information into computers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise others on issues related to repairs, installation, or equipment design. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Connect hoses to equipment or piping. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 77% responded “A lot of freedom.” 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 — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 66% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 18% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 21% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 53% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 22% responded “Contact with others about half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 62% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 54% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 38% 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 — 40% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 22% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 34% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 33% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 33% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 33% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 24% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 43% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 44% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 42% 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 — 42% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” 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
47   High school diploma or equivalent Help
40   Post-secondary certificate Help
5   Some college, no degree

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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

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $25.55 hourly, $53,140 annual
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Employment (2012) 41,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 13,800
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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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