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49-9041.00 - Industrial Machinery Mechanics

Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems.

Sample of reported job titles: Fixer, Industrial Machinery Mechanic, Industrial Mechanic, Loom Fixer, Machine Adjuster, Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Technician, Master Mechanic, Mechanic, Overhauler

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Tasks

  • Repair or maintain the operating condition of industrial production or processing machinery or equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair or replace broken or malfunctioning components of machinery or equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Disassemble machinery or equipment to remove parts and make repairs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe and test the operation of machinery or equipment to diagnose malfunctions, using voltmeters or other testing devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Reassemble equipment after completion of inspections, testing, or repairs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, lubricate, or adjust parts, equipment, or machinery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine parts for defects, such as breakage or excessive wear. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate newly repaired machinery or equipment to verify the adequacy of repairs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze test results, machine error messages, or information obtained from operators to diagnose equipment problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record parts or materials used and order or requisition new parts or materials as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record repairs and maintenance performed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Study blueprints or manufacturers' manuals to determine correct installation or operation of machinery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut and weld metal to repair broken metal parts, fabricate new parts, or assemble new equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Enter codes and instructions to program computer-controlled machinery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Demonstrate equipment functions and features to machine operators. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • 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.
  • Alignment jig — Alignment tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ammeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anchor setting tools — Stud drivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises — Vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blocks or pulleys — Block and tackle equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Acetylene torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boring machines — Boring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Burnishing machine — Burnishing wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Vernier instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Catalytic combustion analyzers — Reciprocating machinery combustion analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Airhammer chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cutting die — Cutting dies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cutting machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dollies — Equipment rollers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Punch presses; Radial drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Feeler gauges — Angled feeler gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flat hand file — Flat files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Flow meters 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.
  • Grease guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinders — Lapping wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Half round file — Half-round files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Brass hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand reamer — Reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Allen wrenches; Hex wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Chain falls; Chain hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal turning center — Engine lathes; Turning lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press brake — Hydraulic squeezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact wrenches — Power 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.
  • Ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser measuring systems — Laser measuring equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Level sensors or transmitters — Transit levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Level gauges; Precision levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic tools — Magnetic retrievers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnifiers — Alignment scopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Bandsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal broaching machines — Broaching machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal cutters — Aviation snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Programmable logic controllers PLC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Inside micrometers; Outside 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.
  • Oscilloscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Flange facing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pitch measuring instruments — Screw pitch gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Platform lift — Staging platforms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plumb bobs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic drill — Airpowered descaling drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Pneumatic hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Airpowered descaling turbines; Sandblasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Positioning jig — Jigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Cylindrical grinders; Grinding wheels; Precision grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders — Scalers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Hydrostatic testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or vacuum recorders — Pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Profile projectors — Optical measuring equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Pinchbars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Hydraulic pullers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets — Ratchet sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Riveting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Welding lenses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Handsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scissor lift or lift table — Scissor lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shaper cutter — Shaping machines 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 — Rigging equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Portable welding equipment; Spot welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Cylindrical procedures squares; Precision squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Straightedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Strain gauges — Bearing bridge gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Suction cups — Vacuum lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tachometers — Strobe tachometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Taps — Metal cutting taps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Telescoping gauge — Telescoping gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Space gauges; Thickness gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading dies — Pipe threaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading machine — Threading devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube end finisher — Facing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tungsten carbide abrasive wheels — Emery wheels 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.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers — Vibration analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wedges — Steel wedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welder torch — Brazing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding masks — Welding shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding robots — Robotic teach pendants See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding tip dresser or accessories — Welding tip dressers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes — Electric rotary wire brushes; Rotating brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Workshop cranes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Computer aided design CAD software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Extranet Machine Tools Suite See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Maintenance planning and control software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Maintenance management software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — BIT Corp ProMACS PLC; KEYENCE PLC Ladder Logic See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office 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.
  • 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.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 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.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. 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

  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning. 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.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning. 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.
  • Inspect mechanical equipment to locate damage, defects, or wear. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate welding equipment. 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.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Observe equipment in operation to detect potential problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform installation, development or operation activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record information about parts, materials or repair procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test or performance data to assess equipment operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train others in operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Enter codes or other information into computers. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 82% 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 — 93% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 69% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 71% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 51% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 43% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 50% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 42% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 56% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 44% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 48% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 38% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 36% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 52% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 39% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 34% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 37% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 37% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 34% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 31% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — 33% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 33% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 52% responded “Highly competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 33% responded “About half the time.” 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
48   Post-secondary certificate Help
25   High school diploma or equivalent Help
8   Bachelor's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RIC

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress 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.
  • 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.
  • 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) $23.38 hourly, $48,630 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 319,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 152,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
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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