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49-9092.00 - Commercial Divers

Work below surface of water, using scuba gear to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment. May conduct tests or experiments, rig explosives, or photograph structures or marine life.

Sample of reported job titles: Commercial Diver, Dive Superintendent, Dive Supervisor, Diver, Diver Tender, Diving Supervisor, Hard Hat Diver, Non Destructive Testing Under Water Welder (NDT U/W Welder), Salvage Diver, Tender

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Tasks

  • Communicate with workers on the surface while underwater, using signal lines or telephones. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take appropriate safety precautions, such as monitoring dive lengths and depths and registering with authorities before diving expeditions begin. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check and maintain diving equipment, such as helmets, masks, air tanks, harnesses, or gauges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Descend into water with the aid of diver helpers, using scuba gear or diving suits. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Obtain information about diving tasks and environmental conditions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect and test docks, ships, buoyage systems, plant intakes or outflows, or underwater pipelines, cables, or sewers, using closed circuit television, still photography, and testing equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Repair ships, bridge foundations, or other structures below the water line, using caulk, bolts, and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut and weld steel, using underwater welding equipment, jigs, and supports. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recover objects by placing rigging around sunken objects, hooking rigging to crane lines, and operating winches, derricks, or cranes to raise objects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install pilings or footings for piers or bridges. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take test samples or photographs to assess the condition of vessels or structures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install, inspect, clean, or repair piping or valves. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate underwater video, sonar, recording, or related equipment to investigate underwater structures or marine life. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove obstructions from strainers or marine railway or launching ways, using pneumatic or power hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Salvage wrecked ships or their cargo, using pneumatic power velocity and hydraulic tools and explosive charges, when necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set or guide placement of pilings or sandbags to provide support for structures such as docks, bridges, cofferdams, or platforms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform activities related to underwater search and rescue, salvage, recovery, or cleanup operations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise or train other divers, including hobby divers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Carry out non-destructive testing, such as tests for cracks on the legs of oil rigs at sea. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drill holes in rock and rig explosives for underwater demolitions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove rubbish or pollution from the sea. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform offshore oil or gas exploration or extraction duties, such as conducting underwater surveys or repairing and maintaining drilling rigs or platforms. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable crescent wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anemometers — Wind sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Barometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Underwater blow torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bouyancy compensators — Buoyancy control devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Box end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chain saw — Underwater chainsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit breakers — Underwater welding current breakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clock timers — Dive timing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Closed circuit television CCTV system — Closed circuit televisions See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Concrete or cement testing instruments — Rebound hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Corrosion testers — Mechanical pit gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Demolition hammers — Hydraulic breakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Depth gauges — Underwater depth gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Detonators — Explosive detonation devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diving air pump — Diving compressor systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diving boot — Hard sole wet boots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diving instruments or accessories — Bailout bottles; Closed diving bells; Weight belts; Wet suit gloves (see all 14 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dredge pumps — Water dredges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drysuits — Dry suits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrode holder — Welding electrode holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flashlight — Underwater flashlights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas mixer — Gas blending panels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Geological compasses — Underwater compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammer drills — Underwater hammer drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Chain hoists; Emergency diver recovery hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hose reel — Hydraulic hose reels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic shears — Hydraulic cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact wrenches — Underwater impact wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jib crane — Jib cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic particle examination equipment — Magnetic particle inspectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Masks or fins or snorkels — Diving masks; Heavyweight diving helmets; Lightweight diving helmets; Snorkels (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Measuring jigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal detectors — Rebar locators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Mixed gas analysis equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pick or place robots — Remote operated vehicles ROV See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Underwater jackhammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power chippers — Underwater chipping hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Underwater hydraulic drills; Underwater power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Underwater power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Underwater cutoff saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure gauge — Underwater pressure gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Comealongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reciprocating saw — Underwater reciprocating saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scuba regulators — Rebreathers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scuba tanks — Air tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Underwater welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Single gas monitors — Carbon Dioxide CO2 monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sinker drills — Underwater sinker drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Steel sledge hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sonars — Underwater sonar equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Hammer wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Submersible pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Digital thickness gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches — Hydraulic torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic pulse velocity meters; Ultrasonic thickness testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Underwater cameras — Underwater recording equipment; Underwater video cameras; Underwater video equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Underwater communication system — Wireless communication systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives — Folding knives; Rigging knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water hoses — Water jets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water samplers — Mechanical sampling buckets; Sample jars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding regulator oxygen — Underwater welding oxygen regulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wetsuits — Diving suits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches — Hand winches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire or cable cutter — Umbilical cutters See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Dynamic positioning DP software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Diving logbook software; Diving table software; Remote operated vehicle ROV dive log software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.

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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.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. 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.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. 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.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. 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.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. 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.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. 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.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. 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.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Supervise employees. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test mechanical equipment to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery. 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.
  • Monitor work areas or procedures to ensure compliance with safety procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate welding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Gather information about work conditions or locations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair non-engine automotive or vehicle components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect systems to determine if they are operating properly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attach rigging to objects so they can be moved. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install piping for installation or maintenance activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train others in operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair structural components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record images needed to address work issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install structural foundations. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 97% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 91% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 79% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 75% 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 — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 58% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 57% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 55% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 51% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 64% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 45% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 47% 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 — 59% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 60% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 39% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 77% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 36% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 52% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 38% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 48% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 54% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 44% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 48% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 39% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 37% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 32% 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 — 27% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 27% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 49% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 30% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 31% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 41% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 30% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 24% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
79   Post-secondary certificate Help
19   Some college, no degree
2   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • 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.

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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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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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) $22.06 hourly, $45,890 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 4,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 1,900
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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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