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51-4011.00 - Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic

Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.

The occupation code you requested, 51-4011.01 (Numerical Control Machine Tool Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic), is no longer in use. In the future, please use 51-4011.00 (Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic) instead.

Sample of reported job titles: Brake Press Operator; Computer Numerical Control Lathe Operator (CNC Lathe Operator); Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator); Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist); Computer Numerical Control Mill Operator (CNC Mill Operator); Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator); Computer Numerical Control Set-Up and Operator (CNC Set-Up and Operator); Machine Operator; Machine Set-Up, Operator; Machinist

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Tasks

  • Measure dimensions of finished workpieces to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments, templates, and fixtures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mount, install, align, and secure tools, attachments, fixtures, and workpieces on machines, using hand tools and precision measuring instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stop machines to remove finished workpieces or to change tooling, setup, or workpiece placement, according to required machining sequences. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transfer commands from servers to computer numerical control (CNC) modules, using computer network links. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check to ensure that workpieces are properly lubricated and cooled during machine operation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up and operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic workpieces. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Insert control instructions into machine control units to start operation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review program specifications or blueprints to determine and set machine operations and sequencing, finished workpiece dimensions, or numerical control sequences. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Listen to machines during operation to detect sounds such as those made by dull cutting tools or excessive vibration and adjust machines to compensate for problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove and replace dull cutting tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor machine operation and control panel displays and compare readings to specifications to detect malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Enter commands or load control media, such as tapes, cards, or disks, into machine controllers to retrieve programmed instructions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Modify cutting programs to account for problems encountered during operation and save modified programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calculate machine speed and feed ratios and the size and position of cuts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust machine feed and speed, change cutting tools, or adjust machine controls when automatic programming is faulty or if machines malfunction. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lift workpieces to machines manually or with hoists or cranes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stack or load finished items or place items on conveyor systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Control coolant systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain machines and remove and replace broken or worn machine tools, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with supervisors or programmers to resolve machine malfunctions or production errors or to obtain approval to continue production. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Implement changes to machine programs and enter new specifications, using computers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up future jobs while machines are operating. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean machines, tooling, or parts, using solvents or solutions and rags. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Input initial part dimensions into machine control panels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write simple programs for computer-controlled machine tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lay out and mark areas of parts to be shot-peened and fill hoppers with shot. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine electronic components for defects or completeness of laser-beam trimming, using microscopes. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Automatic lathe or chucking machine — Twin spindle lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises — Vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boring machines — Borers; Boring bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — 0-1 drop indicators; Dial calipers; Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chucks — Soft jaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Comparators — Optical comparators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Deburring tool — Deburring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Form tools or toolbits — Twist drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Game pads or joy sticks — Jog mode operation joy sticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Go or no go gauge — Go/no go test equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand clamps 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.
  • Hole gauge — Bore gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal machining center — Horizontal machining tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal turning center — Computerized numerical control CNC lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser cutting machine — Computerized numerical control CNC laser cutting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser measuring systems — Automatic measuring equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal broaching machines — Keyway broaches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microcontrollers — Controllers; Programmable logic controllers PLC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Slot micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Milling machines — Computerized numerical control CNC routers; Manual mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pin gauge — Pin gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Bench grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Profiling and duplicating milling machine — Swiss screw machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Welding lenses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scribers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Portable welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface grinding machine — Surface grinding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tapping machine — Computerized numerical control CNC tappers; Tapping machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thread counters or gauges — Thread gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading machine — Threading machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — 5 axis lathes; 8 axis lathes; Lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Traveling column milling machine — 2/3 axis computer numerically controlled CNC milling machines; Bore mills; Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turning machines — Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers; Turning centers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turret lathe — Swiss style lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vertical machining center — Vertical milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vertical turning center — Computer numerical control CNC vertical lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welding masks — Welding shields See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — CNC Consulting Machinists' Calculator; EditCNC software; Kentech Trig Kalculator See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; KCDw Software; SolidWorks CAD software; UGS Solid Edge See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — 1CadCam Unigraphics; CNC Mastercam; SmartCAM software; Vero International VISI-Series (see all 32 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — MUMPS M See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Work inspection software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Information retrieval or search software — Kentech PROTALK See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Object or component oriented development software — G-code See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Kentech Kipware software; Microsoft Project 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.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. 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.
  • 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. 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.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. 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.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 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.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly. 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.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. 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.
  • 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 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

  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Enter commands, instructions, or specifications into equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn equipment components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with others to resolve production problems or equipment malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor lubrication of equipment or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 85% 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 — 79% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 65% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 56% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 65% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 47% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 57% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 46% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 49% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 38% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 35% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 46% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 29% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Degree of Automation — 37% responded “Moderately automated.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 27% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 32% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 32% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 43% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 54% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 44% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” 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
39   High school diploma or equivalent Help
19   Post-secondary certificate Help
15   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. 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.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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) $17.52 hourly, $36,440 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 140,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 59,600
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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