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51-4041.00 - Machinists

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Sample of reported job titles: Gear Machinist, Journeyman Machinist, Machine Operator, Machine Repair Person, Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, Maintenance Specialist, Production Machinist, Set-Up Machinist, Tool Room Machinist

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Tasks

  • Calculate dimensions or tolerances, using instruments such as micrometers or vernier calipers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain machine tools in proper operational condition. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, or engineering information to determine methods or sequences of operations needed to fabricate products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate equipment to verify operational efficiency. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Check work pieces to ensure that they are properly lubricated or cooled. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Program computers or electronic instruments, such as numerically controlled machine tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose machine tool malfunctions to determine need for adjustments or repairs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with engineering, supervisory, or manufacturing personnel to exchange technical information. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lay out, measure, and mark metal stock to display placement of cuts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fit and assemble parts to make or repair machine tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up or operate metalworking, brazing, heat-treating, welding, or cutting equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dispose of scrap or waste material in accordance with company policies and environmental regulations. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Separate scrap waste and related materials for reuse, recycling, or disposal. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Evaluate machining procedures and recommend changes or modifications for improved efficiency or adaptability. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dismantle machines or equipment, using hand tools or power tools to examine parts for defects and replace defective parts where needed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install repaired parts into equipment or install new equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design fixtures, tooling, or experimental parts to meet special engineering needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with numerical control programmers to check and ensure that new programs or machinery will function properly and that output will meet specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Support metalworking projects from planning and fabrication through assembly, inspection, and testing, using knowledge of machine functions, metal properties and mathematics. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Establish work procedures for fabricating new structural products, using a variety of metalworking machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare working sketches for the illustration of product appearance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advise clients about the materials being used for finished products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test experimental models under simulated operating conditions for purposes such as development, standardization, or feasibility of design. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Install experimental parts or assemblies, such as hydraulic systems, electrical wiring, lubricants, or batteries into machines or mechanisms. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable angle plate — Angle plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Angle cutter — Undercut tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anvils See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Arbors — Grinding wheel arbors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench dog — Grinding dogs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises — Milling vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boring machines — Boring bars; Boring tools; Horizontal boring bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Hermaphrodite calipers; Outside spring calipers; Vernier calipers (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Casting machines — Centrifugal spin casters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Center gauge — Edge finders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chamfering machine — Chamfer tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Square chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Column and knee milling machine — Knee mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combination wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cylinder gauge — Ring gauges 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.
  • Double ended stud — Shims See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Radial drill presses; Radial drills; Sensitive drill presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drilling machines — Center drills; Pillar drill machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • End cut pliers — Side cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Full face shields 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.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gage block set — Marking blocks; Parallel blocks; V blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Oxyacetylene welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding machines — Crankshaft grinders; Valve grinding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws; Power hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Half round file — Half-round files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Brass hammers; Composition hammers; Machinists' hammers 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; Planer gauges; Vernier height gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Hex wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Honing machine — Resurfacing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal machining center — Horizontal mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Horizontal turning center — Drum lathes; Engine lathes; Flywheel lathes; Turning lathes (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Induction heating machine — Heat-treating equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Spirit levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Machine end mill — Milling angle form cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic tools — Magnetic retrievers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manual press brake — Arbor presses; Brake presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Bandsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal broaching machines — Broachers 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.
  • 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 — Computerized numerical control CNC machining centers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi-tasking or universal machining center — Multi-axis computerized numerical control CNC machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needlenose pliers 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.
  • Pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pitch measuring instruments — Screw pitch gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Planing machines — Planers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Platform lift — Platforms; Staging equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Sandblasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power buffers — Buffers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power chippers — Chippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Combination drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Cylindrical grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power planes — Jointers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Cold saws; Cutoff saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protractors — Vernier bevel protractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Prick punches; Punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radius gauge — Radius gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets — Ratchet sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rubber mallet — Rubber mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Steel rules See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Welding lenses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Hand saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Spindle blade screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scribers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shaper cutter — Shapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Cylinder honers; Sharpening equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Beverly shears; Metal shears 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.
  • Sine bar — Sine bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slings — Machine shop rigging equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Socket sets — Socket wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Handheld welders; Portable welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Machinists' squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface gauge — Surface gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface grinding machine — Surface grinding machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Swaging tools 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.
  • Thermal spray machine — Metal spray equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thread counters or gauges — Thread gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading dies — Pipe threaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading machine — Threading machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Breaker lathes; Lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Traveling column milling machine — 3-axis computerized numerical control CNC machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tube bending machine — Tube benders 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.
  • Turret lathe — Turret lathes; Vertical turret lathes VTL See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vertical machining center — Vertical milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wave soldering machine — Soldering equipment 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.
  • Workshop cranes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Armchair Machinist 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 See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — CNC Mastercam; CNC TurboCAD/CAM; JETCAM software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software — ERP software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Faster Fleet Management software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Pro CNC software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Kentech Kipware 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

  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Plan production or operational procedures or sequences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Dispose of trash or waste materials. 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.
  • Advise others on ways to improve processes or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Diagnose equipment malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cutting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Exchange information with colleagues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate welding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate grinding equipment. 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.
  • Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn equipment components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor lubrication of equipment or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create diagrams or blueprints for workpieces or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sort recyclable materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble electromechanical or hydraulic systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design tools, fixtures, or other devices for production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 90% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 72% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 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 — 71% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 50% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 56% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 40% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 34% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 42% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 39% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 49% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 35% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 35% responded “Important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 46% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 26% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 31% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 34% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 35% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 31% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 36% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” 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.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 49% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 34% responded “Moderately competitive.” 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
50   Post-secondary certificate Help
34   High school diploma or equivalent Help
5   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

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

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $19.22 hourly, $39,980 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 398,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 125,900
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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