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51-4111.00 - Tool and Die Makers

Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.

Sample of reported job titles: Aircraft Tool Maker, Carbide Tool Die Maker, Die Maker, Jig and Fixture Builder, Jig and Fixture Repairer, Tool and Die Machinist, Tool and Die Maker, Tool Repairer, Toolmaker, Trim Die Maker

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Tasks

  • Verify dimensions, alignments, and clearances of finished parts for conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments such as calipers, gauge blocks, micrometers, and dial indicators. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Study blueprints, sketches, models, or specifications to plan sequences of operations for fabricating tools, dies, or assemblies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up and operate conventional or computer numerically controlled machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders to cut, bore, grind, or otherwise shape parts to prescribed dimensions and finishes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Visualize and compute dimensions, sizes, shapes, and tolerances of assemblies, based on specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect finished dies for smoothness, contour conformity, and defects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fit and assemble parts to make, repair, or modify dies, jigs, gauges, and tools, using machine tools and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct test runs with completed tools or dies to ensure that parts meet specifications, making adjustments as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select metals to be used from a range of metals and alloys, based on properties such as hardness and heat tolerance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • File, grind, shim, and adjust different parts to properly fit them together. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lift, position, and secure machined parts on surface plates or worktables, using hoists, vises, v-blocks, or angle plates. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Smooth and polish flat and contoured surfaces of parts or tools, using scrapers, abrasive stones, files, emery cloths, or power grinders. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design jigs, fixtures, and templates for use as work aids in the fabrication of parts or products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure, mark, and scribe metal or plastic stock to lay out machining, using instruments such as protractors, micrometers, scribes, and rulers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up and operate drill presses to drill and tap holes in parts for assembly. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set pyrometer controls of heat-treating furnaces and feed or place parts, tools, or assemblies into furnaces to harden. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut, shape, and trim blanks or blocks to specified lengths or shapes, using power saws, power shears, rules, and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop and design new tools and dies, using computer-aided design software. 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 widemouth pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bandsaw wheel — Vertical bandsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench vises — Workshop bench vises See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Acetylene torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boring machines — Boring bars; Horizontal boring mills; Jig bores See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bridge cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Dial calipers; Hermaphrodite calipers; Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chucks — Chuck keys See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Column and knee milling machine — Knee mills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Comparators — Optical comparators; Surface finish comparators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compasses — Dividers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Countersink tool or counterbore tool — Counterbores See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Countersinks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Deburring tool — Deburring machines; Deburring tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Depth gauges 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.
  • Direct current DC arc welder — Portable welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill gauge — Drill point gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Magnetic drill presses; Radial drill presses; Turret punch presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dust collectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Engraving machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Protective face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Feeler gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Foundry ladles — Furnace ladles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gage block set — 1-2-3 blocks; Angle gauge blocks; Gauge 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.
  • Go or no go gauge — Plug gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding machines — Profile grinders; Rotary surface grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinding wheel dressers — Diamond dressers; Grinding wheel dressing sticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grit blast machines — Grit blasting cabinets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand reamer — Hand reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Handheld refractometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hardness testers — Hardness testing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Vernier height gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Allen wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Hoisting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hole gauge — Bore gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Honing machine — Honing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press brake — Power press brakes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic pressing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Induction heaters — Heat treatment furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Hand jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Knurling tool — Knurling tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser cutting machine — Laser cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser measuring systems — Laser scanner coordinate capturing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Precision levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Loupes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnifiers — Magnifying glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manual press brake — Arbor presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Masks or accessories — Dust masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Band saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal broaching machines — Broachers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal inert gas welding machine — Metal inert gas MIG welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal stamps — Metal markers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers; Height micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Monocular microscopes — Toolmaker's microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil can — Oil dispensing cans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open die forging press — Die spotting presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Optical flats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plasma arc welding machine — Plasma arc welding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plotter printers — Digital plotters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic grinders — Air grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Air-powered sandblasters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Portable drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Bench grinders; Die grinders; Disc grinders; Grinding wheels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders — Vertical belt sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Abrasive cutoff saws; Cutoff saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Precision file — Precision files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protractors — Vernier protractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pullers — Bearing pullers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Punch sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radius gauge — Radius gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rasps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rivet tools — Riveting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Precision rulers; Steel rules See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Flat blade screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scribers — Metal scribers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits — Honing stones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Power shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools; Stick welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sine bar — Compound sine bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spot welding machine — Welders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Combination squares; Die maker's squares; Layout squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stamping dies or punches — Stamping presses 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.
  • T handle tap wrenches — T-style tap wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tap extractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes; Telescoping measuring rods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Taper pin reamer — Precision tapered reamers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Telescoping gauge — Telescoping gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tension testers — Tensile testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tensioners — Turning tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thread counters or gauges — Thread gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thread pitch gauge — Thread ring gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Threading taps — Tap sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tinners snips — Tin snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Gap lathes; Gear lathes 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.
  • Turning machines — Computerized numerical control CNC turning centers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turret lathe — Turret lathes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic testing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Universal milling machine — Combination milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vertical machining center — Vertical milling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibratory or barrel finishing machine — Vibratory tumblers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Welder torch — Brazing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cathode electrode discharge machine — Electrical Discharge Machining EDM machines; Wire electrical discharge machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Workshop cranes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Bentley Microstation; Vero International VISI-Mold; VX Corporation VX Mold & Die (see all 16 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — 1CadCam Unigraphics; CNC Mastercam; OPEN MIND Technologies hyperMILL; Virtual Gibbs CADD/CAM (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software — JobPack MES Scheduler See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Microsoft Project 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. 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.
  • Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.

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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.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Select production input materials. 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.
  • Smooth metal surfaces or edges. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing. 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.
  • Calculate dimensions of workpieces, products, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate grinding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect metal, plastic, or composite products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures. 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 — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 93% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 86% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 59% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 55% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 27% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 58% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 38% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 31% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 69% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 33% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 28% responded “Contact with others about half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 33% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 39% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 36% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 55% responded “Slightly close (e.g., shared office).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 33% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 28% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 37% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
68   Post-secondary certificate Help
17   Associate's degree
11   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RIC

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

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Work Styles

  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.
  • 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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Related Occupations

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $23.50 hourly, $48,890 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 79,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Little or no change (-2% to 2%) Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 4,700
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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