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51-6021.00 - Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

Press or shape articles by hand or machine.

Sample of reported job titles: Dry Cleaner Presser, Garment Presser, Pants Presser, Presser, Pressing Machine Operator, Shirt Presser, Silk Presser

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Operate steam, hydraulic, or other pressing machines to remove wrinkles from garments and flatwork items, or to shape, form, or patch articles. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lower irons, rams, or pressing heads of machines into position over material to be pressed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove finished pieces from pressing machines and hang or stack them for cooling, or forward them for additional processing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Hang, fold, package, and tag finished articles for delivery to customers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Slide material back and forth over heated, metal, ball-shaped forms to smooth and press portions of garments that cannot be satisfactorily pressed with flat pressers or hand irons. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select appropriate pressing machines, based on garment properties such as heat tolerance. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Push and pull irons over surfaces of articles to smooth or shape them. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Finish pleated garments, determining sizes of pleats from evidence of old pleats or from work orders, using machine presses or hand irons. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Straighten, smooth, or shape materials to prepare them for pressing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Finish pants, jackets, shirts, skirts and other dry-cleaned and laundered articles, using hand irons. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position materials such as cloth garments, felt, or straw on tables, dies, or feeding mechanisms of pressing machines, or on ironing boards or work tables. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Spray water over fabric to soften fibers when not using steam irons. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Moisten materials to soften and smooth them. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Finish velvet garments by steaming them on bucks of hot-head presses or steam tables, and brushing pile (nap) with handbrushes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Finish fancy garments such as evening gowns and costumes, using hand irons to produce high quality finishes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Activate and adjust machine controls to regulate temperature and pressure of rollers, ironing shoes, or plates, according to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Shrink, stretch, or block articles by hand to conform to original measurements, using forms, blocks, and steam. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and maintain pressing machines, using cleaning solutions and lubricants. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Block or shape knitted garments after cleaning. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Insert heated metal forms into ties and touch up rough places with hand irons. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Brush materials made of suede, leather, or felt to remove spots or to raise and smooth naps. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Use covering cloths to prevent equipment from damaging delicate fabrics. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Press ties on small pressing machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select, install, and adjust machine components, including pressing forms, rollers, and guides, using hoists and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and measure finished articles to verify conformance to standards, using measuring devices such as tape measures and micrometers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Sew ends of new material to leaders or to ends of material in pressing machines, using sewing machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure fabric to specifications, cut uneven edges with shears, fold material, and press it with an iron to form a heading. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Clothing hangers — Multipurpose hangers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Domestic clothing irons — Hand irons See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Garment brushes — Fabric cleaning brushes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Multipurpose hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand sprayers — Handheld sprayers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ironing boards — Heavy duty ironing boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ironing machines or presses — Flat pressers; Hot-head presses; Puff irons; Small pressing machines (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laundry type combined washing or drying machines — Tunnel presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Measuring gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Multipurpose screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sewing machines — Industrial sewing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Electric fabric cutters; Fabric shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam pressing machines — Steam fabric pressing machines; Steam tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Guides See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Electronic mail software — Email 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

  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications. 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.
  • Operate sewing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut fabrics. 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.
  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Package products for storage or shipment. 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.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Smooth garments with irons, presses, or steamers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect garments for defects, damage, or stains. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare fabrics or materials for processing or production. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Standing — 100% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 98% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 68% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 40% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 44% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 46% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 32% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 33% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 47% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 32% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 53% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
60   Less than high school diploma
39   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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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.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $9.69 hourly, $20,150 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 54,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 6,900
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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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