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51-8013.00 - Power Plant Operators

Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.

Sample of reported job titles: Auxiliary Operator, Control Operator, Control Room Operator, Multicraft Operator (MCO), Operations and Maintenance Technician (O & M Technician), Plant Control Operator, Power Plant Operator, Senior Power Plant Operator, Station Operator, Unit Operator

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Tasks

  • Adjust controls to generate specified electrical power or to regulate the flow of power between generating stations and substations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor power plant equipment and indicators to detect evidence of operating problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Control generator output to match the phase, frequency, or voltage of electricity supplied to panels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Control or maintain auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, fans, compressors, condensers, feedwater heaters, filters, or chlorinators, to supply water, fuel, lubricants, air, or auxiliary power. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Control power generating equipment, including boilers, turbines, generators, or reactors, using control boards or semi-automatic equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Start or stop generators, auxiliary pumping equipment, turbines, or other power plant equipment as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Open and close valves and switches in sequence to start or shut down auxiliary units. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate with systems operators to regulate and coordinate line voltages and transmission loads and frequencies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect records or log book entries or communicate with plant personnel to assess equipment operating status. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Regulate equipment operations and conditions, such as water levels, based on instrument data or from computers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take regulatory action, based on readings from charts, meters and gauges, at established intervals. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record and compile operational data by completing and maintaining forms, logs, or reports. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, lubricate, or maintain equipment, such as generators, turbines, pumps, or compressors, to prevent failure or deterioration. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place standby emergency electrical generators on line in emergencies and monitor the temperature, output, and lubrication of the system. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Make adjustments or minor repairs, such as tightening leaking gland and pipe joints. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate, control, or monitor equipment, such as acid or gas carbon dioxide removal units, carbon dioxide compressors, and pipelines, to capture, store, or transport carbon dioxide exhaust. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate, control, or monitor gasifiers or related equipment, such as coolers, water quenches, water gas shifts reactors, or sulfur recovery units, to produce syngas or electricity from coal. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate, control, or monitor integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) or related equipment, such as air separation units, to generate electricity from coal. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate or maintain distributed power generation equipment, including fuel cells or microturbines, to produce energy on-site for manufacturing or other commercial purposes. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine and test electrical power distribution machinery and equipment, using testing devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Receive outage calls and request necessary personnel during power outages or emergencies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replenish electrolytes in batteries and oil in voltage transformers, and reset tripped electric relays. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect oil, water, or electrolyte samples for laboratory analysis. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect thermal barrier coatings on integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) equipment for sintering, phase destabilization, or temperature variances to ensure compliance with standards and insulation efficiency. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Absorbent booms — Absorbers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air dryers — Coal dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air scrubbers — Dry scrubber systems; Flue gas desulferization systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Alarm systems — Annunciators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blowers — Soot blowers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Boiler or heater igniter — Igniters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Brushless motor DC — Brushless direct current DC motors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bucket conveyors — Bucket elevators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Catalytic combustion analyzers — Catalytic sensors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chain conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Combustible or hazardous gas detectors for power generators — Gas detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Commercial water heaters — Water heaters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Condensing units — Condensers; Steam condensers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conductivity meters — Conductivity probes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diesel generators — Diesel driven generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital readout recorders — Digital readouts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrical control panels for generators — Control boards; Panel boards; Transformer controls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrical or power regulators — Unit governors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrostatic apparatus — Excitation systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Evaporative coolers — Cooling towers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Air filtration mask See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire tube boilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fixed screens — Screens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow transmitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flowmeters — Flow meters; Turbine flow meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas engines — Combustion engines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Graphic recorders — Analog panel meters; Digital panel meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hard hats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat exchangers — Fin fan heat exchangers; Plate exchangers; Shell and tube heat exchangers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impact crushers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Level sensors or transmitters — Level transmitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Limit switch — Limit switches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mainframe computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Motor compressors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil filters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oil gun — Oil guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power supply transformers — Power transformers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure indicators — Steam gauges; Water gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure transmitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Process air heaters — Air heaters; Attemperators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulverizing machinery — Pulverizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rotameters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sampling pumps — Purge pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screw conveyor — Screw conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sight flow windows — Boiler gauge glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal converters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam engines — Steam distribution systems; Steam turbines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam generators — Heat recovery steam generators; Steam driven turbogenerators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Substation load control switchgears — Electrical switch gear See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Switchyard disconnect switches — Switch yard equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature transmitters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermal engines — Geothermal binary turbines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touch screen monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Turbine engines — Combustion turbines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Venturis — Orifice plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vibration testers — Vibration monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water filters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water purification equipment — Water treatment equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water softening accessories — Water softeners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water tube boiler — Circulating fluidized bed CFB boilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wet scrubbers — Selective catalytic reactors; Selective non-catalytic reactors See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Distributed control systems DCS software; General Electric Mark VI Distributed Control System DCS; Teknik Segala OSI Plant Information PI System; Yokogawa FAST/TOOLS (see all 13 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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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.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). 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.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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

  • Operate energy production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate energy distribution equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain sustainable energy production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Exchange information with colleagues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor lubrication of equipment or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair production equipment or tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect sustainable energy production facilities or 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.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 93% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 87% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 77% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 74% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 79% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 64% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 47% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 49% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 57% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 50% responded “Every day.” 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.
  • Telephone — 55% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 42% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 49% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 53% 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 — 56% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 39% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 51% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 60% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 38% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 37% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 45% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 32% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 55% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 38% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Degree of Automation — 40% responded “Highly automated.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 30% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 40% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 30% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 42% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
74   High school diploma or equivalent Help
21   Post-secondary certificate Help
3   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RC

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

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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) $33.69 hourly, $70,070 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 42,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 12,900
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Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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