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51-9198.00 - Helpers--Production Workers

Help production workers by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment.

Sample of reported job titles: Assistant Operator, Helper, Laborer, Machine Operator, Material Handler, Press Helper, Production Worker, Service Person, Support Team Member, Utility Worker

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

Tasks

  • Operate machinery used in the production process, or assist machine operators. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine products to verify conformance to quality standards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe equipment operations so that malfunctions can be detected, and notify operators of any malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lift raw materials, finished products, and packed items, manually or using hoists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Count finished products to determine if product orders are complete. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mark or tag identification on parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load and unload items from machines, conveyors, and conveyances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Help production workers by performing duties of lesser skill, such as supplying or holding materials or tools, or cleaning work areas and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and lubricate equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record information, such as the number of products tested, meter readings, or dates and times of product production. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Start machines or equipment to begin production processes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Separate products according to weight, grade, size, or composition of materials used to produce them. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Turn valves to regulate flow of liquids or air, to reverse machines, to start pumps, or to regulate equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Place products in equipment or on work surfaces for further processing, inspecting, or wrapping. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove products, machine attachments, or waste material from machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pack and store materials and products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Tie products in bundles for further processing or shipment, following prescribed procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transfer finished products, raw materials, tools, or equipment between storage and work areas of plants and warehouses, by hand or using hand trucks or powered lift trucks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Signal coworkers to direct them to move products during the production process. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare raw materials for processing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure amounts of products, lengths of extruded articles, or weights of filled containers to ensure conformance to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Thread ends of items such as thread, cloth, and lace through needles and rollers, and around take-up tubes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read gauges or charts, and record data obtained. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mix ingredients according to specified procedures or formulas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position spouts or chutes of storage bins so that containers can be filled. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fold products and product parts during processing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Wash work areas, machines, equipment, vehicles, or products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Unclamp and hoist full reels from braiding, winding, or other fabricating machines, using power hoists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dump materials such as prepared ingredients into machine hoppers prior to mixing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Break up defective products for reprocessing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Change machine gears, using wrenches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut or break flashing from materials or products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform minor repairs to machines, such as replacing damaged or worn parts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attach slings, ropes, or cables to objects such as pipes, hoses, or bundles. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Box end wrenches — Ratcheting box wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor or platform scales — Industrial platform scales See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Handtrucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Power hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic truck cranes — Hydraulic booms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Hand jacks; Pipe jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Label making machines — Label-making machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders — Platform ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open end wrenches — Crescent wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Planes — Planers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Jackhammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power nail guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Precision file — Precision files See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Pressure wands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Hand saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Skid steer loaders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slings — Material-hoisting slings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Soldering iron — Soldering equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Staple guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum cleaners — Industrial vacuum cleaners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches — Hydraulic winches See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry 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

No knowledge met the minimum score.

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Skills

No skills met the minimum score.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. 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.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix substances to create chemical solutions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Weigh finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Signal others to coordinate work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Package products for storage or shipment. 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.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading. 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.
  • Clean work areas. 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.
  • Replace worn equipment components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Count finished products or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas. 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.

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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 — 99% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 73% 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 — 56% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 51% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 40% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 52% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 50% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 38% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 39% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 58% responded “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.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 42% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 36% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 47% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 35% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 30% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 26% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 34% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 28% responded “Very high responsibility.” 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
52   High school diploma or equivalent Help
36   Less than high school diploma
11   Post-secondary certificate Help

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $11.35 hourly, $23,610 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 420,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 102,200
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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