Summary Report for:
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
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
- Operate machinery used in the production process, or assist machine operators.
- Examine products to verify conformance to quality standards.
- Observe equipment operations so that malfunctions can be detected, and notify operators of any malfunctions.
- Lift raw materials, finished products, and packed items, manually or using hoists.
- Count finished products to determine if product orders are complete.
- Mark or tag identification on parts.
- Load and unload items from machines, conveyors, and conveyances.
- Help production workers by performing duties of lesser skill, such as supplying or holding materials or tools, or cleaning work areas and equipment.
- Clean and lubricate equipment.
- Record information, such as the number of products tested, meter readings, or dates and times of product production.
- Start machines or equipment to begin production processes.
- Separate products according to weight, grade, size, or composition of materials used to produce them.
- Turn valves to regulate flow of liquids or air, to reverse machines, to start pumps, or to regulate equipment.
- Place products in equipment or on work surfaces for further processing, inspecting, or wrapping.
- Remove products, machine attachments, or waste material from machines.
- Pack and store materials and products.
- Tie products in bundles for further processing or shipment, following prescribed procedures.
- 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.
- Signal coworkers to direct them to move products during the production process.
- Prepare raw materials for processing.
- Measure amounts of products, lengths of extruded articles, or weights of filled containers to ensure conformance to specifications.
- Thread ends of items such as thread, cloth, and lace through needles and rollers, and around take-up tubes.
- Read gauges or charts, and record data obtained.
- Mix ingredients according to specified procedures or formulas.
- Position spouts or chutes of storage bins so that containers can be filled.
- Fold products and product parts during processing.
- Wash work areas, machines, equipment, vehicles, or products.
- Unclamp and hoist full reels from braiding, winding, or other fabricating machines, using power hoists.
- Dump materials such as prepared ingredients into machine hoppers prior to mixing.
- Break up defective products for reprocessing.
- Change machine gears, using wrenches.
- Cut or break flashing from materials or products.
- Perform minor repairs to machines, such as replacing damaged or worn parts.
- Attach slings, ropes, or cables to objects such as pipes, hoses, or bundles.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches
- Box end wrenches — Ratcheting box wrenches
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Floor or platform scales — Industrial platform scales
- Grease guns
- Hand trucks or accessories — Handtrucks
- Hoists — Power hoists
- Hydraulic truck cranes — Hydraulic booms
- Jacks — Hand jacks; Pipe jacks
- Label making machines — Label-making machines
- Ladders — Platform ladders
- Locking pliers
- Open end wrenches — Crescent wrenches
- Personal computers
- Pipe wrenches
- Planes — Planers
- Pneumatic hammer — Jackhammers
- Power drills
- Power grinders
- Power nail guns
- Power sanders
- Power saws
- Precision file — Precision files
- Pressure or steam cleaners — Pressure wands
- Razor knives
- Saws — Hand saws
- Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
- Skid steer loaders
- Slings — Material-hoisting slings
- Soldering iron — Soldering equipment
- Staple guns
- Tape measures — Measuring tapes
- Utility knives
- Vacuum cleaners — Industrial vacuum cleaners
- Winches — Hydraulic winches
Technology used in this occupation:
No knowledge met the minimum score.
No skills met the minimum score.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- 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.
- 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.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- 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.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- 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.
- 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.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- 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.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- 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.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Detailed Work Activities
- Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
- Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
- Mix substances to create chemical solutions.
- Record operational or production data.
- Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
- Weigh finished products.
- Signal others to coordinate work activities.
- Load materials into production equipment.
- Package products for storage or shipment.
- Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
- Clean workpieces or finished products.
- Install mechanical components in production equipment.
- Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
- Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
- Clean production equipment.
- Clean work areas.
- Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
- Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
- Replace worn equipment components.
- Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
- Count finished products or workpieces.
- Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas.
- Lubricate production equipment.
- Repair production equipment or tools.
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 99% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 79% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Standing — 73% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 56% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 72% responded “Every day.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 51% responded “More than 40 hours.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 72% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 40% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 52% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 52% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 50% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 61% responded “Every day.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 38% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Contact With Others — 39% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 58% responded “Every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 40% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 42% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 36% responded “Extremely important.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 47% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 35% responded “A lot of freedom.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 30% responded “Some freedom.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 26% responded “Very important results.”
- Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 34% responded “Extremely important.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 34% responded “Every day.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 39% responded “Every day.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 28% responded “Very high responsibility.”
|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)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|52||High school diploma or equivalent|
|36||Less than high school diploma|
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.
- 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.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- 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.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$11.35 hourly, $23,610 annual|
|Employment (2012)||420,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Slower than average (3% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||102,200|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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.