Browse by Work Styles

Work styles are personal characteristics that can affect how well someone performs a job. Open and explore the folders below to see the different categories and levels of information. Ratings on occupations are available at the most detailed level.

  • Job requires personal goal setting, trying to succeed at those goals, and striving to be competent in own work.
    • Achievement/Effort
      Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
    • Persistence
      Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Job requires maturity, poise, flexibility, and restraint to cope with pressure, stress, criticism, setbacks, personal and work-related problems, etc.
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
    • 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.
  • Job requires dependability, commitment to doing the job correctly and carefully, and being trustworthy, accountable, and attentive to details.
    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • 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.
  • Job requires being pleasant, cooperative, sensitive to others, easy to get along with, and having a preference for associating with other organization members.
    • Concern for Others
      Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
    • Social Orientation
      Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Job requires generating useful ideas and thinking things through logically.
    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
    • Innovation
      Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Job requires having an impact on others in the organization, and displaying energy and leadership.
    • Leadership
      Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.