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13-1041.01 - Environmental Compliance Inspectors

Inspect and investigate sources of pollution to protect the public and environment and ensure conformance with Federal, State, and local regulations and ordinances.

Sample of reported job titles: Compliance Investigator, Enforcement Officer, Environmental Compliance Officer, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Quality Analyst, Environmental Specialist, Oil Program Compliance Specialist, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Enforcement Officer (RCRA Enforcement Officer), Toxics Program Officer, Waste Management Specialist

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
89   Core
Examine permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
83   Core
Prepare written, oral, tabular, and graphic reports summarizing requirements and regulations, including enforcement and chain of custody documentation.
82   Core
Determine the nature of code violations and actions to be taken, and issue written notices of violation; participate in enforcement hearings as necessary.
81   Core
Prepare, organize, and maintain inspection records.
78   Core
Verify that hazardous chemicals are handled, stored, and disposed of in accordance with regulations.
76   Core
Interview individuals to determine the nature of suspected violations and to obtain evidence of violations.
76   Core
Research and keep informed of pertinent information and developments in areas such as EPA laws and regulations.
75   Core
Learn and observe proper safety precautions, rules, regulations, and practices so that unsafe conditions can be recognized and proper safety protocols implemented.
74   Core
Monitor follow-up actions in cases where violations were found, and review compliance monitoring reports.
72   Core
Inspect waste pretreatment, treatment, and disposal facilities and systems for conformance to federal, state, or local regulations.
71   Core
Investigate complaints and suspected violations regarding illegal dumping, pollution, pesticides, product quality, or labeling laws.
69   Core
Evaluate label information for accuracy and conformance to regulatory requirements.
68   Core
Determine sampling locations and methods, and collect water or wastewater samples for analysis, preserving samples with appropriate containers and preservation methods.
68   Core
Inform individuals and groups of pollution control regulations and inspection findings, and explain how problems can be corrected.
64   Core
Review and evaluate applications for registration of products containing dangerous materials, or for pollution control discharge permits.
60   Core
Observe and record field conditions, gathering, interpreting, and reporting data such as flow meter readings and chemical levels.
56   Core
Determine which sites and violation reports to investigate, and coordinate compliance and enforcement activities with other government agencies.
55   Core
Inform health professionals, property owners, and the public about harmful properties and related problems of water pollution and contaminated wastewater.
52   Core
Participate in the development of spill prevention programs and hazardous waste rules and regulations, and recommend corrective actions for hazardous waste problems.
67   Supplemental
Analyze and implement state, federal or local requirements as necessary to maintain approved pretreatment, pollution prevention, and storm water runoff programs.
67   Supplemental
Prepare data to calculate sewer service charges and capacity fees.
64   Supplemental
Perform laboratory tests on samples collected, such as analyzing the content of contaminated wastewater.
64   Supplemental
Maintain and repair materials, worksites, and equipment.
58   Supplemental
Research and perform calculations related to landscape allowances, discharge volumes, production-based and alternative limits, and wastewater strength classifications, then make recommendations and complete documentation.
48   Supplemental
Conduct research on hazardous waste management projects in order to determine the magnitude of problems, and treatment or disposal alternatives and costs.
45   Supplemental
Respond to questions and inquiries, such as those concerning service charges and capacity fees, or refer them to supervisors.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Analytical or scientific software — DQO-PRO; Environmental Knowledge and Assessment Tool EKAT; Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance SADA; Sustainable Management Approaches and Revitalization Tools SMARTe (see all 11 examples)
  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot technology
  • Map creation software — Geographic information system GIS software Hot technology
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Acoustic sensors — Surface acoustic wave sensors SAWS
  • Air samplers or collectors — Atmosphere monitors
  • Analytical balances — Laboratory analytical balances
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers — Graphite furnace atomic absorption GFAA spectrometers
  • Chemiluminescence or bioluminescence analyzers — Chlorophyll-a probes
  • Coliwasas — Composite liquid waste samplers COLIWASA
  • Colorimeters — Colorimetric field sampling devices
  • Conductivity meters — Conductance meters; Specific conductance probes
  • Desktop computers
  • Dissolved oxygen meters — Dissolved oxygen probes
  • Dropping pipettes — Laboratory dropping pipettes
  • Enzyme analyzers — Enzyme immunoassay kits
  • Flame ionization analyzers — Continuous flame ionization detectors FID
  • Flowmeters
  • Gas chromatographs — Portable gas chromatographs GC
  • Gear pumps — Water sampling gear pumps
  • Hand pumps — Hand sampling pumps
  • Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors — Fuel fluorescence detectors FFD; Laser-induced fluorescence LIF instruments; Total petroleum hydrocarbon TPH analyzers; Ultraviolet fluorescence UVF test kits
  • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers — Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrophotometers
  • Infrared spectrometers — Extractive Fourier transform infrared FTIR spectrometers; Infrared IR spectrometers
  • Interferometers
  • Ion analyzers — Photoionization detectors PID
  • Ion selective electrode ISE meters — Ion selective electrode ISE testers
  • Laboratory bailers — Bottom fill bailers; Double check valve bailers; Thief samplers
  • Laboratory graduated cylinders — Measuring cylinders
  • Laboratory vials — Headspace vials
  • Ladders — Aluminum ladders
  • Lasers — Helium-neon lasers
  • Liquid chromatographs — Liquid chromatographs LC
  • Magnetometer geophysical instruments — Magnetic locators
  • Mass spectrometers — Portable mass spectrometers MS
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers
  • Optical beamsplitters — Optical beamsplitting devices
  • Organic carbon analyzers — Volatile organic compound VOC measurement devices
  • Peristaltic pumps — Groundwater sampling peristaltic pumps; Suction-lift pumps
  • pH meters — pH indicators
  • Photometers — Differential photometers
  • Piezo electric crystals — Piezoelectric sensors
  • Portable data input terminals — Dataloggers
  • Progressive cavity pumps — Progressive cavity sampling pumps
  • Radarbased surveillance systems — Ground penetrating radar GPR
  • Rotating piston pumps — Reciprocating piston sampling pumps
  • Sample holders — Sample bottles; Sample collection chambers
  • Sample preparation bombs — Bacon bomb samplers
  • Sampling pumps — Bladder pumps; Centrifugal water sampling pumps
  • Scaffolding
  • Single gas monitors — Chlorine samplers; Mercury vapor analyzers
  • Soil core sampling apparatus — Bucket augers; Power augers; Van Veen grab samplers; Waste pile samplers (see all 20 examples)
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — X ray fluorescence XRF spectrometers
  • Spectrometers — Laser-induced breakdown spectrometers LIBS
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Striking hammers — Rotary hammer systems
  • Syringe pumps
  • Test sieves — Sediment sieves
  • Turbidimeters — Turbidity probes
  • Two way radios — Portable two way radios
  • Water analyzers — Continuous water quality monitors; Water quality data sondes
  • Water samplers — Kemmerer depth samplers; Wastewater samplers; Weighted bottle samplers; Wheaton dip samplers (see all 8 examples)

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
76 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
76 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
64 
Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
58 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
56 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
56 
Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
54 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
54 
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.
49 
Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
49 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
48 
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.
46 
Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
46 
Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
46 
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.
46 
Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
41 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
38 
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
34 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
33 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
31 
Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
29 
Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
25 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
25 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
24 
Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
23 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
23 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
21 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
16 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
14 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
11 
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
10 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
6 
Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
4 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
75 
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.
75 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
72 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
66 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
66 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
66 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
66 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
63 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
60 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
60 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
60 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
56 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
56 
Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
53 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
53 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
50 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
50 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
47 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
47 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
47 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
47 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
41 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
38 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
35 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
28 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
22 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
19 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
19 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
19 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
10 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
6 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
6 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
0 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
78 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
78 
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.
75 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
75 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
75 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
72 
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).
72 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
69 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
69 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
66 
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.
66 
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.
63 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
56 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
53 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
53 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
53 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
50 
Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
50 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
50 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47 
Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
44 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
44 
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.
44 
Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
44 
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).
41 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
38 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
38 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
31 
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.
31 
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.
31 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
28 
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.
28 
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.
25 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
25 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
25 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
22 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
22 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
22 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
22 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
22 
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.
22 
Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
22 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
22 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
19 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
19 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
19 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
6 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
0 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
0 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
95 
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.
90 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
84 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
83 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
83 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
81 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
79 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
78 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
76 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
75 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
73 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
70 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
68 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
64 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
63 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
63 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
59 
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
59 
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.
56 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
55 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
54 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
53 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
51 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
50 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
46 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
45 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
44 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
44 
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.
41 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
41 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
36 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
35 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
35 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
34 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
30 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
30 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
23 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
20 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
19 
Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
15 
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.
14 
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Review license or permit applications.
  • Prepare legal or investigatory documentation.
  • Investigate legal issues.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings.
  • Maintain data in information systems or databases.
  • Prepare regulatory or compliance documentation.
  • Research issues related to the environment or sustainable business practices.
  • Interview witnesses, suspects, or claimants.
  • Update knowledge of legal or regulatory environments.
  • Update professional knowledge.
  • Monitor organizational compliance with regulations.
  • Inspect facilities or equipment to ensure specifications are met.
  • Examine product information to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Inform individuals or organizations of status or findings.
  • Coordinate enforcement of laws or regulations.
  • Analyze environmental regulations to ensure organizational compliance.
  • Calculate data to inform organizational operations.
  • Advise others on business or operational matters.
  • Prepare financial documents.
  • Establish organizational guidelines or policies.
  • Correspond with customers to answer questions or resolve complaints.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


95     Every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


76     Every day
19     Once a week or more but not every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


67     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


55     More than 40 hours
45     40 hours
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


33     Extremely important
48     Very important
14     Important
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


29     A lot of freedom
48     Some freedom
24     Limited freedom
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


24     Every day
57     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


14     A lot of freedom
71     Some freedom
14     Limited freedom
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


29     Every day
43     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


33     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


24     Constant contact with others
33     Contact with others most of the time
43     Contact with others about half the time
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


33     Extremely important
33     Very important
14     Important
19     Fairly important
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?


24     Very important results
38     Important results
29     Moderate results
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


24     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
33     Once a month or more but not every week
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


19     Extremely important
43     Very important
14     Important
14     Fairly important
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


55     More than half the time
20     About half the time
20     Less than half the time
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


33     Very important
43     Important
14     Fairly important
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


48     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


33     Once a week or more but not every day
52     Once a month or more but not every week
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


19     Very high responsibility
38     High responsibility
24     Limited responsibility
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


48     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


33     Moderately close (at arm's length)
62     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


38     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


14     Every day
19     Once a week or more but not every day
48     Once a month or more but not every week
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


38     Once a week or more but not every day
33     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


29     Once a week or more but not every day
48     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
33     Once a month or more but not every week
43     Once a year or more but not every month
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


29     Very serious
24     Serious
29     Fairly serious
14     Not serious at all
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


29     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
38     Once a year or more but not every month
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


29     Once a week or more but not every day
33     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


14     Very high responsibility
33     Moderate responsibility
29     Limited responsibility
14     No responsibility
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


24     Once a week or more but not every day
38     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


19     Highly competitive
52     Moderately competitive
14     Slightly competitive
14     Not at all competitive
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


14     Very important
38     Important
38     Fairly important
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
52     Once a year or more but not every month
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
43     Once a year or more but not every month
14     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
52     Once a year or more but not every month
14     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


19     About half the time
76     Less than half the time
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


24     Once a month or more but not every week
48     Once a year or more but not every month
19     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


38     Once a month or more but not every week
43     Once a year or more but not every month
19     Never
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


90     Less than half the time
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


26     Once a month or more but not every week
42     Once a year or more but not every month
26     Never
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


62     Less than half the time
24     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


86     Less than half the time
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


71     Less than half the time
24     Never
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


52     Once a year or more but not every month
33     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


81     Less than half the time
19     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


19     Moderately automated
38     Slightly automated
43     Not at all automated
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


38     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
62     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


14     Once a month or more but not every week
24     Once a year or more but not every month
57     Never
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


67     Less than half the time
33     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


35     Once a year or more but not every month
55     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


29     Once a year or more but not every month
62     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


38     Once a year or more but not every month
57     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


48     Less than half the time
52     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


19     Once a year or more but not every month
71     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


90     Not important at all

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Related Experience A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Job Zone Examples Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range (7.0 to < 8.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
86   Bachelor's degree
10   Post-baccalaureate certificate Help
5   Master's degree

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
83 
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.
83 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
67 
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.
17 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
17 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
17 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
93 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
86 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
82 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
80 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
79 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
76 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
76 
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.
73 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
70 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
69 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
65 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
64 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
62 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
55 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
48 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
43 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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Extent
Work Value
67 
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.
61 
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.
56 
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.
50 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
39 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
39 
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

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Industry data collected from Compliance Officers.

Median wages (2015) $31.56 hourly, $65,640 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 260,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Slower than average (2% to 4%) Slower than average (2% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 45,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Government (47% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data external site and 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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