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13-1199.01 - Energy Auditors

Conduct energy audits of buildings, building systems, or process systems. May also conduct investment grade audits of buildings or systems.

Sample of reported job titles: Building Energy Consultant, Building Performance Consultant, Building Performance Specialist, Energy Auditor, Energy Consultant, Energy Rater, Home Energy Rater, Home Performance Consultant, Quality Assurance Supervisor, Residential Energy Auditor

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
88   Core
Identify opportunities to improve the operation, maintenance, or energy efficiency of building or process systems.  Green Task Statement
86   Core
Identify and prioritize energy saving measures.  Green Task Statement
86   Core
Analyze technical feasibility of energy saving measures using knowledge of engineering, energy production, energy use, construction, maintenance, system operation, or process systems.  Green Task Statement
85   Core
Inspect or evaluate building envelopes, mechanical systems, electrical systems, or process systems to determine the energy consumption of each system.  Green Task Statement
85   Core
Identify any health or safety issues related to planned weatherization projects.  Green Task Statement
81   Core
Prepare audit reports containing energy analysis results or recommendations for energy cost savings.  Green Task Statement
81   Core
Inspect newly installed energy-efficient equipment to ensure that it was installed properly and is performing according to specifications.  Green Task Statement
80   Core
Collect and analyze field data related to energy usage.  Green Task Statement
79   Core
Perform tests such as blower-door tests to locate air leaks.  Green Task Statement
77   Core
Calculate potential for energy savings.  Green Task Statement
75   Core
Measure energy usage with devices such as data loggers, universal data recorders, light meters, sling psychrometers, psychrometric charts, flue gas analyzers, amp probes, watt meters, volt meters, thermometers, or utility meters.  Green Task Statement
74   Core
Quantify energy consumption to establish baselines for energy use or need.  Green Task Statement
74   Core
Prepare job specification sheets for home energy improvements, such as attic insulation, window retrofits, or heating system upgrades.  Green Task Statement
73   Core
Examine commercial sites to determine the feasibility of installing equipment that allows building management systems to reduce electricity consumption during peak demand periods.  Green Task Statement
72   Core
Oversee installation of equipment such as water heater wraps, pipe insulation, weatherstripping, door sweeps, or low flow showerheads to improve energy efficiency.  Green Task Statement
72   Core
Educate customers on energy efficiency or answer questions on topics such as the costs of running household appliances or the selection of energy efficient appliances.  Green Task Statement
72   Core
Recommend energy efficient technologies or alternate energy sources.  Green Task Statement
69   Core
Determine patterns of building use to show annual or monthly needs for heating, cooling, lighting, or other energy needs.  Green Task Statement
65   Core
Compare existing energy consumption levels to normative data.  Green Task Statement
64   Core
Analyze energy bills including utility rates or tariffs to gather historical energy usage data.  Green Task Statement
63   Supplemental
Verify income eligibility of participants in publicly financed weatherization programs.  Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air velocity and temperature monitors — Air current testers; Draft gauges; Duct probe velometers
  • Anemometers — Recording anemometers
  • Carbon monoxide analyzer — Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Catalytic combustion analyzers — Heating system combustion analyzers
  • Circuit tracers — Electrical circuit tracers
  • Combustible or hazardous gas detectors for power generators — Combustible gas monitors
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras
  • Digital cameras — Digital still cameras
  • Flow sensors — Water flow meters
  • Handheld thermometer — Handheld digital thermometers
  • Heat tracing equipment — Digital infrared thermometers
  • Infrared imagers — Infrared cameras
  • Leak testing equipment — Blower doors; Smoke generators; Smoke pens
  • Lightmeters — Light meters
  • Manometers
  • Multi gas monitors — Flue gas analyzers
  • Multimeters — Digital multimeters
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers
  • Personal computers
  • Portable data input terminals — Dataloggers
  • Power meters — Electricity monitors
  • Psychrometers — Sling psychrometers
  • Scanners — Computer data input scanners
  • Single gas monitors — Carbon dioxide CO2 testers
  • Solar radiation surface observing apparatus — Insolation meters
  • Tablet computers
  • Temperature or humidity surface observing apparatus — Electronic hygrothermometers
  • Two way radios
  • Voltage or current meters — Volt meters
  • Wattmeters

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Psychrometric chart software; SAS Hot technology ; The MathWorks MATLAB Hot technology ; Trane TRACE (see all 32 examples)
  • Computer aided design CAD software Hot technology — Autodesk AutoCAD Hot technology ; Home Energy Efficient Design HEED
  • Data base user interface and query software — Abraxas Energy Consulting Metrix; dBASE; Microsoft Access Hot technology ; Structured query language SQL Hot technology
  • Desktop publishing software — Microsoft Publisher Hot technology
  • Development environment software — Microsoft .NET Framework Hot technology ; Microsoft Visual Basic Hot technology
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook Hot technology
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — SAP Hot technology
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot technology
  • Internet browser software — Microsoft Internet Explorer; Web browser software
  • Map creation software — Microsoft MapPoint
  • Object or component oriented development software — C++ Hot technology ; Python Hot technology ; R Hot technology
  • Object oriented data base management software — Microsoft Visual FoxPro
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software — Linux Hot technology ; UNIX Hot technology
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Project management software — Microsoft SharePoint 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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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
84 
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.
73 
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.
73 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
66 
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.
65 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
65 
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.
60 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
56 
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.
56 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
56 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
55 
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.
52 
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.
46 
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.
42 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
39 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
39 
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.
35 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
32 
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.
32 
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.
29 
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.
24 
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.
21 
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.
18 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
18 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
17 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
17 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
9 
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.
7 
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.
6 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
6 
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.
5 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
5 
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.
1 
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
72 
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.
72 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
69 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
69 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
69 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
69 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
60 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
56 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
56 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
56 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
53 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
53 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
53 
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.
50 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
50 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
50 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
50 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
50 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
50 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
50 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
47 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
47 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
44 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
41 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
38 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
28 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
28 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
25 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
25 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
25 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
13 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
13 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
3 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
0 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
72 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
72 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
72 
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.
72 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
69 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
66 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
66 
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).
66 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
66 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
66 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
60 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
56 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
56 
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.
56 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
53 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
53 
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).
53 
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.
53 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50 
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.
50 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
50 
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.
50 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
47 
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.
47 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
47 
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).
47 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
41 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
41 
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.
41 
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.
41 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
41 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
38 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
35 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
35 
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.
31 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
28 
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.
28 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
28 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
28 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
28 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
25 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
25 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
25 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
25 
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.
25 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
25 
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.
25 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
25 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
25 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
13 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
10 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
0 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
80 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
78 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
75 
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.
75 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
74 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
70 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
69 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
69 
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.
69 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
69 
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.
68 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
67 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
63 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
63 
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.
63 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
63 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
61 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
61 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
59 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
58 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
56 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
55 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
52 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
52 
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.
52 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
49 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
49 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
49 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
48 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
47 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
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 
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.
42 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
42 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
40 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
40 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
38 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
33 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
31 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
27 
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.
27 
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.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Identify opportunities to improve operational efficiency.
  • Assess the cost effectiveness of products, projects, or services.
  • Inspect facilities or equipment to ensure specifications are met.
  • Analyze risks related to investments in green technology.
  • Prepare financial documents, reports, or budgets.
  • Analyze energy usage data.
  • Research issues related to the environment or sustainable business practices.
  • Calculate data to inform organizational operations.
  • Develop technical specifications for systems or equipment.
  • Evaluate condition of properties.
  • Advise others on business or operational matters.
  • Correspond with customers to answer questions or resolve complaints.
  • Oversee business processes.
  • Verify application data to determine program eligibility.

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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?


86     Every day
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


77     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


67     Every day
29     Once a week or more but not every day
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


45     A lot of freedom
50     Some freedom
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?


50     Constant contact with others
41     Contact with others most of the time
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


27     Extremely important
55     Very important
14     Important
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


41     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
36     Once a month or more but not every week
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


32     Every day
41     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


32     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
32     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?


36     Extremely important
27     Very important
18     Important
14     Fairly important
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


27     Every day
36     Once a week or more but not every day
23     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


27     Extremely important
36     Very important
27     Important
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


27     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
36     Once a month or more but not every week
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?


45     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
32     Once a year or more but not every month
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?


27     Very important results
32     Important results
27     Moderate results
14     Minor results
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


27     Every day
36     Once a week or more but not every day
23     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)?


41     Every day
27     Once a week or more but not every day
23     Never
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


32     Every day
45     Once a week or more but not every day
23     Never
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?


18     A lot of freedom
36     Some freedom
27     Limited freedom
18     Very little freedom
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?


23     Every day
36     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
18     Once a year or more but not every month
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     Every day
45     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
23     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?


23     Very high responsibility
32     High responsibility
18     Moderate responsibility
18     Limited responsibility
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?


14     Every day
41     Once a week or more but not every day
23     Once a month or more but not every week
18     Once a year or more but not every month
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


27     More than 40 hours
64     40 hours
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


14     Very close (near touching)
32     Moderately close (at arm's length)
32     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
23     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


14     Extremely important
14     Very important
50     Important
23     Fairly important
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


23     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Once a year or more but not every month
14     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


23     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
23     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
18     Never
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


18     Very high responsibility
27     High responsibility
18     Moderate responsibility
23     Limited responsibility
14     No responsibility
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


23     More than half the time
45     About half the time
27     Less than half the time
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?


18     Extremely important
32     Important
27     Fairly important
14     Not important at all
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


27     Once a week or more but not every day
27     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
23     Never
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


14     Highly competitive
45     Moderately competitive
18     Slightly competitive
14     Not at all competitive
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?


14     Continually or almost continually
36     About half the time
45     Less than half the time
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


36     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
41     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?


23     Once a week or more but not every day
27     Once a month or more but not every week
50     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


14     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Once a year or more but not every month
36     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


27     About half the time
59     Less than half the time
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


14     Serious
45     Fairly serious
23     Not serious at all
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


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


14     About half the time
73     Less than half the time
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?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Once a year or more but not every month
41     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


14     About half the time
77     Less than half the time
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


14     Every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
32     Once a year or more but not every month
41     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


91     Less than half the time
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


91     Less than half the time
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


14     Highly automated
14     Moderately automated
41     Slightly automated
32     Not at all automated
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


59     Less than half the time
23     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


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


55     Less than half the time
36     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


36     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
64     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


45     Once a year or more but not every month
55     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


27     Once a year or more but not every month
68     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.)


14     Important
77     Not important at all
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


86     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


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


95     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


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Education Level Required
27   Post-secondary certificate Help
27   Bachelor's degree
23   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Occupational Interest
Interest
100 
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.
61 
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.
39 
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.
28 
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.
6 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
0 
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.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
88 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
85 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
83 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
82 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
77 
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.
75 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
72 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
68 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
68 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
67 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
65 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
64 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
61 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
59 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
57 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
46 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
61 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
61 
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.
56 
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.
56 
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.
53 
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.
45 
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

Median wages data collected from Business Operations Specialists, All Other.
Employment data collected from Business Operations Specialists, All Other.
Industry data collected from Business Operations Specialists, All Other.

Median wages (2015) $32.77 hourly, $68,170 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 998,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Average (5% to 8%) Average (5% to 8%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 166,900
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Government (27% 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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