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19-4031.00 - Chemical Technicians

Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.

Sample of reported job titles: Chemical Analyst, Chemical Technician, Formulation Technician, Laboratory Analyst (Lab Analyst), Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech), Laboratory Tester (Lab Tester), Organic Preparation Analyst (Organic Prep Analyst), Quality Control Technician (QC Technician), Research Technician, Water Quality Technician

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
90   Core
Conduct chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials.
89   Core
Maintain, clean, or sterilize laboratory instruments or equipment.
86   Core
Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.
84   Core
Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.
84   Core
Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas.
82   Core
Provide and maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory or plant safety audits.
78   Core
Provide technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers.
76   Core
Train new employees on topics such as the proper operation of laboratory equipment.
67   Core
Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies.
90   Supplemental
Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses.
81   Supplemental
Develop or conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of raw materials, chemical intermediates, or products.
77   Supplemental
Write technical reports or prepare graphs or charts to document experimental results.
72   Supplemental
Direct or monitor other workers producing chemical products.
70   Supplemental
Design or fabricate experimental apparatus to develop new products or processes.
69   Supplemental
Operate experimental pilot plants, assisting with experimental design.
59   Supplemental
Develop new chemical engineering processes or production techniques.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air or gas tanks or cylinders — Lecture bottles
  • Air velocity and temperature monitors — Velometers
  • Ammeters
  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers — Atomic absorption AA spectroscopes
  • Barometers — Aneroid barometers; Mercury barometers
  • Bench refractometers or polarimeters — Abbe refractometers; Differential refractometers
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Bi metallic sensors — Bimetallic strip thermometers
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes
  • Calorimeters — Bomb calorimeters; Differential scanning calorimeters
  • Ceramic crucibles — Gooch crucibles
  • Chromatographic detectors — Ultraviolet UV light detectors
  • Chromatography syringes — Chromatography microsyringes
  • Chromatography tubing — Photomultiplier tubes
  • Comparators
  • Coulometers
  • Cuvettes — Plastic cuvettes
  • Decontamination shower — Safety showers
  • Desktop computers
  • Dissolved oxygen meters
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Laboratory drying ovens
  • Electronic toploading balances
  • Eyewashers or eye wash stations — Eyewash fountains
  • Facial shields — Face shields
  • Filtering machinery — Filter pumps
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flame ionization analyzers — Flame ionization detectors FID
  • Flowmeters — Bubble flow meters
  • Fractionation apparatus — Bubble-cap fractionating columns; Molecular stills
  • Freezedryers or lyophilzers — Lyophilizers
  • Fume hoods or cupboards — Exhaust hoods; Explosion-proof fume hoods; Perchloric acid hoods; Radioisotope fume hoods
  • Gas burners — Bunsen burners; Laminar flow burners; Meker burners
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatography equipment
  • Gas detectors — Gas leak detectors
  • Gas masks — Canister gas masks
  • Geiger counters — Geiger-Muller counters
  • Glass crucibles — Glass laboratory crucibles
  • Goggles — Safety goggles
  • Gravimeters — Gravitational field indicators
  • Handheld thermometer — Beckmann thermometers; Digital handheld thermometers
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Hazardous material protective clothing
  • Heating mantles or tapes — Heating mantles
  • Heating or drying equipment or accessories — Dessicators; Steam baths
  • High pressure liquid chromatograph chromatography — High pressure liquid chromatograph HPLC equipment
  • High pressure sodium lamp HID — High pressure sodium lamps
  • Homogenizers
  • Hot air blowers
  • Hydrometers
  • Immersion heaters
  • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers — Atomic emissions spectroscopes
  • Infrared lamps
  • Infrared spectrometers — Fourier transfer infrared FTIR spectrometers; Infrared IR spectroscopes
  • Ion analyzers — Photo detectors
  • Ion chromatographs — Ion exchange chromatography equipment
  • Laboratory balances — Single-pan balances; Torsion balances; Unequal-arm balances; Westphal balances
  • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers — Laboratory blenders
  • Laboratory box furnaces — Muffle furnaces
  • Laboratory burets — Glass burets
  • Laboratory centrifugal pumps
  • Laboratory clamps — Test tube clamps; Utility clamps
  • Laboratory cork borers — Cork borer sets
  • Laboratory crushers or pulverizers — Sample crushers
  • Laboratory dishes — Evaporating dishes
  • Laboratory flasks — Claisen flasks; Reaction flasks; Vacuum flask traps; Volumetric flasks
  • Laboratory funnels — Buchner funnels; Hirsch funnels
  • Laboratory general purpose tubing — Capillary tubing; Gas drying tubes
  • Laboratory glass tube — Glass tubing
  • Laboratory heat exchange condensers — Distilling condensers; Reflux condensers
  • Laboratory hotplates — Laboratory heating plates
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Gravity convection ovens
  • Laboratory mills — Ball mills
  • Laboratory mixers — Agitation tanks; Magnetic agitators
  • Laboratory presses — Laboratory pressing equipment
  • Laboratory sprayers — Nebulizers
  • Laboratory staining dishes or jars — Bell jars
  • Laboratory tongs
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps — Computer-controlled pumps; Diffusion pumps; Volume displacement pumps; Water aspirators (see all 5 examples)
  • Lasers — Dye lasers; Ruby lasers
  • Liquid chromatographs — Liquid chromatography equipment
  • Liquid scintillation counters — Fluid scintillation counters
  • Magnetic stirrers — Magnetic stirring bars
  • Mainframe computers
  • Manometers — Closed-end manometers; U-tube manometers
  • Manostats — Cartesian manostats
  • Mass spectrometers — Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry LC/MS equipment
  • Mercury vapor lamp HID — Mercury vapor lamps
  • Metering pumps
  • Monochromators
  • Multi gas monitors — Vapor monitor badges
  • Multimeters
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectrometers — Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR spectroscopes
  • Optical beamsplitters — Optical beamsplitting devices
  • Organic carbon analyzers
  • Pasteur or transfer pipettes — Transfer pipettes
  • Peristaltic pumps — Liquid transfer pumps
  • Personal computers
  • Pestle or mortars — Mortars and pestles
  • pH meters — pH indicators
  • Photoelectric sensors — Photocells
  • Photometers — Flame photometers
  • Pipette washers — Automatic buret cleaners; Automatic pipette cleaners
  • Polarimeters — Automated polarimeters
  • Polarizers
  • Pressure indicators — Bourdon gauges; Pressure gauges
  • Prisms
  • Programmable tube furnaces — Graphite furnaces
  • Protective gloves — Asbestos gloves; Safety gloves
  • Pull spring balances
  • Pycnometers
  • Pyrometers — Optical pyrometers
  • Radiation detectors
  • Refrigerated baths — Cooling baths
  • Refrigerated cooling modules — Refrigerated coolers
  • Remote reading thermometers — Liquid-filled remote thermometers
  • Respirators — Dust and particulate respirators
  • Rheometers
  • Robotic or automated liquid handling systems — Automatic burets
  • Rotameters
  • Safety glasses
  • Scientific calculator — Graphing calculators
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — Fluorimeters; Ultraviolet UV spectroscopes
  • Spectrophotometer accessories — Deuterium lamps; Hollow cathode lamps
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Syringe pumps — Finger pumps
  • Tensiometers — Tension gauges
  • Thermal conductivity analyzers — Thermal conductivity detectors
  • Thermocouples
  • Thin layer chromatography tanks — Chromatography developing tanks
  • Thinlayer chromatographs — Thinlayer chromatography analyzers
  • Titration equipment — Autotitrators; Titrators
  • Triple beam balances
  • Turbidimeters
  • Ultracentrifuges
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps
  • Vacuum desiccators — Drying pistols
  • Vacuum gauges — Ionization gauges; McLeod gauges; Pirani gauges
  • Vacuum or rotary evaporators — Evaporator rotators; Rotary evaporators
  • Viscosimeters — Automated microviscometers; Viscosity meters
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters
  • Volumetric pipettes — Volumetric glass pipettes
  • Water baths — Constant temperature water baths

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Laboratory information management system LIMS
  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software
  • Electronic mail software — Email software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — SAP 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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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
75 
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.
61 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
57 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
47 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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.
36 
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.
36 
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.
32 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
31 
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.
23 
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.
22 
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.
19 
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.
15 
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.
15 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
13 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
13 
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.
13 
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.
12 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
11 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
9 
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.
9 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
8 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
6 
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.
3 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
3 
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.
3 
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.
2 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
1 
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.
0 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
0 
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.
0 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
0 
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.
0 
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.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
75 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
72 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
72 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
69 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
66 
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.
66 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
60 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
56 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
56 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
53 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
53 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
53 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
53 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
50 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
50 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
47 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
47 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
47 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
47 
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.
47 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
44 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
41 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
41 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
41 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
38 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
38 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
31 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
28 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
25 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
13 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
3 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
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 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
72 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
69 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
69 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
69 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
66 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
63 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
63 
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.
60 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
56 
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.
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.
53 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
53 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
53 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
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 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
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 
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.
50 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
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 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
47 
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.
47 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
44 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
44 
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.
44 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
41 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
38 
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).
35 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
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 
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.
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 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
25 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
25 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
25 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
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 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
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.
25 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
3 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
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.
0 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
0 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
0 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
0 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
92 
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.
89 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
89 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
86 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
85 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
83 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
81 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
77 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
75 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
72 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
72 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
71 
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.
71 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
69 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
66 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
65 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
63 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
61 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
61 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
60 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
59 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
54 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
54 
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.
54 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
53 
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.
52 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
51 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
49 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
48 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
48 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
47 
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.
46 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
38 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
37 
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.
37 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
36 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
28 
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.
24 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
23 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
22 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
11 
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.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
  • Interpret research or operational data.
  • Clean objects.
  • Maintain laboratory or technical equipment.
  • Set up laboratory or field equipment.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
  • Prepare compounds or solutions for products or testing.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel.
  • Develop new or advanced products or production methods.
  • Operate laboratory or field equipment.
  • Manage scientific or technical project resources.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
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?


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


86     Every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


69     Extremely important
25     Very important
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


88     Every day
11     Never
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


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


53     Extremely important
41     Very important
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


60     Extremely important
24     Very important
15     Fairly important
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


38     Every day
50     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


71     Every day
18     Never
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


44     Continually or almost continually
25     More than half the time
28     About half the time
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?


52     Constant contact with others
25     Contact with others most of the time
21     Occasional contact with others
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.)


62     Extremely important
14     Important
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


56     Extremely serious
32     Serious
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


13     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?


57     Every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
13     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?


24     A lot of freedom
41     Some freedom
34     Limited freedom
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


14     A lot of freedom
70     Some freedom
14     Very little freedom
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


22     Very high responsibility
44     High responsibility
24     Moderate 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?


42     Every day
32     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Never
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?


20     Very important results
41     Important results
21     Moderate results
19     Minor results
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


29     Continually or almost continually
28     More than half the time
21     About half the time
16     Less than half the time
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?


41     Continually or almost continually
24     More than half the time
19     Never
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


32     More than 40 hours
54     40 hours
13     Less than 40 hours
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


17     Extremely important
35     Very important
26     Important
15     Not important at all
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


12     Very close (near touching)
37     Moderately close (at arm's length)
28     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
17     I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


33     High responsibility
31     Moderate responsibility
30     Limited responsibility
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


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


13     Continually or almost continually
24     More than half the time
20     About half the time
43     Less than half the time
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?


25     Once a week or more but not every day
34     Once a month or more but not every week
34     Once a year or more but not every month
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


52     Moderately automated
37     Slightly automated
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


17     Once a year or more but not every month
12     Never
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


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


11     Extremely competitive
32     Moderately competitive
25     Slightly competitive
28     Not at all competitive
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


14     Very important
25     Important
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


17     Every day
13     Once a month or more but not every week
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


21     Every day
32     Once a year or more but not every month
46     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


12     Continually or almost continually
19     About half the time
29     Less than half the time
39     Never
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?


20     Every day
66     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


26     About half the time
41     Less than half the time
30     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?


14     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
67     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


20     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
61     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


13     More than half the time
39     Less than half the time
42     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


12     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
74     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


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


26     About half the time
17     Less than half the time
57     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


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


18     Once a month or more but not every week
76     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


13     Once a month or more but not every week
75     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


13     Once a month or more but not every week
78     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


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


91     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


27     Less than half the time
72     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


15     Once a year or more but not every month
83     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


94     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


99     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?


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


99     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


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
50   Associate's degree
26   Bachelor's degree
22   High school diploma or equivalent Help

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

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Life Sciences — Food Science and Technology

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
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.
78 
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.
50 
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.
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.
6 
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.
0 
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
86 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
83 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
73 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
71 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
70 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
67 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
66 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
58 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
57 
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.
55 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
54 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
52 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
51 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
47 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
42 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
34 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
72 
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 
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.
45 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
45 
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.
39 
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.
33 
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2015) $21.47 hourly, $44,660 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 67,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Slower than average (2% to 4%) Slower than average (2% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 21,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Manufacturing (41% 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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