Order Clerks
43-4151.00

Receive and process incoming orders for materials, merchandise, classified ads, or services such as repairs, installations, or rental of facilities. Generally receives orders via mail, phone, fax, or other electronic means. Duties include informing customers of receipt, prices, shipping dates, and delays; preparing contracts; and handling complaints.

Sample of reported job titles: Hub Associate, Materials Specialist, Order Analyst, Order Clerk, Order Entry Administrator, Order Entry Representative, Order Processing Clerk, Order Taker, Sales Assistant, Warehouse Clerk

Occupation-Specific Information

Tasks Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceCategoryTask
89
 
Core
Verify customer and order information for correctness, checking it against previously obtained information as necessary.
87
 
Core
Receive and respond to customer complaints.
85
 
Core
Review orders for completeness according to reporting procedures and forward incomplete orders for further processing.
85
 
Core
Inform customers by mail or telephone of order information, such as unit prices, shipping dates, and any anticipated delays.
84
 
Core
Obtain customers' names, addresses, and billing information, product numbers, and specifications of items to be purchased, and enter this information on order forms.
80
 
Core
Recommend merchandise or services that will meet customers' needs.
80
 
Core
Prepare invoices, shipping documents, and contracts.
79
 
Core
Confer with production, sales, shipping, warehouse, or common carrier personnel to expedite or trace shipments.
79
 
Core
Compute total charges for merchandise or services and shipping charges.
76
 
Core
Direct specified departments or units to prepare and ship orders to designated locations.
76
 
Core
Inspect outgoing work for compliance with customers' specifications.
76
 
Core
Check inventory records to determine availability of requested merchandise.
70
 
Core
Collect payment for merchandise, record transactions, and send items, such as checks or money orders for further processing.
68
 
Core
Attempt to sell additional merchandise or services to prospective or current customers by telephone or through visits.
68
 
Core
File copies of orders received, or post orders on records.
66
 
Core
Notify departments when supplies of specific items are low, or when orders would deplete available supplies.
66
 
Supplemental
Adjust inventory records to reflect product movement.
64
 
Supplemental
Recommend type of packing or labeling needed on order.
59
 
Supplemental
Calculate and compile order-related statistics, and prepare reports for management.

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Technology Skills Save Table: XLSX CSV

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Occupational Requirements

Work Activities Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceWork Activity
90
 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
85
 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
82
 
Working with Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
77
 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
75
 
Communicating with People Outside the 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.
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
 
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
75
 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
74
 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
72
 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
70
 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
70
 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
69
 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
68
 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
67
 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
66
 
Judging the Qualities of Objects, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
66
 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
62
 
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.
61
 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
59
 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
59
 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
58
 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
58
 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
58
 
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.
57
 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
57
 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
55
 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
51
 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
47
 
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
41
 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
41
 
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 materials.
41
 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
40
 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
37
 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
34
 
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.
32
 
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.
32
 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
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.
27
 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
23
 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
22
 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or watercraft.

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Detailed Work Activities Save Table: XLSX CSV

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Work Context Save Table: XLSX CSV

  • Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
    • 100%
      100%
       
      responded: Every day
  • Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
    • 91%
      91%
       
      responded: Every day
  • 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?
    • 92%
      92%
       
      responded: Constant contact with others
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
    • 93%
      93%
       
      responded: 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%
      67%
       
      responded: Every day
  • Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
    • 70%
      70%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 12%
      12%
       
      responded: Very important
    • 16%
      16%
       
      responded: Important
  • Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 37%
      37%
       
      responded: Very important
  • Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
    • 41%
      41%
       
      responded: Continually or almost continually
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: More than half the time
  • 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?
    • 34%
      34%
       
      responded: A lot of freedom
    • 57%
      57%
       
      responded: Some freedom
  • 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?
    • 48%
      48%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 27%
      27%
       
      responded: Very important
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
    • 47%
      47%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 27%
      27%
       
      responded: Very important
  • 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?
    • 50%
      50%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 32%
      32%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 15%
      15%
       
      responded: Never
  • Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
    • 33%
      33%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 40%
      40%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
  • 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?
    • 22%
      22%
       
      responded: Very important results
    • 50%
      50%
       
      responded: Important results
    • 11%
      11%
       
      responded: Moderate results
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
    • 17%
      17%
       
      responded: A lot of freedom
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: Some freedom
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: Limited freedom
  • Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
    • 27%
      27%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 39%
      39%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 45%
      45%
       
      responded: Very important
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: Fairly important
    • 11%
      11%
       
      responded: Not important at all
  • 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%
      23%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 22%
      22%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 42%
      42%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 11%
      11%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
    • 28%
      28%
       
      responded: More than 40 hours
    • 68%
      68%
       
      responded: 40 hours
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
    • 22%
      22%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 16%
      16%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
  • Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Moderately close (at arm's length)
    • 64%
      64%
       
      responded: Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
    • 16%
      16%
       
      responded: Very high responsibility
    • 39%
      39%
       
      responded: High responsibility
    • 21%
      21%
       
      responded: Limited responsibility
    • 15%
      15%
       
      responded: No 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?
    • 22%
      22%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 34%
      34%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 16%
      16%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 22%
      22%
       
      responded: Never
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: Very high responsibility
    • 25%
      25%
       
      responded: Limited responsibility
    • 22%
      22%
       
      responded: No responsibility
  • Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: Extremely serious
    • 15%
      15%
       
      responded: Very serious
    • 30%
      30%
       
      responded: Serious
    • 34%
      34%
       
      responded: Fairly serious
  • Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
    • 21%
      21%
       
      responded: Highly competitive
    • 55%
      55%
       
      responded: Moderately competitive
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: 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?
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: Continually or almost continually
    • 36%
      36%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 22%
      22%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
    • 11%
      11%
       
      responded: Continually or almost continually
    • 16%
      16%
       
      responded: More than half the time
    • 23%
      23%
       
      responded: About half the time
    • 45%
      45%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
  • Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
    • 27%
      27%
       
      responded: Highly automated
    • 22%
      22%
       
      responded: Moderately automated
    • 34%
      34%
       
      responded: Slightly automated
    • 16%
      16%
       
      responded: Not at all automated
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
    • 59%
      59%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 11%
      11%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
    • 85%
      85%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
  • Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
    • 61%
      61%
       
      responded: Never
  • Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
    • 12%
      12%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Never
  • 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?
    • 12%
      12%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 54%
      54%
       
      responded: Never
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
    • 60%
      60%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
    • 62%
      62%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 34%
      34%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
    • 67%
      67%
       
      responded: Never
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
    • 70%
      70%
       
      responded: Never
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
    • 64%
      64%
       
      responded: Never
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
    • 69%
      69%
       
      responded: Never
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
    • 84%
      84%
       
      responded: 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.)
    • 87%
      87%
       
      responded: Not important at all
  • 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?
    • 85%
      85%
       
      responded: 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?
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
    • 28%
      28%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 71%
      71%
       
      responded: Never
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
    • 88%
      88%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 78%
      78%
       
      responded: Never
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
    • 95%
      95%
       
      responded: Never
  • Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
    • 92%
      92%
       
      responded: Regular (established routine, set schedule)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
    • 94%
      94%
       
      responded: Never
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
    • 95%
      95%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
    • 97%
      97%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
    • 92%
      92%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
    • 99%
      99%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
    • 100%
      100%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
    • 99%
      99%
       
      responded: Never

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Experience Requirements

Job Zone Save Table: XLSX CSV

Title
Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples
These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range
3 months to 1 year of preparation (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Training & Credentials

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Local training
Certifications
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Worker Requirements

Skills Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceSkill
75
 
Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
72
 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
72
 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
66
 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
60
 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
56
 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
56
 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
56
 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
56
 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
53
 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
53
 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
50
 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
50
 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
50
 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
50
 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47
 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
35
 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
35
 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
35
 
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.
31
 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
31
 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
28
 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
25
 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
22
 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
22
 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
19
 
Operations Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
16
 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
13
 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
10
 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
6
 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
3
 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
0
 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
0
 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
0
 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
0
 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Knowledge Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceKnowledge
83
 
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
 
Administrative — Knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and workplace terminology.
66
 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
65
 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
53
 
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.
52
 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
52
 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
49
 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
49
 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
47
 
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.
44
 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
41
 
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.
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.
34
 
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.
34
 
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.
34
 
Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
34
 
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.
30
 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
27
 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
21
 
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.
20
 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
19
 
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.
15
 
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.
13
 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
11
 
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.
10
 
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.
9
 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.
8
 
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.
4
 
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.
3
 
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.
2
 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
2
 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
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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Education

How much education does a new hire need to perform a job in this occupation? Respondents said:

  • 48%
     
    responded: High school diploma or equivalent requiredmore info
  • 24%
     
    responded: Some college, no degree requiredmore info
  • 16%
     
    responded: Associate’s degree required

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Worker Characteristics

Abilities Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceAbility
75
 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
75
 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75
 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75
 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
75
 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
72
 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
69
 
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 that there is a problem.
63
 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
56
 
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).
53
 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
53
 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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.
50
 
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.
50
 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
50
 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
50
 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50
 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
47
 
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.
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).
44
 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
44
 
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).
44
 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
38
 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
38
 
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.
38
 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
35
 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
35
 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
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
 
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.
25
 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
22
 
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.
22
 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
22
 
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.
19
 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
19
 
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.
16
 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
16
 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
13
 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
10
 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
6
 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
6
 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
6
 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
3
 
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.
0
 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
0
 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of a 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
 
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.
0
 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
0
 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
0
 
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
 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.

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Interests Save Table: XLSX CSV

Occupational InterestInterest
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.
67
 
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.
50
 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
33
 
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.
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.
6
 
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.

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Work Values Save Table: XLSX CSV

ExtentWork Value
56
 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
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.
42
 
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
 
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.
22
 
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.
22
 
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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Work Styles Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceWork Style
89
 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
87
 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
84
 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
82
 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
78
 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
77
 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
77
 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
77
 
Self-Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
76
 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.
75
 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
67
 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
65
 
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.
61
 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
57
 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
53
 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
50
 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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Workforce Characteristics

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2021)
$18.23 hourly, $37,920 annual
State wages
Local wages
Employment (2020)
133,900 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030)
Decline (-1% or lower)
Projected job openings (2020-2030)
10,400
State trends
Top industries (2020)
Wholesale Trade (29% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site . “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

State job openings
Local job openings

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