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47-4041.00 - Hazardous Materials Removal Workers

Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.

Sample of reported job titles: Abatement Worker, Asbestos Abatement Worker, Asbestos Hazard Abatement Worker, Asbestos Remover, Asbestos Worker, Decontamination / Decommissioning Operator (D & D Operator), Field Technician, Hazmat Technician (Hazardous Materials Technician), Site Worker, Waste Handling Technician

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
86   Core
Build containment areas prior to beginning abatement or decontamination work.  Green Task Statement
85   Core
Remove asbestos or lead from surfaces, using hand or power tools such as scrapers, vacuums, or high-pressure sprayers.  Green Task Statement
84   Core
Identify asbestos, lead, or other hazardous materials to be removed, using monitoring devices.  Green Task Statement
82   Core
Prepare hazardous material for removal or storage.  Green Task Statement
81   Core
Comply with prescribed safety procedures or federal laws regulating waste disposal methods.  Green Task Statement
77   Core
Load or unload materials into containers or onto trucks, using hoists or forklifts.  Green Task Statement
74   Core
Clean contaminated equipment or areas for re-use, using detergents or solvents, sandblasters, filter pumps, or steam cleaners.  Green Task Statement
74   Core
Remove or limit contamination following emergencies involving hazardous substances.  Green Task Statement
73   Core
Clean mold-contaminated sites by removing damaged porous materials or thoroughly cleaning all contaminated nonporous materials.  Green Task Statement
72   Core
Operate machines or equipment to remove, package, store, or transport loads of waste materials.  Green Task Statement
81   Supplemental
Record numbers of containers stored at disposal sites, specifying amounts or types of equipment or waste disposed.  Green Task Statement
79   Supplemental
Sort specialized hazardous waste at landfills or disposal centers, following proper disposal procedures.  Green Task Statement
79   Supplemental
Operate cranes to move or load baskets, casks, or canisters.  Green Task Statement
78   Supplemental
Drive trucks or other heavy equipment to convey contaminated waste to designated sea or ground locations.  Green Task Statement
75   Supplemental
Identify or separate waste products or materials for recycling or reuse.  Green Task Statement
72   Supplemental
Upload baskets of irradiated elements onto machines that insert fuel elements into canisters and secure lids.  Green Task Statement
70   Supplemental
Process e-waste, such as computer components containing lead or mercury.  Green Task Statement
70   Supplemental
Organize or track the locations of hazardous items in landfills.  Green Task Statement
70   Supplemental
Mix or pour concrete into forms to encase waste material for disposal.  Green Task Statement
67   Supplemental
Apply bioremediation techniques to hazardous wastes to allow naturally occurring bacteria to break down toxic substances.  Green Task Statement
61   Supplemental
Package, store, or move irradiated fuel elements in the underwater storage basins of nuclear reactor plants, using machines or equipment.  Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Absorbent booms — Curtain booms; Oleophilic booms
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air exhausters — Ventilation equipment
  • Air pollutant samplers — Air pollutant monitors
  • Air samplers or collectors — Aerosol meters; Air monitoring equipment; Air sampling devices; Personal air monitors
  • Air sampling pumps
  • Air scrubbers
  • Blowers
  • Borescope inspection equipment — Borescopes
  • Cargo trucks — Large trucks
  • Chemistry test kits or supplies — Lead testing kits
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers
  • Concrete mixers or plants — Concrete mixers
  • Conventional truck cranes — Truck cranes
  • Decontamination shower — Decontamination trailers; Decontamination units
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Desktop computers
  • Dosimeters
  • Dredgers — Dredges; Robotic crawler dredges
  • Dust collectors
  • Explosimeters — Combustible gas indicators
  • Eyewashers or eye wash stations — Eyewash fountains
  • Facial shields — Chemical protective face shields
  • Fans — Ventilation fans
  • Filtering machinery — Filter pumps
  • Fire retardant apparel — High-temperature protective clothing
  • Flame ionization analyzers — Flame ionization detectors FID
  • Forklifts
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatographs GC
  • Gas detector tubes — Colorimetric detector tubes/badges
  • Gas detectors — Gas leak detection devices
  • Hand sprayers — Chemical solution sprayers; High-pressure water sprayers
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Chemical protective clothing; Level B encapsulated suits; Liquid splash protective clothing; Vapor protective garments (see all 7 examples)
  • Hazardous material protective footwear — Chemical protective boots
  • Hoists
  • Hydraulic truck cranes — Hydraulic booms
  • Hygrometers
  • Infrared spectrometers — Infrared IR spectrometers
  • Ion analyzers — Photoionization detectors PID
  • Ladders
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Light trucks
  • Liquid chromatographs — Fluorescence immunochromatography systems
  • Liquid leak detectors — Liquid leak detection equipment
  • Minivans or vans — Vans
  • Moisture meters
  • Multi gas monitors — Color changing gas detection devices; Electrochemical gas monitors; Total vapor survey instruments
  • Notebook computers
  • Nut drivers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers — Personal digital assistants PDA
  • pH meters — pH indicators
  • Pick or place robots — Mechanical arms; Remote control track robots
  • Pneumatic sanding machines — Pneumatic scabbling tools; Sandblasters; Slurry blast equipment; Steel shot recyclable blasting equipment (see all 5 examples)
  • Portable data input terminals — Dataloggers
  • Positive displacement pumps — Positive displacement vacuum equipment
  • Power grinders — Handheld concrete and coating removal systems
  • Power sanders
  • Pressure or steam cleaners — Steam cleaning equipment
  • Protective aprons — Chemical protective aprons
  • Protective coveralls — Chemical protective coveralls
  • Protective gloves — Chemical protective gloves; Safety gloves
  • Pry bars — Crowbars
  • Putty knives
  • Radiation detectors — Beta radiation meters; Gamma radiation meters; Radiation survey meters; Thermoluminescent dosimeters (see all 6 examples)
  • Radon detectors — Radon detection devices
  • Reagent kits for use with air samplers — Chemical agent detectors; Portable chemical agent detection devices
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Positive pressure self contained breathing apparatus
  • Respirators — Negative pressure respirators
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety hoods — Chemical protective head covers
  • Sample holders — Asbestos sample containers
  • Scaffolding
  • Scrapers
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shovels
  • Single gas monitors — Oxygen concentration instruments
  • Soil core sampling apparatus — Soil samplers
  • Soil testing kits — Soil vapor extraction units
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters — X ray fluorescence XRF lead testing analyzers
  • Spectrophotometers — Flame spectroscopy detection instruments
  • Tablet computers
  • Track excavators — Excavators
  • Two way radios
  • Utility knives
  • Vacuum cleaners — Filtered vacuums; High-efficiency particulate air HEPA vacuums
  • Vacuum pumps — Vacuum blast equipment
  • Water samplers — Groundwater sampling equipment; Water sampling pumps
  • Wheel bulldozers — Bulldozers
  • Winches
  • Wire cutters

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Operation respond emergency information system OREISTM
  • Internet browser software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
65 
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.
62 
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.
60 
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.
60 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
56 
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.
53 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
52 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
46 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
40 
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.
40 
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.
39 
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.
39 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
38 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
38 
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.
38 
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.
35 
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.
33 
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.
32 
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.
32 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
31 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
29 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
28 
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.
27 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
27 
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.
26 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
24 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
20 
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.
19 
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.
19 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
18 
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.
17 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
17 
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.
13 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
66 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
63 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
60 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
56 
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.
56 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
53 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
53 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
50 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
50 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
50 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
50 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
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.
50 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
47 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
47 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
47 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
47 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
44 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
44 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
41 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
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.
38 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
31 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
28 
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.
25 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
25 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
25 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
22 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
19 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
16 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
13 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
6 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75 
Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
72 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
69 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
66 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
66 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
63 
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.
63 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
63 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
63 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
63 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
60 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
60 
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).
60 
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.
56 
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.
56 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
56 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
56 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
53 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
53 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
50 
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.
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 
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 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
47 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
47 
Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
47 
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).
47 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
47 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
47 
Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
47 
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.
47 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
44 
Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
44 
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.
44 
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.
44 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
41 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
38 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
35 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
35 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
35 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
35 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
31 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
28 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
28 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
25 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
25 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
25 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
25 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
19 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
19 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
3 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
77 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
74 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
73 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
73 
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.
71 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
70 
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.
69 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
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.
64 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
63 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
62 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
62 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
61 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
58 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
57 
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.
57 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
56 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
56 
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.
56 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
55 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
54 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
53 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
52 
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.
51 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
51 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
50 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
50 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
49 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
49 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
48 
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 
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.
48 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
47 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
46 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
44 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
43 
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.
42 
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.
42 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
40 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
37 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Assemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Prepare hazardous waste for processing or disposal.
  • Inspect work sites to identify potential environmental or safety hazards.
  • Record operational or environmental data.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
  • Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction.
  • Decontaminate equipment or sites to remove hazardous or toxic substances.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Apply new technologies to improve work processes.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


84     Every day
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?


69     Every day
20     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
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?


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


58     Very high responsibility
27     High responsibility
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


42     Every day
38     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


60     Every day
20     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Never
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


42     Extremely important
35     Very important
13     Important
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?


42     Constant contact with others
31     Contact with others most of the time
19     Occasional contact with others
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


29     Continually or almost continually
49     More than half the time
20     Less than half the time
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


33     Every day
34     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
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?


35     Continually or almost continually
25     More than half the time
32     About half the time
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


17     Extremely important
52     Very important
24     Important
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


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


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


13     Very close (near touching)
56     Moderately close (at arm's length)
22     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


23     Continually or almost continually
30     More than half the time
33     About half the time
14     Less than half the time
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


53     Once a week or more but not every day
41     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?


11     Extremely important
42     Very important
43     Important
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


24     Continually or almost continually
36     More than half the time
17     About half the time
11     Less than half the time
12     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?


26     Very important results
33     Important results
12     Moderate results
17     Minor results
12     No results
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


54     Once a week or more but not every day
28     Once a month or more but not every week
12     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?


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


30     Very important
57     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?


35     Every day
34     Once a month or more but not every week
21     Never
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


15     A lot of freedom
45     Some freedom
17     Very little freedom
13     No freedom
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


12     Every day
33     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


25     Extremely serious
26     Very serious
17     Serious
12     Fairly serious
20     Not serious at all
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


14     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
62     Once a month or more but not every week
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


11     Every day
38     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Once a year or more but not every month
16     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


32     Once a week or more but not every day
56     Once a month or more but not every week
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?


11     Extremely important
35     Very important
28     Important
12     Fairly important
14     Not important at all
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


30     Every day
21     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a year or more but not every month
26     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?


11     A lot of freedom
35     Some freedom
30     Limited freedom
16     No freedom
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


18     More than 40 hours
13     Less than 40 hours
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


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


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


35     More than half the time
31     About half the time
28     Less than half the time
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


24     Every day
14     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
12     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
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?


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


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


19     Highly competitive
44     Moderately competitive
19     Not at all competitive
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


24     Every day
22     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a year or more but not every month
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


24     Every day
24     Once a week or more but not every day
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


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


31     Once a week or more but not every day
25     Once a month or more but not every week
21     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


34     Once a week or more but not every day
20     Once a month or more but not every week
24     Once a year or more but not every month
23     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


37     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
27     Once a year or more but not every month
24     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


73     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
23     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


20     More than half the time
35     About half the time
30     Less than half the time
16     Never
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


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


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


22     More than half the time
44     Less than half the time
28     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


40     Moderately automated
26     Slightly automated
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


20     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a year or more but not every month
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


20     Once a week or more but not every day
66     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


11     Once a week or more but not every day
12     Once a month or more but not every week
16     Once a year or more but not every month
61     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
26   Less than high school diploma
25   High school diploma or equivalent Help
20   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
95 
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.
45 
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.
33 
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.
22 
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.
11 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
0 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
87 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
86 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
86 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
84 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
79 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
78 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
77 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
76 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
74 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
73 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
73 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
71 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
71 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
70 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
66 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
64 
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.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
89 
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.
45 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
36 
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.
28 
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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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2015) $19.08 hourly, $39,690 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2014) 44,000 employees
Projected growth (2014-2024) Average (5% to 8%) Average (5% to 8%)
Projected job openings (2014-2024) 13,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2014)
Administrative and Support Services (78% 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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