Machinists
51-4041.00

Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments out of metal. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.

Sample of reported job titles: CNC Machinist (Computer Numeric Controlled Machinist), CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist), Gear Machinist, Machine Repair Person, Machinist, Maintenance Machinist, Manual Lathe Machinist, Production Machinist, Tool Room Machinist

Occupation-Specific Information

Tasks Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceCategoryTask
95
 
Core
Calculate dimensions or tolerances, using instruments, such as micrometers or vernier calipers.
94
 
Core
Machine parts to specifications, using machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, shapers, or grinders.
91
 
Core
Measure, examine, or test completed units to check for defects and ensure conformance to specifications, using precision instruments, such as micrometers.
89
 
Core
Set up, adjust, or operate basic or specialized machine tools used to perform precision machining operations.
89
 
Core
Program computers or electronic instruments, such as numerically controlled machine tools.
87
 
Core
Study sample parts, blueprints, drawings, or engineering information to determine methods or sequences of operations needed to fabricate products.
87
 
Core
Monitor the feed and speed of machines during the machining process.
86
 
Core
Maintain machine tools in proper operational condition.
85
 
Core
Fit and assemble parts to make or repair machine tools.
84
 
Core
Align and secure holding fixtures, cutting tools, attachments, accessories, or materials onto machines.
83
 
Core
Confer with numerical control programmers to check and ensure that new programs or machinery will function properly and that output will meet specifications.
83
 
Core
Operate equipment to verify operational efficiency.
82
 
Core
Evaluate machining procedures and recommend changes or modifications for improved efficiency or adaptability.
77
 
Core
Diagnose machine tool malfunctions to determine need for adjustments or repairs.
77
 
Core
Design fixtures, tooling, or experimental parts to meet special engineering needs.
76
 
Core
Dispose of scrap or waste material in accordance with company policies and environmental regulations.
76
 
Core
Confer with engineering, supervisory, or manufacturing personnel to exchange technical information.
76
 
Core
Lay out, measure, and mark metal stock to display placement of cuts.
75
 
Core
Separate scrap waste and related materials for reuse, recycling, or disposal.
73
 
Core
Check work pieces to ensure that they are properly lubricated or cooled.
85
 
Supplemental
Support metalworking projects from planning and fabrication through assembly, inspection, and testing, using knowledge of machine functions, metal properties, and mathematics.
78
 
Supplemental
Install repaired parts into equipment or install new equipment.
76
 
Supplemental
Dismantle machines or equipment, using hand tools or power tools to examine parts for defects and replace defective parts where needed.
74
 
Supplemental
Test experimental models under simulated operating conditions, for purposes such as development, standardization, or feasibility of design.
74
 
Supplemental
Set up or operate metalworking, brazing, heat-treating, welding, or cutting equipment.
72
 
Supplemental
Prepare working sketches for the illustration of product appearance.
72
 
Supplemental
Establish work procedures for fabricating new structural products, using a variety of metalworking machines.
64
 
Supplemental
Install experimental parts or assemblies, such as hydraulic systems, electrical wiring, lubricants, or batteries into machines or mechanisms.
64
 
Supplemental
Advise clients about the materials being used for finished products.

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Occupational Requirements

Work Activities Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceWork Activity
92
 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
83
 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
81
 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
72
 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
72
 
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
69
 
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.
67
 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
67
 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
66
 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
63
 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
63
 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
60
 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
60
 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
59
 
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.
59
 
Working with Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
57
 
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.
57
 
Judging the Qualities of Objects, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
56
 
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.
53
 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
50
 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
49
 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
48
 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
48
 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
47
 
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.
47
 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
45
 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or watercraft.
44
 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
42
 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
42
 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
42
 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
41
 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
40
 
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
38
 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
36
 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
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.
26
 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
26
 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
24
 
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.
23
 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
20
 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
10
 
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Detailed Work Activities Save Table: XLSX CSV

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Work Context Save Table: XLSX CSV

  • 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?
    • 94%
      94%
       
      responded: Every day
  • 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?
    • 89%
      89%
       
      responded: Continually or almost continually
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
    • 61%
      61%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 39%
      39%
       
      responded: Very important
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
    • 78%
      78%
       
      responded: Every day
  • Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
    • 62%
      62%
       
      responded: Continually or almost continually
    • 26%
      26%
       
      responded: More than half the time
    • 11%
      11%
       
      responded: About half the time
  • 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.)
    • 69%
      69%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: Important
  • Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
    • 57%
      57%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: A lot of freedom
    • 42%
      42%
       
      responded: Some freedom
    • 18%
      18%
       
      responded: Limited freedom
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
    • 75%
      75%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
    • 46%
      46%
       
      responded: Continually or almost continually
    • 29%
      29%
       
      responded: More than half the time
    • 18%
      18%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
    • 62%
      62%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: 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?
    • 56%
      56%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: Never
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
    • 44%
      44%
       
      responded: More than 40 hours
    • 56%
      56%
       
      responded: 40 hours
  • 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?
    • 31%
      31%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 40%
      40%
       
      responded: Very important
    • 21%
      21%
       
      responded: Important
  • 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
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: Some freedom
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: Limited freedom
  • Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
    • 27%
      27%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 39%
      39%
       
      responded: Very important
    • 21%
      21%
       
      responded: 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?
    • 32%
      32%
       
      responded: Constant contact with others
    • 36%
      36%
       
      responded: Contact with others most of the time
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Contact with others about half the time
    • 11%
      11%
       
      responded: Occasional contact with others
  • 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?
    • 54%
      54%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 18%
      18%
       
      responded: Never
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
    • 38%
      38%
       
      responded: Very high responsibility
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: High responsibility
    • 21%
      21%
       
      responded: Moderate responsibility
    • 18%
      18%
       
      responded: Limited responsibility
  • 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?
    • 23%
      23%
       
      responded: Very important results
    • 33%
      33%
       
      responded: Important results
    • 25%
      25%
       
      responded: Moderate results
    • 17%
      17%
       
      responded: Minor results
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
    • 41%
      41%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 17%
      17%
       
      responded: Very important
    • 23%
      23%
       
      responded: Fairly important
    • 12%
      12%
       
      responded: Not important at all
  • Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
    • 19%
      19%
       
      responded: Very close (near touching)
    • 26%
      26%
       
      responded: Moderately close (at arm's length)
    • 25%
      25%
       
      responded: Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
    • 22%
      22%
       
      responded: I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office)
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
    • 21%
      21%
       
      responded: Very high responsibility
    • 37%
      37%
       
      responded: High responsibility
    • 23%
      23%
       
      responded: Limited responsibility
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: No responsibility
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
    • 26%
      26%
       
      responded: Continually or almost continually
    • 23%
      23%
       
      responded: More than half the time
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: About half the time
    • 31%
      31%
       
      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)?
    • 43%
      43%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 32%
      32%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
    • 27%
      27%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 16%
      16%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 27%
      27%
       
      responded: Never
  • Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
    • 15%
      15%
       
      responded: Extremely competitive
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Highly competitive
    • 36%
      36%
       
      responded: Moderately competitive
    • 17%
      17%
       
      responded: Not at all competitive
  • Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
    • 23%
      23%
       
      responded: Extremely serious
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Very serious
    • 25%
      25%
       
      responded: Fairly serious
    • 21%
      21%
       
      responded: Not serious at all
  • Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
    • 24%
      24%
       
      responded: Highly automated
    • 49%
      49%
       
      responded: Moderately automated
    • 12%
      12%
       
      responded: Not at all automated
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
    • 21%
      21%
       
      responded: Continually or almost continually
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: About half the time
    • 49%
      49%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
  • Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
    • 27%
      27%
       
      responded: Extremely important
    • 16%
      16%
       
      responded: Important
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Fairly important
    • 39%
      39%
       
      responded: Not important at all
  • Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
    • 17%
      17%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 22%
      22%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 46%
      46%
       
      responded: Never
  • Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
    • 11%
      11%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 25%
      25%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Never
  • Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 25%
      25%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 40%
      40%
       
      responded: Never
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
    • 12%
      12%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 23%
      23%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 45%
      45%
       
      responded: 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?
    • 18%
      18%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 18%
      18%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 56%
      56%
       
      responded: 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?
    • 17%
      17%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 12%
      12%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 60%
      60%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
    • 18%
      18%
       
      responded: About half the time
    • 52%
      52%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 30%
      30%
       
      responded: Never
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: Every day
    • 72%
      72%
       
      responded: Never
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
    • 72%
      72%
       
      responded: Never
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
    • 15%
      15%
       
      responded: Once a week or more but not every day
    • 69%
      69%
       
      responded: Never
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
    • 28%
      28%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 15%
      15%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 57%
      57%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
    • 20%
      20%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 62%
      62%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
    • 32%
      32%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 59%
      59%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
    • 84%
      84%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
    • 16%
      16%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 74%
      74%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
    • 83%
      83%
       
      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?
    • 13%
      13%
       
      responded: Once a month or more but not every week
    • 14%
      14%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 72%
      72%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
    • 16%
      16%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 75%
      75%
       
      responded: Never
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
    • 83%
      83%
       
      responded: Never
  • Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
    • 16%
      16%
       
      responded: Once a year or more but not every month
    • 78%
      78%
       
      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
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?
    • 87%
      87%
       
      responded: Never
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
    • 23%
      23%
       
      responded: Less than half the time
    • 77%
      77%
       
      responded: Never
  • Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
    • 95%
      95%
       
      responded: Regular (established routine, set schedule)
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
    • 95%
      95%
       
      responded: Never
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
    • 99%
      99%
       
      responded: Never

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Experience Requirements

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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 hydroelectric production managers, desktop publishers, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters and simultaneous captioners, and medical assistants.
SVP Range
1-2 years of preparation (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Worker Requirements

Skills Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceSkill
56
 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
53
 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
53
 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
53
 
Operations Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
50
 
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.
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
 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
50
 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
50
 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
47
 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
47
 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
47
 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
47
 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
47
 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
47
 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
44
 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
44
 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
41
 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
38
 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
38
 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
38
 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
38
 
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.
38
 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
35
 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
31
 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
31
 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
28
 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
25
 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
25
 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
22
 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
19
 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
19
 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
16
 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
13
 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Knowledge Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceKnowledge
62
 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
58
 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
57
 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
50
 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
43
 
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.
43
 
English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
35
 
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.
34
 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
31
 
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.
30
 
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.
28
 
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.
26
 
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.
21
 
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.
20
 
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.
17
 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
16
 
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.
16
 
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.
12
 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
11
 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
9
 
Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
9
 
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.
8
 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
8
 
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.
8
 
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.
7
 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
7
 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.
6
 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
6
 
Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
6
 
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.
1
 
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.
1
 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
1
 
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.
0
 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Education

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

  • 36%
     
    responded: High school diploma or equivalent requiredmore info
  • 33%
     
    responded: Post-secondary certificate required
  • 17%
     
    responded: Some college, no degree requiredmore info

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Worker Characteristics

Abilities Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceAbility
66
 
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.
66
 
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.
66
 
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.
63
 
Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
56
 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
56
 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
56
 
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.
56
 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
53
 
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
 
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.
53
 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
53
 
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.
53
 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
50
 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
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
 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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
 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
50
 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
50
 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
50
 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
47
 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
47
 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
44
 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
44
 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
44
 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
44
 
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.
44
 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
44
 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
41
 
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.
41
 
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).
41
 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
41
 
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.
41
 
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.
41
 
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).
38
 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
35
 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
35
 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
31
 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
31
 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
31
 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
28
 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
25
 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
25
 
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
 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
22
 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
22
 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
19
 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
16
 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
16
 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of a glare or bright lighting.
13
 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low-light conditions.

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Interests Save Table: XLSX CSV

Occupational InterestInterest
100
 
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.
72
 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
61
 
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.
17
 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
6
 
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.
0
 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Values Save Table: XLSX CSV

ExtentWork Value
72
 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
39
 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
39
 
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.
28
 
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.
17
 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Work Styles Save Table: XLSX CSV

ImportanceWork Style
89
 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
83
 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
79
 
Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
75
 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
72
 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
71
 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
70
 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
70
 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.
69
 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
68
 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
67
 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
65
 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
65
 
Self-Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
58
 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
46
 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
45
 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

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Workforce Characteristics

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2021)
$22.95 hourly, $47,730 annual
State wages
Local wages
Employment (2021)
342,600 employees
Projected growth (2021-2031)
Slower than average (2% to 3%)
Projected job openings (2021-2031)
37,500
State trends
Top industries (2021)
Manufacturing (83% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2021-2031 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2021-2031). “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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Sources of Additional Information

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