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51-6031.00 - Sewing Machine Operators

Operate or tend sewing machines to join, reinforce, decorate, or perform related sewing operations in the manufacture of garment or nongarment products.

Sample of reported job titles: Line Closer, Machine Operator, Prototype Sewer, Sample Maker, Seamer, Seamstress, Sew On Operator, Sewer, Sewing Machine Operator, Zipper Machine Operator

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
85   Core
Monitor machine operation to detect problems such as defective stitching, breaks in thread, or machine malfunctions.
83   Core
Place spools of thread, cord, or other materials on spindles, insert bobbins, and thread ends through machine guides and components.
83   Core
Position items under needles, using marks on machines, clamps, templates, or cloth as guides.
82   Core
Guide garments or garment parts under machine needles and presser feet to sew parts together.
79   Core
Remove holding devices and finished items from machines.
79   Core
Match cloth pieces in correct sequences prior to sewing them, and verify that dye lots and patterns match.
79   Core
Fold or stretch edges or lengths of items while sewing to facilitate forming specified sections.
79   Core
Cut excess material or thread from finished products.
79   Core
Select supplies such as fasteners and thread, according to job requirements.
78   Core
Examine and measure finished articles to verify conformance to standards, using rulers.
77   Core
Start and operate or tend machines, such as single or double needle serging and flat-bed felling machines, to automatically join, reinforce, or decorate material or articles.
76   Core
Record quantities of materials processed.
76   Core
Turn knobs, screws, and dials to adjust settings of machines, according to garment styles and equipment performance.
74   Core
Attach tape, trim, appliques, or elastic to specified garments or garment parts, according to item specifications.
74   Core
Repair or alter items by adding replacement parts or missing stitches.
72   Core
Perform equipment maintenance tasks such as replacing needles, sanding rough areas of needles, or cleaning and oiling sewing machines.
68   Core
Mount attachments, such as needles, cutting blades, or pattern plates, and adjust machine guides according to specifications.
84   Supplemental
Cut materials according to specifications, using blades, scissors, or electric knives.
77   Supplemental
Inspect garments, and examine repair tags and markings on garments to locate defects or damage, and mark errors as necessary.
76   Supplemental
Attach buttons, hooks, zippers, fasteners, or other accessories to fabric, using feeding hoppers or clamp holders.
74   Supplemental
Position material or articles in clamps, templates, or hoop frames prior to automatic operation of machines.
71   Supplemental
Draw markings or pin appliques on fabric to obtain variations in design.
70   Supplemental
Tape or twist together thread or cord to repair breaks.
69   Supplemental
Baste edges of material to align and temporarily secure parts for final assembly.
68   Supplemental
Position and mark patterns on materials to prepare for sewing.
67   Supplemental
Perform specialized or automatic sewing machine functions, such as buttonhole making or tacking.

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Technology Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Electronic mail software — Email software
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Awls — Sewing awls
  • Bobbins or bobbin holders — Bobbins; Spindles
  • Bodkin — Ball point bodkins
  • Buttonhole machines — Buttonhole makers
  • Domestic clothing irons — Clothes pressing irons
  • Embroidery hoops — Hoop frames
  • Hand clamps — Sewing clamps
  • Hand sander — Hand sanding blocks
  • Needle threader — Drawstring threaders
  • Pattern cutting mats or boards — Cutting pads
  • Rotary paper or fabric cutter — Portable electric fabric cutters; Rotary fabric cutters
  • Rulers — Quilting rulers; Transparent rulers
  • Seam ripper — Seam rippers
  • Serrated pattern tracing wheel — Serrated pattern tracing wheels
  • Sewing machine needles
  • Sewing machines — Double needle sewing machines; Sergers; Single needle sewing machines; Tackers (see all 8 examples)
  • Sewing patterns — Pattern plates; Seam rolls
  • Shears — Scissors
  • Stitch bonding machines — Stitch bonders
  • Straight pins
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes
  • Utility knives

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
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.
38 
Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
32 
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
29 
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.
28 
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.
27 
Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
25 
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.
18 
Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
15 
Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
14 
Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
13 
Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
12 
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.
12 
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.
11 
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.
10 
Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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.
8 
Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
7 
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.
6 
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.
6 
Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
6 
Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
5 
Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
5 
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.
5 
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.
5 
Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
4 
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.
4 
History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
4 
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.
3 
Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
3 
Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
3 
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.
2 
Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
53 
Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
44 
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.
44 
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
44 
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
44 
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
44 
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
44 
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
44 
Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
41 
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
41 
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
38 
Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
35 
Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
28 
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
28 
Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
28 
Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
28 
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
25 
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
25 
Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
25 
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
25 
Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
22 
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
22 
Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
22 
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.
19 
Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
19 
Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
19 
Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
19 
Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
19 
Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
19 
Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
16 
Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
13 
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
0 
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
0 
Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
0 
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
0 
Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
69 
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 
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.
60 
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
56 
Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
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 
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.
50 
Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
50 
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.
50 
Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
50 
Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
50 
Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47 
Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
47 
Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
47 
Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
47 
Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
47 
Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
47 
Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
44 
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.
44 
Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
44 
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.
41 
Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
41 
Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
38 
Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
38 
Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
31 
Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
31 
Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
31 
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.
28 
Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
28 
Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
28 
Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
28 
Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
28 
Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
25 
Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
25 
Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
25 
Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
25 
Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
25 
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).
25 
Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
22 
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).
22 
Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
22 
Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
19 
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.
19 
Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
10 
Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
3 
Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
3 
Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
0 
Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
0 
Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
0 
Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
0 
Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
64 
Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
61 
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
60 
Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
56 
Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
56 
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
55 
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
49 
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
48 
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.
47 
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
47 
Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
44 
Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
42 
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
42 
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.
41 
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.
41 
Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
40 
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.
39 
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
39 
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
36 
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.
36 
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
35 
Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
34 
Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
34 
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
33 
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
32 
Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
32 
Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
31 
Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
30 
Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
29 
Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
29 
Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
29 
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
28 
Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
27 
Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
26 
Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
24 
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.
24 
Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
22 
Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
17 
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.
16 
Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
15 
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.
15 
Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Cut fabrics.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Maneuver workpieces in equipment during production.
  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production.
  • Compare physical characteristics of materials or products to specifications or standards.
  • Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Operate sewing equipment.
  • Inspect garments for defects, damage, or stains.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Attach decorative or functional accessories to products.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Repair textiles or apparel.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context

Percentage of Top Responses
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?


84     Continually or almost continually
11     More than half the time
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


71     Continually or almost continually
14     More than half the time
11     Less than half the time
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


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


35     Extremely important
34     Very important
28     Important
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


62     Every day
23     Never
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?


38     Constant contact with others
14     Contact with others most of the time
20     Contact with others about half the time
22     Occasional contact with others
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


62     Every day
32     Never
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


36     Every day
22     Once a week or more but not every day
11     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
12     Never
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


50     Moderately close (at arm's length)
30     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


24     Extremely important
19     Very important
36     Important
15     Fairly important
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


25     More than 40 hours
64     40 hours
12     Less than 40 hours
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


34     Continually or almost continually
15     More than half the time
14     About half the time
20     Less than half the time
17     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?


19     A lot of freedom
31     Some freedom
20     Limited freedom
20     Very little freedom
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.)


26     Extremely important
14     Very important
19     Important
16     Fairly important
24     Not important at all
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


20     Some freedom
42     Limited freedom
19     Very little freedom
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the image or reputation or financial resources of your employer?


20     Very important results
23     Important results
14     Moderate results
17     Minor results
25     No results
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?


39     Every day
49     Never
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


35     Every day
46     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?


33     Every day
12     Once a week or more but not every day
48     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     Every day
18     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Never
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?


31     Every day
18     Once a year or more but not every month
42     Never
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


24     High responsibility
21     Moderate responsibility
12     Limited responsibility
34     No responsibility
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?


28     Very important
20     Important
38     Not important at all
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


25     Highly competitive
28     Moderately competitive
23     Slightly competitive
23     Not at all competitive
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


16     High responsibility
26     Moderate responsibility
22     Limited responsibility
30     No responsibility
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


17     Very important
17     Important
25     Fairly important
35     Not important at all
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


26     Every day
68     Never
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


11     Once a week or more but not every day
30     Once a month or more but not every week
13     Once a year or more but not every month
46     Never
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


23     Fairly serious
56     Not serious at all
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


21     Moderately automated
26     Slightly automated
46     Not at all automated
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


46     Less than half the time
40     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


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


66     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


19     Every day
81     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


11     Every day
68     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


33     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
65     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


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


38     Less than half the time
54     Never
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


77     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


81     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


19     Less than half the time
73     Never
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


15     Fairly important
72     Not important at all
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


87     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


11     Less than half the time
78     Never
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


14     Once a month or more but not every week
77     Never
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


85     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?


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


90     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


97     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


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


98     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


100     Never
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


100     Never
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


100     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


100     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


100     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


100     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Education Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Related Experience Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Job Zone Examples These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include counter and rental clerks, dishwashers, cashiers, landscaping and groundskeeping workers, logging equipment operators, and baristas.
SVP Range (Below 4.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
53   Less than high school diploma
41   High school diploma or equivalent Help
5   Associate's degree

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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.
50 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
11 
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.
11 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
6 
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.
0 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
85 
Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
75 
Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
70 
Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
68 
Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
68 
Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
66 
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.
66 
Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
62 
Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
62 
Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
61 
Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
60 
Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
56 
Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
50 
Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
49 
Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
40 
Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
38 
Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
56 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
28 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
22 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
20 
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.
17 
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.
11 
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 (2016) $11.38 hourly, $23,670 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2016) 154,000 employees
Projected growth (2016-2026) Decline (-2% or lower) Decline (-2% or lower)
Projected job openings (2016-2026) 12,800
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2016)
Manufacturing (76% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 wage data external site and 2016-2026 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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