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33-2011.00 - Firefighters

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

The occupation code you requested, 33-2011.02 (Forest Firefighters), is no longer in use. In the future, please use 33-2011.00 (Firefighters) instead.

Sample of reported job titles: Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Fighter, Fire Rescue Technician, Fire Technician, Firefighter, Forest Fire Suppression Specialist, Forestry Fire Technician, Hot Shot, Wildland Firefighter

Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Rescue victims from burning buildings, accident sites, and water hazards. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dress with equipment such as fire-resistant clothing and breathing apparatus. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess fires and situations and report conditions to superiors to receive instructions, using two-way radios. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Move toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive and operate fire fighting vehicles and equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect fire sites after flames have been extinguished to ensure that there is no further danger. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position and climb ladders to gain access to upper levels of buildings, or to rescue individuals from burning structures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Select and attach hose nozzles, depending on fire type, and direct streams of water or chemicals onto fires. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain contact with fire dispatchers at all times to notify them of the need for additional firefighters and supplies, or to detail any difficulties encountered. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collaborate with other firefighters as a member of a firefighting crew. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Patrol burned areas after fires to locate and eliminate hot spots that may restart fires. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collaborate with police to respond to accidents, disasters, and arson investigation calls. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Participate in fire drills and demonstrations of fire fighting techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain knowledge of current firefighting practices by participating in drills and by attending seminars, conventions, and conferences. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare written reports that detail specifics of fire incidents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Participate in physical training activities to maintain a high level of physical fitness. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Protect property from water and smoke, using waterproof salvage covers, smoke ejectors, and deodorants. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inform and educate the public on fire prevention. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Salvage property by removing broken glass, pumping out water, and ventilating buildings to remove smoke. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Orient self in relation to fire, using compass and map, and collect supplies and equipment dropped by parachute. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and maintain fire stations and fire fighting equipment and apparatus. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inspect buildings for fire hazards and compliance with fire prevention ordinances, testing and checking smoke alarms and fire suppression equipment as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Take action to contain any hazardous chemicals that could catch fire, leak, or spill. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Extinguish flames and embers to suppress fires, using shovels or engine- or hand-driven water or chemical pumps. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Administer first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation to injured persons or provide emergency medical care such as basic or advanced life support. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate pumps connected to high-pressure hoses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Search to locate fire victims. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train new employees to control and suppress fires. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software — Plume modeling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Affiliated Computer Services ACS FIREHOUSE; Fire incident reporting systems; Microsoft Access Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Map creation software — Geographic information system GIS software Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Corel WordPerfect; Corel WordPerfect Office Suite; Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Incident command system ICS software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

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

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Tools Used

  • Acoustic sensors — Listening devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Adjustable wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Agricultural tractors — Farm tractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air bags for loading — Air bag lifting systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air exhausters — Smoke ejectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air samplers or collectors — Air samplers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV; Marsh rigs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anemometers — Wind gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Basket stretchers or accessories — Evacuation baskets; Stokes baskets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binoculars — Surveillance binoculars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blocks or pulleys — Block and tackle equipment; Pulleys; Riggings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bolt cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment — Electrical resistance meters; Ground resistance testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical test strips or papers — Chemical detection testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagonal cut pliers — Diagonal cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Search cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs — Hearing protectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG units — Electrocardiography EKG machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic blood pressure units — Automatic blood pressure cuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical service intravenous IV kit — Intravenous IV administration sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services cervical or extrication collars — Field emergency services neck braces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — First aid kits; Trauma type first aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services suction units or accessories — Emergency suction kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories — Evacuation chairs; Evacuation stretchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extremity restraints — Limb restraints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fans — Ventilation fans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire blankets — Bomb blankets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire escape equipment — Fire shelters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers — Carbon dioxide CO2 fire extinguishers; Dry chemical fire extinguishers; Multipurpose fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire fighting watercraft — Water rescue boats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire hoses or nozzles — Fire hose nozzles; Fire hoses; Synthetic fire hoses; Uncharged fire hoses (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire or rescue trucks — Aerial trucks; Bomb response vehicles; Fire trucks; Pumper trucks (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire pump sets — Backpack pumps; Foam pumps; Power pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire retardant apparel — Fire resistant clothing; Protective fire coats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire retardant footwear — Firefighting boots; Protective fire boots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire suppression hand tools — McLeod tools; Pulaski tools; Rubbish hooks; Single-bit axes (see all 9 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flares — Pyrotechnic flares; Safety flares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flatbed trailers — Equipment transport trailers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forestry saws — Tree saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas detectors — Combustible gas detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Gas-powered generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Geological compasses — Navigation compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glass cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glucose monitors or meters — Glucometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grounding hardware — Copper grounding cables; Grounding cables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws; Reciprocating hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Non-sparking hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand pumps — Hand-operated pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Hand trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hard hats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Hazardous materials protective suits; Liquid splash protective clothing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective footwear — Chemical protection footwear See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Heat tracing equipment — Infrared thermometers; Thermal imaging cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hold down clamps — Fire hose clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic pumps — Hydraulic rams See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB machines — Intermittent positive pressure breathing IPPB ventilators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Jacks — Trench rescue shoring jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders — Aluminum ladders; Extension ladders; Wood ladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Life rings — Life throw rings See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Life vests or preservers — Life vests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lighters — Backfiring fusees; Drip torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Liquid leak detectors — Electronic leak detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers; Vise grip pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Machetes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Aerial lifting apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Oxygen cylinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mercury blood pressure units — Manual blood pressure cuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal cutters — Aviation snips; Hydraulic extrication tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mowers — Tractor-mounted mowers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi gas monitors — Multi-gas detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needlenose pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers; Mobile data computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nylon rope — Life safety ropes; Self-rescue ropes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthopedic splint systems — Orthopedic splint sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Parachutes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH test strips or papers — pH testing strips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Picks — Mattocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic hammer — Air chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Portable data input terminals — Handheld computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Chain saws; Circular saws; Falling saws; K-12 saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Chemical protection gloves; Fire resistant gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Halligan bars; Hux bars; Pinch bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Psychrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Pulse oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radiation detectors — Field radiological measuring devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radio frequency identification devices — Radio frequency identification RFID devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Air purifying respirators; Escape respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resuscitation masks or accessories — Ambu bags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety harnesses or belts — Body harnesses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety helmets — Protective fire helmets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety hoods — Protective hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Handsaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scuba regulators — Scuba air regulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels — Forest fire shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip joint pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sockets — Socket wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spanner wrenches — Non-sparking spanner wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Hydrant shutoff wrenches; Non-sparking bung wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spill kits — Hazardous materials spill control devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spine boards — Backboards; Full-spine immobilization devices; Spinal immobilization equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Telescopes — Spotting scopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torso and belt restraints — Torso restraints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Track bulldozers — Tracked bulldozers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Radio communications systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Underwater cameras — Underwater video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water analyzers — Water testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water pumps — Truck-mounted water pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Weapon or explosives detectors and supplies — Explosive detection analyzers; Explosive detection robots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Weather stations — Portable meteorological stations See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wedges — Steel wedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wetsuits — Scuba suits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel chocks — Truck wheel chocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel nut or lug wrench — Lug wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winches — Truck-mounted winches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters — Insulated wire cutters See more occupations related to this tool.

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Knowledge

  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

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

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Rescue people from hazardous situations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Locate fires or fire danger areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess characteristics of fires. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones or two-way radios. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Respond to emergencies to provide assistance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate firefighting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine debris to obtain information about causes of fires. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare hoses or water supplies to fight fires. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Request emergency personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Patrol natural areas to ensure safety or enforce regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attend training to learn new skills or update knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Protect property from fire or water damage. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Educate the public about fire safety or prevention. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Participate in physical training to maintain fitness. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain fire fighting tools or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement advanced life support techniques. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide first aid or rescue assistance in emergencies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat medical emergencies. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • 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? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job? See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)? See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

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

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2020) $25.24 hourly, $52,500 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 335,500 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Faster than average (5% to 7%) Faster than average (5% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 24,200
State trends
 
Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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