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51-5112.00 - Printing Press Operators

Set up and operate digital, letterpress, lithographic, flexographic, gravure, or other printing machines. Includes short-run offset printing presses.

Sample of reported job titles: Digital Press Operator, Flexographic Press Operator, Offset Press Operator, Offset Pressman, Press Operator, Pressman, Printer, Printing Press Operator, Printing Pressman, Web Press Operator

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

Tasks

  • Start presses and pull proofs to check for ink coverage and density, alignment, and registration. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine job orders to determine quantities to be printed, stock specifications, colors, or special printing instructions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust ink fountain flow rates. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Verify that paper and ink meet the specifications for a given job. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Collect and inspect random samples during print runs to identify any necessary adjustments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Feed paper through press cylinders and adjust feed and tension controls. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor automated press operation systems and respond to fault, error, or alert messages. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load presses with paper and make necessary adjustments, according to paper size. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Secure printing plates to printing units and adjust tolerances. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean ink fountains, plates, or printing unit cylinders when press runs are completed. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Change press plates, blankets, or cylinders, as required. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Obtain or mix inks and fill ink fountains. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Input production job settings into workstation terminals that control automated printing systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean or oil presses or make minor repairs, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain time or production records. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor inventory levels on a regular basis, ordering or requesting additional supplies, as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor environmental factors, such as humidity and temperature, that may impact equipment performance and make necessary adjustments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Download or scan files to be printed, using printing production software. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust digital files to alter print elements, such as fonts, graphics, or color separations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct or monitor work of press crews. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Download completed jobs to archive media so that questions can be answered or jobs replicated. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Control workflow scheduling or job tracking, using computer database software. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Set up or operate auxiliary equipment, such as cutting, folding, plate-making, drilling, or laminating machines. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software — Job scheduling software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Printers Software Inc. Presidio; Printing management system software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Desktop publishing software — Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign Hot technology ; Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker; Enfocus PitStop Pro; QuarkXPress See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Document management software — Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot technology ; Adobe Systems Adobe LifeCycle Production Print ES3; Xerox FreeFlow Print Server See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot technology — Electronics for Imaging EFI Monarch; Electronics for Imaging EFI Pace See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Financial analysis software — Xerox ProfitQuick See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot technology ; Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite; Graphics software; Image editing software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — AABACH Graphic Systems DIGRA See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Project management software — Job tracking 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

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable crescent wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Air dryers — Air knives; Infrared dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt conveyors — Material conveyors; Materials conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conductivity meters — Conductivity indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dating or numbering machines — Numbering machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Densitometers — Printing densitometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Document camera — Process cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear muffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flexographic printer — Flexo presses; Flexographic presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grease guns — Grease dispensing guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hand trucks or accessories — Hand trucks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Height gauges — Packing gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hex keys — Allen wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • High capacity removable media drives — Universal serial bus USB flash drives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Chain hoists See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Industrial shrink wrap equipment — Shrink wrap machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laminators — Laminating machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Large format printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Letter folders — Paper folders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Letterpress equipment — Digital letterpresses; Letter presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Torpedo levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Electric lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Vise grip pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnifiers — Handheld magnifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Printing micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Offset printing plate processors — Offset printing plate processing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Offset printing presses — Offset presses; Offset printing equipment; Sheet-fed presses; Web presses (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pad printer — Pad printing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pallet trucks — Pallet jacks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paper cutting machines or accessories — Paper cutting machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paper drilling machines — Paper drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Paper jogging machines — Back joggers; Paper joggers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Perforating machines — Perforators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers — Workstation platforms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters — pH indicators; pH testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photocopiers — Digital copiers; Photocopying equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photogravure printing machines — Gravure presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Platemakers — External drum imagesetters; Flat-bed imagesetters; Printing platemakers; Thermal platemaking equipment (see all 7 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Printing assemblers — Folding equipment; Stitching equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Printing collators or decollators — Collating equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Printing cutters — Cutting equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Printing guillotines — Power paper cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Printing presses — Digital printing presses; Multicolor presses; Sheetfed presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts — Drift punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ratchets — Ratchet sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Line gauge rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Color separation scanners; Drum scanners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips head screwdrivers; Slotted screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Silk screen printing machines — Screen printing presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Silk screen vacuum printing frames — Silk screen vacuum printer frames See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers — Printing spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stackers — Printing stackers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stapler units — Stapling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermal book binding machines — Thermal book binders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wrapping machinery — Strapping machines See more occupations related to this tool.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. 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.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. 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.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 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.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. 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.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 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.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. 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.

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Work Activities

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. 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.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money. 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. 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.
  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Inspected printed materials or other images to verify quality. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate photographic developing or print production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect samples of materials or products for testing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Download data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mix ingredients to create specific finishes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Enter commands, instructions, or specifications into equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct operational or production activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor environmental impacts of production or development activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cutting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 85% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 81% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 81% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 81% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 55% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 63% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 52% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 43% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 49% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 50% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 59% responded “Every day.” 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 — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Walking and Running — 40% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 52% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 49% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 59% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 35% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 67% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 39% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 45% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 29% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 30% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 37% responded “Fairly serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 34% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 39% responded “I work with others but not closely (e.g., private office).” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
73   High school diploma or equivalent Help
19   Post-secondary certificate Help
6   Some college, no degree

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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.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. 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.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. 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.
  • 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.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. 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.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2019) $17.74 hourly, $36,910 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 181,400 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Decline (-1% or lower) Decline (-1% or lower)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 14,100
State trends
 
Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 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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