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Animal Attendants and Trainers

ANZSCO ID 3611

Overview

All Animal Attendants and Trainers

  • $986 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 16,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 68% female Gender Share

Animal Attendants and Trainers train, feed, groom and care for animals.

You can work as an Animal Attendant or Trainer without formal qualifications, however, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in companion animal services may be useful.

Tasks
  • teaching animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addressing behavioural problems
  • training animals to accept riders and pull vehicles
  • training animals to perform in competitions
  • bathing, cutting, combing, blow-drying and styling pets' coats, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears
  • inspecting, preparing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining comfortable animal cages and enclosures
  • transporting food, filling water troughs and feeding animals according to their individual needs
  • maintaining animal health records, treating minor injuries and reporting serious conditions to Veterinarians
  • exercising and playing with animals, answering visitor questions, and transferring animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them
  • dusting and spraying insecticides on animals and immersing them in insecticide baths, to control insect pests

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as an Animal Attendant or Trainer without formal qualifications, however, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in companion animal services may be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Animal Care and Management VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Animal Attendants and Trainers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    52% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. English language

    38% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Mechanical

    35% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  4. Education and training

    34% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Biology

    33% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  6. Mathematics

    28% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  7. Chemistry

    26% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. Clerical

    25% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  9. Personnel and human resources

    24% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  10. Administration and management

    21% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Public safety and security

    20% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  12. Medicine and dentistry

    20% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  13. Sales and marketing

    20% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  14. Computers and electronics

    18% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  15. Psychology

    17% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  16. Communications and media

    17% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Technical design

    16% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  18. Building and construction

    14% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  19. Transportation

    13% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Telecommunications

    7% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    39% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Monitoring

    39% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  3. Critical thinking

    39% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Reading comprehension

    36% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  5. Serving others

    36% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  6. Speaking

    36% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Coordination with others

    34% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  11. Writing

    32% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Learning strategies

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Time management

    30% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Active learning

    30% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  15. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Persuasion

    27% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Management of personnel resources

    25% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  18. Negotiation

    25% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Mathematics

    25% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  20. Operation monitoring

    20% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    46% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Static strength

    45% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  4. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Written comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Extent flexibility

    39% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  7. Speech recognition

    39% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  8. Arm-hand steadiness

    37% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    37% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Speech clarity

    37% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Categorising

    37% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Deductive reasoning

    36% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  13. Near vision

    36% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  14. Selective attention

    36% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    36% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  16. Far vision

    34% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Stamina

    32% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    30% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  19. Manual dexterity

    30% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  20. Finger dexterity

    29% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    67% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    51% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    50% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    50% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Looking for changes over time

    49% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  6. Researching and investigating

    49% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Building good relationships

    48% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    48% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  9. Helping and caring for others

    46% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  10. Doing physically active work

    44% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    44% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  12. Communicating within a team

    43% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    42% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  14. Thinking creatively

    40% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  15. Communicating with the public

    38% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  16. Checking for errors or defects

    38% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  17. Working with the public

    37% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  18. Training and teaching others

    37% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  19. Coordinating the work of a team

    36% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  20. Documenting or recording information

    31% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-2021.00 - Nonfarm Animal Caretakers.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    91% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Contact with people

    88% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  4. Unstructured work

    86% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    85% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  6. Spend time standing

    84% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  7. Frequent decision making

    84% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    83% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  9. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    83% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  10. Repeating same tasks

    82% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  11. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  12. Impact of decisions

    81% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Indoors, heat controlled

    81% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  14. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    80% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  15. Making repetitive motions

    78% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  16. Time pressure

    73% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Being exact or accurate

    72% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  18. Exposure to contaminants

    66% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  19. Teamwork

    64% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  20. Physically close to people

    64% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Support

    48% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  4. Achievement

    38% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Working conditions

    36% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Helping

    48% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Analytical

    33% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-2021.00 - Nonfarm Animal Caretakers.

All Animal Attendants and Trainers

  • $986 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 16,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 68% female Gender Share

Animal Attendants and Trainers train, feed, groom and care for animals.

You can work as an Animal Attendant or Trainer without formal qualifications, however, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in companion animal services may be useful.

Tasks
  • teaching animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands and addressing behavioural problems
  • training animals to accept riders and pull vehicles
  • training animals to perform in competitions
  • bathing, cutting, combing, blow-drying and styling pets' coats, clipping their nails and cleaning their ears
  • inspecting, preparing, cleaning, disinfecting and maintaining comfortable animal cages and enclosures
  • transporting food, filling water troughs and feeding animals according to their individual needs
  • maintaining animal health records, treating minor injuries and reporting serious conditions to Veterinarians
  • exercising and playing with animals, answering visitor questions, and transferring animals between enclosures by leading or carrying them
  • dusting and spraying insecticides on animals and immersing them in insecticide baths, to control insect pests

You can work as an Animal Attendant or Trainer without formal qualifications, however, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in companion animal services may be useful.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Animal Care and Management VET training pathways.

Employers look for Animal Attendants and Trainers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    52% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. English language

    38% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Mechanical

    35% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  4. Education and training

    34% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Biology

    33% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  6. Mathematics

    28% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  7. Chemistry

    26% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. Clerical

    25% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  9. Personnel and human resources

    24% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  10. Administration and management

    21% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Public safety and security

    20% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  12. Medicine and dentistry

    20% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  13. Sales and marketing

    20% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  14. Computers and electronics

    18% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  15. Psychology

    17% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  16. Communications and media

    17% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Technical design

    16% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  18. Building and construction

    14% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  19. Transportation

    13% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  20. Telecommunications

    7% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    39% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  2. Monitoring

    39% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  3. Critical thinking

    39% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Reading comprehension

    36% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  5. Serving others

    36% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  6. Speaking

    36% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  7. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Coordination with others

    34% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  10. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  11. Writing

    32% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Learning strategies

    32% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Time management

    30% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  14. Active learning

    30% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  15. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Persuasion

    27% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Management of personnel resources

    25% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  18. Negotiation

    25% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Mathematics

    25% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  20. Operation monitoring

    20% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    46% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Static strength

    45% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  4. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Written comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Extent flexibility

    39% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  7. Speech recognition

    39% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  8. Arm-hand steadiness

    37% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    37% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Speech clarity

    37% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Categorising

    37% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Deductive reasoning

    36% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  13. Near vision

    36% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  14. Selective attention

    36% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    36% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  16. Far vision

    34% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Stamina

    32% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    30% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  19. Manual dexterity

    30% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  20. Finger dexterity

    29% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Handling and moving objects

    67% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    51% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    50% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    50% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Looking for changes over time

    49% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  6. Researching and investigating

    49% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Building good relationships

    48% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    48% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  9. Helping and caring for others

    46% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  10. Doing physically active work

    44% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    44% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  12. Communicating within a team

    43% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    42% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  14. Thinking creatively

    40% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  15. Communicating with the public

    38% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  16. Checking for errors or defects

    38% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  17. Working with the public

    37% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  18. Training and teaching others

    37% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  19. Coordinating the work of a team

    36% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  20. Documenting or recording information

    31% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 39-2021.00 - Nonfarm Animal Caretakers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    91% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Contact with people

    88% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  4. Unstructured work

    86% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    85% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  6. Spend time standing

    84% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  7. Frequent decision making

    84% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    83% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  9. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    83% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  10. Repeating same tasks

    82% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  11. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  12. Impact of decisions

    81% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Indoors, heat controlled

    81% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  14. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    80% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  15. Making repetitive motions

    78% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  16. Time pressure

    73% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Being exact or accurate

    72% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  18. Exposure to contaminants

    66% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  19. Teamwork

    64% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  20. Physically close to people

    64% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Relationships

    67% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  2. Independence

    48% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Support

    48% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  4. Achievement

    38% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  5. Working conditions

    36% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    95% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  3. Helping

    48% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Analytical

    33% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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