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Developer Programmers

ANZSCO ID 261312

Overview

All Software and Applications Programmers

  • $2,003 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Developer Programmers

  • 34,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 15% female Gender Share

Developer Programmers interpret specifications, technical designs and flow charts, build, maintain and modify the code for software applications, construct technical specifications from a business functional model, and test and write technical documentation.

Also known as: Applications Developer, ICT Developer, or ICT Programmer.

Specialisations: Communications Programmer (Systems), Database Developer, Database Programmer (Systems), Network Programmer, Software Developer, Software Programmer.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as programming, software development or computer science) to work as a Developer Programmer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Tasks
  • Writes and maintains programme code to meet system requirements, system designs and technical specifications in accordance with quality accredited standards.
  • Writes, updates and maintains technical programme, end user documentation and operational procedures.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as programming, software development or computer science) to work as a Developer Programmer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Software and Applications Programmers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and electronics

    96% Skill level

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

  2. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. English language

    58% Skill level

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

  4. Administration and management

    53% Skill level

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

  5. Customer and personal service

    46% Skill level

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

  6. Technical design

    42% Skill level

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

  7. Education and training

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Communications and media

    36% Skill level

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

  9. Engineering and technology

    34% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  10. Clerical

    33% Skill level

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

  11. Telecommunications

    24% Skill level

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

  12. Public safety and security

    23% Skill level

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

  13. Transportation

    21% Skill level

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

  14. Economics and accounting

    20% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  15. Personnel and human resources

    18% Skill level

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

  16. Psychology

    13% Skill level

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

  17. Geography

    12% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  18. Production and processing

    12% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Law and government

    9% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Physics

    8% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Programming

    68% Skill level

    Writing computer programs.

  2. Reading comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Quality control analysis

    55% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  4. Critical thinking

    54% Skill level

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

  5. Active listening

    52% Skill level

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

  6. Complex problem solving

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Operations analysis

    50% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  8. Systems evaluation

    50% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  11. Time management

    46% Skill level

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

  12. Mathematics

    46% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  13. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Speaking

    46% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  15. Systems analysis

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Active learning

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  18. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

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

  20. Technology design

    32% Skill level

    Designing and improving equipment and technology.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  2. Oral comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Inductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

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

  6. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  7. Near vision

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Problem spotting

    52% Skill level

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

  9. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  10. Mathematics

    48% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  11. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Originality

    48% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  13. Working with numbers

    46% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  14. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Brainstorming

    45% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  16. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  18. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Flexibility of closure

    39% Skill level

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

  20. Visualization

    37% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

Activities

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

  1. Working with computers

    84% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    74% Skill level

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

  3. Making sense of information and ideas

    71% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  4. Thinking creatively

    69% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

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

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    68% Skill level

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

  7. Looking for changes over time

    67% Skill level

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

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    65% Skill level

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

  9. Researching and investigating

    65% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  10. Collecting and organising information

    65% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  11. Building good relationships

    62% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    58% Skill level

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

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    55% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  14. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  15. Documenting or recording information

    51% Skill level

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

  16. Coming up with systems and processes

    48% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  17. Communicating with the public

    47% Skill level

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

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    38% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    37% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

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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, 15-1131.00 - Computer Programmers.

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. Electronic mail

    97% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Spend time sitting

    97% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    93% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    85% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Repeating same tasks

    82% Important

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

  8. Time pressure

    80% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  9. Teamwork

    79% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  10. Contact with people

    76% Important

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

  11. Making repetitive motions

    72% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  12. Frequent decision making

    71% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Unstructured work

    70% Important

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

  14. Competition

    66% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    66% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Impact of decisions

    66% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Freedom to make decisions

    65% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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

    62% Important

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

  19. Physically close to people

    57% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Letters and memos

    56% Important

    Write letters and memos.

Values

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

  1. Achievement

    81% Important

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

  2. Working conditions

    79% Important

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

  3. Independence

    71% 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.

  4. Support

    71% 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.

  5. Recognition

    62% 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.

  6. Relationships

    33% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    81% Important

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

  3. Practical

    48% Important

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

  4. Creative

    43% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

  6. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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, 15-1131.00 - Computer Programmers.

All Software and Applications Programmers

  • $2,003 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Developer Programmers

  • 34,300 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 15% female Gender Share

Developer Programmers interpret specifications, technical designs and flow charts, build, maintain and modify the code for software applications, construct technical specifications from a business functional model, and test and write technical documentation.

Also known as: Applications Developer, ICT Developer, or ICT Programmer.

Specialisations: Communications Programmer (Systems), Database Developer, Database Programmer (Systems), Network Programmer, Software Developer, Software Programmer.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as programming, software development or computer science) to work as a Developer Programmer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Tasks
  • Writes and maintains programme code to meet system requirements, system designs and technical specifications in accordance with quality accredited standards.
  • Writes, updates and maintains technical programme, end user documentation and operational procedures.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field (such as programming, software development or computer science) to work as a Developer Programmer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways.

Employers look for Software and Applications Programmers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and electronics

    96% Skill level

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

  2. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. English language

    58% Skill level

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

  4. Administration and management

    53% Skill level

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

  5. Customer and personal service

    46% Skill level

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

  6. Technical design

    42% Skill level

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

  7. Education and training

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Communications and media

    36% Skill level

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

  9. Engineering and technology

    34% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  10. Clerical

    33% Skill level

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

  11. Telecommunications

    24% Skill level

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

  12. Public safety and security

    23% Skill level

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

  13. Transportation

    21% Skill level

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

  14. Economics and accounting

    20% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  15. Personnel and human resources

    18% Skill level

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

  16. Psychology

    13% Skill level

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

  17. Geography

    12% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  18. Production and processing

    12% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  19. Law and government

    9% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  20. Physics

    8% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Programming

    68% Skill level

    Writing computer programs.

  2. Reading comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Quality control analysis

    55% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  4. Critical thinking

    54% Skill level

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

  5. Active listening

    52% Skill level

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

  6. Complex problem solving

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Operations analysis

    50% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  8. Systems evaluation

    50% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  11. Time management

    46% Skill level

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

  12. Mathematics

    46% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  13. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Speaking

    46% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  15. Systems analysis

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Active learning

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  18. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

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

  20. Technology design

    32% Skill level

    Designing and improving equipment and technology.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  2. Oral comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Inductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

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

  6. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  7. Near vision

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Problem spotting

    52% Skill level

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

  9. Written expression

    52% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  10. Mathematics

    48% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  11. Categorising

    48% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Originality

    48% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  13. Working with numbers

    46% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  14. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Brainstorming

    45% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  16. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  18. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Flexibility of closure

    39% Skill level

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

  20. Visualization

    37% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

Activities

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

  1. Working with computers

    84% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    74% Skill level

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

  3. Making sense of information and ideas

    71% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  4. Thinking creatively

    69% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

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

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    68% Skill level

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

  7. Looking for changes over time

    67% Skill level

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

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    65% Skill level

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

  9. Researching and investigating

    65% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  10. Collecting and organising information

    65% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  11. Building good relationships

    62% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    58% Skill level

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

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    55% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  14. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  15. Documenting or recording information

    51% Skill level

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

  16. Coming up with systems and processes

    48% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  17. Communicating with the public

    47% Skill level

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

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    38% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    37% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

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, 15-1131.00 - Computer Programmers.

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. Electronic mail

    97% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Spend time sitting

    97% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    93% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    85% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Repeating same tasks

    82% Important

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

  8. Time pressure

    80% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  9. Teamwork

    79% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  10. Contact with people

    76% Important

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

  11. Making repetitive motions

    72% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  12. Frequent decision making

    71% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Unstructured work

    70% Important

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

  14. Competition

    66% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    66% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Impact of decisions

    66% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  17. Freedom to make decisions

    65% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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

    62% Important

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

  19. Physically close to people

    57% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Letters and memos

    56% Important

    Write letters and memos.

Values

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

  1. Achievement

    81% Important

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

  2. Working conditions

    79% Important

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

  3. Independence

    71% 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.

  4. Support

    71% 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.

  5. Recognition

    62% 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.

  6. Relationships

    33% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    81% Important

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

  3. Practical

    48% Important

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

  4. Creative

    43% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

  6. Helping

    29% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1131.00 - Computer Programmers.
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