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Train and Tram Drivers

ANZSCO ID 7313

Overview

All Train and Tram Drivers

  • $2,304 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 18,400 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 9% female Gender Share

Train and Tram Drivers drive trains and trams to transport passengers and freight on rail networks.

You usually need a certificate IV in rail or train driving to work as a Train or Tram Driver.

Tasks
  • stopping at stations and set locations to pick up and set down passengers and freight
  • opening and closing doors before and after passengers board or alight
  • observing signals, track conditions, nearby traffic and prescribed speeds to ensure safety
  • monitoring indicator gauges, changing controls and power supply poles and reporting operating irregularities
  • checking time and adherence to timetables
  • may advise passengers on destinations

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate IV in rail or train driving to work as a Train or Tram Driver.

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 Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Train and Tram Drivers who can interact with customers, provide good customer service and are well presented.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    69% Skill level

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

  2. Public safety and security

    55% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    49% Skill level

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

  4. Education and training

    47% Skill level

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

  5. Mechanical

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Customer and personal service

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Administration and management

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    33% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    32% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Geography

    31% 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.

  11. Law and government

    27% Skill level

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

  12. Clerical

    26% Skill level

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

  13. Personnel and human resources

    26% Skill level

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

  14. Engineering and technology

    23% Skill level

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

  15. Psychology

    22% Skill level

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

  16. Chemistry

    20% Skill level

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

  17. Telecommunications

    19% Skill level

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

  18. Physics

    19% Skill level

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

  19. Communications and media

    18% Skill level

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

  20. Production and processing

    16% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    59% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Operation monitoring

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

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

  4. Reading comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  5. Active listening

    46% Skill level

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

  6. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active learning

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  12. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  15. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  16. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Troubleshooting

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  18. Instructing

    37% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Mathematics

    37% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Far vision

    64% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  2. Reaction time

    63% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  3. Control precision

    57% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  4. Response orientation

    57% Skill level

    Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).

  5. Selective attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  6. Auditory attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  7. Multilimb coordination

    55% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  8. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  9. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  10. Perceptual speed

    54% Skill level

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

  11. Rate control

    54% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  12. Depth perception

    50% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  13. Flexibility of closure

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Near vision

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Problem spotting

    48% Skill level

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

  16. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

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

  17. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Hearing sensitivity

    41% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

Activities

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

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    78% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Driving vehicles or equipment

    76% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  3. Handling and moving objects

    73% Skill level

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

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    69% Skill level

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

  5. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

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

  6. Checking compliance with standards

    65% Skill level

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

  7. Checking for errors or defects

    61% Skill level

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

  8. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

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

  9. Collecting and organising information

    60% Skill level

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

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    60% Skill level

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

  11. Doing physically active work

    60% Skill level

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

  12. Researching and investigating

    58% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  13. Making sense of information and ideas

    56% Skill level

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

  14. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Training and teaching others

    52% Skill level

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

  16. Coordinating the work of a team

    52% Skill level

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

  17. Planning and prioritising work

    49% Skill level

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

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    48% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Documenting or recording information

    46% 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, 53-4011.00 - Locomotive Engineers.

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. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    97% Important

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

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    97% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Health and safety of others

    96% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  5. Teamwork

    95% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    95% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

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

    92% Important

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

  8. Contact with people

    92% Important

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

  9. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  11. Very hot or cold temperatures

    89% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  12. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    89% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  13. Time pressure

    88% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  14. Freedom to make decisions

    87% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  15. Spend time sitting

    87% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  16. Exposure to contaminants

    87% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  17. Frequent decision making

    87% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  18. Lead or coordinate a team

    87% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  19. Consequence of error

    81% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Dangerous equipment

    80% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

Values

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

  1. Support

    86% 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.

  2. Relationships

    62% 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.

  3. Working conditions

    62% Important

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

  4. Independence

    52% 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.

  5. Recognition

    48% 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. Achievement

    38% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    67% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    33% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% 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, 53-4011.00 - Locomotive Engineers.

All Train and Tram Drivers

  • $2,304 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 18,400 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 9% female Gender Share

Train and Tram Drivers drive trains and trams to transport passengers and freight on rail networks.

You usually need a certificate IV in rail or train driving to work as a Train or Tram Driver.

Tasks
  • stopping at stations and set locations to pick up and set down passengers and freight
  • opening and closing doors before and after passengers board or alight
  • observing signals, track conditions, nearby traffic and prescribed speeds to ensure safety
  • monitoring indicator gauges, changing controls and power supply poles and reporting operating irregularities
  • checking time and adherence to timetables
  • may advise passengers on destinations

You usually need a certificate IV in rail or train driving to work as a Train or Tram Driver.

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 Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.

Employers look for Train and Tram Drivers who can interact with customers, provide good customer service and are well presented.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    69% Skill level

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

  2. Public safety and security

    55% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    49% Skill level

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

  4. Education and training

    47% Skill level

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

  5. Mechanical

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Customer and personal service

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Administration and management

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    33% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    32% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Geography

    31% 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.

  11. Law and government

    27% Skill level

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

  12. Clerical

    26% Skill level

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

  13. Personnel and human resources

    26% Skill level

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

  14. Engineering and technology

    23% Skill level

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

  15. Psychology

    22% Skill level

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

  16. Chemistry

    20% Skill level

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

  17. Telecommunications

    19% Skill level

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

  18. Physics

    19% Skill level

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

  19. Communications and media

    18% Skill level

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

  20. Production and processing

    16% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    59% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Operation monitoring

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

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

  4. Reading comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  5. Active listening

    46% Skill level

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

  6. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active learning

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  12. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  15. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  16. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Troubleshooting

    37% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  18. Instructing

    37% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Mathematics

    37% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Far vision

    64% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  2. Reaction time

    63% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  3. Control precision

    57% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  4. Response orientation

    57% Skill level

    Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).

  5. Selective attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  6. Auditory attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  7. Multilimb coordination

    55% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  8. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  9. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  10. Perceptual speed

    54% Skill level

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

  11. Rate control

    54% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  12. Depth perception

    50% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  13. Flexibility of closure

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Near vision

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Problem spotting

    48% Skill level

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

  16. Sorting or ordering

    46% Skill level

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

  17. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Hearing sensitivity

    41% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

Activities

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

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    78% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  2. Driving vehicles or equipment

    76% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  3. Handling and moving objects

    73% Skill level

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

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    69% Skill level

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

  5. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

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

  6. Checking compliance with standards

    65% Skill level

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

  7. Checking for errors or defects

    61% Skill level

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

  8. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

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

  9. Collecting and organising information

    60% Skill level

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

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    60% Skill level

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

  11. Doing physically active work

    60% Skill level

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

  12. Researching and investigating

    58% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  13. Making sense of information and ideas

    56% Skill level

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

  14. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Training and teaching others

    52% Skill level

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

  16. Coordinating the work of a team

    52% Skill level

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

  17. Planning and prioritising work

    49% Skill level

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

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    48% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Documenting or recording information

    46% 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, 53-4011.00 - Locomotive Engineers.

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. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    97% Important

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

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    97% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Health and safety of others

    96% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  5. Teamwork

    95% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    95% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

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

    92% Important

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

  8. Contact with people

    92% Important

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

  9. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  11. Very hot or cold temperatures

    89% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  12. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    89% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  13. Time pressure

    88% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  14. Freedom to make decisions

    87% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  15. Spend time sitting

    87% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  16. Exposure to contaminants

    87% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  17. Frequent decision making

    87% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  18. Lead or coordinate a team

    87% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  19. Consequence of error

    81% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Dangerous equipment

    80% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

Values

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

  1. Support

    86% 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.

  2. Relationships

    62% 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.

  3. Working conditions

    62% Important

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

  4. Independence

    52% 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.

  5. Recognition

    48% 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. Achievement

    38% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    67% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    33% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

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

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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, 53-4011.00 - Locomotive Engineers.
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