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Recycling and Rubbish Collectors

ANZSCO ID 8996

Overview

All Recycling and Rubbish Collectors

  • $1,586 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 1,900 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 6% female Gender Share

Recycling and Rubbish Collectors collect household, commercial and industrial waste for recycling and disposal.

Also known as: Waste Removalist.

Specialisations: Garbage Depot Worker.

You can work as a Recycling or Rubbish Collector without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in waste management or waste driving operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • riding on and in garbage and recycling trucks
  • collecting rubbish and items for recycling from domestic, commercial and industrial premises
  • loading rubbish and recycling into bins and garbage and recycling trucks
  • unloading garbage and recycling trucks
  • may operate compacting equipment on garbage trucks
  • may supervise other garbage collectors

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Recycling or Rubbish Collector without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in waste management or waste driving operations 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 Property Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Recycling and Rubbish Collectors who are reliable and work well as part of a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    75% Skill level

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

  2. Transportation

    60% Skill level

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

  3. Mechanical

    51% Skill level

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

  4. Public safety and security

    46% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Law and government

    37% Skill level

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

  7. Sales and marketing

    36% Skill level

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

  8. English language

    36% Skill level

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

  9. Production and processing

    35% Skill level

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

  10. Chemistry

    34% Skill level

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

  11. Technical design

    31% Skill level

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

  12. Engineering and technology

    30% Skill level

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

  13. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

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

  14. Mathematics

    27% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  15. Personnel and human resources

    26% Skill level

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

  16. Administration and management

    24% Skill level

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

  17. Physics

    22% Skill level

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

  18. Clerical

    22% Skill level

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

  19. Geography

    20% 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.

  20. Telecommunications

    19% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

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

  2. Operation and control

    41% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Operation monitoring

    41% Skill level

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

  4. Coordination with others

    39% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  5. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  6. Active listening

    37% Skill level

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

  7. Reading comprehension

    34% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  8. Writing

    34% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  9. Monitoring

    32% Skill level

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

  10. Quality control analysis

    32% Skill level

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

  11. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  12. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Complex problem solving

    30% Skill level

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

  14. Equipment maintenance

    30% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  15. Judgment and decision making

    30% Skill level

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

  16. Persuasion

    30% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Repairing

    30% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  18. Troubleshooting

    30% Skill level

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

  19. Serving others

    29% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Active learning

    29% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

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

  2. Static strength

    46% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  3. Control precision

    45% Skill level

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

  4. Near vision

    43% Skill level

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

  5. Oral comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  6. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  7. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  8. Manual dexterity

    41% Skill level

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

  9. Oral expression

    41% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  10. Reaction time

    41% Skill level

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

  11. Speech recognition

    41% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Categorising

    39% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Extent flexibility

    39% Skill level

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

  14. Far vision

    39% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    37% Skill level

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

  16. Arm-hand steadiness

    34% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  17. Deductive reasoning

    32% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  18. Finger dexterity

    32% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Inductive reasoning

    32% Skill level

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

  20. Problem spotting

    32% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    72% Skill level

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

  3. Driving vehicles or equipment

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Doing physically active work

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Checking for errors or defects

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    56% Skill level

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

  7. Working with mechanical equipment

    52% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  8. Looking for changes over time

    51% Skill level

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

  9. Building good relationships

    50% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Working with the public

    44% Skill level

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

  13. Communicating within a team

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Thinking creatively

    40% Skill level

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

  15. Working with electronic equipment

    38% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  16. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    37% Skill level

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

  17. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    35% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  18. Researching and investigating

    34% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    28% Skill level

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

  20. Communicating with the public

    28% Skill level

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

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, 53-7081.00 - Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors.

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.

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Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    100% Important

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

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    100% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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

    100% Important

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

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    98% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Exposure to contaminants

    98% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  7. Frequent decision making

    95% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  8. Making repetitive motions

    93% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  9. Impact of decisions

    89% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    89% Important

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

  11. Being exact or accurate

    88% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  12. Very hot or cold temperatures

    87% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  13. Unstructured work

    87% Important

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

  14. Dangerous equipment

    80% Important

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

  15. Repeating same tasks

    77% Important

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

  16. Competition

    76% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  17. Spend time sitting

    75% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  18. Consequence of error

    73% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  19. Time pressure

    71% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  20. Indoors, not heat controlled

    71% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

Values

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

  1. Support

    62% 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

    57% 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

    40% 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

    33% 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. Achievement

    29% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    19% 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

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    52% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    19% Important

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

  5. Creative

    14% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% 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, 53-7081.00 - Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors.

All Recycling and Rubbish Collectors

  • $1,586 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 1,900 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 6% female Gender Share

Recycling and Rubbish Collectors collect household, commercial and industrial waste for recycling and disposal.

Also known as: Waste Removalist.

Specialisations: Garbage Depot Worker.

You can work as a Recycling or Rubbish Collector without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in waste management or waste driving operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • riding on and in garbage and recycling trucks
  • collecting rubbish and items for recycling from domestic, commercial and industrial premises
  • loading rubbish and recycling into bins and garbage and recycling trucks
  • unloading garbage and recycling trucks
  • may operate compacting equipment on garbage trucks
  • may supervise other garbage collectors

You can work as a Recycling or Rubbish Collector without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in waste management or waste driving operations 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 Property Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Recycling and Rubbish Collectors who are reliable and work well as part of a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    75% Skill level

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

  2. Transportation

    60% Skill level

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

  3. Mechanical

    51% Skill level

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

  4. Public safety and security

    46% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Law and government

    37% Skill level

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

  7. Sales and marketing

    36% Skill level

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

  8. English language

    36% Skill level

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

  9. Production and processing

    35% Skill level

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

  10. Chemistry

    34% Skill level

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

  11. Technical design

    31% Skill level

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

  12. Engineering and technology

    30% Skill level

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

  13. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

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

  14. Mathematics

    27% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  15. Personnel and human resources

    26% Skill level

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

  16. Administration and management

    24% Skill level

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

  17. Physics

    22% Skill level

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

  18. Clerical

    22% Skill level

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

  19. Geography

    20% 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.

  20. Telecommunications

    19% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

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

  2. Operation and control

    41% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Operation monitoring

    41% Skill level

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

  4. Coordination with others

    39% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  5. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  6. Active listening

    37% Skill level

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

  7. Reading comprehension

    34% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  8. Writing

    34% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  9. Monitoring

    32% Skill level

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

  10. Quality control analysis

    32% Skill level

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

  11. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  12. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Complex problem solving

    30% Skill level

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

  14. Equipment maintenance

    30% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  15. Judgment and decision making

    30% Skill level

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

  16. Persuasion

    30% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Repairing

    30% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  18. Troubleshooting

    30% Skill level

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

  19. Serving others

    29% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Active learning

    29% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

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

  2. Static strength

    46% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  3. Control precision

    45% Skill level

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

  4. Near vision

    43% Skill level

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

  5. Oral comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  6. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  7. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  8. Manual dexterity

    41% Skill level

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

  9. Oral expression

    41% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  10. Reaction time

    41% Skill level

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

  11. Speech recognition

    41% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  12. Categorising

    39% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Extent flexibility

    39% Skill level

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

  14. Far vision

    39% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    37% Skill level

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

  16. Arm-hand steadiness

    34% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  17. Deductive reasoning

    32% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  18. Finger dexterity

    32% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Inductive reasoning

    32% Skill level

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

  20. Problem spotting

    32% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    72% Skill level

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

  3. Driving vehicles or equipment

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Doing physically active work

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Checking for errors or defects

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    56% Skill level

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

  7. Working with mechanical equipment

    52% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  8. Looking for changes over time

    51% Skill level

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

  9. Building good relationships

    50% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Working with the public

    44% Skill level

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

  13. Communicating within a team

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Thinking creatively

    40% Skill level

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

  15. Working with electronic equipment

    38% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  16. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    37% Skill level

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

  17. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    35% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  18. Researching and investigating

    34% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    28% Skill level

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

  20. Communicating with the public

    28% Skill level

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

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, 53-7081.00 - Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors.

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. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    100% Important

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

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    100% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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

    100% Important

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

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    98% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Exposure to contaminants

    98% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  7. Frequent decision making

    95% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  8. Making repetitive motions

    93% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  9. Impact of decisions

    89% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    89% Important

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

  11. Being exact or accurate

    88% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  12. Very hot or cold temperatures

    87% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  13. Unstructured work

    87% Important

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

  14. Dangerous equipment

    80% Important

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

  15. Repeating same tasks

    77% Important

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

  16. Competition

    76% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  17. Spend time sitting

    75% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  18. Consequence of error

    73% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  19. Time pressure

    71% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  20. Indoors, not heat controlled

    71% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

Values

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

  1. Support

    62% 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

    57% 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

    40% 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

    33% 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. Achievement

    29% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    19% 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

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    52% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    19% Important

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

  5. Creative

    14% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% 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, 53-7081.00 - Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors.
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