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Geophysicists

ANZSCO ID 234412

Overview

All Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists

  • $2,192 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Geophysicists

  • 1,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 20% female Gender Share

Geophysicists study the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth, locate minerals, petroleum or ground water, and detect, monitor and forecast seismic, magnetic, electrical, geothermal and oceanographic activity.

Specialisations: Oceanographer, Seismologist.

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in geophysics, geoscience or a combined geology and physics degree to work as a Geophysicist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Determines the resources present by sampling, examining and analysing geological specimens, rock cores, cuttings and samples using optical, chemical, electronic and mechanical techniques.
  • Surveys variations in the earth's gravitational and magnetic fields to determine its physical features.
  • Investigates the propagation of seismic waves to determine the structure and stability of the earth's mantle and crust.
  • Studies the causes of earthquakes and other stress states of the earth's crust.
  • Performs laboratory and field studies, as well as aerial, ground and drill hole surveys.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in geophysics, geoscience or a combined geology and physics degree to work as a Geophysicist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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

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Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Geography

    82% 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.

  2. Mathematics

    74% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Chemistry

    70% Skill level

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

  4. Physics

    70% Skill level

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

  5. English language

    70% Skill level

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

  6. Engineering and technology

    64% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    64% Skill level

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

  8. Biology

    60% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Technical design

    54% Skill level

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

  11. Law and government

    53% Skill level

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

  12. Education and training

    52% Skill level

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

  13. History and archeology

    52% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  14. Sales and marketing

    45% Skill level

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

  15. Clerical

    44% Skill level

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

  16. Customer and personal service

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Communications and media

    42% Skill level

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

  18. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

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

  19. Mechanical

    36% Skill level

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

  20. Building and construction

    33% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Writing

    64% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  3. Active listening

    61% Skill level

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

  4. Science

    61% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  5. Speaking

    61% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

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

  7. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

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

  8. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Active learning

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Learning strategies

    48% Skill level

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

  12. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Persuasion

    48% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  14. Systems analysis

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Systems evaluation

    48% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Time management

    45% Skill level

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

  19. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Serving others

    39% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Written comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Oral expression

    66% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Inductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Written expression

    63% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Categorising

    61% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Speech clarity

    57% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

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

  13. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  14. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Working with numbers

    50% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  17. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Originality

    46% Skill level

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

  19. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

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

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    89% Skill level

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

  2. Collecting and organising information

    85% Skill level

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

  3. Researching and investigating

    83% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    82% Skill level

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

  5. Explaining things to people

    80% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    80% Skill level

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

  7. Thinking creatively

    79% Skill level

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

  8. Looking for changes over time

    79% Skill level

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

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    75% Skill level

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

  10. Giving expert advice

    73% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  11. Documenting or recording information

    72% Skill level

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

  12. Communicating within a team

    71% Skill level

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

  13. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    71% Skill level

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

  14. Monitoring people, processes and things

    71% Skill level

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

  15. Communicating with the public

    71% Skill level

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

  16. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  17. Coming up with systems and processes

    65% Skill level

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

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    63% Skill level

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

  19. Working with computers

    63% Skill level

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

  20. Doing physically active work

    62% Skill level

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

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, 19-2042.00 - Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers.

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

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    88% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    88% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Unstructured work

    83% Important

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

  6. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    79% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Indoors, heat controlled

    78% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  9. Contact with people

    73% Important

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

  10. Letters and memos

    73% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Impact of decisions

    71% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Spend time sitting

    71% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  13. Health and safety of others

    68% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  14. Competition

    68% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  15. Frequent decision making

    66% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Indoors, not heat controlled

    66% Important

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

  17. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    66% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  18. Time pressure

    64% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    62% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Consequence of error

    62% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

Values

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

  1. Independence

    81% 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.

  2. Achievement

    76% Important

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

  3. Recognition

    76% 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.

  4. Working conditions

    76% Important

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

  5. Relationships

    48% 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.

  6. Support

    33% 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.

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. Practical

    71% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    48% Important

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

  4. Creative

    43% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% 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, 19-2042.00 - Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers.

All Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists

  • $2,192 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Geophysicists

  • 1,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 84% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 20% female Gender Share

Geophysicists study the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth, locate minerals, petroleum or ground water, and detect, monitor and forecast seismic, magnetic, electrical, geothermal and oceanographic activity.

Specialisations: Oceanographer, Seismologist.

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in geophysics, geoscience or a combined geology and physics degree to work as a Geophysicist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Determines the resources present by sampling, examining and analysing geological specimens, rock cores, cuttings and samples using optical, chemical, electronic and mechanical techniques.
  • Surveys variations in the earth's gravitational and magnetic fields to determine its physical features.
  • Investigates the propagation of seismic waves to determine the structure and stability of the earth's mantle and crust.
  • Studies the causes of earthquakes and other stress states of the earth's crust.
  • Performs laboratory and field studies, as well as aerial, ground and drill hole surveys.

You need a bachelor degree in science majoring in geophysics, geoscience or a combined geology and physics degree to work as a Geophysicist. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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.

Employers look for Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Geography

    82% 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.

  2. Mathematics

    74% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Chemistry

    70% Skill level

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

  4. Physics

    70% Skill level

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

  5. English language

    70% Skill level

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

  6. Engineering and technology

    64% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    64% Skill level

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

  8. Biology

    60% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Technical design

    54% Skill level

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

  11. Law and government

    53% Skill level

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

  12. Education and training

    52% Skill level

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

  13. History and archeology

    52% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  14. Sales and marketing

    45% Skill level

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

  15. Clerical

    44% Skill level

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

  16. Customer and personal service

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Communications and media

    42% Skill level

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

  18. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

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

  19. Mechanical

    36% Skill level

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

  20. Building and construction

    33% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Writing

    64% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  3. Active listening

    61% Skill level

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

  4. Science

    61% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  5. Speaking

    61% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

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

  7. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

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

  8. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  9. Judgment and decision making

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Active learning

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Learning strategies

    48% Skill level

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

  12. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Persuasion

    48% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  14. Systems analysis

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Systems evaluation

    48% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Time management

    45% Skill level

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

  19. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Serving others

    39% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Written comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Oral expression

    66% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Inductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Written expression

    63% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Categorising

    61% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    61% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Speech clarity

    57% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

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

  13. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  14. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Working with numbers

    50% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  17. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Originality

    46% Skill level

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

  19. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

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

  1. Making sense of information and ideas

    89% Skill level

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

  2. Collecting and organising information

    85% Skill level

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

  3. Researching and investigating

    83% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    82% Skill level

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

  5. Explaining things to people

    80% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    80% Skill level

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

  7. Thinking creatively

    79% Skill level

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

  8. Looking for changes over time

    79% Skill level

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

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    75% Skill level

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

  10. Giving expert advice

    73% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  11. Documenting or recording information

    72% Skill level

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

  12. Communicating within a team

    71% Skill level

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

  13. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    71% Skill level

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

  14. Monitoring people, processes and things

    71% Skill level

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

  15. Communicating with the public

    71% Skill level

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

  16. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  17. Coming up with systems and processes

    65% Skill level

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

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    63% Skill level

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

  19. Working with computers

    63% Skill level

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

  20. Doing physically active work

    62% Skill level

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

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, 19-2042.00 - Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers.

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

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    88% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    88% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Unstructured work

    83% Important

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

  6. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Being exact or accurate

    79% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Indoors, heat controlled

    78% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  9. Contact with people

    73% Important

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

  10. Letters and memos

    73% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Impact of decisions

    71% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Spend time sitting

    71% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  13. Health and safety of others

    68% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  14. Competition

    68% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  15. Frequent decision making

    66% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Indoors, not heat controlled

    66% Important

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

  17. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    66% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  18. Time pressure

    64% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    62% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  20. Consequence of error

    62% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

Values

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

  1. Independence

    81% 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.

  2. Achievement

    76% Important

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

  3. Recognition

    76% 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.

  4. Working conditions

    76% Important

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

  5. Relationships

    48% 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.

  6. Support

    33% 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.

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. Practical

    71% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    48% Important

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

  4. Creative

    43% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% 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, 19-2042.00 - Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers.
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