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Geotechnical Engineers

ANZSCO ID 233212

Overview

All Civil Engineering Professionals

  • $1,962 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Geotechnical Engineers

  • 1,500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 14% female Gender Share

Geotechnical Engineers plan, direct and conduct survey work to analyse the likely behaviour of soil and rock when placed under pressure by proposed structures, and design above and below ground foundations.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in geotechnical engineering to work as a Geotechnical Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Obtains soil and rock samples at different depths across sites and tests samples to determine strength, compressibility and other factors that affect the behaviour of soil and rock when a structure is imposed and determines the safe load for the soil.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in geotechnical engineering to work as a Geotechnical Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Civil Engineering Professionals who have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and connect well with others.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    83% Skill level

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

  2. Technical design

    74% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    72% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Physics

    60% Skill level

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

  5. Production and processing

    59% Skill level

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

  6. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

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

  7. Chemistry

    58% Skill level

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

  8. Geography

    58% 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.

  9. Law and government

    58% Skill level

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

  10. English language

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Public safety and security

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Computers and electronics

    56% Skill level

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

  13. Clerical

    53% Skill level

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

  14. Building and construction

    53% Skill level

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

  15. Mechanical

    52% Skill level

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

  16. Transportation

    47% Skill level

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

  17. Customer and personal service

    44% Skill level

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

  18. Personnel and human resources

    42% Skill level

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

  19. Education and training

    40% Skill level

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

  20. Economics and accounting

    38% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  3. Monitoring

    68% Skill level

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

  4. Judgment and decision making

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Complex problem solving

    64% Skill level

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

  6. Critical thinking

    64% Skill level

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

  7. Writing

    63% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Systems evaluation

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Operations analysis

    61% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  10. Speaking

    59% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  11. Systems analysis

    59% Skill level

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

  12. Active learning

    59% Skill level

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

  13. Active listening

    57% Skill level

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

  14. Science

    57% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  15. Time management

    57% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    54% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Management of financial resources

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.

  18. Instructing

    52% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Management of material resources

    50% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  20. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    73% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Deductive reasoning

    71% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  3. Written comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Oral expression

    68% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Inductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

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

  6. Written expression

    66% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Problem spotting

    64% Skill level

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

  8. Sorting or ordering

    64% Skill level

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

  9. Categorising

    61% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Mathematics

    61% Skill level

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

  11. Visualization

    61% Skill level

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

  12. Flexibility of closure

    59% Skill level

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

  13. Originality

    57% Skill level

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

  14. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  15. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

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

  16. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Selective attention

    48% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    82% Skill level

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

  2. Giving expert advice

    79% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  3. Researching and investigating

    79% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    77% Skill level

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

  5. Collecting and organising information

    76% Skill level

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

  6. Making sense of information and ideas

    76% Skill level

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

  7. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    74% Skill level

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

  8. Looking for changes over time

    72% Skill level

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

  9. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    70% Skill level

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

  10. Checking compliance with standards

    69% Skill level

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

  11. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

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

  12. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    69% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  13. Thinking creatively

    69% Skill level

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

  14. Building good relationships

    68% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Coming up with systems and processes

    66% Skill level

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

  16. Communicating with the public

    64% Skill level

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

  17. Managing payments and orders

    63% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  18. Explaining things to people

    60% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    58% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    58% Skill level

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

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, 17-2151.00 - Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety 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.

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Demands

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

  1. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Unstructured work

    90% Important

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

  5. Contact with people

    88% Important

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

  6. Teamwork

    86% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Freedom to make decisions

    86% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Indoors, heat controlled

    84% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  10. Impact of decisions

    81% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  11. Time pressure

    77% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Spend time sitting

    76% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  13. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    74% Important

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

  14. Frequent decision making

    73% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  16. Consequence of error

    71% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Responsible for outcomes

    70% Important

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

  18. Repeating same tasks

    70% Important

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

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    69% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    67% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Working conditions

    83% Important

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

  2. Support

    81% 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.

  3. Independence

    76% Important

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

  4. Achievement

    71% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    71% Important

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

  6. Relationships

    52% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Analytical

    90% Important

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

  2. Practical

    81% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    62% Important

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

  4. Administrative

    52% Important

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

  5. Creative

    24% Important

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

  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, 17-2151.00 - Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers.

All Civil Engineering Professionals

  • $1,962 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Geotechnical Engineers

  • 1,500 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 47 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 14% female Gender Share

Geotechnical Engineers plan, direct and conduct survey work to analyse the likely behaviour of soil and rock when placed under pressure by proposed structures, and design above and below ground foundations.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in geotechnical engineering to work as a Geotechnical Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • Obtains soil and rock samples at different depths across sites and tests samples to determine strength, compressibility and other factors that affect the behaviour of soil and rock when a structure is imposed and determines the safe load for the soil.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in geotechnical engineering to work as a Geotechnical Engineer. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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 Civil Engineering Professionals who have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and connect well with others.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    83% Skill level

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

  2. Technical design

    74% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    72% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Physics

    60% Skill level

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

  5. Production and processing

    59% Skill level

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

  6. Administration and management

    58% Skill level

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

  7. Chemistry

    58% Skill level

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

  8. Geography

    58% 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.

  9. Law and government

    58% Skill level

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

  10. English language

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Public safety and security

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Computers and electronics

    56% Skill level

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

  13. Clerical

    53% Skill level

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

  14. Building and construction

    53% Skill level

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

  15. Mechanical

    52% Skill level

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

  16. Transportation

    47% Skill level

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

  17. Customer and personal service

    44% Skill level

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

  18. Personnel and human resources

    42% Skill level

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

  19. Education and training

    40% Skill level

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

  20. Economics and accounting

    38% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  3. Monitoring

    68% Skill level

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

  4. Judgment and decision making

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Complex problem solving

    64% Skill level

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

  6. Critical thinking

    64% Skill level

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

  7. Writing

    63% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Systems evaluation

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Operations analysis

    61% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  10. Speaking

    59% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  11. Systems analysis

    59% Skill level

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

  12. Active learning

    59% Skill level

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

  13. Active listening

    57% Skill level

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

  14. Science

    57% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  15. Time management

    57% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    54% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Management of financial resources

    54% Skill level

    Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.

  18. Instructing

    52% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Management of material resources

    50% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  20. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    73% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Deductive reasoning

    71% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  3. Written comprehension

    70% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Oral expression

    68% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Inductive reasoning

    66% Skill level

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

  6. Written expression

    66% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Problem spotting

    64% Skill level

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

  8. Sorting or ordering

    64% Skill level

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

  9. Categorising

    61% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Mathematics

    61% Skill level

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

  11. Visualization

    61% Skill level

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

  12. Flexibility of closure

    59% Skill level

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

  13. Originality

    57% Skill level

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

  14. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  15. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

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

  16. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Speech clarity

    48% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Selective attention

    48% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    82% Skill level

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

  2. Giving expert advice

    79% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  3. Researching and investigating

    79% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    77% Skill level

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

  5. Collecting and organising information

    76% Skill level

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

  6. Making sense of information and ideas

    76% Skill level

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

  7. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    74% Skill level

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

  8. Looking for changes over time

    72% Skill level

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

  9. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    70% Skill level

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

  10. Checking compliance with standards

    69% Skill level

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

  11. Communicating within a team

    69% Skill level

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

  12. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    69% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  13. Thinking creatively

    69% Skill level

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

  14. Building good relationships

    68% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Coming up with systems and processes

    66% Skill level

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

  16. Communicating with the public

    64% Skill level

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

  17. Managing payments and orders

    63% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  18. Explaining things to people

    60% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Documenting or recording information

    58% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    58% Skill level

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

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, 17-2151.00 - Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety 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. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Unstructured work

    90% Important

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

  5. Contact with people

    88% Important

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

  6. Teamwork

    86% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Freedom to make decisions

    86% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Indoors, heat controlled

    84% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  10. Impact of decisions

    81% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  11. Time pressure

    77% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Spend time sitting

    76% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  13. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    74% Important

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

  14. Frequent decision making

    73% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  15. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  16. Consequence of error

    71% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Responsible for outcomes

    70% Important

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

  18. Repeating same tasks

    70% Important

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

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    69% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    67% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Working conditions

    83% Important

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

  2. Support

    81% 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.

  3. Independence

    76% Important

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

  4. Achievement

    71% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    71% Important

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

  6. Relationships

    52% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Analytical

    90% Important

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

  2. Practical

    81% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    62% Important

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

  4. Administrative

    52% Important

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

  5. Creative

    24% Important

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

  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, 17-2151.00 - Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers.
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