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Grader Operators

ANZSCO ID 721215

Overview

All Earthmoving Plant Operators

  • $1,491 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Grader Operators

  • 2,100 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 51 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

Grader Operators operate graders to spread and level materials in construction projects.

You can work as a Grader Operator without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in civil construction plant operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • Prepares and positions plant for operation.
  • Selects, fits and removes attachments.
  • Operates controls to move earth, rock, rubble, soil and other materials.
  • Monitors operation of plant and adjusts controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensures safety of other workers.
  • Raises, lowers and manipulates attachments using manual and hydraulic controls.
  • Works from drawings, markers and verbal instructions.
  • Services, lubricates, cleans and refuels plant and performs minor adjustments and repairs.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Grader Operator without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in civil construction plant 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 Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Earthmoving Plant Operators who are reliable and hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    61% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    53% Skill level

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

  3. Administration and management

    47% Skill level

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

  4. Public safety and security

    47% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    46% Skill level

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

  6. Mathematics

    40% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  7. Engineering and technology

    40% Skill level

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

  8. Technical design

    37% Skill level

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

  9. Customer and personal service

    37% Skill level

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

  10. Production and processing

    34% Skill level

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

  11. English language

    33% Skill level

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

  12. Physics

    31% Skill level

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

  13. Transportation

    28% Skill level

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

  14. Computers and electronics

    27% Skill level

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

  15. Personnel and human resources

    24% Skill level

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

  16. Chemistry

    23% Skill level

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

  17. Economics and accounting

    23% Skill level

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

  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. Law and government

    18% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  3. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  4. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  5. Equipment maintenance

    41% Skill level

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

  6. Troubleshooting

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Active listening

    39% Skill level

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

  8. Critical thinking

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Quality control analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Repairing

    39% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  11. Active learning

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Speaking

    37% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    36% Skill level

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

  14. Time management

    36% Skill level

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

  15. Complex problem solving

    36% Skill level

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

  16. Instructing

    34% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Reading comprehension

    34% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  18. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Learning strategies

    30% Skill level

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

  20. Equipment selection

    29% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Depth perception

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Multilimb coordination

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Oral comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Reaction time

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Response orientation

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  8. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

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

  10. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Rate control

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Oral expression

    45% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  13. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  14. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  15. Auditory attention

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Multitasking

    43% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  17. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  19. Finger dexterity

    41% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  20. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Driving vehicles or equipment

    74% Skill level

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

  2. Handling and moving objects

    71% Skill level

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

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    68% Skill level

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

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    61% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    60% Skill level

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

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    58% Skill level

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

  7. Coordinating the work of a team

    57% Skill level

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

  8. Doing physically active work

    57% Skill level

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

  9. Working with mechanical equipment

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    55% Skill level

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

  11. Communicating within a team

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    51% Skill level

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

  13. Thinking creatively

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Building good relationships

    49% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    48% Skill level

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

  16. Collecting and organising information

    47% Skill level

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

  17. Researching and investigating

    46% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    46% Skill level

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

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    44% Skill level

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

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    39% Skill level

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

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, 47-2073.00 - Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators.

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. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    96% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

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

    90% Important

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

  5. Very hot or cold temperatures

    89% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  6. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    89% Important

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

  7. In an open vehicle or equipment

    87% Important

    Work in an open vehicle (e.g., a tractor).

  8. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    85% Important

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

  10. Health and safety of others

    85% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  11. Whole body vibration

    84% Important

    Be exposed to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer).

  12. Dangerous equipment

    84% Important

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

  13. Telephone

    83% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  14. Exposure to contaminants

    82% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  15. Contact with people

    81% Important

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

  16. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  17. Unstructured work

    79% Important

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

  18. Consequence of error

    79% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  19. Making repetitive motions

    77% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  20. Pace of work set by equipment

    74% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

Values

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

  1. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  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

    52% 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. Achievement

    48% Important

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

  5. Independence

    43% 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.

  6. Recognition

    38% 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

    62% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    48% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  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, 47-2073.00 - Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators.

All Earthmoving Plant Operators

  • $1,491 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Grader Operators

  • 2,100 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 51 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

Grader Operators operate graders to spread and level materials in construction projects.

You can work as a Grader Operator without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in civil construction plant operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • Prepares and positions plant for operation.
  • Selects, fits and removes attachments.
  • Operates controls to move earth, rock, rubble, soil and other materials.
  • Monitors operation of plant and adjusts controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensures safety of other workers.
  • Raises, lowers and manipulates attachments using manual and hydraulic controls.
  • Works from drawings, markers and verbal instructions.
  • Services, lubricates, cleans and refuels plant and performs minor adjustments and repairs.

You can work as a Grader Operator without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in civil construction plant 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 Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.

Employers look for Earthmoving Plant Operators who are reliable and hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    61% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    53% Skill level

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

  3. Administration and management

    47% Skill level

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

  4. Public safety and security

    47% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    46% Skill level

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

  6. Mathematics

    40% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  7. Engineering and technology

    40% Skill level

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

  8. Technical design

    37% Skill level

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

  9. Customer and personal service

    37% Skill level

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

  10. Production and processing

    34% Skill level

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

  11. English language

    33% Skill level

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

  12. Physics

    31% Skill level

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

  13. Transportation

    28% Skill level

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

  14. Computers and electronics

    27% Skill level

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

  15. Personnel and human resources

    24% Skill level

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

  16. Chemistry

    23% Skill level

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

  17. Economics and accounting

    23% Skill level

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

  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. Law and government

    18% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  3. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  4. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  5. Equipment maintenance

    41% Skill level

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

  6. Troubleshooting

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Active listening

    39% Skill level

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

  8. Critical thinking

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Quality control analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Repairing

    39% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  11. Active learning

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Speaking

    37% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Judgment and decision making

    36% Skill level

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

  14. Time management

    36% Skill level

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

  15. Complex problem solving

    36% Skill level

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

  16. Instructing

    34% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Reading comprehension

    34% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  18. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Learning strategies

    30% Skill level

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

  20. Equipment selection

    29% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Depth perception

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Multilimb coordination

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Oral comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Reaction time

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Response orientation

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  8. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

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

  10. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Rate control

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Oral expression

    45% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  13. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  14. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  15. Auditory attention

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Multitasking

    43% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  17. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  19. Finger dexterity

    41% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  20. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Driving vehicles or equipment

    74% Skill level

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

  2. Handling and moving objects

    71% Skill level

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

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    68% Skill level

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

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    61% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    60% Skill level

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

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    58% Skill level

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

  7. Coordinating the work of a team

    57% Skill level

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

  8. Doing physically active work

    57% Skill level

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

  9. Working with mechanical equipment

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    55% Skill level

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

  11. Communicating within a team

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    51% Skill level

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

  13. Thinking creatively

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Building good relationships

    49% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    48% Skill level

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

  16. Collecting and organising information

    47% Skill level

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

  17. Researching and investigating

    46% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    46% Skill level

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

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    44% Skill level

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

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    39% Skill level

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

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, 47-2073.00 - Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators.

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. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    96% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

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

    90% Important

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

  5. Very hot or cold temperatures

    89% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  6. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    89% Important

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

  7. In an open vehicle or equipment

    87% Important

    Work in an open vehicle (e.g., a tractor).

  8. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    85% Important

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

  10. Health and safety of others

    85% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  11. Whole body vibration

    84% Important

    Be exposed to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer).

  12. Dangerous equipment

    84% Important

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

  13. Telephone

    83% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  14. Exposure to contaminants

    82% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  15. Contact with people

    81% Important

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

  16. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  17. Unstructured work

    79% Important

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

  18. Consequence of error

    79% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  19. Making repetitive motions

    77% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  20. Pace of work set by equipment

    74% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

Values

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

  1. Support

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  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

    52% 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. Achievement

    48% Important

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

  5. Independence

    43% 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.

  6. Recognition

    38% 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

    62% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    48% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  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, 47-2073.00 - Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators.
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