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Home Improvement Installers

ANZSCO ID 821412

Overview

All Insulation and Home Improvement Installers

  • $1,442 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Home Improvement Installers

  • 11,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

Home Improvement Installers install functional and decorative home improvements, such as awnings, curtains, blinds, security screens, garage doors, exterior cladding, shower screens, and prefabricated windows and doors.

Specialisations: Awning Installer, Carport Erector, Curtain Fitter, Security Door Installer, Shower Screen Installer.

You can work as a Home Improvement Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in blinds, awnings, security screens and grilles might be helpful. Some Home Improvement Installers have gained skills in related fields such as carpentry, joinery or metal trades.

Tasks
  • Examining plans, specifications and work sites to determine the type and quality of installations required and their location.
  • Preparing site for installation of fittings by nailing up furring, drilling holes for screws and bolts, and erecting scaffolding and ladders.
  • Gluing blocks and slabs of foamed plastic and cork to walls.
  • Measuring, cutting and applying solar control film to windows.
  • Fitting awnings, security screens, shower screens, prefabricated windows and doors, exterior cladding and other home improvements using hand tools.
  • Drilling holes in wood, brick, stone and fibrous structures, and bolting, screwing and nailing fittings into place.
  • Attaching and adjusting mechanical fittings such as cranks, locks and pull-cords.
  • Installing flashing and waterproofing to fittings such as shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Home Improvement Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in blinds, awnings, security screens and grilles might be helpful. Some Home Improvement Installers have gained skills in related fields such as carpentry, joinery or metal trades.

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 Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Insulation and Home Improvement Installers who make good decisions, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    64% Skill level

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

  2. Building and construction

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and personal service

    53% Skill level

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

  4. Public safety and security

    51% Skill level

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

  5. English language

    47% Skill level

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

  6. Chemistry

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Engineering and technology

    40% Skill level

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

  9. Computers and electronics

    35% Skill level

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

  10. Physics

    34% Skill level

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

  11. Technical design

    34% Skill level

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

  12. Psychology

    34% Skill level

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

  13. Education and training

    31% Skill level

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

  14. Administration and management

    30% Skill level

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

  15. Telecommunications

    28% Skill level

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

  16. Production and processing

    28% Skill level

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

  17. Geography

    27% 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.

  18. Transportation

    26% Skill level

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

  19. Personnel and human resources

    23% Skill level

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

  20. Law and government

    19% 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. Equipment maintenance

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Repairing

    57% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  3. Troubleshooting

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Active learning

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Equipment selection

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Installation

    45% Skill level

    Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.

  8. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  9. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  10. Quality control analysis

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  12. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Active listening

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Speaking

    41% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  18. Time management

    41% Skill level

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

  19. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

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

  2. Near vision

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Visualization

    54% Skill level

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

  4. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Multilimb coordination

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Control precision

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  8. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  9. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

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

  10. Static strength

    46% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  11. Trunk strength

    46% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  12. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

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

  13. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  15. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  16. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Perceptual speed

    41% 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. Handling and moving objects

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    67% Skill level

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

  3. Building good relationships

    62% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Working with mechanical equipment

    61% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    56% Skill level

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

  6. Controlling equipment or machines

    53% Skill level

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

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    49% Skill level

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

  8. Working with electronic equipment

    47% Skill level

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

  9. Communicating within a team

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Researching and investigating

    41% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Checking for errors or defects

    41% Skill level

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

  13. Making decisions and solving problems

    40% Skill level

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

  14. Helping and caring for others

    39% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    38% Skill level

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

  16. Thinking creatively

    38% Skill level

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

  17. Looking for changes over time

    38% Skill level

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

  18. Driving vehicles or equipment

    35% Skill level

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

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    33% Skill level

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

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    33% Skill level

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

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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, 49-9071.00 - Maintenance and Repair Workers, General.

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. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

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

    93% Important

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

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    92% Important

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

  4. Exposure to contaminants

    89% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  5. Spend time standing

    87% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  6. Contact with people

    86% Important

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

  7. Being exact or accurate

    86% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Dangerous equipment

    84% Important

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

  9. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  10. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Unstructured work

    81% Important

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

  12. Indoors, not heat controlled

    81% Important

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

  13. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  14. Walking and running

    80% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  15. Impact of decisions

    79% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    77% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  17. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    77% Important

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

  18. Indoors, heat controlled

    76% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  19. Physically close to people

    75% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Telephone

    75% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

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. Independence

    57% 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Achievement

    48% Important

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

  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

    52% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  5. Creative

    19% 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, 49-9071.00 - Maintenance and Repair Workers, General.

All Insulation and Home Improvement Installers

  • $1,442 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Home Improvement Installers

  • 11,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

Home Improvement Installers install functional and decorative home improvements, such as awnings, curtains, blinds, security screens, garage doors, exterior cladding, shower screens, and prefabricated windows and doors.

Specialisations: Awning Installer, Carport Erector, Curtain Fitter, Security Door Installer, Shower Screen Installer.

You can work as a Home Improvement Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in blinds, awnings, security screens and grilles might be helpful. Some Home Improvement Installers have gained skills in related fields such as carpentry, joinery or metal trades.

Tasks
  • Examining plans, specifications and work sites to determine the type and quality of installations required and their location.
  • Preparing site for installation of fittings by nailing up furring, drilling holes for screws and bolts, and erecting scaffolding and ladders.
  • Gluing blocks and slabs of foamed plastic and cork to walls.
  • Measuring, cutting and applying solar control film to windows.
  • Fitting awnings, security screens, shower screens, prefabricated windows and doors, exterior cladding and other home improvements using hand tools.
  • Drilling holes in wood, brick, stone and fibrous structures, and bolting, screwing and nailing fittings into place.
  • Attaching and adjusting mechanical fittings such as cranks, locks and pull-cords.
  • Installing flashing and waterproofing to fittings such as shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors.

You can work as a Home Improvement Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in blinds, awnings, security screens and grilles might be helpful. Some Home Improvement Installers have gained skills in related fields such as carpentry, joinery or metal trades.

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 Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Insulation and Home Improvement Installers who make good decisions, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    64% Skill level

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

  2. Building and construction

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and personal service

    53% Skill level

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

  4. Public safety and security

    51% Skill level

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

  5. English language

    47% Skill level

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

  6. Chemistry

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Engineering and technology

    40% Skill level

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

  9. Computers and electronics

    35% Skill level

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

  10. Physics

    34% Skill level

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

  11. Technical design

    34% Skill level

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

  12. Psychology

    34% Skill level

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

  13. Education and training

    31% Skill level

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

  14. Administration and management

    30% Skill level

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

  15. Telecommunications

    28% Skill level

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

  16. Production and processing

    28% Skill level

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

  17. Geography

    27% 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.

  18. Transportation

    26% Skill level

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

  19. Personnel and human resources

    23% Skill level

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

  20. Law and government

    19% 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. Equipment maintenance

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Repairing

    57% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  3. Troubleshooting

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Active learning

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Equipment selection

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Installation

    45% Skill level

    Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.

  8. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  9. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  10. Quality control analysis

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  12. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Active listening

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Speaking

    41% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  18. Time management

    41% Skill level

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

  19. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Sorting or ordering

    55% Skill level

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

  2. Near vision

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Visualization

    54% Skill level

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

  4. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Multilimb coordination

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Control precision

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  8. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  9. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

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

  10. Static strength

    46% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  11. Trunk strength

    46% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  12. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

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

  13. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  15. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  16. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Perceptual speed

    41% 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. Handling and moving objects

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    67% Skill level

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

  3. Building good relationships

    62% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Working with mechanical equipment

    61% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    56% Skill level

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

  6. Controlling equipment or machines

    53% Skill level

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

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    49% Skill level

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

  8. Working with electronic equipment

    47% Skill level

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

  9. Communicating within a team

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Researching and investigating

    41% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Checking for errors or defects

    41% Skill level

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

  13. Making decisions and solving problems

    40% Skill level

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

  14. Helping and caring for others

    39% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    38% Skill level

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

  16. Thinking creatively

    38% Skill level

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

  17. Looking for changes over time

    38% Skill level

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

  18. Driving vehicles or equipment

    35% Skill level

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

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    33% Skill level

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

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    33% Skill level

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

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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. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

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

    93% Important

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

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    92% Important

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

  4. Exposure to contaminants

    89% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  5. Spend time standing

    87% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  6. Contact with people

    86% Important

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

  7. Being exact or accurate

    86% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Dangerous equipment

    84% Important

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

  9. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  10. Teamwork

    82% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Unstructured work

    81% Important

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

  12. Indoors, not heat controlled

    81% Important

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

  13. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  14. Walking and running

    80% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  15. Impact of decisions

    79% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    77% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  17. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    77% Important

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

  18. Indoors, heat controlled

    76% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  19. Physically close to people

    75% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Telephone

    75% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

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. Independence

    57% 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Achievement

    48% Important

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

  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

    52% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  5. Creative

    19% 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, 49-9071.00 - Maintenance and Repair Workers, General.
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