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Laundry Workers

ANZSCO ID 8115

Overview

All Laundry Workers

  • $937 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 14,500 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 69% female Gender Share

Laundry Workers sort, clean, fold, iron and package linen, clothing and other items in laundries and drycleaning establishments, and private residences.

You can work as a Laundry Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in laundry or dry cleaning operations might be helpful.

Tasks
  • sorting articles for cleaning according to the type, colour, fabric and cleaning treatment required
  • placing sorted articles into receptacles and onto conveyor belts for moving to repair and cleaning areas
  • checking and removing stains from garments, and replacing buttons and making minor repairs
  • loading and unloading washing machines, driers and extractors
  • adding cleaning agents and starches to articles
  • smoothing articles and guiding them through cleaning and pressing machines
  • stopping and starting machines to untangle, straighten and remove articles
  • ironing and pressing clean articles
  • placing articles on shelves and hanging articles for delivery and collection
  • packaging articles and preparing orders for despatch

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Laundry Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in laundry or dry cleaning operations might be helpful.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Property Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Laundry Workers who are reliable and hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Public safety and security

    41% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    37% Skill level

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

  3. Production and processing

    36% Skill level

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

  4. English language

    35% Skill level

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

  5. Administration and management

    35% Skill level

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

  6. Chemistry

    31% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    30% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    29% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    28% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Law and government

    23% Skill level

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

  11. Sociology and anthropology

    23% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  12. Clerical

    22% Skill level

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

  13. Mechanical

    21% Skill level

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

  14. Transportation

    20% Skill level

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

  15. Psychology

    19% Skill level

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

  16. Communications and media

    17% Skill level

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

  17. Engineering and technology

    16% Skill level

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

  18. Foreign language

    16% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  19. Economics and accounting

    14% Skill level

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

  20. Personnel and human resources

    14% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    36% Skill level

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

  2. Operation monitoring

    36% Skill level

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

  3. Speaking

    34% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Time management

    34% Skill level

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

  5. Serving others

    34% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  6. Active listening

    32% Skill level

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

  7. Monitoring

    32% Skill level

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

  8. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Complex problem solving

    32% Skill level

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

  10. Coordination with others

    32% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    30% Skill level

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

  12. Operation and control

    30% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  13. Reading comprehension

    30% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  14. Active learning

    30% Skill level

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

  15. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Learning strategies

    30% Skill level

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

  17. Negotiation

    30% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  18. Persuasion

    30% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    29% Skill level

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

  20. Quality control analysis

    29% 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. Control precision

    45% Skill level

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

  2. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  3. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  4. Oral expression

    43% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Trunk strength

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Arm-hand steadiness

    41% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  7. Oral comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  8. Deductive reasoning

    39% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Categorising

    37% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Manual dexterity

    37% Skill level

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

  11. Problem spotting

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Inductive reasoning

    36% Skill level

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

  13. Speech clarity

    36% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  14. Selective attention

    34% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    34% Skill level

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

  16. Extent flexibility

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Colour discrimination

    32% Skill level

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

  18. Multilimb coordination

    32% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    32% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Written comprehension

    32% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    48% Skill level

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

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Doing physically active work

    46% Skill level

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

  5. Building good relationships

    43% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Helping and caring for others

    40% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  8. Communicating within a team

    40% Skill level

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

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Monitoring people, processes and things

    38% Skill level

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

  11. Training and teaching others

    36% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  12. Coordinating the work of a team

    36% Skill level

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

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    35% Skill level

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

  14. Leading and encouraging a team

    34% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  15. Guiding and directing staff

    34% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  16. Managing payments and orders

    34% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  17. Looking for changes over time

    33% Skill level

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

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    32% Skill level

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

  19. Researching and investigating

    31% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    30% 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, 51-6011.00 - Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers.

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. Spend time standing

    92% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  2. Health and safety of others

    85% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  3. Making repetitive motions

    83% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  4. Pace of work set by equipment

    82% Important

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

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    82% Important

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

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

    80% Important

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

  7. Being exact or accurate

    79% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  9. Face-to-face discussions

    77% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  10. Responsible for outcomes

    75% Important

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

  11. Teamwork

    74% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Walking and running

    74% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  13. Indoors, heat controlled

    70% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  14. Impact of decisions

    70% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Competition

    69% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  16. Bending or twisting your body

    68% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  17. Automation of tasks

    65% Important

    Do tasks that are mostly automated.

  18. Contact with people

    65% Important

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

  19. Disease or infection

    64% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  20. Unstructured work

    64% Important

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

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Support

    48% 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

    38% 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. Working conditions

    33% 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

    29% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    29% 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

    90% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    48% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    19% Important

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

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

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

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, 51-6011.00 - Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers.

All Laundry Workers

  • $937 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 14,500 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 69% female Gender Share

Laundry Workers sort, clean, fold, iron and package linen, clothing and other items in laundries and drycleaning establishments, and private residences.

You can work as a Laundry Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in laundry or dry cleaning operations might be helpful.

Tasks
  • sorting articles for cleaning according to the type, colour, fabric and cleaning treatment required
  • placing sorted articles into receptacles and onto conveyor belts for moving to repair and cleaning areas
  • checking and removing stains from garments, and replacing buttons and making minor repairs
  • loading and unloading washing machines, driers and extractors
  • adding cleaning agents and starches to articles
  • smoothing articles and guiding them through cleaning and pressing machines
  • stopping and starting machines to untangle, straighten and remove articles
  • ironing and pressing clean articles
  • placing articles on shelves and hanging articles for delivery and collection
  • packaging articles and preparing orders for despatch

You can work as a Laundry Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in laundry or dry cleaning operations might be helpful.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Property Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Laundry Workers who are reliable and hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Public safety and security

    41% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    37% Skill level

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

  3. Production and processing

    36% Skill level

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

  4. English language

    35% Skill level

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

  5. Administration and management

    35% Skill level

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

  6. Chemistry

    31% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    30% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    29% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    28% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Law and government

    23% Skill level

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

  11. Sociology and anthropology

    23% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  12. Clerical

    22% Skill level

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

  13. Mechanical

    21% Skill level

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

  14. Transportation

    20% Skill level

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

  15. Psychology

    19% Skill level

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

  16. Communications and media

    17% Skill level

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

  17. Engineering and technology

    16% Skill level

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

  18. Foreign language

    16% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  19. Economics and accounting

    14% Skill level

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

  20. Personnel and human resources

    14% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    36% Skill level

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

  2. Operation monitoring

    36% Skill level

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

  3. Speaking

    34% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Time management

    34% Skill level

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

  5. Serving others

    34% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  6. Active listening

    32% Skill level

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

  7. Monitoring

    32% Skill level

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

  8. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Complex problem solving

    32% Skill level

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

  10. Coordination with others

    32% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    30% Skill level

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

  12. Operation and control

    30% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  13. Reading comprehension

    30% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  14. Active learning

    30% Skill level

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

  15. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Learning strategies

    30% Skill level

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

  17. Negotiation

    30% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  18. Persuasion

    30% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    29% Skill level

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

  20. Quality control analysis

    29% 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. Control precision

    45% Skill level

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

  2. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  3. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  4. Oral expression

    43% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Trunk strength

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Arm-hand steadiness

    41% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  7. Oral comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  8. Deductive reasoning

    39% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Categorising

    37% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Manual dexterity

    37% Skill level

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

  11. Problem spotting

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Inductive reasoning

    36% Skill level

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

  13. Speech clarity

    36% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  14. Selective attention

    34% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Sorting or ordering

    34% Skill level

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

  16. Extent flexibility

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Colour discrimination

    32% Skill level

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

  18. Multilimb coordination

    32% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    32% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Written comprehension

    32% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    48% Skill level

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

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Doing physically active work

    46% Skill level

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

  5. Building good relationships

    43% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Helping and caring for others

    40% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  8. Communicating within a team

    40% Skill level

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

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Monitoring people, processes and things

    38% Skill level

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

  11. Training and teaching others

    36% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  12. Coordinating the work of a team

    36% Skill level

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

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    35% Skill level

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

  14. Leading and encouraging a team

    34% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  15. Guiding and directing staff

    34% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  16. Managing payments and orders

    34% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  17. Looking for changes over time

    33% Skill level

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

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    32% Skill level

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

  19. Researching and investigating

    31% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    30% 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, 51-6011.00 - Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers.

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. Spend time standing

    92% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  2. Health and safety of others

    85% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  3. Making repetitive motions

    83% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  4. Pace of work set by equipment

    82% Important

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

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    82% Important

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

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

    80% Important

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

  7. Being exact or accurate

    79% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  8. Time pressure

    78% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  9. Face-to-face discussions

    77% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  10. Responsible for outcomes

    75% Important

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

  11. Teamwork

    74% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Walking and running

    74% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  13. Indoors, heat controlled

    70% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  14. Impact of decisions

    70% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Competition

    69% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  16. Bending or twisting your body

    68% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  17. Automation of tasks

    65% Important

    Do tasks that are mostly automated.

  18. Contact with people

    65% Important

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

  19. Disease or infection

    64% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  20. Unstructured work

    64% Important

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

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Support

    48% 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

    38% 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. Working conditions

    33% 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

    29% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    29% 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

    90% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    48% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    19% Important

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

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

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

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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, 51-6011.00 - Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers.
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