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Legal Secretaries

ANZSCO ID 521212

Overview

All Secretaries

  • $1,146 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth

Legal Secretaries

  • 9,100 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 62% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 99% female Gender Share

Legal Secretaries perform secretarial, clerical and other administrative tasks in support of Legal Professionals, applying knowledge of legal terminology, procedures and documents.

You can work as a Legal Secretary without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III, IV or diploma in legal services or secretarial and clerical studies may be useful.

Tasks
  • Liaises with other staff to arrange meetings, and to gain and provide information.
  • Prepares reports, briefing notes and correspondence, and proofreads work for typographical and grammatical errors.
  • Maintains diaries and makes travel arrangements.
  • Processes incoming and outgoing mail, filing correspondence and maintains records.
  • Answers telephone calls, responds to inquiries and redirects callers.
  • Takes and transcribes dictation of letters and other documents.
  • Greets visitors, ascertains nature of business and directs visitors to appropriate personal.
  • May implement management decisions and maintain records of meetings.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Legal Secretary without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III, IV or diploma in legal services or secretarial and clerical studies 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 Business Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Secretaries who have good people skills, are reliable, trustworthy and responsible, with sound computer skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    88% Skill level

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

  2. English language

    64% Skill level

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

  3. Computers and electronics

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Law and government

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Customer and personal service

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Administration and management

    44% Skill level

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

  7. Mathematics

    34% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Economics and accounting

    22% Skill level

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

  9. Communications and media

    21% Skill level

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

  10. Education and training

    20% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    19% Skill level

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

  12. Psychology

    16% Skill level

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

  13. Telecommunications

    16% Skill level

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

  14. Public safety and security

    15% Skill level

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

  15. Transportation

    14% Skill level

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

  16. Geography

    13% 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.

  17. Medicine and dentistry

    13% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  18. Foreign language

    12% Skill level

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

  19. Sales and marketing

    11% Skill level

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

  20. Mechanical

    9% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Writing

    55% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  3. Active listening

    54% Skill level

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

  4. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Speaking

    48% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  7. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  8. Monitoring

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Active learning

    39% Skill level

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

  11. Judgment and decision making

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Complex problem solving

    37% Skill level

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

  13. Coordination with others

    36% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Mathematics

    34% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  15. Persuasion

    32% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  16. Learning strategies

    30% Skill level

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

  17. Systems analysis

    30% Skill level

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

  18. Negotiation

    29% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    21% Skill level

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

  20. Quality control analysis

    21% 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. Near vision

    66% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  6. Written expression

    54% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  10. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

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

  12. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

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

  13. Brainstorming

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Far vision

    36% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Originality

    34% Skill level

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

  16. Perceptual speed

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Selective attention

    32% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    32% Skill level

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

  19. Finger dexterity

    29% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  20. Mathematics

    25% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    78% Skill level

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

  2. Building good relationships

    68% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

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

  4. Documenting or recording information

    65% Skill level

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

  5. Providing office support

    60% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  6. Collecting and organising information

    60% Skill level

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

  7. Researching and investigating

    58% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Communicating within a team

    58% Skill level

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

  9. Working with computers

    53% Skill level

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

  10. Looking for changes over time

    53% Skill level

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

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    52% Skill level

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

  12. Communicating with the public

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    48% Skill level

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

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Making decisions and solving problems

    47% Skill level

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

  16. Monitoring people, processes and things

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Thinking creatively

    42% Skill level

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

  18. Working with the public

    39% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  19. Coordinating the work of a team

    39% Skill level

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

  20. Helping and caring for others

    37% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

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, 43-6012.00 - Legal Secretaries.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    99% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Letters and memos

    95% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  6. Contact with people

    92% Important

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

  7. Spend time sitting

    89% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    89% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Time pressure

    88% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Repeating same tasks

    83% Important

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

  11. Unstructured work

    81% Important

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

  12. Contact with the public

    75% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Making repetitive motions

    73% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  14. Teamwork

    71% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  15. Impact of decisions

    67% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Freedom to make decisions

    65% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  17. Frequent decision making

    62% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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

    60% Important

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

  19. Consequence of error

    58% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Physically close to people

    56% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    71% 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

    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.

  3. Working conditions

    48% 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

    43% 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

    43% 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. Administrative

    100% Important

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

  2. Enterprising

    62% Important

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

  3. Helping

    33% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Practical

    33% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    29% Important

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

  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, 43-6012.00 - Legal Secretaries.

All Secretaries

  • $1,146 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth

Legal Secretaries

  • 9,100 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 62% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 99% female Gender Share

Legal Secretaries perform secretarial, clerical and other administrative tasks in support of Legal Professionals, applying knowledge of legal terminology, procedures and documents.

You can work as a Legal Secretary without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III, IV or diploma in legal services or secretarial and clerical studies may be useful.

Tasks
  • Liaises with other staff to arrange meetings, and to gain and provide information.
  • Prepares reports, briefing notes and correspondence, and proofreads work for typographical and grammatical errors.
  • Maintains diaries and makes travel arrangements.
  • Processes incoming and outgoing mail, filing correspondence and maintains records.
  • Answers telephone calls, responds to inquiries and redirects callers.
  • Takes and transcribes dictation of letters and other documents.
  • Greets visitors, ascertains nature of business and directs visitors to appropriate personal.
  • May implement management decisions and maintain records of meetings.

You can work as a Legal Secretary without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III, IV or diploma in legal services or secretarial and clerical studies 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 Business Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Secretaries who have good people skills, are reliable, trustworthy and responsible, with sound computer skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    88% Skill level

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

  2. English language

    64% Skill level

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

  3. Computers and electronics

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Law and government

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Customer and personal service

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Administration and management

    44% Skill level

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

  7. Mathematics

    34% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  8. Economics and accounting

    22% Skill level

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

  9. Communications and media

    21% Skill level

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

  10. Education and training

    20% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    19% Skill level

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

  12. Psychology

    16% Skill level

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

  13. Telecommunications

    16% Skill level

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

  14. Public safety and security

    15% Skill level

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

  15. Transportation

    14% Skill level

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

  16. Geography

    13% 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.

  17. Medicine and dentistry

    13% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  18. Foreign language

    12% Skill level

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

  19. Sales and marketing

    11% Skill level

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

  20. Mechanical

    9% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Writing

    55% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  3. Active listening

    54% Skill level

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

  4. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Speaking

    48% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  7. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  8. Monitoring

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Active learning

    39% Skill level

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

  11. Judgment and decision making

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Complex problem solving

    37% Skill level

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

  13. Coordination with others

    36% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Mathematics

    34% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  15. Persuasion

    32% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  16. Learning strategies

    30% Skill level

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

  17. Systems analysis

    30% Skill level

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

  18. Negotiation

    29% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    21% Skill level

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

  20. Quality control analysis

    21% 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. Near vision

    66% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  6. Written expression

    54% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  7. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  10. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

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

  12. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

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

  13. Brainstorming

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Far vision

    36% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Originality

    34% Skill level

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

  16. Perceptual speed

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Selective attention

    32% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    32% Skill level

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

  19. Finger dexterity

    29% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  20. Mathematics

    25% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    78% Skill level

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

  2. Building good relationships

    68% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

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

  4. Documenting or recording information

    65% Skill level

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

  5. Providing office support

    60% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  6. Collecting and organising information

    60% Skill level

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

  7. Researching and investigating

    58% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Communicating within a team

    58% Skill level

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

  9. Working with computers

    53% Skill level

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

  10. Looking for changes over time

    53% Skill level

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

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    52% Skill level

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

  12. Communicating with the public

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    48% Skill level

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

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Making decisions and solving problems

    47% Skill level

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

  16. Monitoring people, processes and things

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Thinking creatively

    42% Skill level

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

  18. Working with the public

    39% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  19. Coordinating the work of a team

    39% Skill level

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

  20. Helping and caring for others

    37% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

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, 43-6012.00 - Legal Secretaries.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    99% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  4. Letters and memos

    95% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  6. Contact with people

    92% Important

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

  7. Spend time sitting

    89% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    89% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Time pressure

    88% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Repeating same tasks

    83% Important

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

  11. Unstructured work

    81% Important

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

  12. Contact with the public

    75% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  13. Making repetitive motions

    73% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  14. Teamwork

    71% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  15. Impact of decisions

    67% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Freedom to make decisions

    65% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  17. Frequent decision making

    62% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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

    60% Important

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

  19. Consequence of error

    58% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Physically close to people

    56% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    71% 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

    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.

  3. Working conditions

    48% 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

    43% 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

    43% 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. Administrative

    100% Important

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

  2. Enterprising

    62% Important

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

  3. Helping

    33% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Practical

    33% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    29% Important

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

  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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