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Overview

All Librarians

  • $1,654 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 8,900 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 61% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39 hours Average full-time
  • 51 years Average age
  • 84% female Gender Share

Librarians develop, organise and manage library services such as collections of information, recreational resources and reader information services.

Specialisations: Acquisitions Librarian, Audiovisual Librarian, Bibliographer, Cataloguer, Children's Librarian, Corporate Librarian, Legal Librarian, Multicultural Services Librarian, Parliamentary Librarian, Reference Librarian, Special Librarian, Special Needs Librarian.

You usually need a bachelor degree in librarianship or information management to work as a Librarian. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • developing and implementing library and information policies and services
  • examining publications and materials, interviewing publishers' representatives, and consulting with others to select library materials
  • reviewing, evaluating and modifying services in response to user needs
  • providing assistance to clients in accessing library resources
  • managing library systems for recording and organising library holdings, acquisitions and purchases, reader registrations and loan transactions, and supervising indexing, filing and retrieval activities
  • managing inter-library loan systems and information networks
  • undertaking information research activities on behalf of clients
  • selecting, ordering, classifying and cataloguing library and information resources
  • monitoring collection development and culling programs
  • supervising and training other library staff
  • may plan and direct library promotion and outreach activities

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a bachelor degree in librarianship or information management to work as a Librarian. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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

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Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Librarians who can interact well with a variety of people, provide good customer service and can work independently.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English language

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    73% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

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

  4. Computers and electronics

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Clerical

    65% Skill level

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

  6. Administration and management

    53% Skill level

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

  7. Communications and media

    50% Skill level

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

  8. History and archeology

    49% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  9. Psychology

    49% Skill level

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

  10. Sociology and anthropology

    48% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Geography

    43% 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.

  13. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Philosophy and theology

    42% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  15. Law and government

    40% Skill level

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

  16. Mathematics

    40% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  17. Public safety and security

    36% Skill level

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

  18. Economics and accounting

    30% Skill level

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

  19. Foreign language

    28% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    26% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Critical thinking

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Instructing

    52% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  7. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Serving others

    52% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    50% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Active learning

    48% Skill level

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

  11. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    46% Skill level

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

  13. Time management

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Negotiation

    46% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  16. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Persuasion

    45% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Operations analysis

    37% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Near vision

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Categorising

    54% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

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

  8. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

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

  9. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  10. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  11. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

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

  12. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Brainstorming

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Originality

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Memorization

    41% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  18. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Multitasking

    37% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  20. Perceptual speed

    36% 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. Researching and investigating

    71% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    67% Skill level

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

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

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

  6. Communicating within a team

    66% Skill level

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

  7. Collecting and organising information

    64% Skill level

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

  8. Working with the public

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Making sense of information and ideas

    60% Skill level

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

  10. Communicating with the public

    59% Skill level

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

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    58% Skill level

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

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Making decisions and solving problems

    54% Skill level

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

  14. Training and teaching others

    53% Skill level

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

  15. Documenting or recording information

    52% Skill level

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

  16. Explaining things to people

    51% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  17. Managing payments and orders

    50% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  18. Providing office support

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    47% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    46% Skill level

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

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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, 25-4021.00 - Librarians.

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. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    94% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    93% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Contact with people

    92% Important

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

  7. Unstructured work

    91% Important

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

  8. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Contact with the public

    84% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  10. Lead or coordinate a team

    76% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  11. Spend time sitting

    75% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  12. Being exact or accurate

    74% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  13. Frequent decision making

    71% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  14. Impact of decisions

    70% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Physically close to people

    69% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  16. Letters and memos

    65% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  17. Automation of tasks

    64% Important

    Do tasks that are mostly automated.

  18. Repeating same tasks

    63% Important

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

  19. Making repetitive motions

    63% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  20. Time pressure

    63% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    86% 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. Working conditions

    81% Important

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

  3. Independence

    71% Important

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

  4. Achievement

    67% Important

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

  5. Support

    62% 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.

  6. Recognition

    57% 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. Helping

    76% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Enterprising

    67% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    48% Important

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

  5. Creative

    38% Important

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

  6. Practical

    33% Important

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

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, 25-4021.00 - Librarians.

All Librarians

  • $1,654 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 8,900 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 61% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 39 hours Average full-time
  • 51 years Average age
  • 84% female Gender Share

Librarians develop, organise and manage library services such as collections of information, recreational resources and reader information services.

Specialisations: Acquisitions Librarian, Audiovisual Librarian, Bibliographer, Cataloguer, Children's Librarian, Corporate Librarian, Legal Librarian, Multicultural Services Librarian, Parliamentary Librarian, Reference Librarian, Special Librarian, Special Needs Librarian.

You usually need a bachelor degree in librarianship or information management to work as a Librarian. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • developing and implementing library and information policies and services
  • examining publications and materials, interviewing publishers' representatives, and consulting with others to select library materials
  • reviewing, evaluating and modifying services in response to user needs
  • providing assistance to clients in accessing library resources
  • managing library systems for recording and organising library holdings, acquisitions and purchases, reader registrations and loan transactions, and supervising indexing, filing and retrieval activities
  • managing inter-library loan systems and information networks
  • undertaking information research activities on behalf of clients
  • selecting, ordering, classifying and cataloguing library and information resources
  • monitoring collection development and culling programs
  • supervising and training other library staff
  • may plan and direct library promotion and outreach activities

You usually need a bachelor degree in librarianship or information management to work as a Librarian. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.

Employers look for Librarians who can interact well with a variety of people, provide good customer service and can work independently.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English language

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    73% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

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

  4. Computers and electronics

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Clerical

    65% Skill level

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

  6. Administration and management

    53% Skill level

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

  7. Communications and media

    50% Skill level

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

  8. History and archeology

    49% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  9. Psychology

    49% Skill level

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

  10. Sociology and anthropology

    48% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Geography

    43% 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.

  13. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Philosophy and theology

    42% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  15. Law and government

    40% Skill level

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

  16. Mathematics

    40% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  17. Public safety and security

    36% Skill level

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

  18. Economics and accounting

    30% Skill level

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

  19. Foreign language

    28% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    26% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Critical thinking

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Instructing

    52% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  7. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Serving others

    52% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    50% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Active learning

    48% Skill level

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

  11. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    46% Skill level

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

  13. Time management

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Negotiation

    46% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  16. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Persuasion

    45% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Operations analysis

    37% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Near vision

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Categorising

    54% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

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

  8. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

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

  9. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  10. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  11. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

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

  12. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  13. Brainstorming

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Originality

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Memorization

    41% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  18. Selective attention

    41% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Multitasking

    37% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  20. Perceptual speed

    36% 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. Researching and investigating

    71% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    67% Skill level

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

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

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

  6. Communicating within a team

    66% Skill level

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

  7. Collecting and organising information

    64% Skill level

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

  8. Working with the public

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Making sense of information and ideas

    60% Skill level

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

  10. Communicating with the public

    59% Skill level

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

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    58% Skill level

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

  12. Monitoring people, processes and things

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Making decisions and solving problems

    54% Skill level

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

  14. Training and teaching others

    53% Skill level

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

  15. Documenting or recording information

    52% Skill level

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

  16. Explaining things to people

    51% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  17. Managing payments and orders

    50% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  18. Providing office support

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    47% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    46% Skill level

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-4021.00 - Librarians.

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

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    94% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    93% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Contact with people

    92% Important

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

  7. Unstructured work

    91% Important

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

  8. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Contact with the public

    84% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  10. Lead or coordinate a team

    76% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  11. Spend time sitting

    75% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  12. Being exact or accurate

    74% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  13. Frequent decision making

    71% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  14. Impact of decisions

    70% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  15. Physically close to people

    69% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  16. Letters and memos

    65% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  17. Automation of tasks

    64% Important

    Do tasks that are mostly automated.

  18. Repeating same tasks

    63% Important

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

  19. Making repetitive motions

    63% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  20. Time pressure

    63% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    86% 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. Working conditions

    81% Important

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

  3. Independence

    71% Important

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

  4. Achievement

    67% Important

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

  5. Support

    62% 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.

  6. Recognition

    57% 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. Helping

    76% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Enterprising

    67% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    48% Important

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

  5. Creative

    38% Important

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

  6. Practical

    33% Important

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

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