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Sewing Machinists

ANZSCO ID 7116

Overview

All Sewing Machinists

  • $865 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 7,300 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 57% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 52 years Average age
  • 82% female Gender Share

Sewing Machinists operate industrial sewing machines to sew and finish garments and soft furnishings such as curtains.

Specialisations: Embroiderer.

You can work as a Sewing Machinist without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II in clothing production or applied fashion design might be helpful.

Tasks
  • threading machines, inserting bobbins and positioning parts to be sewn
  • starting, stopping and controlling speed of machines with pedals and knee levers to coordinate actions of presser feet, clothes guides, blades and other attachments, and guiding parts under needles, following edges, seams and markings
  • changing needles and adjusting, securing and modifying attachments to machines
  • finishing items by cutting excess material and threads
  • operating thread trimming and other non-sewing machines
  • inspecting stitching for defects and notifying repair mechanics of machine malfunctions
  • performing basic maintenance such as lubrication of machines
  • may do laying up and bundling tasks
  • may ticket, label and finish work

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Sewing Machinist without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II in clothing production or applied fashion design 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 Textiles, Clothing & Footwear VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Sewing Machinists who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    33% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    25% Skill level

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

  3. Administration and management

    24% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    22% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Mechanical

    21% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    18% Skill level

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

  7. Public safety and security

    16% Skill level

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

  8. Communications and media

    14% Skill level

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

  9. Customer and personal service

    13% Skill level

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

  10. Transportation

    13% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    13% Skill level

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

  12. Technical design

    12% Skill level

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

  13. Psychology

    12% Skill level

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

  14. Computers and electronics

    12% Skill level

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

  15. Clerical

    10% Skill level

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

  16. Law and government

    10% Skill level

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

  17. Sales and marketing

    10% Skill level

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

  18. Engineering and technology

    8% Skill level

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

  19. Telecommunications

    7% Skill level

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

  20. Foreign language

    5% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Quality control analysis

    37% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring

    36% Skill level

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

  3. Complex problem solving

    36% Skill level

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

  4. Critical thinking

    34% Skill level

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

  5. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

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

  6. Operation monitoring

    34% Skill level

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

  7. Time management

    34% Skill level

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

  8. Reading comprehension

    34% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Active listening

    32% Skill level

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

  10. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  11. Active learning

    32% Skill level

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

  12. Operation and control

    32% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  13. Coordination with others

    30% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Learning strategies

    29% Skill level

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

  15. Mathematics

    29% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  16. Speaking

    29% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  17. Troubleshooting

    29% Skill level

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

  18. Writing

    29% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Serving others

    29% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Persuasion

    27% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Arm-hand steadiness

    52% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  2. Near vision

    48% Skill level

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

  3. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  5. Control precision

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  8. Rate control

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Problem spotting

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Reaction time

    39% Skill level

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

  11. Visualization

    39% Skill level

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

  12. Sorting or ordering

    38% Skill level

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

  13. Depth perception

    38% Skill level

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

  14. Flexibility of closure

    38% Skill level

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

  15. Multilimb coordination

    38% Skill level

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

  16. Deductive reasoning

    36% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  17. Perceptual speed

    36% Skill level

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

  18. Inductive reasoning

    34% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    34% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Speech clarity

    32% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    55% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Doing physically active work

    43% Skill level

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

  4. Researching and investigating

    41% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    38% Skill level

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

  6. Looking for changes over time

    37% Skill level

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

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Communicating within a team

    37% Skill level

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

  9. Building good relationships

    37% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    36% Skill level

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

  11. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    36% Skill level

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

  12. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    32% Skill level

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

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    32% Skill level

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

  14. Working with mechanical equipment

    31% Skill level

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

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    30% Skill level

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

  16. Helping and caring for others

    28% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  17. Coaching and developing others

    28% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    27% Skill level

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

  19. Training and teaching others

    25% Skill level

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

  20. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    25% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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, 51-6031.00 - Sewing Machine Operators.

Work Environment

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

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Demands

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

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

    91% Important

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

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    90% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Time pressure

    87% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    86% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Making repetitive motions

    85% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  6. Spend time sitting

    81% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Pace of work set by equipment

    78% Important

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

  8. Physically close to people

    76% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  9. Face-to-face discussions

    73% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  10. Competition

    70% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  11. Teamwork

    68% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Contact with people

    68% Important

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

  13. Bending or twisting your body

    67% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  14. Freedom to make decisions

    62% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  15. Unstructured work

    61% Important

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

  16. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    60% Important

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

  17. Impact of decisions

    60% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  18. Health and safety of others

    59% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  19. Angry or unpleasant people

    57% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    57% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Relationships

    38% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    33% 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

    31% 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

    24% 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

    95% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    57% Important

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

  3. Creative

    24% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    19% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6031.00 - Sewing Machine Operators.

All Sewing Machinists

  • $865 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 7,300 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 57% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 52 years Average age
  • 82% female Gender Share

Sewing Machinists operate industrial sewing machines to sew and finish garments and soft furnishings such as curtains.

Specialisations: Embroiderer.

You can work as a Sewing Machinist without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II in clothing production or applied fashion design might be helpful.

Tasks
  • threading machines, inserting bobbins and positioning parts to be sewn
  • starting, stopping and controlling speed of machines with pedals and knee levers to coordinate actions of presser feet, clothes guides, blades and other attachments, and guiding parts under needles, following edges, seams and markings
  • changing needles and adjusting, securing and modifying attachments to machines
  • finishing items by cutting excess material and threads
  • operating thread trimming and other non-sewing machines
  • inspecting stitching for defects and notifying repair mechanics of machine malfunctions
  • performing basic maintenance such as lubrication of machines
  • may do laying up and bundling tasks
  • may ticket, label and finish work

You can work as a Sewing Machinist without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II in clothing production or applied fashion design 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 Textiles, Clothing & Footwear VET training pathways.

Employers look for Sewing Machinists who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    33% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    25% Skill level

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

  3. Administration and management

    24% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    22% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Mechanical

    21% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    18% Skill level

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

  7. Public safety and security

    16% Skill level

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

  8. Communications and media

    14% Skill level

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

  9. Customer and personal service

    13% Skill level

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

  10. Transportation

    13% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    13% Skill level

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

  12. Technical design

    12% Skill level

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

  13. Psychology

    12% Skill level

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

  14. Computers and electronics

    12% Skill level

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

  15. Clerical

    10% Skill level

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

  16. Law and government

    10% Skill level

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

  17. Sales and marketing

    10% Skill level

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

  18. Engineering and technology

    8% Skill level

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

  19. Telecommunications

    7% Skill level

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

  20. Foreign language

    5% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Quality control analysis

    37% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring

    36% Skill level

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

  3. Complex problem solving

    36% Skill level

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

  4. Critical thinking

    34% Skill level

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

  5. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

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

  6. Operation monitoring

    34% Skill level

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

  7. Time management

    34% Skill level

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

  8. Reading comprehension

    34% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Active listening

    32% Skill level

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

  10. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  11. Active learning

    32% Skill level

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

  12. Operation and control

    32% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  13. Coordination with others

    30% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Learning strategies

    29% Skill level

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

  15. Mathematics

    29% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  16. Speaking

    29% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  17. Troubleshooting

    29% Skill level

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

  18. Writing

    29% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Serving others

    29% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Persuasion

    27% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Arm-hand steadiness

    52% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  2. Near vision

    48% Skill level

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

  3. Colour discrimination

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  5. Control precision

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  8. Rate control

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Problem spotting

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Reaction time

    39% Skill level

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

  11. Visualization

    39% Skill level

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

  12. Sorting or ordering

    38% Skill level

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

  13. Depth perception

    38% Skill level

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

  14. Flexibility of closure

    38% Skill level

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

  15. Multilimb coordination

    38% Skill level

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

  16. Deductive reasoning

    36% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  17. Perceptual speed

    36% Skill level

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

  18. Inductive reasoning

    34% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    34% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Speech clarity

    32% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    55% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Doing physically active work

    43% Skill level

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

  4. Researching and investigating

    41% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    38% Skill level

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

  6. Looking for changes over time

    37% Skill level

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

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Communicating within a team

    37% Skill level

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

  9. Building good relationships

    37% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  10. Checking for errors or defects

    36% Skill level

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

  11. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    36% Skill level

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

  12. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    32% Skill level

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

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    32% Skill level

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

  14. Working with mechanical equipment

    31% Skill level

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

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    30% Skill level

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

  16. Helping and caring for others

    28% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  17. Coaching and developing others

    28% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  18. Checking compliance with standards

    27% Skill level

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

  19. Training and teaching others

    25% Skill level

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

  20. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    25% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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, 51-6031.00 - Sewing Machine Operators.

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

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

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

    91% Important

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

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    90% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Time pressure

    87% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    86% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Making repetitive motions

    85% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  6. Spend time sitting

    81% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  7. Pace of work set by equipment

    78% Important

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

  8. Physically close to people

    76% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  9. Face-to-face discussions

    73% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  10. Competition

    70% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  11. Teamwork

    68% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Contact with people

    68% Important

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

  13. Bending or twisting your body

    67% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  14. Freedom to make decisions

    62% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  15. Unstructured work

    61% Important

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

  16. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    60% Important

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

  17. Impact of decisions

    60% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  18. Health and safety of others

    59% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  19. Angry or unpleasant people

    57% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    57% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Relationships

    38% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    33% 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

    31% 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

    24% 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

    95% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    57% Important

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

  3. Creative

    24% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    19% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6031.00 - Sewing Machine Operators.
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