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Materials Recyclers

ANZSCO ID 621911

Overview

All Other Sales Assistants and Salespersons

  • $1,128 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Materials Recyclers

  • 2,600 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

Materials Recyclers salvage materials from industrial, commercial and private establishments for resale.

Also known as: Scrap Materials Buyer.

Specialisations: Automotive Dismantler, Bottle Dealer, Waste Recycler.

You can work as a Materials Recycler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as waste management or metal trades.

Tasks
  • Sorts, packs and stores plastics, glass, paper, metals and other recyclable materials which have been collected from household, commercial and industrial premises in preparation for use in creating new products.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Materials Recycler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as waste management or metal trades.

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

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

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Sales Assistants and Sales Persons who interact well with others, provide good customer service and have an enthusiastic and positive attitude.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    68% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Education and training

    55% Skill level

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

  4. English language

    52% Skill level

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

  5. Public safety and security

    51% Skill level

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

  6. Customer and personal service

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Administration and management

    44% Skill level

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

  8. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Engineering and technology

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Personnel and human resources

    38% Skill level

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

  11. Clerical

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Mathematics

    33% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  13. Psychology

    33% Skill level

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

  14. Computers and electronics

    31% Skill level

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

  15. Transportation

    31% Skill level

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

  16. Physics

    29% Skill level

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

  17. Building and construction

    27% Skill level

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

  18. Law and government

    26% Skill level

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

  19. Telecommunications

    25% Skill level

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

  20. Communications and media

    19% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    41% Skill level

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

  2. Reading comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Critical thinking

    39% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring

    39% Skill level

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

  6. Operation monitoring

    39% Skill level

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

  7. Equipment maintenance

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Time management

    36% Skill level

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

  10. Writing

    36% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  11. Speaking

    34% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

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

  13. Troubleshooting

    34% Skill level

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

  14. Quality control analysis

    32% Skill level

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

  15. Active learning

    32% Skill level

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

  16. Serving others

    32% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  17. Coordination with others

    30% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  18. Judgment and decision making

    30% Skill level

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

  19. Management of personnel resources

    29% Skill level

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

  20. Equipment selection

    27% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Multilimb coordination

    54% Skill level

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

  2. Control precision

    52% Skill level

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

  3. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

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

  4. Near vision

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  6. Reaction time

    46% Skill level

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

  7. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  8. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Trunk strength

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Depth perception

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Oral comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  13. Oral expression

    41% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  14. Rate control

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Sorting or ordering

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Speed of limb movement

    41% Skill level

    Quickly move the arms and legs.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    39% Skill level

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

  18. Perceptual speed

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Colour discrimination

    37% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    74% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    63% Skill level

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

  3. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

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

  4. Doing physically active work

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    56% Skill level

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

  6. Driving vehicles or equipment

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Researching and investigating

    53% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Monitoring people, processes and things

    53% Skill level

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

  9. Checking for errors or defects

    52% Skill level

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

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Training and teaching others

    50% Skill level

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

  12. Scheduling work and activities

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Coordinating the work of a team

    48% Skill level

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

  14. Guiding and directing staff

    47% Skill level

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

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Collecting and organising information

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Coaching and developing others

    44% Skill level

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

  18. Looking for changes over time

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    42% Skill level

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

  20. Documenting or recording information

    42% Skill level

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

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, 51-9199.01 - Recycling and Reclamation Workers.

Work Environment

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

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    97% Important

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

  2. Exposure to contaminants

    89% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Spend time standing

    87% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  4. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    86% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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

    85% Important

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

  6. Contact with people

    80% Important

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

  7. Making repetitive motions

    80% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  8. Face-to-face discussions

    79% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  9. Very hot or cold temperatures

    76% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  10. Outdoors, under cover

    74% Important

    Work outdoors, under cover (e.g., in an open shed).

  11. Teamwork

    73% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. In an open vehicle or equipment

    73% Important

    Work in an open vehicle (e.g., a tractor).

  13. Health and safety of others

    72% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  14. Unstructured work

    72% Important

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

  15. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    72% Important

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

  16. Bending or twisting your body

    71% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  17. Walking and running

    71% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    71% Important

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

  19. Freedom to make decisions

    70% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  20. Time pressure

    70% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

Values

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

  1. Support

    52% 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

    43% 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. Working conditions

    43% 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

    38% Important

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

  5. 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.

  6. Recognition

    33% 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

    95% Important

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

  2. Practical

    95% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    19% Important

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

  5. Creative

    19% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% 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, 51-9199.01 - Recycling and Reclamation Workers.

All Other Sales Assistants and Salespersons

  • $1,128 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Materials Recyclers

  • 2,600 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

Materials Recyclers salvage materials from industrial, commercial and private establishments for resale.

Also known as: Scrap Materials Buyer.

Specialisations: Automotive Dismantler, Bottle Dealer, Waste Recycler.

You can work as a Materials Recycler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as waste management or metal trades.

Tasks
  • Sorts, packs and stores plastics, glass, paper, metals and other recyclable materials which have been collected from household, commercial and industrial premises in preparation for use in creating new products.

You can work as a Materials Recycler without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as waste management or metal trades.

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

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

Employers look for Sales Assistants and Sales Persons who interact well with others, provide good customer service and have an enthusiastic and positive attitude.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Production and processing

    68% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Education and training

    55% Skill level

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

  4. English language

    52% Skill level

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

  5. Public safety and security

    51% Skill level

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

  6. Customer and personal service

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Administration and management

    44% Skill level

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

  8. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Engineering and technology

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Personnel and human resources

    38% Skill level

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

  11. Clerical

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Mathematics

    33% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  13. Psychology

    33% Skill level

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

  14. Computers and electronics

    31% Skill level

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

  15. Transportation

    31% Skill level

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

  16. Physics

    29% Skill level

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

  17. Building and construction

    27% Skill level

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

  18. Law and government

    26% Skill level

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

  19. Telecommunications

    25% Skill level

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

  20. Communications and media

    19% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    41% Skill level

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

  2. Reading comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Critical thinking

    39% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring

    39% Skill level

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

  6. Operation monitoring

    39% Skill level

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

  7. Equipment maintenance

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Time management

    36% Skill level

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

  10. Writing

    36% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  11. Speaking

    34% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

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

  13. Troubleshooting

    34% Skill level

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

  14. Quality control analysis

    32% Skill level

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

  15. Active learning

    32% Skill level

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

  16. Serving others

    32% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  17. Coordination with others

    30% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  18. Judgment and decision making

    30% Skill level

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

  19. Management of personnel resources

    29% Skill level

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

  20. Equipment selection

    27% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Multilimb coordination

    54% Skill level

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

  2. Control precision

    52% Skill level

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

  3. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

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

  4. Near vision

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  6. Reaction time

    46% Skill level

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

  7. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  8. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Trunk strength

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Depth perception

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Oral comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  13. Oral expression

    41% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  14. Rate control

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Sorting or ordering

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Speed of limb movement

    41% Skill level

    Quickly move the arms and legs.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    39% Skill level

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

  18. Perceptual speed

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Colour discrimination

    37% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    74% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    63% Skill level

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

  3. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

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

  4. Doing physically active work

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    56% Skill level

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

  6. Driving vehicles or equipment

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Researching and investigating

    53% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Monitoring people, processes and things

    53% Skill level

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

  9. Checking for errors or defects

    52% Skill level

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

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Training and teaching others

    50% Skill level

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

  12. Scheduling work and activities

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Coordinating the work of a team

    48% Skill level

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

  14. Guiding and directing staff

    47% Skill level

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

  15. Assessing and evaluating things

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Collecting and organising information

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Coaching and developing others

    44% Skill level

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

  18. Looking for changes over time

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    42% Skill level

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

  20. Documenting or recording information

    42% Skill level

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

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, 51-9199.01 - Recycling and Reclamation Workers.

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

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    97% Important

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

  2. Exposure to contaminants

    89% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Spend time standing

    87% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  4. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    86% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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

    85% Important

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

  6. Contact with people

    80% Important

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

  7. Making repetitive motions

    80% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  8. Face-to-face discussions

    79% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  9. Very hot or cold temperatures

    76% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  10. Outdoors, under cover

    74% Important

    Work outdoors, under cover (e.g., in an open shed).

  11. Teamwork

    73% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. In an open vehicle or equipment

    73% Important

    Work in an open vehicle (e.g., a tractor).

  13. Health and safety of others

    72% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  14. Unstructured work

    72% Important

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

  15. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    72% Important

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

  16. Bending or twisting your body

    71% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  17. Walking and running

    71% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    71% Important

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

  19. Freedom to make decisions

    70% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  20. Time pressure

    70% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

Values

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

  1. Support

    52% 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

    43% 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. Working conditions

    43% 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

    38% Important

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

  5. 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.

  6. Recognition

    33% 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

    95% Important

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

  2. Practical

    95% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    19% Important

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

  5. Creative

    19% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% 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, 51-9199.01 - Recycling and Reclamation Workers.
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