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Archivists, Curators and Records Managers

ANZSCO ID 2242

Overview

All Archivists, Curators and Records Managers

  • $1,812 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 10,000 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 71% female Gender Share

Archivists, Curators and Records Managers develop, maintain, implement and deliver systems for keeping, updating, accessing and preserving records, files, information, historical documents and artefacts.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a relevant field to work as an Archivist, Curator or Records Manager. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Tasks
  • evaluating and preserving records for administrative, historical, legal, evidential and other purposes
  • preparing record-keeping systems, indexes, guides and procedures for archival research and for the retention and destruction of records
  • identifying and classifying specimens and objects, and arranging restoration work
  • examining items and arranging examinations to determine condition and authenticity
  • designing and revising medical record forms
  • managing organisations' central records systems
  • analysing the record-keeping needs of organisations, and translating these needs into record management systems
  • maintaining computerised and other record management systems and record forms, and advising on their usage
  • controlling access to confidential information, and recommending codes of practice and procedures for accessing records
  • developing record cataloguing, coding and classification systems, and monitoring their use

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a relevant field to work as an Archivist, Curator or Records Manager. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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.
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Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Archivists, Curators and Records Managers who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly with a wide variety of people and who can work well in a team.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    73% Skill level

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

  2. History and archeology

    72% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    69% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

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

  5. Computers and electronics

    63% Skill level

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

  6. Administration and management

    62% Skill level

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

  7. Education and training

    57% Skill level

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

  8. Law and government

    51% Skill level

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

  9. Sociology and anthropology

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Communications and media

    47% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    46% Skill level

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

  12. Geography

    42% 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. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

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

  14. Foreign language

    37% Skill level

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

  15. Philosophy and theology

    36% Skill level

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

  16. Mathematics

    34% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  17. Chemistry

    29% Skill level

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

  18. Psychology

    27% Skill level

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

  19. Fine arts

    27% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  20. Economics and accounting

    21% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  3. Writing

    55% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Critical thinking

    54% Skill level

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

  5. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

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

  7. Active learning

    45% Skill level

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

  8. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  10. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  11. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Management of personnel resources

    45% Skill level

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

  13. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  15. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Persuasion

    39% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Negotiation

    37% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  20. Systems evaluation

    36% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Written comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  8. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

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

  10. Brainstorming

    46% Skill level

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

  11. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  13. Originality

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Speech recognition

    41% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  16. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Colour discrimination

    39% Skill level

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

  18. Finger dexterity

    34% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Working with numbers

    34% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  20. Perceptual speed

    32% 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. Communicating with the public

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    78% Skill level

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

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    78% Skill level

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

  4. Researching and investigating

    75% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Communicating within a team

    74% Skill level

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

  6. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Documenting or recording information

    70% Skill level

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

  8. Working with the public

    68% Skill level

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

  9. Guiding and directing staff

    67% Skill level

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

  10. Collecting and organising information

    67% Skill level

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

  11. Looking for changes over time

    67% Skill level

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

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    65% Skill level

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

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    64% Skill level

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

  14. Coordinating the work of a team

    63% Skill level

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

  15. Providing office support

    63% Skill level

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

  16. Coming up with systems and processes

    62% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  17. Explaining things to people

    60% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Training and teaching others

    57% Skill level

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

  19. Making sense of information and ideas

    54% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    52% Skill level

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

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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, 25-4011.00 - Archivists.

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. Indoors, heat controlled

    99% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Electronic mail

    97% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Telephone

    91% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    88% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  7. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  8. Spend time sitting

    81% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Contact with the public

    78% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  10. Letters and memos

    78% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Contact with people

    72% Important

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

  12. Teamwork

    68% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  13. Impact of decisions

    64% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Repeating same tasks

    61% Important

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

  15. Frequent decision making

    58% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Exposure to contaminants

    58% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  17. Physically close to people

    54% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  18. Time pressure

    54% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    53% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    53% Important

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

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Achievement

    67% Important

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

  3. Recognition

    62% 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.

  4. Relationships

    62% 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.

  5. Working conditions

    50% Important

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

  6. Support

    43% 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.

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. Analytical

    76% Important

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

  3. Helping

    48% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Practical

    43% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  6. Creative

    24% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-4011.00 - Archivists.

All Archivists, Curators and Records Managers

  • $1,812 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 10,000 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 71% female Gender Share

Archivists, Curators and Records Managers develop, maintain, implement and deliver systems for keeping, updating, accessing and preserving records, files, information, historical documents and artefacts.

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a relevant field to work as an Archivist, Curator or Records Manager. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

Tasks
  • evaluating and preserving records for administrative, historical, legal, evidential and other purposes
  • preparing record-keeping systems, indexes, guides and procedures for archival research and for the retention and destruction of records
  • identifying and classifying specimens and objects, and arranging restoration work
  • examining items and arranging examinations to determine condition and authenticity
  • designing and revising medical record forms
  • managing organisations' central records systems
  • analysing the record-keeping needs of organisations, and translating these needs into record management systems
  • maintaining computerised and other record management systems and record forms, and advising on their usage
  • controlling access to confidential information, and recommending codes of practice and procedures for accessing records
  • developing record cataloguing, coding and classification systems, and monitoring their use

You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a relevant field to work as an Archivist, Curator or Records Manager. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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 Archivists, Curators and Records Managers who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly with a wide variety of people and who can work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    73% Skill level

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

  2. History and archeology

    72% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    69% Skill level

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

  4. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

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

  5. Computers and electronics

    63% Skill level

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

  6. Administration and management

    62% Skill level

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

  7. Education and training

    57% Skill level

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

  8. Law and government

    51% Skill level

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

  9. Sociology and anthropology

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Communications and media

    47% Skill level

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

  11. Personnel and human resources

    46% Skill level

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

  12. Geography

    42% 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. Public safety and security

    38% Skill level

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

  14. Foreign language

    37% Skill level

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

  15. Philosophy and theology

    36% Skill level

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

  16. Mathematics

    34% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  17. Chemistry

    29% Skill level

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

  18. Psychology

    27% Skill level

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

  19. Fine arts

    27% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  20. Economics and accounting

    21% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  3. Writing

    55% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  4. Critical thinking

    54% Skill level

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

  5. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

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

  7. Active learning

    45% Skill level

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

  8. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  10. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  11. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Management of personnel resources

    45% Skill level

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

  13. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  15. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Persuasion

    39% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Negotiation

    37% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  20. Systems evaluation

    36% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Written comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  3. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  8. Deductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    46% Skill level

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

  10. Brainstorming

    46% Skill level

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

  11. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  13. Originality

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Speech recognition

    41% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  16. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Colour discrimination

    39% Skill level

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

  18. Finger dexterity

    34% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  19. Working with numbers

    34% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  20. Perceptual speed

    32% 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. Communicating with the public

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    78% Skill level

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

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    78% Skill level

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

  4. Researching and investigating

    75% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Communicating within a team

    74% Skill level

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

  6. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Documenting or recording information

    70% Skill level

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

  8. Working with the public

    68% Skill level

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

  9. Guiding and directing staff

    67% Skill level

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

  10. Collecting and organising information

    67% Skill level

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

  11. Looking for changes over time

    67% Skill level

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

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    65% Skill level

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

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    64% Skill level

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

  14. Coordinating the work of a team

    63% Skill level

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

  15. Providing office support

    63% Skill level

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

  16. Coming up with systems and processes

    62% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  17. Explaining things to people

    60% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Training and teaching others

    57% Skill level

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

  19. Making sense of information and ideas

    54% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    52% 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, 25-4011.00 - Archivists.

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. Indoors, heat controlled

    99% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Electronic mail

    97% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Telephone

    91% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    88% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  7. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  8. Spend time sitting

    81% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Contact with the public

    78% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  10. Letters and memos

    78% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Contact with people

    72% Important

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

  12. Teamwork

    68% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  13. Impact of decisions

    64% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  14. Repeating same tasks

    61% Important

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

  15. Frequent decision making

    58% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Exposure to contaminants

    58% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  17. Physically close to people

    54% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  18. Time pressure

    54% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    53% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    53% Important

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

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Achievement

    67% Important

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

  3. Recognition

    62% 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.

  4. Relationships

    62% 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.

  5. Working conditions

    50% Important

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

  6. Support

    43% 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.

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. Analytical

    76% Important

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

  3. Helping

    48% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Practical

    43% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  6. Creative

    24% Important

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

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-4011.00 - Archivists.
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