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School Principals

ANZSCO ID 1343

Overview

All School Principals

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 25,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 96% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 53 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 60% female Gender Share

School Principals plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the educational and administrative aspects of primary, middle or intermediate, and secondary schools including physical and human resources.

Also known as: Headmaster or Headmistress.

Specialisations: Middle or Intermediate School Principal, Primary School Principal, Secondary School Principal.

You usually need a university qualification in teaching and teaching experience to work as a School Principal.

Tasks
  • determining educational programs based on curricula set by educational authorities
  • implementing systems and procedures to monitor school performance and student enrolments
  • directing administrative and clerical activities concerning student admissions and educational services
  • preparing school budgets and maintaining budgetary controls
  • promoting the educational program, and representing schools in the wider community
  • supervising the maintenance of school facilities
  • enforcing a disciplinary code to create a safe and conducive environment for students and teachers
  • organising and implementing methods of raising additional funds in conjunction with parent groups
  • controlling selection, training and supervision of staff
  • may teach students

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a university qualification in teaching and teaching experience to work as a School Principal.

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.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for School Principals who can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people, and provide leadership, direction and planning.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and training

    91% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    82% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    81% Skill level

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

  4. Administration and management

    69% Skill level

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

  5. Personnel and human resources

    67% Skill level

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

  6. Computers and electronics

    65% Skill level

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

  7. Therapy and counselling

    65% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  8. Psychology

    64% Skill level

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

  9. Clerical

    62% Skill level

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

  10. Sociology and anthropology

    60% Skill level

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

  11. Public safety and security

    60% Skill level

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

  12. Philosophy and theology

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Mathematics

    55% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  14. Law and government

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Communications and media

    51% Skill level

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

  16. Economics and accounting

    48% Skill level

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

  17. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

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

  18. History and archeology

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Fine arts

    38% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    27% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Learning strategies

    64% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring

    64% Skill level

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

  3. Active listening

    63% Skill level

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

  4. Speaking

    63% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Reading comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  6. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Judgment and decision making

    61% Skill level

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

  8. Management of personnel resources

    61% Skill level

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

  9. Writing

    61% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  10. Active learning

    59% Skill level

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

  11. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

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

  12. Coordination with others

    59% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Social perceptiveness

    59% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  14. Time management

    59% Skill level

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

  15. Instructing

    57% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Persuasion

    57% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Systems evaluation

    57% Skill level

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

  18. Negotiation

    54% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Serving others

    50% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Mathematics

    46% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    66% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Oral comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Deductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Written expression

    63% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  5. Problem spotting

    61% Skill level

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

  6. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Speech recognition

    59% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  8. Brainstorming

    57% Skill level

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

  9. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

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

  10. Originality

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Speech clarity

    55% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  12. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  13. Categorising

    52% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Mathematics

    48% Skill level

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

  16. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Memorization

    39% Skill level

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

  20. Multitasking

    39% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

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

  1. Making decisions and solving problems

    87% Skill level

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

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    87% Skill level

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

  3. Building good relationships

    86% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Guiding and directing staff

    85% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    83% Skill level

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

  6. Coordinating the work of a team

    82% Skill level

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

  7. Coaching and developing others

    82% Skill level

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

  8. Scheduling work and activities

    79% Skill level

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

  9. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    79% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  10. Communicating with the public

    78% Skill level

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

  11. Training and teaching others

    78% Skill level

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

  12. Leading and encouraging a team

    77% Skill level

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

  13. Making sense of information and ideas

    76% Skill level

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

  14. Coming up with systems and processes

    76% Skill level

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

  15. Collecting and organising information

    73% Skill level

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

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    71% Skill level

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

  17. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

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

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    65% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    49% 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, 11-9032.00 - Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School.

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. Face-to-face discussions

    100% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    100% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Contact with people

    98% Important

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

  4. Teamwork

    97% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Electronic mail

    97% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    95% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Contact with the public

    94% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  8. Lead or coordinate a team

    93% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  9. Unstructured work

    91% Important

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

  10. Health and safety of others

    91% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  11. Frequent decision making

    90% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  12. Impact of decisions

    90% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Responsible for outcomes

    88% Important

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

  14. Conflict situations

    87% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  15. Letters and memos

    87% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  16. Angry or unpleasant people

    84% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  17. Time pressure

    82% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  18. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  19. Indoors, heat controlled

    76% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  20. Public speaking

    68% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

Values

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

  1. Independence

    90% 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. Relationships

    90% 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

    86% 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

    81% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    81% 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.

  6. 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.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Enterprising

    95% Important

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

  2. Helping

    90% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

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

  4. Creative

    38% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    29% Important

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

  6. Practical

    19% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9032.00 - Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School.

All School Principals

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 25,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 96% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 53 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 60% female Gender Share

School Principals plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the educational and administrative aspects of primary, middle or intermediate, and secondary schools including physical and human resources.

Also known as: Headmaster or Headmistress.

Specialisations: Middle or Intermediate School Principal, Primary School Principal, Secondary School Principal.

You usually need a university qualification in teaching and teaching experience to work as a School Principal.

Tasks
  • determining educational programs based on curricula set by educational authorities
  • implementing systems and procedures to monitor school performance and student enrolments
  • directing administrative and clerical activities concerning student admissions and educational services
  • preparing school budgets and maintaining budgetary controls
  • promoting the educational program, and representing schools in the wider community
  • supervising the maintenance of school facilities
  • enforcing a disciplinary code to create a safe and conducive environment for students and teachers
  • organising and implementing methods of raising additional funds in conjunction with parent groups
  • controlling selection, training and supervision of staff
  • may teach students

You usually need a university qualification in teaching and teaching experience to work as a School Principal.

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.

Employers look for School Principals who can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people, and provide leadership, direction and planning.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and training

    91% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    82% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    81% Skill level

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

  4. Administration and management

    69% Skill level

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

  5. Personnel and human resources

    67% Skill level

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

  6. Computers and electronics

    65% Skill level

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

  7. Therapy and counselling

    65% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  8. Psychology

    64% Skill level

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

  9. Clerical

    62% Skill level

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

  10. Sociology and anthropology

    60% Skill level

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

  11. Public safety and security

    60% Skill level

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

  12. Philosophy and theology

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Mathematics

    55% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  14. Law and government

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Communications and media

    51% Skill level

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

  16. Economics and accounting

    48% Skill level

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

  17. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

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

  18. History and archeology

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Fine arts

    38% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    27% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Learning strategies

    64% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring

    64% Skill level

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

  3. Active listening

    63% Skill level

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

  4. Speaking

    63% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Reading comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  6. Critical thinking

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Judgment and decision making

    61% Skill level

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

  8. Management of personnel resources

    61% Skill level

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

  9. Writing

    61% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  10. Active learning

    59% Skill level

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

  11. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

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

  12. Coordination with others

    59% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Social perceptiveness

    59% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  14. Time management

    59% Skill level

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

  15. Instructing

    57% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Persuasion

    57% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  17. Systems evaluation

    57% Skill level

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

  18. Negotiation

    54% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Serving others

    50% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Mathematics

    46% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    66% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Oral comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Deductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Written expression

    63% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  5. Problem spotting

    61% Skill level

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

  6. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Speech recognition

    59% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  8. Brainstorming

    57% Skill level

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

  9. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

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

  10. Originality

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Speech clarity

    55% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  12. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  13. Categorising

    52% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  14. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Mathematics

    48% Skill level

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

  16. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Memorization

    39% Skill level

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

  20. Multitasking

    39% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

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

  1. Making decisions and solving problems

    87% Skill level

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

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    87% Skill level

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

  3. Building good relationships

    86% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  4. Guiding and directing staff

    85% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    83% Skill level

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

  6. Coordinating the work of a team

    82% Skill level

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

  7. Coaching and developing others

    82% Skill level

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

  8. Scheduling work and activities

    79% Skill level

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

  9. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    79% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  10. Communicating with the public

    78% Skill level

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

  11. Training and teaching others

    78% Skill level

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

  12. Leading and encouraging a team

    77% Skill level

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

  13. Making sense of information and ideas

    76% Skill level

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

  14. Coming up with systems and processes

    76% Skill level

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

  15. Collecting and organising information

    73% Skill level

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

  16. Assessing and evaluating things

    71% Skill level

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

  17. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

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

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    65% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    49% 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, 11-9032.00 - Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School.

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. Face-to-face discussions

    100% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    100% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Contact with people

    98% Important

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

  4. Teamwork

    97% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Electronic mail

    97% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    95% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Contact with the public

    94% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  8. Lead or coordinate a team

    93% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  9. Unstructured work

    91% Important

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

  10. Health and safety of others

    91% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  11. Frequent decision making

    90% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  12. Impact of decisions

    90% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  13. Responsible for outcomes

    88% Important

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

  14. Conflict situations

    87% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  15. Letters and memos

    87% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  16. Angry or unpleasant people

    84% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  17. Time pressure

    82% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  18. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  19. Indoors, heat controlled

    76% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  20. Public speaking

    68% Important

    Talk to a group of people.

Values

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

  1. Independence

    90% 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. Relationships

    90% 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

    86% 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

    81% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    81% 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.

  6. 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.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Enterprising

    95% Important

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

  2. Helping

    90% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

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

  4. Creative

    38% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    29% Important

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

  6. Practical

    19% Important

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

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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, 11-9032.00 - Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School.
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