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Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

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Overview

All Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

  • $2,060 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 7,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 43% female Gender Share

Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians develop and apply actuarial, mathematical, statistical and quantitative principles and techniques to solve problems in a range of fields such as business and finance, scientific and social research, and engineering.

You need a bachelor degree in a related field to work as an Actuary, Mathematician or Statistician. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • defining, analysing and solving complex financial and business problems relating to areas such as insurance premiums, annuities, superannuation funds, pensions and dividends
  • examining financial projections for general insurance companies, finance companies, government and other organisations
  • designing new types of policies, assessing risks and analysing investments in life insurance, superannuation funds, health insurance, friendly societies, financial markets and other areas
  • formulating mathematical models to simulate processes
  • applying models to experimental observations, and adjusting and recasting the models
  • using numerical analysis methods to develop algorithms and perform computations
  • liaising with management and clients to determine the subject or area to be surveyed or examined
  • specifying the data to be collected, and the methodology to be used in collection and analysis
  • evaluating and describing the reliability and utility of source information
  • analysing and interpreting data, and producing relevant statistics to describe and infer particular trends and patterns

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in a related field to work as an Actuary, Mathematician or Statistician. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly and can work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    89% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Computers and electronics

    71% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Education and training

    53% Skill level

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

  5. Administration and management

    47% Skill level

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

  6. Clerical

    42% Skill level

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

  7. Customer and personal service

    38% Skill level

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

  8. Personnel and human resources

    29% Skill level

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

  9. Biology

    24% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  10. Engineering and technology

    23% Skill level

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

  11. Physics

    22% Skill level

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

  12. Production and processing

    22% Skill level

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

  13. Communications and media

    21% Skill level

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

  14. Geography

    21% 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.

  15. Psychology

    21% Skill level

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

  16. Economics and accounting

    17% Skill level

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

  17. Law and government

    17% Skill level

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

  18. Technical design

    14% Skill level

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

  19. Public safety and security

    12% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    12% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Mathematics

    80% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Critical thinking

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Active learning

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Writing

    61% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Programming

    57% Skill level

    Writing computer programs.

  7. Science

    57% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  8. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Complex problem solving

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

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

  11. Active listening

    54% Skill level

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

  12. Operations analysis

    52% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  13. Learning strategies

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Systems analysis

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

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

  17. Systems evaluation

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Time management

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Persuasion

    37% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Mathematics

    77% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    73% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Working with numbers

    73% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  4. Oral expression

    71% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Written comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    70% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Written expression

    70% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    64% Skill level

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

  9. Sorting or ordering

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Near vision

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

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

  13. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

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

  14. Originality

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

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

  17. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Speed of recognition

    45% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Perceptual speed

    41% 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. Making sense of information and ideas

    92% Skill level

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

  2. Collecting and organising information

    88% Skill level

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

  3. Explaining things to people

    80% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  4. Thinking creatively

    80% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    78% Skill level

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

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    76% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    75% Skill level

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

  8. Giving expert advice

    72% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

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

  10. Researching and investigating

    71% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Working with computers

    70% Skill level

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

  12. Documenting or recording information

    65% Skill level

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

  13. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  14. Communicating with the public

    64% Skill level

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

  15. Looking for changes over time

    62% Skill level

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

  16. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    58% Skill level

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

  17. Training and teaching others

    58% Skill level

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

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    57% Skill level

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

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    51% Skill level

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

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    49% Skill level

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

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, 15-2041.00 - Statisticians.

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. Spend time sitting

    98% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  2. Electronic mail

    95% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    94% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    88% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    87% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. Telephone

    84% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  8. Unstructured work

    81% Important

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

  9. Impact of decisions

    76% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Teamwork

    76% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Contact with people

    67% Important

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

  12. Letters and memos

    66% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  13. Competition

    63% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  14. Time pressure

    63% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Frequent decision making

    62% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    55% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Repeating same tasks

    54% Important

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

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    54% Important

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

  19. Consequence of error

    51% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Physically close to people

    51% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

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

  1. Independence

    81% 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

    76% Important

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

  3. Recognition

    71% 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

    67% 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

    67% 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

    90% Important

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

  2. Analytical

    86% Important

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

  3. Practical

    33% Important

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

  4. Creative

    29% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-2041.00 - Statisticians.

All Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians

  • $2,060 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 7,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 43% female Gender Share

Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians develop and apply actuarial, mathematical, statistical and quantitative principles and techniques to solve problems in a range of fields such as business and finance, scientific and social research, and engineering.

You need a bachelor degree in a related field to work as an Actuary, Mathematician or Statistician. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks
  • defining, analysing and solving complex financial and business problems relating to areas such as insurance premiums, annuities, superannuation funds, pensions and dividends
  • examining financial projections for general insurance companies, finance companies, government and other organisations
  • designing new types of policies, assessing risks and analysing investments in life insurance, superannuation funds, health insurance, friendly societies, financial markets and other areas
  • formulating mathematical models to simulate processes
  • applying models to experimental observations, and adjusting and recasting the models
  • using numerical analysis methods to develop algorithms and perform computations
  • liaising with management and clients to determine the subject or area to be surveyed or examined
  • specifying the data to be collected, and the methodology to be used in collection and analysis
  • evaluating and describing the reliability and utility of source information
  • analysing and interpreting data, and producing relevant statistics to describe and infer particular trends and patterns

You need a bachelor degree in a related field to work as an Actuary, Mathematician or Statistician. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians who have strong attention to detail, can communicate clearly and can work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mathematics

    89% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  2. Computers and electronics

    71% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Education and training

    53% Skill level

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

  5. Administration and management

    47% Skill level

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

  6. Clerical

    42% Skill level

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

  7. Customer and personal service

    38% Skill level

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

  8. Personnel and human resources

    29% Skill level

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

  9. Biology

    24% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  10. Engineering and technology

    23% Skill level

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

  11. Physics

    22% Skill level

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

  12. Production and processing

    22% Skill level

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

  13. Communications and media

    21% Skill level

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

  14. Geography

    21% 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.

  15. Psychology

    21% Skill level

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

  16. Economics and accounting

    17% Skill level

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

  17. Law and government

    17% Skill level

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

  18. Technical design

    14% Skill level

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

  19. Public safety and security

    12% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    12% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Mathematics

    80% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Critical thinking

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Active learning

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Writing

    61% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Programming

    57% Skill level

    Writing computer programs.

  7. Science

    57% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  8. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Complex problem solving

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

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

  11. Active listening

    54% Skill level

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

  12. Operations analysis

    52% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  13. Learning strategies

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Systems analysis

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Monitoring

    46% Skill level

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

  17. Systems evaluation

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Time management

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Persuasion

    37% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Mathematics

    77% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    73% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Working with numbers

    73% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  4. Oral expression

    71% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Written comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    70% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Written expression

    70% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Inductive reasoning

    64% Skill level

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

  9. Sorting or ordering

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Near vision

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

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

  13. Brainstorming

    54% Skill level

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

  14. Originality

    52% Skill level

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

  15. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

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

  17. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Speed of recognition

    45% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Perceptual speed

    41% 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. Making sense of information and ideas

    92% Skill level

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

  2. Collecting and organising information

    88% Skill level

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

  3. Explaining things to people

    80% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  4. Thinking creatively

    80% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    78% Skill level

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

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    76% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    75% Skill level

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

  8. Giving expert advice

    72% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  9. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

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

  10. Researching and investigating

    71% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Working with computers

    70% Skill level

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

  12. Documenting or recording information

    65% Skill level

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

  13. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  14. Communicating with the public

    64% Skill level

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

  15. Looking for changes over time

    62% Skill level

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

  16. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    58% Skill level

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

  17. Training and teaching others

    58% Skill level

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

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    57% Skill level

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

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    51% Skill level

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

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    49% Skill level

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

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, 15-2041.00 - Statisticians.

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. Spend time sitting

    98% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  2. Electronic mail

    95% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    94% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    88% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    87% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  6. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  7. Telephone

    84% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  8. Unstructured work

    81% Important

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

  9. Impact of decisions

    76% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Teamwork

    76% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Contact with people

    67% Important

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

  12. Letters and memos

    66% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  13. Competition

    63% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  14. Time pressure

    63% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Frequent decision making

    62% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    55% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Repeating same tasks

    54% Important

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

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    54% Important

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

  19. Consequence of error

    51% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Physically close to people

    51% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

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

  1. Independence

    81% 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

    76% Important

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

  3. Recognition

    71% 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

    67% 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

    67% 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

    90% Important

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

  2. Analytical

    86% Important

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

  3. Practical

    33% Important

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

  4. Creative

    29% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-2041.00 - Statisticians.
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