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Industrial Engineers

ANZSCO ID 233511

Overview

All Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

  • $2,414 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Industrial Engineers

  • 3,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 14% female Gender Share

Industrial Engineers investigate and review the utilisation of personnel, facilities, equipment and materials, current operational processes and established practices, to recommend improvement in the efficiency of operations in a variety of commercial, industrial and production environments.

Specialisations: Process Engineer (Industrial).

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering or a related field to work as an Industrial Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • Studies functional statements, organisational charts and project information to determine functions and responsibilities of workers and work units and to identify areas of duplication.
  • Establishes work measurement programmes and analyses work samples to develop standards for labour utilisation.
  • Analyses workforce utilisation, facility layout, operational data and production schedules and costs to determine optimum worker and equipment efficiencies.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering or a related field to work as an Industrial Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Production and processing

    71% Skill level

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

  3. Mechanical

    70% Skill level

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

  4. Technical design

    68% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  6. Education and training

    63% Skill level

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

  7. English language

    57% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Customer and personal service

    55% Skill level

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

  11. Clerical

    48% Skill level

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

  12. Physics

    47% Skill level

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

  13. Chemistry

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

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

  15. Personnel and human resources

    32% Skill level

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

  16. Transportation

    31% Skill level

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

  17. Psychology

    31% Skill level

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

  18. Building and construction

    30% Skill level

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

  19. Communications and media

    28% Skill level

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

  20. Economics and accounting

    27% 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

    64% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Active listening

    54% Skill level

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

  7. Active learning

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Judgment and decision making

    52% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  10. Speaking

    52% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  11. Systems analysis

    52% Skill level

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

  12. Systems evaluation

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Time management

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Persuasion

    45% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Negotiation

    39% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    63% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Written expression

    63% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  3. Oral comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Deductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Categorising

    52% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Visualization

    52% Skill level

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

  12. Mathematics

    50% Skill level

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

  13. Brainstorming

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Originality

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Speech clarity

    46% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

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

  19. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  20. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

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

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    76% Skill level

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

  2. Thinking creatively

    74% Skill level

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

  3. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

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

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    72% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    72% Skill level

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

  6. Giving expert advice

    70% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  7. Building good relationships

    69% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    68% Skill level

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

  9. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  10. Monitoring people, processes and things

    67% Skill level

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

  11. Making sense of information and ideas

    67% Skill level

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

  12. Collecting and organising information

    65% Skill level

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

  13. Controlling equipment or machines

    60% Skill level

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

  14. Looking for changes over time

    59% Skill level

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

  15. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

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

  16. Documenting or recording information

    56% Skill level

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

  17. Working with computers

    55% Skill level

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

  18. Communicating with the public

    53% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    51% Skill level

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

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, 17-2112.00 - Industrial Engineers.

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. Electronic mail

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Teamwork

    91% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Contact with people

    87% Important

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

  6. Unstructured work

    86% Important

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

  7. Freedom to make decisions

    85% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  8. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  9. Impact of decisions

    84% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  11. Lead or coordinate a team

    79% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  12. Frequent decision making

    79% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    79% Important

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

  14. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    78% Important

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

  15. Health and safety of others

    72% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  16. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  17. Time pressure

    70% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  18. Conflict situations

    69% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  19. Exposure to contaminants

    67% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  20. Spend time sitting

    66% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

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. 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.

  3. Achievement

    76% Important

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

  4. Working conditions

    76% Important

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

  5. Support

    71% 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.

  6. Relationships

    52% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    67% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    67% Important

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

  4. Practical

    62% Important

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

  5. Creative

    29% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2112.00 - Industrial Engineers.

All Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers

  • $2,414 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Industrial Engineers

  • 3,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 14% female Gender Share

Industrial Engineers investigate and review the utilisation of personnel, facilities, equipment and materials, current operational processes and established practices, to recommend improvement in the efficiency of operations in a variety of commercial, industrial and production environments.

Specialisations: Process Engineer (Industrial).

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering or a related field to work as an Industrial Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • Studies functional statements, organisational charts and project information to determine functions and responsibilities of workers and work units and to identify areas of duplication.
  • Establishes work measurement programmes and analyses work samples to develop standards for labour utilisation.
  • Analyses workforce utilisation, facility layout, operational data and production schedules and costs to determine optimum worker and equipment efficiencies.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mechanical engineering or a related field to work as an Industrial Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Production and processing

    71% Skill level

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

  3. Mechanical

    70% Skill level

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

  4. Technical design

    68% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    67% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  6. Education and training

    63% Skill level

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

  7. English language

    57% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Customer and personal service

    55% Skill level

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

  11. Clerical

    48% Skill level

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

  12. Physics

    47% Skill level

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

  13. Chemistry

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

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

  15. Personnel and human resources

    32% Skill level

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

  16. Transportation

    31% Skill level

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

  17. Psychology

    31% Skill level

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

  18. Building and construction

    30% Skill level

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

  19. Communications and media

    28% Skill level

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

  20. Economics and accounting

    27% 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

    64% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Complex problem solving

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Active listening

    54% Skill level

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

  7. Active learning

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Judgment and decision making

    52% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    52% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  10. Speaking

    52% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  11. Systems analysis

    52% Skill level

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

  12. Systems evaluation

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Time management

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Instructing

    48% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Persuasion

    45% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Negotiation

    39% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    63% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Written expression

    63% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  3. Oral comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Written comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Deductive reasoning

    55% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  8. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Categorising

    52% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Visualization

    52% Skill level

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

  12. Mathematics

    50% Skill level

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

  13. Brainstorming

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Originality

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Speech clarity

    46% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  17. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

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

  19. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  20. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

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

  1. Planning and prioritising work

    76% Skill level

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

  2. Thinking creatively

    74% Skill level

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

  3. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

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

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    72% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    72% Skill level

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

  6. Giving expert advice

    70% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  7. Building good relationships

    69% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    68% Skill level

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

  9. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  10. Monitoring people, processes and things

    67% Skill level

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

  11. Making sense of information and ideas

    67% Skill level

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

  12. Collecting and organising information

    65% Skill level

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

  13. Controlling equipment or machines

    60% Skill level

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

  14. Looking for changes over time

    59% Skill level

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

  15. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

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

  16. Documenting or recording information

    56% Skill level

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

  17. Working with computers

    55% Skill level

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

  18. Communicating with the public

    53% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    51% Skill level

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

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, 17-2112.00 - Industrial Engineers.

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. Electronic mail

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Teamwork

    91% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Contact with people

    87% Important

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

  6. Unstructured work

    86% Important

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

  7. Freedom to make decisions

    85% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  8. Indoors, heat controlled

    85% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  9. Impact of decisions

    84% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  11. Lead or coordinate a team

    79% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  12. Frequent decision making

    79% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    79% Important

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

  14. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    78% Important

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

  15. Health and safety of others

    72% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  16. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  17. Time pressure

    70% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  18. Conflict situations

    69% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  19. Exposure to contaminants

    67% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  20. Spend time sitting

    66% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

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. 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.

  3. Achievement

    76% Important

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

  4. Working conditions

    76% Important

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

  5. Support

    71% 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.

  6. Relationships

    52% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Analytical

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    67% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    67% Important

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

  4. Practical

    62% Important

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

  5. Creative

    29% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2112.00 - Industrial Engineers.
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