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Science Technicians

ANZSCO ID 3114

Overview

All Science Technicians

  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 16,900 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 53% female Gender Share

Science Technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support functions to assist with research, design, production and teaching in chemistry, earth sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences.

You need extensive experience, or a formal qualification in a related science field to work as a Science Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • preparing materials for experimentation such as freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals
  • collecting information and samples
  • conducting field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
  • presenting results in graphic and written form by preparing maps, charts, sketches, diagrams and reports
  • performing routine mathematical calculations, and computations of measurements
  • controlling the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage
  • checking, calibrating and maintaining test equipment
  • participating in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met
  • preparing experiments and demonstrations for science classes

Prospects

Pathways

You need extensive experience, or a formal qualification in a related science field to work as a Science Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Laboratory Operations, Food Processing and Australian Meat Processing VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Science Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    78% Skill level

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

  2. Chemistry

    64% Skill level

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

  3. Computers and electronics

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. English language

    53% Skill level

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

  6. Education and training

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Clerical

    44% Skill level

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

  8. Administration and management

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Mechanical

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Engineering and technology

    34% Skill level

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

  11. Production and processing

    30% Skill level

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

  12. Physics

    29% Skill level

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

  13. Public safety and security

    28% Skill level

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

  14. Communications and media

    26% Skill level

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

  15. Medicine and dentistry

    26% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  16. Customer and personal service

    25% Skill level

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

  17. Law and government

    23% Skill level

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

  18. Personnel and human resources

    22% Skill level

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

  19. Economics and accounting

    15% Skill level

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

  20. Food production

    12% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  4. Judgment and decision making

    54% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  6. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Speaking

    52% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active learning

    50% Skill level

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

  10. Complex problem solving

    50% Skill level

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

  11. Science

    50% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  12. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Quality control analysis

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Troubleshooting

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Systems evaluation

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Systems analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    64% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

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

  7. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

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

  8. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

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

  10. Written expression

    55% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  11. Flexibility of closure

    55% Skill level

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

  12. Selective attention

    54% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  13. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

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

  14. Brainstorming

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Colour discrimination

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Speech recognition

    48% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  17. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  18. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Speech clarity

    46% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

Activities

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

  1. Collecting and organising information

    72% Skill level

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

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

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

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    71% Skill level

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

  4. Looking for changes over time

    70% Skill level

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

  5. Making sense of information and ideas

    69% Skill level

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

  6. Researching and investigating

    67% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    64% Skill level

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

  8. Documenting or recording information

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

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

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    62% Skill level

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

  11. Handling and moving objects

    56% Skill level

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

  12. Building good relationships

    56% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  13. Thinking creatively

    56% Skill level

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

  14. Working with computers

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Scheduling work and activities

    48% Skill level

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

  16. Controlling equipment or machines

    46% Skill level

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

  17. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Checking for errors or defects

    44% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    43% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    43% 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, 19-4021.00 - Biological Technicians.

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. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    91% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    91% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Electronic mail

    85% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    81% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Unstructured work

    78% Important

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

  7. Contact with people

    76% Important

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

  8. Teamwork

    76% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

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

    74% Important

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

  11. Telephone

    73% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    72% Important

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

  13. Time pressure

    69% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  14. Physically close to people

    66% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  15. Repeating same tasks

    66% Important

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

  16. Consequence of error

    66% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Exposure to contaminants

    64% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  18. Spend time sitting

    63% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  19. Making repetitive motions

    63% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  20. Frequent decision making

    60% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

Values

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

  1. Achievement

    62% Important

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

  2. 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.

  3. Working conditions

    55% 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. Independence

    52% 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.

  5. Relationships

    48% 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.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    90% Important

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

  2. Analytical

    71% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    67% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4021.00 - Biological Technicians.

All Science Technicians

  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • 16,900 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 53% female Gender Share

Science Technicians perform tests and experiments, and provide technical support functions to assist with research, design, production and teaching in chemistry, earth sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences.

You need extensive experience, or a formal qualification in a related science field to work as a Science Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • preparing materials for experimentation such as freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals
  • collecting information and samples
  • conducting field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses
  • presenting results in graphic and written form by preparing maps, charts, sketches, diagrams and reports
  • performing routine mathematical calculations, and computations of measurements
  • controlling the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage
  • checking, calibrating and maintaining test equipment
  • participating in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met
  • preparing experiments and demonstrations for science classes

You need extensive experience, or a formal qualification in a related science field to work as a Science Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Laboratory Operations, Food Processing and Australian Meat Processing VET training pathways.

Employers look for Science Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Biology

    78% Skill level

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

  2. Chemistry

    64% Skill level

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

  3. Computers and electronics

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. English language

    53% Skill level

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

  6. Education and training

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Clerical

    44% Skill level

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

  8. Administration and management

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Mechanical

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Engineering and technology

    34% Skill level

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

  11. Production and processing

    30% Skill level

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

  12. Physics

    29% Skill level

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

  13. Public safety and security

    28% Skill level

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

  14. Communications and media

    26% Skill level

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

  15. Medicine and dentistry

    26% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  16. Customer and personal service

    25% Skill level

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

  17. Law and government

    23% Skill level

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

  18. Personnel and human resources

    22% Skill level

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

  19. Economics and accounting

    15% Skill level

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

  20. Food production

    12% Skill level

    Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    66% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  4. Judgment and decision making

    54% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  6. Writing

    54% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Speaking

    52% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active learning

    50% Skill level

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

  10. Complex problem solving

    50% Skill level

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

  11. Science

    50% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  12. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Quality control analysis

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Troubleshooting

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Systems evaluation

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Systems analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    64% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    64% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Written comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Oral expression

    61% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

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

  7. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

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

  8. Categorising

    57% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

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

  10. Written expression

    55% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  11. Flexibility of closure

    55% Skill level

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

  12. Selective attention

    54% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  13. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

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

  14. Brainstorming

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Colour discrimination

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Speech recognition

    48% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  17. Finger dexterity

    48% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  18. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Speech clarity

    46% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

Activities

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

  1. Collecting and organising information

    72% Skill level

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

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

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

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    71% Skill level

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

  4. Looking for changes over time

    70% Skill level

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

  5. Making sense of information and ideas

    69% Skill level

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

  6. Researching and investigating

    67% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    64% Skill level

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

  8. Documenting or recording information

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

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

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    62% Skill level

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

  11. Handling and moving objects

    56% Skill level

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

  12. Building good relationships

    56% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  13. Thinking creatively

    56% Skill level

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

  14. Working with computers

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Scheduling work and activities

    48% Skill level

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

  16. Controlling equipment or machines

    46% Skill level

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

  17. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Checking for errors or defects

    44% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    43% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    43% 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, 19-4021.00 - Biological Technicians.

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

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    91% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    91% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Electronic mail

    85% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  5. Freedom to make decisions

    81% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  6. Unstructured work

    78% Important

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

  7. Contact with people

    76% Important

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

  8. Teamwork

    76% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

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

    74% Important

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

  11. Telephone

    73% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    72% Important

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

  13. Time pressure

    69% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  14. Physically close to people

    66% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  15. Repeating same tasks

    66% Important

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

  16. Consequence of error

    66% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Exposure to contaminants

    64% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  18. Spend time sitting

    63% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  19. Making repetitive motions

    63% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  20. Frequent decision making

    60% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

Values

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

  1. Achievement

    62% Important

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

  2. 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.

  3. Working conditions

    55% 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. Independence

    52% 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.

  5. Relationships

    48% 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.

  6. Recognition

    43% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    90% Important

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

  2. Analytical

    71% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    67% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  5. Helping

    24% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

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

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-4021.00 - Biological Technicians.
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