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Overview

All Precision Metal Trades Workers

  • $1,149 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Saw Doctors

  • 320 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Saw Doctors repair, set and sharpen blades for circular, band and other saws.

Specialisations: Saw Sharpener.

You can work as a Saw Doctor without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in saw doctoring or sawmilling and processing is usually required.

Tasks
  • Dismantles precision instruments, repairs and replaces defective parts, and reassembles articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines.
  • Makes blades for circular, band and other power saws and repairs, sets and sharpens blades for hand and power saws.
  • May estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Saw Doctor without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in saw doctoring or sawmilling and processing is usually required.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Precision Metal Trades Workers 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. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

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

  2. Production and processing

    40% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    28% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Building and construction

    26% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    26% Skill level

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

  6. Engineering and technology

    25% Skill level

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

  7. Public safety and security

    25% Skill level

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

  8. Technical design

    23% Skill level

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

  9. English language

    23% Skill level

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

  10. Psychology

    18% Skill level

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

  11. Computers and electronics

    17% Skill level

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

  12. Transportation

    15% Skill level

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

  13. Telecommunications

    14% Skill level

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

  14. Administration and management

    13% Skill level

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

  15. Customer and personal service

    9% Skill level

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

  16. Communications and media

    7% Skill level

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

  17. Chemistry

    7% Skill level

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

  18. Sociology and anthropology

    7% Skill level

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

  19. Law and government

    7% Skill level

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

  20. Medicine and dentistry

    6% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  2. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Monitoring

    41% Skill level

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

  4. Quality control analysis

    41% Skill level

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

  5. Critical thinking

    39% Skill level

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

  6. Equipment maintenance

    37% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  7. Troubleshooting

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Reading comprehension

    37% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Active listening

    36% Skill level

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

  10. Coordination with others

    36% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Repairing

    36% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

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

  13. Time management

    34% Skill level

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

  14. Complex problem solving

    32% Skill level

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

  15. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Speaking

    30% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  17. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Active learning

    29% Skill level

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

  19. Equipment selection

    27% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  20. Learning strategies

    27% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    50% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  2. Reaction time

    46% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  3. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  4. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  5. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Multilimb coordination

    45% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  7. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  8. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  9. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  10. Depth perception

    43% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  11. Oral comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  12. Stamina

    43% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

  13. Problem spotting

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Static strength

    41% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  17. Rate control

    39% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  18. Auditory attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  19. Deductive reasoning

    39% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  20. Categorising

    37% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    83% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    70% Skill level

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

  3. Doing physically active work

    55% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  4. Communicating within a team

    49% Skill level

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

  5. Working with mechanical equipment

    49% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    49% Skill level

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

  7. Looking for changes over time

    47% Skill level

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

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    44% Skill level

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

  9. Building good relationships

    43% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  10. Driving vehicles or equipment

    43% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    39% Skill level

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

  12. Training and teaching others

    37% Skill level

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

  13. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    36% Skill level

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

  14. Researching and investigating

    35% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  15. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    34% Skill level

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

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Making decisions and solving problems

    34% Skill level

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

  18. Planning and prioritising work

    31% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    27% Skill level

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

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    26% 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, 51-7041.00 - Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood.

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. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. Dangerous equipment

    98% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  3. Exposure to contaminants

    95% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    94% Important

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

  5. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  6. Indoors, not heat controlled

    90% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  7. Spend time standing

    90% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

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

    89% Important

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

  9. Face-to-face discussions

    86% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Pace of work set by equipment

    84% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  12. Time pressure

    84% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Unstructured work

    81% Important

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

  14. Contact with people

    79% Important

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

  15. Making repetitive motions

    77% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  16. Bending or twisting your body

    75% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  17. Teamwork

    75% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  18. Very hot or cold temperatures

    74% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  19. Health and safety of others

    72% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    71% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Support

    76% 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.

  2. Independence

    48% 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.

  3. Achievement

    43% Important

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

  4. Relationships

    43% 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

    43% 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. Recognition

    29% 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

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    71% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    48% Important

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

  4. Creative

    24% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    14% 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, 51-7041.00 - Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood.

All Precision Metal Trades Workers

  • $1,149 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Saw Doctors

  • 320 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Saw Doctors repair, set and sharpen blades for circular, band and other saws.

Specialisations: Saw Sharpener.

You can work as a Saw Doctor without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in saw doctoring or sawmilling and processing is usually required.

Tasks
  • Dismantles precision instruments, repairs and replaces defective parts, and reassembles articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines.
  • Makes blades for circular, band and other power saws and repairs, sets and sharpens blades for hand and power saws.
  • May estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs.

You can work as a Saw Doctor without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in saw doctoring or sawmilling and processing is usually required.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Manufacturing and Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Employers look for Precision Metal Trades Workers 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. Mechanical

    48% Skill level

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

  2. Production and processing

    40% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    28% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Building and construction

    26% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    26% Skill level

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

  6. Engineering and technology

    25% Skill level

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

  7. Public safety and security

    25% Skill level

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

  8. Technical design

    23% Skill level

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

  9. English language

    23% Skill level

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

  10. Psychology

    18% Skill level

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

  11. Computers and electronics

    17% Skill level

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

  12. Transportation

    15% Skill level

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

  13. Telecommunications

    14% Skill level

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

  14. Administration and management

    13% Skill level

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

  15. Customer and personal service

    9% Skill level

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

  16. Communications and media

    7% Skill level

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

  17. Chemistry

    7% Skill level

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

  18. Sociology and anthropology

    7% Skill level

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

  19. Law and government

    7% Skill level

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

  20. Medicine and dentistry

    6% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  2. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  3. Monitoring

    41% Skill level

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

  4. Quality control analysis

    41% Skill level

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

  5. Critical thinking

    39% Skill level

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

  6. Equipment maintenance

    37% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  7. Troubleshooting

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Reading comprehension

    37% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Active listening

    36% Skill level

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

  10. Coordination with others

    36% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Repairing

    36% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

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

  13. Time management

    34% Skill level

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

  14. Complex problem solving

    32% Skill level

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

  15. Social perceptiveness

    32% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Speaking

    30% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  17. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  18. Active learning

    29% Skill level

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

  19. Equipment selection

    27% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  20. Learning strategies

    27% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    50% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  2. Reaction time

    46% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  3. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  4. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  5. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Multilimb coordination

    45% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  7. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  8. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  9. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  10. Depth perception

    43% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  11. Oral comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  12. Stamina

    43% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

  13. Problem spotting

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Static strength

    41% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  17. Rate control

    39% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  18. Auditory attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  19. Deductive reasoning

    39% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  20. Categorising

    37% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    83% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    70% Skill level

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

  3. Doing physically active work

    55% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  4. Communicating within a team

    49% Skill level

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

  5. Working with mechanical equipment

    49% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  6. Monitoring people, processes and things

    49% Skill level

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

  7. Looking for changes over time

    47% Skill level

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

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    44% Skill level

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

  9. Building good relationships

    43% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  10. Driving vehicles or equipment

    43% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    39% Skill level

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

  12. Training and teaching others

    37% Skill level

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

  13. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    36% Skill level

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

  14. Researching and investigating

    35% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  15. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    34% Skill level

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

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Making decisions and solving problems

    34% Skill level

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

  18. Planning and prioritising work

    31% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    27% Skill level

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

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    26% 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, 51-7041.00 - Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood.

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. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. Dangerous equipment

    98% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  3. Exposure to contaminants

    95% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    94% Important

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

  5. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  6. Indoors, not heat controlled

    90% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  7. Spend time standing

    90% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

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

    89% Important

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

  9. Face-to-face discussions

    86% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Pace of work set by equipment

    84% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  12. Time pressure

    84% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  13. Unstructured work

    81% Important

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

  14. Contact with people

    79% Important

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

  15. Making repetitive motions

    77% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  16. Bending or twisting your body

    75% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  17. Teamwork

    75% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  18. Very hot or cold temperatures

    74% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  19. Health and safety of others

    72% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    71% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Support

    76% 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.

  2. Independence

    48% 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.

  3. Achievement

    43% Important

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

  4. Relationships

    43% 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

    43% 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. Recognition

    29% 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

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    71% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    48% Important

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

  4. Creative

    24% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    14% 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, 51-7041.00 - Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood.
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