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Overview

All Plumbers

  • $1,894 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Drainers

  • 4,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

Drainers install, maintain and design below-ground drainage systems and associated sewerage or effluent disposal systems.

Specialisations: Septic Tank Installer.

You can work as a Drainer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate II in drainage is usually required.

Tasks
  • Studies drawings and specifications to determine the layout of plumbing systems and materials required.
  • Installs sewerage and effluent pumping equipment and disposal systems.
  • Installs below-ground drainage systems and associated ground support systems.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Drainer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate II in drainage 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 Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Plumbers who work well in a team, are hardworking and provide good customer service.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    63% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Sales and marketing

    49% Skill level

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

  4. Building and construction

    49% Skill level

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

  5. Production and processing

    44% Skill level

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

  6. Public safety and security

    42% Skill level

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

  7. Education and training

    42% Skill level

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

  8. Transportation

    42% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Mathematics

    38% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  11. English language

    38% Skill level

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

  12. Technical design

    33% Skill level

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

  13. Chemistry

    32% Skill level

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

  14. Personnel and human resources

    32% Skill level

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

  15. Engineering and technology

    31% Skill level

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

  16. Clerical

    28% Skill level

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

  17. Physics

    24% Skill level

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

  18. Economics and accounting

    21% Skill level

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

  19. Law and government

    20% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    12% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    46% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

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

  3. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Repairing

    45% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  6. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Troubleshooting

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  10. Active listening

    41% Skill level

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

  11. Quality control analysis

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Equipment maintenance

    41% Skill level

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

  13. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  15. Active learning

    39% Skill level

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

  16. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Time management

    37% Skill level

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

  18. Social perceptiveness

    36% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Equipment selection

    34% Skill level

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

  20. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Reaction time

    52% Skill level

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

  3. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

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

  4. Auditory attention

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

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

  6. Oral comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  7. Oral expression

    48% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  8. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

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

  9. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

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

  10. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  11. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  12. Depth perception

    45% Skill level

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

  13. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  14. Hearing sensitivity

    45% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  15. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Static strength

    45% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  17. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  18. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  20. Rate control

    41% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Working with the public

    64% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  3. Doing physically active work

    62% Skill level

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

  4. Controlling equipment or machines

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Building good relationships

    57% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Driving vehicles or equipment

    55% Skill level

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

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    52% Skill level

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

  10. Working with mechanical equipment

    48% Skill level

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

  11. Thinking creatively

    47% Skill level

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

  12. Influencing people

    47% Skill level

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Training and teaching others

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Researching and investigating

    43% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Communicating within a team

    42% Skill level

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

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Checking for errors or defects

    38% Skill level

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

  20. Looking for changes over time

    38% Skill level

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

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Work Environment

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

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Contact with people

    95% Important

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

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    94% Important

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

  5. Exposure to contaminants

    92% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  6. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Very hot or cold temperatures

    88% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

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

    84% Important

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

  9. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    82% Important

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

  10. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    79% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  11. Teamwork

    79% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Being exact or accurate

    78% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  13. Freedom to make decisions

    76% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  14. Health and safety of others

    76% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  15. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    74% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Competition

    73% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  18. Unstructured work

    73% Important

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

  19. Bright or inadequate lighting

    72% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  20. Dangerous equipment

    72% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    62% 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.

  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. 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.

  4. Working conditions

    38% 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. Achievement

    33% Important

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

  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. Enterprising

    38% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    33% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    24% Important

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

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% Important

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

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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, 47-4071.00 - Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners.

All Plumbers

  • $1,894 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Drainers

  • 4,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

Drainers install, maintain and design below-ground drainage systems and associated sewerage or effluent disposal systems.

Specialisations: Septic Tank Installer.

You can work as a Drainer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate II in drainage is usually required.

Tasks
  • Studies drawings and specifications to determine the layout of plumbing systems and materials required.
  • Installs sewerage and effluent pumping equipment and disposal systems.
  • Installs below-ground drainage systems and associated ground support systems.

You can work as a Drainer without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate II in drainage 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 Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Plumbers who work well in a team, are hardworking and provide good customer service.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    63% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Sales and marketing

    49% Skill level

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

  4. Building and construction

    49% Skill level

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

  5. Production and processing

    44% Skill level

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

  6. Public safety and security

    42% Skill level

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

  7. Education and training

    42% Skill level

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

  8. Transportation

    42% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Mathematics

    38% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  11. English language

    38% Skill level

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

  12. Technical design

    33% Skill level

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

  13. Chemistry

    32% Skill level

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

  14. Personnel and human resources

    32% Skill level

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

  15. Engineering and technology

    31% Skill level

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

  16. Clerical

    28% Skill level

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

  17. Physics

    24% Skill level

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

  18. Economics and accounting

    21% Skill level

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

  19. Law and government

    20% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    12% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    46% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Critical thinking

    46% Skill level

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

  3. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Repairing

    45% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  6. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Troubleshooting

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  10. Active listening

    41% Skill level

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

  11. Quality control analysis

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Equipment maintenance

    41% Skill level

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

  13. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  15. Active learning

    39% Skill level

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

  16. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Time management

    37% Skill level

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

  18. Social perceptiveness

    36% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  19. Equipment selection

    34% Skill level

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

  20. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Reaction time

    52% Skill level

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

  3. Manual dexterity

    48% Skill level

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

  4. Auditory attention

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

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

  6. Oral comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  7. Oral expression

    48% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  8. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

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

  9. Problem spotting

    46% Skill level

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

  10. Far vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  11. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  12. Depth perception

    45% Skill level

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

  13. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  14. Hearing sensitivity

    45% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  15. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Static strength

    45% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  17. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  18. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Multitasking

    41% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  20. Rate control

    41% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Working with the public

    64% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  3. Doing physically active work

    62% Skill level

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

  4. Controlling equipment or machines

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Building good relationships

    57% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Driving vehicles or equipment

    55% Skill level

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

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    52% Skill level

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

  10. Working with mechanical equipment

    48% Skill level

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

  11. Thinking creatively

    47% Skill level

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

  12. Influencing people

    47% Skill level

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Training and teaching others

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Researching and investigating

    43% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Communicating within a team

    42% Skill level

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

  17. Checking compliance with standards

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Checking for errors or defects

    38% Skill level

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

  20. Looking for changes over time

    38% Skill level

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

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, 47-4071.00 - Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners.

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

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Contact with people

    95% Important

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

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    94% Important

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

  5. Exposure to contaminants

    92% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  6. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Very hot or cold temperatures

    88% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

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

    84% Important

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

  9. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    82% Important

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

  10. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    79% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  11. Teamwork

    79% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  12. Being exact or accurate

    78% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  13. Freedom to make decisions

    76% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  14. Health and safety of others

    76% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  15. Impact of decisions

    74% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    74% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Competition

    73% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  18. Unstructured work

    73% Important

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

  19. Bright or inadequate lighting

    72% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  20. Dangerous equipment

    72% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    62% 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.

  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. 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.

  4. Working conditions

    38% 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. Achievement

    33% Important

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

  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. Enterprising

    38% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    33% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    24% Important

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

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  6. Creative

    14% 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, 47-4071.00 - Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners.
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