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Veterinary Nurses

ANZSCO ID 3613

Overview

All Veterinary Nurses

  • $1,088 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 12,100 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 29 years Average age
  • 97% female Gender Share

Veterinary Nurses care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.

Also known as: Animal Nurse, or Veterinary Assistant.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in veterinary nursing to work as a Veterinary Nurse. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Tasks
  • holding animals to allow examination and treatment by Veterinarians
  • cleaning and sterilising examination tables and equipment
  • preparing instruments and handing them to the Veterinarian
  • assisting Veterinarians to administer anaesthetics and oxygen during operations
  • placing animals in cages for recovery from operations and monitoring their condition
  • giving medications to animals
  • maintaining stock control and records
  • providing animal care advice, and preparing, delivering, and reviewing animal care education programs
  • may perform diagnostic laboratory tests
  • may act as receptionist, accept payments and undertake clerical work

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate III or IV in veterinary nursing to work as a Veterinary Nurse. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Registration or licencing may be 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 Animal Care and Management VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Veterinary Nurses who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and who can communicate clearly.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Biology

    46% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    45% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Clerical

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    41% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Chemistry

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Medicine and dentistry

    32% Skill level

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

  11. Mechanical

    25% Skill level

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

  12. Production and processing

    24% Skill level

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

  13. Communications and media

    22% Skill level

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

  14. Public safety and security

    22% Skill level

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

  15. Psychology

    21% Skill level

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

  16. Administration and management

    20% Skill level

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

  17. Therapy and counselling

    19% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  18. Law and government

    17% Skill level

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

  19. Economics and accounting

    15% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    12% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    46% Skill level

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

  2. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  4. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  5. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  6. Active learning

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  8. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  10. Coordination with others

    39% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Mathematics

    39% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  12. Instructing

    37% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  13. Science

    37% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    36% Skill level

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

  15. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

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

  16. Time management

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Learning strategies

    34% Skill level

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

  18. Negotiation

    30% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Persuasion

    30% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    30% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Oral expression

    46% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  7. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  8. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  12. Trunk strength

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Written expression

    43% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  14. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Finger dexterity

    41% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Static strength

    41% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  18. Manual dexterity

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Selective attention

    34% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Working with numbers

    34% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

Activities

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

  1. Monitoring people, processes and things

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

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

  3. Helping and caring for others

    66% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    63% Skill level

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

  6. Handling and moving objects

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

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

  8. Building good relationships

    59% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Documenting or recording information

    58% Skill level

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

  11. Communicating with the public

    56% Skill level

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

  12. Working with the public

    56% Skill level

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

  13. Doing physically active work

    53% Skill level

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

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    53% Skill level

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

  15. Researching and investigating

    53% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Collecting and organising information

    49% Skill level

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

  17. Working with computers

    47% Skill level

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

  18. Checking for errors or defects

    46% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    45% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Assessing and evaluating things

    43% Skill level

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

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, 31-9096.00 - Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers.

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

    100% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Contact with people

    99% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Contact with the public

    93% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  5. Physically close to people

    90% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  6. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Disease or infection

    89% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  8. Exposure to contaminants

    85% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  9. Frequent decision making

    84% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  10. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  11. Telephone

    83% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Spend time standing

    82% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  13. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    81% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

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

    81% Important

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

  15. Impact of decisions

    80% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Unstructured work

    78% Important

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

  17. Freedom to make decisions

    76% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  18. Bending or twisting your body

    75% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  19. Consequence of error

    73% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Radiation

    72% Important

    Be exposed to radiation.

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    76% 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

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. 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.

  4. Achievement

    33% Important

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

  5. Independence

    33% 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.

  6. Recognition

    33% 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

    95% Important

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

  2. Helping

    62% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Analytical

    57% Important

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

  4. Administrative

    38% Important

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

  5. Creative

    29% Important

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

  6. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

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, 31-9096.00 - Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers.

All Veterinary Nurses

  • $1,088 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 12,100 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40 hours Average full-time
  • 29 years Average age
  • 97% female Gender Share

Veterinary Nurses care for animals under treatment and in temporary residence at veterinary facilities and assist Veterinarians to perform procedures and operations.

Also known as: Animal Nurse, or Veterinary Assistant.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in veterinary nursing to work as a Veterinary Nurse. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Tasks
  • holding animals to allow examination and treatment by Veterinarians
  • cleaning and sterilising examination tables and equipment
  • preparing instruments and handing them to the Veterinarian
  • assisting Veterinarians to administer anaesthetics and oxygen during operations
  • placing animals in cages for recovery from operations and monitoring their condition
  • giving medications to animals
  • maintaining stock control and records
  • providing animal care advice, and preparing, delivering, and reviewing animal care education programs
  • may perform diagnostic laboratory tests
  • may act as receptionist, accept payments and undertake clerical work

You usually need a certificate III or IV in veterinary nursing to work as a Veterinary Nurse. Some workers complete a traineeship.

Registration or licencing may be 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 Animal Care and Management VET training pathways.

Employers look for Veterinary Nurses who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and who can communicate clearly.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Biology

    46% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    45% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    43% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Sales and marketing

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Clerical

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    41% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Chemistry

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Medicine and dentistry

    32% Skill level

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

  11. Mechanical

    25% Skill level

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

  12. Production and processing

    24% Skill level

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

  13. Communications and media

    22% Skill level

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

  14. Public safety and security

    22% Skill level

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

  15. Psychology

    21% Skill level

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

  16. Administration and management

    20% Skill level

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

  17. Therapy and counselling

    19% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  18. Law and government

    17% Skill level

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

  19. Economics and accounting

    15% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    12% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    46% Skill level

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

  2. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  4. Reading comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  5. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  6. Active learning

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  8. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  10. Coordination with others

    39% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Mathematics

    39% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  12. Instructing

    37% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  13. Science

    37% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    36% Skill level

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

  15. Complex problem solving

    34% Skill level

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

  16. Time management

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Learning strategies

    34% Skill level

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

  18. Negotiation

    30% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Persuasion

    30% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    30% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Oral expression

    46% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  7. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  8. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  12. Trunk strength

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Written expression

    43% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  14. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Finger dexterity

    41% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Static strength

    41% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  18. Manual dexterity

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Selective attention

    34% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Working with numbers

    34% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

Activities

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

  1. Monitoring people, processes and things

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

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

  3. Helping and caring for others

    66% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    63% Skill level

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

  6. Handling and moving objects

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

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

  8. Building good relationships

    59% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Documenting or recording information

    58% Skill level

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

  11. Communicating with the public

    56% Skill level

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

  12. Working with the public

    56% Skill level

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

  13. Doing physically active work

    53% Skill level

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

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    53% Skill level

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

  15. Researching and investigating

    53% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Collecting and organising information

    49% Skill level

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

  17. Working with computers

    47% Skill level

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

  18. Checking for errors or defects

    46% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    45% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Assessing and evaluating things

    43% Skill level

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

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, 31-9096.00 - Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers.

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

    100% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Contact with people

    99% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Contact with the public

    93% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  5. Physically close to people

    90% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  6. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Disease or infection

    89% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  8. Exposure to contaminants

    85% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  9. Frequent decision making

    84% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  10. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  11. Telephone

    83% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Spend time standing

    82% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  13. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    81% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

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

    81% Important

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

  15. Impact of decisions

    80% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Unstructured work

    78% Important

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

  17. Freedom to make decisions

    76% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  18. Bending or twisting your body

    75% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  19. Consequence of error

    73% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  20. Radiation

    72% Important

    Be exposed to radiation.

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    76% 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

    71% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  3. 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.

  4. Achievement

    33% Important

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

  5. Independence

    33% 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.

  6. Recognition

    33% 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

    95% Important

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

  2. Helping

    62% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Analytical

    57% Important

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

  4. Administrative

    38% Important

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

  5. Creative

    29% Important

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

  6. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

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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, 31-9096.00 - Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers.
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