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Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers

ANZSCO ID 3942

Overview

All Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 4,800 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 18% female Gender Share

Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers set up and operate woodworking machines and wood turning lathes to shape wood stock, finish and polish furniture, and make picture frames and frame paintings, photographs and other artwork.

You can work as a Wood Machinist or Wood Trades Worker without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in a furnishing or timber field may be useful.

Tasks
  • studying drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications
  • determining tooling and machine requirements and sequence of operations
  • setting up woodworking machines and wood stock for correct cutting, planning, turning, shaping and sanding
  • operating machines to cut, plane, turn, shape and sand work pieces
  • removing old finishes by stripping with steel wool and glasspaper, and by applying solvents and paint strippers, and removing softened finishes by scraping
  • applying varnish, shellac, lacquer, stains and paint to surfaces and polishing and waxing finished surfaces
  • fitting and fastening frame pieces
  • mounting backing materials and subjects for framing

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Wood Machinist or Wood Trades Worker without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in a furnishing or timber field may be useful.

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 Forest and Wood Products Industry and Furnishing Industry VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Wood Machinists and Other Wood 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

    27% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    24% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    24% Skill level

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

  4. Chemistry

    22% Skill level

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

  5. Building and construction

    22% Skill level

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

  6. Production and processing

    19% Skill level

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

  7. English language

    19% Skill level

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

  8. Customer and personal service

    14% Skill level

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

  9. History and archeology

    13% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  10. Administration and management

    12% Skill level

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

  11. Engineering and technology

    11% Skill level

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

  12. Technical design

    9% Skill level

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

  13. Mathematics

    6% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  14. Transportation

    6% Skill level

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

  15. Foreign language

    5% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  16. Philosophy and theology

    5% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  17. Psychology

    5% Skill level

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

  18. Physics

    4% Skill level

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

  19. Communications and media

    2% Skill level

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

  20. Law and government

    2% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  2. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

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

  3. Operation and control

    41% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Time management

    41% Skill level

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

  5. Quality control analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  6. Active listening

    39% Skill level

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

  7. Active learning

    39% Skill level

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

  8. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Complex problem solving

    37% Skill level

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

  10. Coordination with others

    37% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Operation monitoring

    37% Skill level

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

  13. Serving others

    37% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  14. Reading comprehension

    37% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  15. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

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

  16. Social perceptiveness

    36% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Learning strategies

    34% Skill level

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

  18. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  19. Troubleshooting

    32% Skill level

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

  20. Persuasion

    30% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Visualization

    54% Skill level

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

  2. Near vision

    52% Skill level

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

  3. Manual dexterity

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Colour discrimination

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  6. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  7. Static strength

    46% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  8. Auditory attention

    46% Skill level

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

  9. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Multilimb coordination

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  13. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Control precision

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Problem spotting

    41% Skill level

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

  19. Dynamic strength

    36% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  20. Stamina

    36% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    85% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    70% Skill level

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

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Checking for errors or defects

    61% Skill level

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

  5. Doing physically active work

    60% Skill level

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

  6. Looking for changes over time

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Building good relationships

    52% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  9. Managing payments and orders

    50% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  10. Working with the public

    49% Skill level

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

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    48% Skill level

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

  12. Researching and investigating

    47% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  13. Working with mechanical equipment

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    45% Skill level

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

  15. Coordinating the work of a team

    43% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  16. Driving vehicles or equipment

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Scheduling work and activities

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Training and teaching others

    40% Skill level

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

  19. Guiding and directing staff

    38% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  20. Making decisions and solving problems

    36% Skill level

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

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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, 51-7021.00 - Furniture Finishers.

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.

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Demands

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

  1. Exposure to contaminants

    98% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  2. Dangerous conditions

    97% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    95% Important

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

  4. Spend time standing

    94% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    93% Important

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

  6. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  7. Time pressure

    88% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  8. Face-to-face discussions

    88% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    83% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Making repetitive motions

    83% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

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

    81% Important

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

  12. Indoors, not heat controlled

    78% Important

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

  13. Responsible for outcomes

    78% Important

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

  14. Unstructured work

    78% Important

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

  15. Bright or inadequate lighting

    74% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  16. Competition

    74% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  17. Contact with people

    73% Important

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

  18. Impact of decisions

    72% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Dangerous equipment

    72% Important

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

  20. Very hot or cold temperatures

    72% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

Values

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

  1. Support

    57% 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. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Working conditions

    36% Important

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

  4. Independence

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Achievement

    29% Important

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

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. Creative

    38% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    29% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    14% Important

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

  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, 51-7021.00 - Furniture Finishers.

All Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 4,800 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 18% female Gender Share

Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers set up and operate woodworking machines and wood turning lathes to shape wood stock, finish and polish furniture, and make picture frames and frame paintings, photographs and other artwork.

You can work as a Wood Machinist or Wood Trades Worker without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in a furnishing or timber field may be useful.

Tasks
  • studying drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications
  • determining tooling and machine requirements and sequence of operations
  • setting up woodworking machines and wood stock for correct cutting, planning, turning, shaping and sanding
  • operating machines to cut, plane, turn, shape and sand work pieces
  • removing old finishes by stripping with steel wool and glasspaper, and by applying solvents and paint strippers, and removing softened finishes by scraping
  • applying varnish, shellac, lacquer, stains and paint to surfaces and polishing and waxing finished surfaces
  • fitting and fastening frame pieces
  • mounting backing materials and subjects for framing

You can work as a Wood Machinist or Wood Trades Worker without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in a furnishing or timber field may be useful.

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 Forest and Wood Products Industry and Furnishing Industry VET training pathways.

Employers look for Wood Machinists and Other Wood 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

    27% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    24% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    24% Skill level

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

  4. Chemistry

    22% Skill level

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

  5. Building and construction

    22% Skill level

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

  6. Production and processing

    19% Skill level

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

  7. English language

    19% Skill level

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

  8. Customer and personal service

    14% Skill level

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

  9. History and archeology

    13% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  10. Administration and management

    12% Skill level

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

  11. Engineering and technology

    11% Skill level

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

  12. Technical design

    9% Skill level

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

  13. Mathematics

    6% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  14. Transportation

    6% Skill level

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

  15. Foreign language

    5% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  16. Philosophy and theology

    5% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  17. Psychology

    5% Skill level

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

  18. Physics

    4% Skill level

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

  19. Communications and media

    2% Skill level

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

  20. Law and government

    2% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  2. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

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

  3. Operation and control

    41% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Time management

    41% Skill level

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

  5. Quality control analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  6. Active listening

    39% Skill level

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

  7. Active learning

    39% Skill level

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

  8. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Complex problem solving

    37% Skill level

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

  10. Coordination with others

    37% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    37% Skill level

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

  12. Operation monitoring

    37% Skill level

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

  13. Serving others

    37% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  14. Reading comprehension

    37% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  15. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

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

  16. Social perceptiveness

    36% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Learning strategies

    34% Skill level

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

  18. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  19. Troubleshooting

    32% Skill level

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

  20. Persuasion

    30% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Visualization

    54% Skill level

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

  2. Near vision

    52% Skill level

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

  3. Manual dexterity

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Colour discrimination

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Arm-hand steadiness

    46% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  6. Finger dexterity

    46% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  7. Static strength

    46% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  8. Auditory attention

    46% Skill level

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

  9. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  10. Multilimb coordination

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Trunk strength

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Far vision

    45% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  13. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

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

  15. Sorting or ordering

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Control precision

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Problem spotting

    41% Skill level

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

  19. Dynamic strength

    36% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  20. Stamina

    36% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    85% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    70% Skill level

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

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Checking for errors or defects

    61% Skill level

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

  5. Doing physically active work

    60% Skill level

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

  6. Looking for changes over time

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Building good relationships

    52% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  9. Managing payments and orders

    50% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  10. Working with the public

    49% Skill level

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

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    48% Skill level

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

  12. Researching and investigating

    47% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  13. Working with mechanical equipment

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    45% Skill level

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

  15. Coordinating the work of a team

    43% Skill level

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  16. Driving vehicles or equipment

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Scheduling work and activities

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Training and teaching others

    40% Skill level

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

  19. Guiding and directing staff

    38% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  20. Making decisions and solving problems

    36% Skill level

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

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, 51-7021.00 - Furniture Finishers.

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.

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Demands

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

  1. Exposure to contaminants

    98% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  2. Dangerous conditions

    97% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    95% Important

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

  4. Spend time standing

    94% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    93% Important

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

  6. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  7. Time pressure

    88% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  8. Face-to-face discussions

    88% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  9. Freedom to make decisions

    83% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  10. Making repetitive motions

    83% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

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

    81% Important

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

  12. Indoors, not heat controlled

    78% Important

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

  13. Responsible for outcomes

    78% Important

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

  14. Unstructured work

    78% Important

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

  15. Bright or inadequate lighting

    74% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  16. Competition

    74% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  17. Contact with people

    73% Important

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

  18. Impact of decisions

    72% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Dangerous equipment

    72% Important

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

  20. Very hot or cold temperatures

    72% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

Values

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

  1. Support

    57% 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. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Working conditions

    36% Important

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

  4. Independence

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Achievement

    29% Important

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

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. Creative

    38% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    29% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    14% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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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, 51-7021.00 - Furniture Finishers.
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