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Overview

All Police

  • $2,036 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 67,200 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 27% female Gender Share

Police protect and preserve property, public order and safety through the enforcement of laws.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and State and Territory Police forces have varying requirements to become a Police Officer. Most require you to complete secondary education. A course in justice administration, law or criminology might be helpful.

Tasks
  • investigating and prosecuting offences committed in areas such as organised, corporate and computer crime, environmental offences, drug trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting and terrorism
  • securing and examining scenes of crimes and accidents to locate and obtain evidence for analysis
  • protecting witnesses and investigating official corruption
  • maintaining public order and safety
  • patrolling assigned areas to minimise potential for public disturbance and crime
  • investigating accidents, crimes, minor offences and citizens' complaints, gathering evidence, and pursuing, arresting and interviewing suspected offenders
  • testing persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and issuing infringement notices for traffic offences
  • directing and re-routing traffic at congested areas
  • attending community meetings and answering inquiries from the public where necessary
  • providing advice and assistance to victims of crime and their families
  • maintaining records and preparing reports

Prospects

Pathways

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and State and Territory Police forces have varying requirements to become a Police Officer. Most require you to complete secondary education. A course in justice administration, law or criminology might be helpful.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
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Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Police who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    86% Skill level

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

  2. Psychology

    78% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    76% Skill level

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

  4. Education and training

    75% Skill level

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

  5. Law and government

    73% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    65% Skill level

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

  7. Clerical

    60% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    53% Skill level

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

  10. Personnel and human resources

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Therapy and counselling

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Telecommunications

    47% Skill level

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

  13. Communications and media

    47% Skill level

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

  14. Sociology and anthropology

    45% Skill level

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

  15. Transportation

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Geography

    36% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  17. Mathematics

    31% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  18. Medicine and dentistry

    31% Skill level

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

  19. Foreign language

    24% Skill level

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

  20. Economics and accounting

    22% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Social perceptiveness

    57% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  4. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Negotiation

    57% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  6. Coordination with others

    55% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  7. Persuasion

    55% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  8. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Serving others

    55% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  10. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

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

  13. Judgment and decision making

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Time management

    45% Skill level

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

  15. Active learning

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Operation and control

    41% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    34% Skill level

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

  20. Operation monitoring

    34% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  2. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Near vision

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Selective attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  8. Reaction time

    57% Skill level

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

  9. Speech recognition

    55% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  10. Speech clarity

    55% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  12. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  13. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  14. Written expression

    54% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  15. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

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

  16. Response orientation

    52% Skill level

    Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).

  17. Perceptual speed

    46% Skill level

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

  18. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  19. Auditory attention

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Multilimb coordination

    43% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    87% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  2. Working with the public

    86% Skill level

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

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    86% Skill level

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

  4. Helping and caring for others

    85% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  5. Looking for changes over time

    79% Skill level

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

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    79% Skill level

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

  7. Building good relationships

    76% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    74% Skill level

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

  9. Monitoring people, processes and things

    73% Skill level

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

  10. Communicating with the public

    72% Skill level

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

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    72% Skill level

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

  12. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

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

  13. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

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

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    71% Skill level

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

  15. Documenting or recording information

    69% Skill level

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

  16. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  17. Training and teaching others

    64% Skill level

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

  18. Driving vehicles or equipment

    58% Skill level

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

  19. Working with computers

    55% Skill level

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

  20. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

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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, 33-3051.01 - Police Patrol Officers.

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. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Contact with people

    98% Important

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

  4. Contact with the public

    98% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  6. Angry or unpleasant people

    96% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  7. Frequent decision making

    95% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  8. Teamwork

    93% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    93% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  10. Impact of decisions

    92% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  11. Telephone

    91% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Health and safety of others

    90% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Freedom to make decisions

    89% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  14. Conflict situations

    89% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  15. Bright or inadequate lighting

    83% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  16. Electronic mail

    83% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  17. Physically aggressive people

    83% Important

    Deal with physically aggressive or violent people.

  18. Unstructured work

    83% Important

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

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    82% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Very hot or cold temperatures

    79% 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. Achievement

    81% Important

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

  2. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Relationships

    81% 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.

  4. Support

    81% 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.

  5. Recognition

    71% 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. Working conditions

    67% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    81% Important

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

  2. Enterprising

    76% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

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

  4. Helping

    57% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Analytical

    29% Important

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

  6. Creative

    14% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-3051.01 - Police Patrol Officers.

All Police

  • $2,036 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 67,200 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 27% female Gender Share

Police protect and preserve property, public order and safety through the enforcement of laws.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and State and Territory Police forces have varying requirements to become a Police Officer. Most require you to complete secondary education. A course in justice administration, law or criminology might be helpful.

Tasks
  • investigating and prosecuting offences committed in areas such as organised, corporate and computer crime, environmental offences, drug trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting and terrorism
  • securing and examining scenes of crimes and accidents to locate and obtain evidence for analysis
  • protecting witnesses and investigating official corruption
  • maintaining public order and safety
  • patrolling assigned areas to minimise potential for public disturbance and crime
  • investigating accidents, crimes, minor offences and citizens' complaints, gathering evidence, and pursuing, arresting and interviewing suspected offenders
  • testing persons suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and issuing infringement notices for traffic offences
  • directing and re-routing traffic at congested areas
  • attending community meetings and answering inquiries from the public where necessary
  • providing advice and assistance to victims of crime and their families
  • maintaining records and preparing reports

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and State and Territory Police forces have varying requirements to become a Police Officer. Most require you to complete secondary education. A course in justice administration, law or criminology might be helpful.

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

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

Employers look for Police who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    86% Skill level

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

  2. Psychology

    78% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    76% Skill level

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

  4. Education and training

    75% Skill level

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

  5. Law and government

    73% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    65% Skill level

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

  7. Clerical

    60% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    53% Skill level

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

  10. Personnel and human resources

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Therapy and counselling

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Telecommunications

    47% Skill level

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

  13. Communications and media

    47% Skill level

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

  14. Sociology and anthropology

    45% Skill level

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

  15. Transportation

    43% Skill level

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

  16. Geography

    36% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  17. Mathematics

    31% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  18. Medicine and dentistry

    31% Skill level

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

  19. Foreign language

    24% Skill level

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

  20. Economics and accounting

    22% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Social perceptiveness

    57% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  4. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Negotiation

    57% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  6. Coordination with others

    55% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  7. Persuasion

    55% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  8. Reading comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  9. Serving others

    55% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  10. Monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  12. Complex problem solving

    46% Skill level

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

  13. Judgment and decision making

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Time management

    45% Skill level

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

  15. Active learning

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  17. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Operation and control

    41% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    34% Skill level

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

  20. Operation monitoring

    34% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  2. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Near vision

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Problem spotting

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Selective attention

    57% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  8. Reaction time

    57% Skill level

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

  9. Speech recognition

    55% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  10. Speech clarity

    55% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Written comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  12. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  13. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  14. Written expression

    54% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  15. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

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

  16. Response orientation

    52% Skill level

    Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).

  17. Perceptual speed

    46% Skill level

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

  18. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  19. Auditory attention

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Multilimb coordination

    43% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    87% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  2. Working with the public

    86% Skill level

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

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    86% Skill level

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

  4. Helping and caring for others

    85% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  5. Looking for changes over time

    79% Skill level

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

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    79% Skill level

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

  7. Building good relationships

    76% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    74% Skill level

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

  9. Monitoring people, processes and things

    73% Skill level

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

  10. Communicating with the public

    72% Skill level

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

  11. Assessing and evaluating things

    72% Skill level

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

  12. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

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

  13. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

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

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    71% Skill level

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

  15. Documenting or recording information

    69% Skill level

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

  16. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  17. Training and teaching others

    64% Skill level

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

  18. Driving vehicles or equipment

    58% Skill level

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

  19. Working with computers

    55% Skill level

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

  20. Explaining things to people

    52% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

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, 33-3051.01 - Police Patrol Officers.

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. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Contact with people

    98% Important

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

  4. Contact with the public

    98% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  5. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  6. Angry or unpleasant people

    96% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  7. Frequent decision making

    95% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  8. Teamwork

    93% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    93% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  10. Impact of decisions

    92% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  11. Telephone

    91% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Health and safety of others

    90% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Freedom to make decisions

    89% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  14. Conflict situations

    89% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  15. Bright or inadequate lighting

    83% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  16. Electronic mail

    83% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  17. Physically aggressive people

    83% Important

    Deal with physically aggressive or violent people.

  18. Unstructured work

    83% Important

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

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    82% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Very hot or cold temperatures

    79% 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. Achievement

    81% Important

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

  2. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Relationships

    81% 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.

  4. Support

    81% 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.

  5. Recognition

    71% 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. Working conditions

    67% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    81% Important

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

  2. Enterprising

    76% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

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

  4. Helping

    57% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Analytical

    29% Important

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

  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, 33-3051.01 - Police Patrol Officers.
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