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Security Officers

ANZSCO ID 442217

Overview

All Security Officers and Guards

  • $1,318 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Security Officers

  • 39,900 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 14% female Gender Share

Security Officers patrol and guard industrial and commercial property, railway yards, stations and other facilities.

Specialisations: Mobile Patrol Officer, Railway Patrol Officer.

You can work as a Security Officer without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in security operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • Patrols areas and keeps watch for people acting suspiciously.
  • Watches for irregularities such as broken water-pipes and fire hazards and takes action to prevent fire, accidental loss or criminal activity.
  • May make arrests where authorised by law.
  • Conveys, or guards messengers conveying, valuables to and from banks or other establishments.
  • May sweep floors and supervise heating plants.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Security Officer without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in security operations may be useful.

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 Property Services and Public Sector VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Security Officers and Guards who can connect with others, are trustworthy, responsible and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    55% Skill level

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

  2. Public safety and security

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Psychology

    45% Skill level

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

  4. English language

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    35% Skill level

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

  6. Law and government

    32% Skill level

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

  7. Clerical

    31% Skill level

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

  8. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

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

  9. Telecommunications

    26% Skill level

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

  10. Computers and electronics

    25% Skill level

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

  11. Therapy and counselling

    25% Skill level

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

  12. Geography

    24% 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.

  13. Transportation

    24% Skill level

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

  14. Sociology and anthropology

    24% Skill level

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

  15. Medicine and dentistry

    22% Skill level

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

  16. Personnel and human resources

    21% Skill level

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

  17. Mathematics

    20% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  18. Administration and management

    19% Skill level

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

  19. Philosophy and theology

    19% Skill level

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

  20. Foreign language

    14% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  2. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active listening

    41% Skill level

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

  4. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  5. Critical thinking

    41% Skill level

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

  6. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Speaking

    39% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Serving others

    37% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Active learning

    36% Skill level

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

  11. Persuasion

    36% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    32% Skill level

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

  13. Complex problem solving

    32% Skill level

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

  14. Learning strategies

    32% Skill level

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

  15. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Operation monitoring

    30% Skill level

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

  17. Negotiation

    29% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  18. Time management

    29% Skill level

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

  19. Operation and control

    27% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    25% 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. Selective attention

    54% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  2. Oral comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  6. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  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. Speech recognition

    41% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  11. Perceptual speed

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Sorting or ordering

    41% Skill level

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

  13. Written comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  14. Speech clarity

    39% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Static strength

    39% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  16. Hearing sensitivity

    34% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  17. Written expression

    34% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  18. Multitasking

    34% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  19. Auditory attention

    32% Skill level

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

  20. Colour discrimination

    32% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Documenting or recording information

    71% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    69% Skill level

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

  3. Working with the public

    69% Skill level

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

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

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

  6. Planning and prioritising work

    64% Skill level

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

  7. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    60% Skill level

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

  9. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    60% Skill level

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

  10. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

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

  11. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    58% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  12. Communicating within a team

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Researching and investigating

    55% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  14. Guiding and directing staff

    55% Skill level

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

  15. Training and teaching others

    54% Skill level

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

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    52% Skill level

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

  17. Checking for errors or defects

    51% Skill level

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

  18. Coordinating the work of a team

    50% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    46% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    44% Skill level

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

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, 33-9032.00 - Security Guards.

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

    94% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Contact with people

    89% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    88% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Telephone

    87% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Impact of decisions

    85% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  7. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    83% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  9. Frequent decision making

    82% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  10. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  11. Repeating same tasks

    77% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  12. Health and safety of others

    76% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    75% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  14. Physically close to people

    74% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  15. Unstructured work

    73% Important

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

  16. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  17. Angry or unpleasant people

    69% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  18. Competition

    68% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    68% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Conflict situations

    67% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

Values

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

  1. Support

    76% Important

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

  2. Relationships

    71% 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. Independence

    67% Important

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

  4. Achievement

    48% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    43% 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

    43% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    62% Important

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

  4. Helping

    48% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Analytical

    33% Important

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

  6. Creative

    19% 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, 33-9032.00 - Security Guards.

All Security Officers and Guards

  • $1,318 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Security Officers

  • 39,900 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 14% female Gender Share

Security Officers patrol and guard industrial and commercial property, railway yards, stations and other facilities.

Specialisations: Mobile Patrol Officer, Railway Patrol Officer.

You can work as a Security Officer without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in security operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • Patrols areas and keeps watch for people acting suspiciously.
  • Watches for irregularities such as broken water-pipes and fire hazards and takes action to prevent fire, accidental loss or criminal activity.
  • May make arrests where authorised by law.
  • Conveys, or guards messengers conveying, valuables to and from banks or other establishments.
  • May sweep floors and supervise heating plants.

You can work as a Security Officer without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II or III in security operations may be useful.

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 Property Services and Public Sector VET training pathways.

Employers look for Security Officers and Guards who can connect with others, are trustworthy, responsible and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    55% Skill level

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

  2. Public safety and security

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Psychology

    45% Skill level

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

  4. English language

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    35% Skill level

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

  6. Law and government

    32% Skill level

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

  7. Clerical

    31% Skill level

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

  8. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

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

  9. Telecommunications

    26% Skill level

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

  10. Computers and electronics

    25% Skill level

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

  11. Therapy and counselling

    25% Skill level

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

  12. Geography

    24% 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.

  13. Transportation

    24% Skill level

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

  14. Sociology and anthropology

    24% Skill level

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

  15. Medicine and dentistry

    22% Skill level

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

  16. Personnel and human resources

    21% Skill level

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

  17. Mathematics

    20% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  18. Administration and management

    19% Skill level

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

  19. Philosophy and theology

    19% Skill level

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

  20. Foreign language

    14% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  2. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active listening

    41% Skill level

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

  4. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  5. Critical thinking

    41% Skill level

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

  6. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Speaking

    39% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Serving others

    37% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  9. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  10. Active learning

    36% Skill level

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

  11. Persuasion

    36% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    32% Skill level

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

  13. Complex problem solving

    32% Skill level

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

  14. Learning strategies

    32% Skill level

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

  15. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  16. Operation monitoring

    30% Skill level

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

  17. Negotiation

    29% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  18. Time management

    29% Skill level

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

  19. Operation and control

    27% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  20. Management of personnel resources

    25% 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. Selective attention

    54% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  2. Oral comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  6. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  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. Speech recognition

    41% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  11. Perceptual speed

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Sorting or ordering

    41% Skill level

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

  13. Written comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  14. Speech clarity

    39% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  15. Static strength

    39% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  16. Hearing sensitivity

    34% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  17. Written expression

    34% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  18. Multitasking

    34% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  19. Auditory attention

    32% Skill level

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

  20. Colour discrimination

    32% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Documenting or recording information

    71% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    69% Skill level

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

  3. Working with the public

    69% Skill level

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

  4. Making decisions and solving problems

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

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

  6. Planning and prioritising work

    64% Skill level

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

  7. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    60% Skill level

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

  9. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    60% Skill level

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

  10. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

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

  11. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    58% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  12. Communicating within a team

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Researching and investigating

    55% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  14. Guiding and directing staff

    55% Skill level

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

  15. Training and teaching others

    54% Skill level

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

  16. Scheduling work and activities

    52% Skill level

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

  17. Checking for errors or defects

    51% Skill level

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

  18. Coordinating the work of a team

    50% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    46% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    44% Skill level

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

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, 33-9032.00 - Security Guards.

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

    94% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  2. Contact with people

    89% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    88% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Telephone

    87% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Impact of decisions

    85% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  7. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    83% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  9. Frequent decision making

    82% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  10. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  11. Repeating same tasks

    77% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  12. Health and safety of others

    76% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    75% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  14. Physically close to people

    74% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  15. Unstructured work

    73% Important

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

  16. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  17. Angry or unpleasant people

    69% Important

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

  18. Competition

    68% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    68% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Conflict situations

    67% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

Values

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

  1. Support

    76% Important

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

  2. Relationships

    71% 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. Independence

    67% Important

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

  4. Achievement

    48% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    43% 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

    43% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

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

  3. Enterprising

    62% Important

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

  4. Helping

    48% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Analytical

    33% Important

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

  6. Creative

    19% Important

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

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