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Library Assistants

ANZSCO ID 5997

Overview

All Library Assistants

  • $1,118 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 5,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 29% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 87% female Gender Share

Library Assistants issue, receive and shelve library items and maintain associated records.

Also known as: Library Attendant or Library Clerk.

You can work as a Library Assistant without formal qualifications, however, a formal qualification in library and information services may be useful. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • issuing library items to borrowers and recording identification data and due dates
  • sorting and shelving returned items
  • locating and retrieving items on request
  • maintaining records and index systems
  • receiving overdue items, issuing overdue notices, and receiving fines
  • inspecting returned items for damage and making minor repairs
  • assisting with the preparation of displays and promotional activities
  • may prepare catalogued items for shelving

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Library Assistant without formal qualifications, however, a formal qualification in library and information services may be useful. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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 Public Sector VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Library Assistants who can interact well with a variety of people, provide good customer service and self-manage.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    64% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    58% Skill level

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

  4. Computers and electronics

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Geography

    44% 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.

  6. Education and training

    42% Skill level

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

  7. History and archeology

    38% Skill level

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

  8. Communications and media

    35% Skill level

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

  9. Sociology and anthropology

    34% Skill level

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

  10. Sales and marketing

    32% Skill level

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

  11. Law and government

    30% Skill level

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

  12. Psychology

    30% Skill level

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

  13. Mathematics

    30% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  14. Public safety and security

    29% Skill level

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

  15. Administration and management

    27% Skill level

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

  16. Personnel and human resources

    26% Skill level

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

  17. Economics and accounting

    24% Skill level

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

  18. Foreign language

    21% Skill level

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

  19. Fine arts

    18% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  20. Telecommunications

    17% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Serving others

    48% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  3. Active listening

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  7. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Monitoring

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  11. Time management

    36% Skill level

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

  12. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

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

  13. Active learning

    34% Skill level

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

  14. Learning strategies

    34% Skill level

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

  15. Mathematics

    34% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  16. Management of personnel resources

    32% Skill level

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

  17. Complex problem solving

    30% Skill level

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

  18. Persuasion

    27% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Management of material resources

    25% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  20. Negotiation

    23% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Near vision

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  5. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  6. Written comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  8. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Speech clarity

    41% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Written expression

    41% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  12. Problem spotting

    39% Skill level

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

  13. Inductive reasoning

    37% Skill level

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

  14. Perceptual speed

    37% Skill level

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

  15. Selective attention

    37% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    36% Skill level

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

  17. Finger dexterity

    34% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  18. Memorization

    32% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  19. Trunk strength

    32% Skill level

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

  20. Multitasking

    30% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

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

  1. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

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

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    69% Skill level

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

  3. Working with the public

    66% Skill level

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

  4. Handling and moving objects

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    63% Skill level

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

  6. Building good relationships

    62% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Researching and investigating

    61% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Communicating within a team

    59% Skill level

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

  9. Monitoring people, processes and things

    57% Skill level

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

  10. Documenting or recording information

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Collecting and organising information

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Communicating with the public

    56% Skill level

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

  13. Making decisions and solving problems

    55% Skill level

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

  14. Working with computers

    54% Skill level

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

  15. Explaining things to people

    53% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  16. Providing office support

    49% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  17. Thinking creatively

    46% Skill level

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

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    44% Skill level

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

  19. Training and teaching others

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Doing physically active work

    40% Skill level

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

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, 43-4121.00 - Library Assistants, Clerical.

Work Environment

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

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    95% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Electronic mail

    91% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    89% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Contact with people

    86% Important

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

  6. Unstructured work

    85% Important

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

  7. Contact with the public

    83% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Repeating same tasks

    82% Important

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

  10. Teamwork

    78% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    78% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Frequent decision making

    69% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Spend time sitting

    69% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  14. Impact of decisions

    67% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

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

    67% Important

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

  16. Letters and memos

    66% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  17. Exposure to contaminants

    65% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  18. Making repetitive motions

    63% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  19. Physically close to people

    63% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    62% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Support

    52% Important

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

  3. Achievement

    38% Important

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

  4. 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.

  5. Independence

    33% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

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

  1. Administrative

    100% Important

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

  2. Practical

    76% Important

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

  3. Helping

    57% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Enterprising

    38% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    24% 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, 43-4121.00 - Library Assistants, Clerical.

All Library Assistants

  • $1,118 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • 5,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 29% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 87% female Gender Share

Library Assistants issue, receive and shelve library items and maintain associated records.

Also known as: Library Attendant or Library Clerk.

You can work as a Library Assistant without formal qualifications, however, a formal qualification in library and information services may be useful. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • issuing library items to borrowers and recording identification data and due dates
  • sorting and shelving returned items
  • locating and retrieving items on request
  • maintaining records and index systems
  • receiving overdue items, issuing overdue notices, and receiving fines
  • inspecting returned items for damage and making minor repairs
  • assisting with the preparation of displays and promotional activities
  • may prepare catalogued items for shelving

You can work as a Library Assistant without formal qualifications, however, a formal qualification in library and information services may be useful. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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 Public Sector VET training pathways.

Employers look for Library Assistants who can interact well with a variety of people, provide good customer service and self-manage.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Clerical

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    64% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    58% Skill level

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

  4. Computers and electronics

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Geography

    44% 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.

  6. Education and training

    42% Skill level

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

  7. History and archeology

    38% Skill level

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

  8. Communications and media

    35% Skill level

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

  9. Sociology and anthropology

    34% Skill level

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

  10. Sales and marketing

    32% Skill level

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

  11. Law and government

    30% Skill level

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

  12. Psychology

    30% Skill level

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

  13. Mathematics

    30% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  14. Public safety and security

    29% Skill level

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

  15. Administration and management

    27% Skill level

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

  16. Personnel and human resources

    26% Skill level

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

  17. Economics and accounting

    24% Skill level

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

  18. Foreign language

    21% Skill level

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

  19. Fine arts

    18% Skill level

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  20. Telecommunications

    17% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Serving others

    48% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  3. Active listening

    46% Skill level

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

  4. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  7. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  8. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  9. Monitoring

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  11. Time management

    36% Skill level

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

  12. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

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

  13. Active learning

    34% Skill level

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

  14. Learning strategies

    34% Skill level

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

  15. Mathematics

    34% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  16. Management of personnel resources

    32% Skill level

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

  17. Complex problem solving

    30% Skill level

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

  18. Persuasion

    27% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Management of material resources

    25% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  20. Negotiation

    23% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  2. Near vision

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  5. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  6. Written comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  8. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Speech clarity

    41% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Written expression

    41% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  12. Problem spotting

    39% Skill level

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

  13. Inductive reasoning

    37% Skill level

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

  14. Perceptual speed

    37% Skill level

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

  15. Selective attention

    37% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Flexibility of closure

    36% Skill level

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

  17. Finger dexterity

    34% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  18. Memorization

    32% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  19. Trunk strength

    32% Skill level

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

  20. Multitasking

    30% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

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

  1. Looking for changes over time

    69% Skill level

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

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    69% Skill level

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

  3. Working with the public

    66% Skill level

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

  4. Handling and moving objects

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    63% Skill level

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

  6. Building good relationships

    62% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Researching and investigating

    61% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Communicating within a team

    59% Skill level

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

  9. Monitoring people, processes and things

    57% Skill level

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

  10. Documenting or recording information

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Collecting and organising information

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Communicating with the public

    56% Skill level

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

  13. Making decisions and solving problems

    55% Skill level

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

  14. Working with computers

    54% Skill level

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

  15. Explaining things to people

    53% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  16. Providing office support

    49% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  17. Thinking creatively

    46% Skill level

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

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    44% Skill level

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

  19. Training and teaching others

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Doing physically active work

    40% Skill level

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

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, 43-4121.00 - Library Assistants, Clerical.

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

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    95% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Electronic mail

    91% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    89% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Contact with people

    86% Important

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

  6. Unstructured work

    85% Important

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

  7. Contact with the public

    83% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Repeating same tasks

    82% Important

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

  10. Teamwork

    78% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Freedom to make decisions

    78% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  12. Frequent decision making

    69% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Spend time sitting

    69% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  14. Impact of decisions

    67% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

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

    67% Important

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

  16. Letters and memos

    66% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  17. Exposure to contaminants

    65% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  18. Making repetitive motions

    63% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  19. Physically close to people

    63% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    62% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Support

    52% Important

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

  3. Achievement

    38% Important

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

  4. 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.

  5. Independence

    33% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

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

  1. Administrative

    100% Important

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

  2. Practical

    76% Important

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

  3. Helping

    57% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Enterprising

    38% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    24% 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, 43-4121.00 - Library Assistants, Clerical.
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