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Train Controllers

ANZSCO ID 712918

Overview

All Other Stationary Plant Operators

  • $1,886 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Train Controllers

  • 1,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

Train Controllers oversee the safe movement of trains using computerised train control signalling systems.

You can work as a Train Controller without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in mechanical rail signalling or rail network control may be useful.

Tasks
  • Authorises and direct movements of trains.
  • Communicates with locomotive engineers to ensure safe movements of trains.
  • Familiarises themselves with the weight, length and schedules of trains.
  • Records movement of trains including departures and scheduled stops.
  • Provides other train controllers with information on trains progress.
  • Authorises and controls any activity taking place on railway tracks, including maintenance work.
  • Contacts relevant personal to deal with faults or mechanical failures.
  • Reports any accidents or incidents to the land transport authority and any other relevant body such as emergency services.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Train Controller without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in mechanical rail signalling or rail network control may be useful.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Stationary Plant Operators who communicate well with others, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Public safety and security

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Education and training

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Mechanical

    46% Skill level

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

  5. Customer and personal service

    45% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    42% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    42% Skill level

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

  8. Psychology

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Chemistry

    38% Skill level

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

  10. Law and government

    37% Skill level

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

  11. Mathematics

    33% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  12. Administration and management

    33% Skill level

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

  13. Physics

    32% Skill level

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

  14. Telecommunications

    30% Skill level

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

  15. Personnel and human resources

    27% Skill level

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

  16. Geography

    26% 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. Clerical

    26% Skill level

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

  18. Therapy and counselling

    26% Skill level

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

  19. Engineering and technology

    26% Skill level

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

  20. Communications and media

    24% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Coordination with others

    55% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  3. Critical thinking

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Time management

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Management of personnel resources

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Complex problem solving

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Reading comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  8. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active listening

    45% Skill level

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

  10. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  11. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Active learning

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  15. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  16. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  18. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  19. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  20. Serving others

    37% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Far vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  4. Auditory attention

    55% Skill level

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

  5. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Deductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  8. Near vision

    50% Skill level

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

  9. Reaction time

    50% Skill level

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

  10. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Visualization

    48% Skill level

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

  12. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  13. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  16. Control precision

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Written comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  19. Depth perception

    43% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  20. Written expression

    43% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    78% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    70% Skill level

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

  3. Researching and investigating

    60% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Looking for changes over time

    58% Skill level

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

  6. Controlling equipment or machines

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    56% Skill level

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

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Monitoring people, processes and things

    53% Skill level

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

  10. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

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

  11. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Building good relationships

    48% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    48% Skill level

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

  14. Coordinating the work of a team

    47% Skill level

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

  15. Making decisions and solving problems

    47% Skill level

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

  16. Collecting and organising information

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Training and teaching others

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Working with computers

    38% Skill level

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

  19. Driving vehicles or equipment

    38% Skill level

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

  20. Making sense of information and ideas

    36% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or 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, 53-4031.00 - Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters.

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

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    96% Important

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

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    93% Important

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

  5. Contact with people

    90% Important

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

  6. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    87% Important

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

  8. Exposure to contaminants

    86% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  9. Frequent decision making

    86% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  10. Consequence of error

    86% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  11. Telephone

    86% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Health and safety of others

    83% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Very hot or cold temperatures

    83% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  14. Being exact or accurate

    81% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  15. Impact of decisions

    80% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    79% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Spend time sitting

    78% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  18. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  19. Bright or inadequate lighting

    76% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    75% Important

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

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Independence

    71% 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. Working conditions

    62% Important

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

  4. Relationships

    52% 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.

  5. Achievement

    48% Important

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

  6. 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.

Interests

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

  1. Enterprising

    90% Important

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

  2. Practical

    81% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    71% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    33% Important

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

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  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, 53-4031.00 - Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters.

All Other Stationary Plant Operators

  • $1,886 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Train Controllers

  • 1,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

Train Controllers oversee the safe movement of trains using computerised train control signalling systems.

You can work as a Train Controller without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in mechanical rail signalling or rail network control may be useful.

Tasks
  • Authorises and direct movements of trains.
  • Communicates with locomotive engineers to ensure safe movements of trains.
  • Familiarises themselves with the weight, length and schedules of trains.
  • Records movement of trains including departures and scheduled stops.
  • Provides other train controllers with information on trains progress.
  • Authorises and controls any activity taking place on railway tracks, including maintenance work.
  • Contacts relevant personal to deal with faults or mechanical failures.
  • Reports any accidents or incidents to the land transport authority and any other relevant body such as emergency services.

You can work as a Train Controller without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in mechanical rail signalling or rail network control may be useful.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.

Employers look for Stationary Plant Operators who communicate well with others, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Public safety and security

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Education and training

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Mechanical

    46% Skill level

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

  5. Customer and personal service

    45% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    42% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    42% Skill level

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

  8. Psychology

    39% Skill level

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

  9. Chemistry

    38% Skill level

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

  10. Law and government

    37% Skill level

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

  11. Mathematics

    33% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  12. Administration and management

    33% Skill level

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

  13. Physics

    32% Skill level

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

  14. Telecommunications

    30% Skill level

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

  15. Personnel and human resources

    27% Skill level

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

  16. Geography

    26% 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. Clerical

    26% Skill level

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

  18. Therapy and counselling

    26% Skill level

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

  19. Engineering and technology

    26% Skill level

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

  20. Communications and media

    24% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Coordination with others

    55% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  3. Critical thinking

    52% Skill level

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

  4. Time management

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Management of personnel resources

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Complex problem solving

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Reading comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  8. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active listening

    45% Skill level

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

  10. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  11. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Active learning

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  15. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  16. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  18. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  19. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  20. Serving others

    37% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Far vision

    55% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  4. Auditory attention

    55% Skill level

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

  5. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Deductive reasoning

    54% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  8. Near vision

    50% Skill level

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

  9. Reaction time

    50% Skill level

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

  10. Speech clarity

    50% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Visualization

    48% Skill level

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

  12. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  13. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Speech recognition

    45% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  16. Control precision

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Written comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  19. Depth perception

    43% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  20. Written expression

    43% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    78% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    70% Skill level

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

  3. Researching and investigating

    60% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Looking for changes over time

    58% Skill level

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

  6. Controlling equipment or machines

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    56% Skill level

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

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Monitoring people, processes and things

    53% Skill level

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

  10. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

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

  11. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Building good relationships

    48% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    48% Skill level

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

  14. Coordinating the work of a team

    47% Skill level

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

  15. Making decisions and solving problems

    47% Skill level

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

  16. Collecting and organising information

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Training and teaching others

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Working with computers

    38% Skill level

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

  19. Driving vehicles or equipment

    38% Skill level

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

  20. Making sense of information and ideas

    36% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or 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, 53-4031.00 - Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters.

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

    98% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    96% Important

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

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    93% Important

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

  5. Contact with people

    90% Important

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

  6. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    87% Important

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

  8. Exposure to contaminants

    86% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  9. Frequent decision making

    86% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  10. Consequence of error

    86% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  11. Telephone

    86% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Health and safety of others

    83% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Very hot or cold temperatures

    83% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  14. Being exact or accurate

    81% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  15. Impact of decisions

    80% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  16. Lead or coordinate a team

    79% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  17. Spend time sitting

    78% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  18. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  19. Bright or inadequate lighting

    76% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    75% Important

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

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Independence

    71% 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. Working conditions

    62% Important

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

  4. Relationships

    52% 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.

  5. Achievement

    48% Important

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

  6. 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.

Interests

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

  1. Enterprising

    90% Important

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

  2. Practical

    81% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    71% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    33% Important

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

  5. Helping

    19% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  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, 53-4031.00 - Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters.
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