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Waste Water and Water Plant Operators

ANZSCO ID 712921

Overview

All Other Stationary Plant Operators

  • $1,886 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Waste Water and Water Plant Operators

  • 4,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 6% female Gender Share

Waste Water or Water Plant Operators operate plants to store, distribute and treat water, including purifying water for human consumption and removing waste from sewage.

You usually need a certificate II, III or IV in water industry operations to work as a Waste Water or Water Plant Operator.

Tasks
  • Controls flow of raw water into plant, by regulating electric motors, pumps and valves.
  • Adds specified amounts of chemicals and activates agitators to mix chemicals. carries out such tests as are required in accordance with training given.
  • Allows impurities to settle and removes them by filtering water through filtering material.
  • Pumps purified water into mains, monitors flow and distribution.
  • Cleans tanks and maintains equipment, and makes minor repairs.
  • Pumps waste water into oxidation/settling ponds.
  • Removes sludge.
  • Burns off gases, treats and discharges waste water when it reaches the required levels of purity.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate II, III or IV in water industry operations to work as a Waste Water or Water Plant Operator.

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. Mechanical

    70% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    64% Skill level

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

  3. Physics

    63% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    62% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Engineering and technology

    60% Skill level

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

  6. Public safety and security

    58% Skill level

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

  7. Chemistry

    58% Skill level

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

  8. Building and construction

    58% Skill level

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

  9. Computers and electronics

    58% Skill level

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

  10. Customer and personal service

    58% Skill level

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

  11. Biology

    54% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  12. English language

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Technical design

    51% Skill level

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

  14. Production and processing

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Law and government

    47% Skill level

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

  16. Psychology

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Administration and management

    42% Skill level

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

  18. Transportation

    40% Skill level

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

  19. Clerical

    37% Skill level

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

  20. Personnel and human resources

    37% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

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

  3. Operation and control

    48% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

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

  6. Reading comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  7. Equipment maintenance

    45% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  8. Troubleshooting

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Repairing

    45% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  10. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  12. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  14. Active learning

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  16. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  17. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  20. Equipment selection

    37% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    54% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Problem spotting

    52% Skill level

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

  5. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

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

  6. Written comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Written expression

    46% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Control precision

    45% Skill level

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

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Speech clarity

    41% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Depth perception

    39% Skill level

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

  18. Manual dexterity

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    39% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Finger dexterity

    37% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

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

  1. Looking for changes over time

    78% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    72% Skill level

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

  3. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

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

  4. Checking compliance with standards

    68% Skill level

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

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    68% Skill level

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

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    67% Skill level

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

  7. Collecting and organising information

    65% Skill level

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

  8. Coordinating the work of a team

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Doing physically active work

    62% Skill level

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

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    62% Skill level

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

  11. Checking for errors or defects

    61% Skill level

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

  12. Making sense of information and ideas

    61% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  13. Controlling equipment or machines

    60% Skill level

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

  14. Working with mechanical equipment

    60% Skill level

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

  15. Researching and investigating

    58% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    58% Skill level

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

  17. Communicating with the public

    54% Skill level

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

  18. Training and teaching others

    51% Skill level

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

  19. Driving vehicles or equipment

    50% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    43% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process 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, 51-8031.00 - Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators.

Work Environment

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

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Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. Exposure to contaminants

    97% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    95% Important

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

  4. Contact with people

    95% Important

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

  5. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Dangerous equipment

    94% Important

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

  8. Very hot or cold temperatures

    91% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

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

    87% Important

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

  10. Telephone

    84% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  11. Dangerous conditions

    84% Important

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

  12. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  13. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    82% Important

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

  14. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  15. Freedom to make decisions

    82% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  16. Consequence of error

    81% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Repeating same tasks

    80% Important

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

  18. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  19. Physically close to people

    80% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Frequent decision making

    79% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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

    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.

  3. Achievement

    43% Important

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

  4. Working conditions

    40% 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. Recognition

    33% Important

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

  6. Relationships

    33% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    90% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    52% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    33% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

  5. Creative

    19% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-8031.00 - Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators.

All Other Stationary Plant Operators

  • $1,886 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Waste Water and Water Plant Operators

  • 4,200 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 6% female Gender Share

Waste Water or Water Plant Operators operate plants to store, distribute and treat water, including purifying water for human consumption and removing waste from sewage.

You usually need a certificate II, III or IV in water industry operations to work as a Waste Water or Water Plant Operator.

Tasks
  • Controls flow of raw water into plant, by regulating electric motors, pumps and valves.
  • Adds specified amounts of chemicals and activates agitators to mix chemicals. carries out such tests as are required in accordance with training given.
  • Allows impurities to settle and removes them by filtering water through filtering material.
  • Pumps purified water into mains, monitors flow and distribution.
  • Cleans tanks and maintains equipment, and makes minor repairs.
  • Pumps waste water into oxidation/settling ponds.
  • Removes sludge.
  • Burns off gases, treats and discharges waste water when it reaches the required levels of purity.

You usually need a certificate II, III or IV in water industry operations to work as a Waste Water or Water Plant Operator.

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. Mechanical

    70% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    64% Skill level

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

  3. Physics

    63% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    62% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Engineering and technology

    60% Skill level

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

  6. Public safety and security

    58% Skill level

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

  7. Chemistry

    58% Skill level

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

  8. Building and construction

    58% Skill level

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

  9. Computers and electronics

    58% Skill level

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

  10. Customer and personal service

    58% Skill level

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

  11. Biology

    54% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  12. English language

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Technical design

    51% Skill level

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

  14. Production and processing

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Law and government

    47% Skill level

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

  16. Psychology

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Administration and management

    42% Skill level

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

  18. Transportation

    40% Skill level

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

  19. Clerical

    37% Skill level

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

  20. Personnel and human resources

    37% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

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

  3. Operation and control

    48% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

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

  5. Quality control analysis

    46% Skill level

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

  6. Reading comprehension

    46% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  7. Equipment maintenance

    45% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  8. Troubleshooting

    45% Skill level

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

  9. Repairing

    45% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  10. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  12. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  13. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  14. Active learning

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Writing

    41% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  16. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  17. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Instructing

    39% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  20. Equipment selection

    37% Skill level

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    54% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Problem spotting

    52% Skill level

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

  5. Perceptual speed

    48% Skill level

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

  6. Written comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Sorting or ordering

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Written expression

    46% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Deductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  10. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  11. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  12. Control precision

    45% Skill level

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

  13. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  14. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  15. Speech clarity

    41% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  16. Far vision

    41% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  17. Depth perception

    39% Skill level

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

  18. Manual dexterity

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Speech recognition

    39% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Finger dexterity

    37% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

Activities

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

  1. Looking for changes over time

    78% Skill level

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

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    72% Skill level

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

  3. Communicating within a team

    70% Skill level

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

  4. Checking compliance with standards

    68% Skill level

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

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    68% Skill level

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

  6. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    67% Skill level

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

  7. Collecting and organising information

    65% Skill level

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

  8. Coordinating the work of a team

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Doing physically active work

    62% Skill level

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

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    62% Skill level

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

  11. Checking for errors or defects

    61% Skill level

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

  12. Making sense of information and ideas

    61% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  13. Controlling equipment or machines

    60% Skill level

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

  14. Working with mechanical equipment

    60% Skill level

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

  15. Researching and investigating

    58% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    58% Skill level

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

  17. Communicating with the public

    54% Skill level

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

  18. Training and teaching others

    51% Skill level

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

  19. Driving vehicles or equipment

    50% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    43% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process 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, 51-8031.00 - Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators.

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. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. Exposure to contaminants

    97% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  3. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    95% Important

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

  4. Contact with people

    95% Important

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

  5. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    94% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  6. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  7. Dangerous equipment

    94% Important

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

  8. Very hot or cold temperatures

    91% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

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

    87% Important

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

  10. Telephone

    84% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  11. Dangerous conditions

    84% Important

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

  12. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  13. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    82% Important

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

  14. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  15. Freedom to make decisions

    82% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  16. Consequence of error

    81% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  17. Repeating same tasks

    80% Important

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

  18. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  19. Physically close to people

    80% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Frequent decision making

    79% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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

    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.

  3. Achievement

    43% Important

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

  4. Working conditions

    40% 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. Recognition

    33% Important

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

  6. Relationships

    33% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    90% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    52% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    33% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

  5. Creative

    19% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-8031.00 - Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators.
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