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Backhoe Operators

ANZSCO ID 721212

Overview

All Earthmoving Plant Operators

  • $1,491 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Backhoe Operators

  • 630 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 54 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Backhoe Operators operate backhoes and attachments to excavate, break, drill, level and compact earth, rock and other material.

You can work as a Backhoe Operator without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in civil construction plant operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • Prepares and positions plant for operation.
  • Selects, fits and removes attachments.
  • Operates controls.
  • Monitors operation of plant and adjusts controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensure safety of other workers.
  • Raises, lowers and manipulates attachments using manual and hydraulic controls.
  • Services, lubricates, cleans and refuels plant and performs minor adjustments and repairs.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Backhoe Operator without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in civil construction plant operations 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.
  • AAPathways website to explore Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Earthmoving Plant Operators who are reliable and hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    54% Skill level

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

  2. Building and construction

    52% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    44% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    37% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and management

    33% Skill level

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

  6. Technical design

    33% Skill level

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

  7. Education and training

    32% Skill level

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

  8. Engineering and technology

    31% Skill level

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

  9. English language

    30% Skill level

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

  10. Transportation

    30% Skill level

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

  11. Customer and personal service

    29% Skill level

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

  12. Chemistry

    25% Skill level

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

  13. Physics

    23% Skill level

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

  14. Psychology

    22% Skill level

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

  15. Production and processing

    22% Skill level

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

  16. Law and government

    20% Skill level

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

  17. Computers and electronics

    18% Skill level

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

  18. Personnel and human resources

    16% Skill level

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

  19. Clerical

    13% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    13% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Operation monitoring

    46% Skill level

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

  3. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Equipment maintenance

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Repairing

    45% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  6. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  10. Troubleshooting

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Active learning

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

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

  13. Equipment selection

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Time management

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  17. Persuasion

    39% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Quality control analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Speaking

    39% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Multilimb coordination

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Reaction time

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Auditory attention

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Control precision

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Response orientation

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Depth perception

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  8. Rate control

    54% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  9. Oral comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  10. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  11. Near vision

    46% Skill level

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

  12. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  13. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Hearing sensitivity

    45% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  16. Peripheral vision

    45% Skill level

    See things to your side when your eyes are looking ahead.

  17. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Spatial orientation

    43% Skill level

    Know where things are around you.

  19. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    85% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    81% Skill level

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

  3. Driving vehicles or equipment

    79% Skill level

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

  4. Doing physically active work

    72% Skill level

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

  5. Working with mechanical equipment

    70% Skill level

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

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    66% Skill level

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

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    66% Skill level

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

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Coordinating the work of a team

    62% Skill level

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

  10. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

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

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    61% Skill level

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

  12. Building good relationships

    60% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  13. Coaching and developing others

    56% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    53% Skill level

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

  15. Collecting and organising information

    52% Skill level

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

  16. Looking for changes over time

    52% Skill level

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

  17. Thinking creatively

    52% Skill level

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

  18. Training and teaching others

    51% Skill level

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

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    51% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Researching and investigating

    46% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of 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, 53-7032.00 - Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline 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

    99% Important

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

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

    94% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Teamwork

    89% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Contact with people

    88% Important

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

  6. Whole body vibration

    88% Important

    Be exposed to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer).

  7. Exposure to contaminants

    88% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  8. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  9. Making repetitive motions

    82% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  10. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    82% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  11. Dangerous equipment

    81% Important

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

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    81% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    81% Important

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

  14. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    81% Important

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

  15. Spend time sitting

    81% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  16. Health and safety of others

    80% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Pace of work set by equipment

    78% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  18. Unstructured work

    78% Important

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

  19. Being exact or accurate

    76% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  20. Consequence of error

    75% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

Values

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

  1. Support

    67% 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

    57% Important

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

  3. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Working conditions

    43% Important

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

  5. Achievement

    33% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    29% 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. Practical

    100% Important

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

  2. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    24% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    24% Important

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

  5. Creative

    14% 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, 53-7032.00 - Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators.

All Earthmoving Plant Operators

  • $1,491 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Backhoe Operators

  • 630 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 79% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 54 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Backhoe Operators operate backhoes and attachments to excavate, break, drill, level and compact earth, rock and other material.

You can work as a Backhoe Operator without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in civil construction plant operations may be useful.

Tasks
  • Prepares and positions plant for operation.
  • Selects, fits and removes attachments.
  • Operates controls.
  • Monitors operation of plant and adjusts controls to regulate pressure, speed and flow of operation, and ensure safety of other workers.
  • Raises, lowers and manipulates attachments using manual and hydraulic controls.
  • Services, lubricates, cleans and refuels plant and performs minor adjustments and repairs.

You can work as a Backhoe Operator without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III in civil construction plant operations 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.
  • AAPathways website to explore Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.

Employers look for Earthmoving Plant Operators who are reliable and hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    54% Skill level

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

  2. Building and construction

    52% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    44% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    37% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and management

    33% Skill level

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

  6. Technical design

    33% Skill level

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

  7. Education and training

    32% Skill level

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

  8. Engineering and technology

    31% Skill level

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

  9. English language

    30% Skill level

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

  10. Transportation

    30% Skill level

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

  11. Customer and personal service

    29% Skill level

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

  12. Chemistry

    25% Skill level

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

  13. Physics

    23% Skill level

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

  14. Psychology

    22% Skill level

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

  15. Production and processing

    22% Skill level

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

  16. Law and government

    20% Skill level

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

  17. Computers and electronics

    18% Skill level

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

  18. Personnel and human resources

    16% Skill level

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

  19. Clerical

    13% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    13% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    52% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Operation monitoring

    46% Skill level

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

  3. Coordination with others

    45% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  4. Equipment maintenance

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Repairing

    45% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  6. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  10. Troubleshooting

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Active learning

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

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

  13. Equipment selection

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Management of personnel resources

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Time management

    41% Skill level

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

  16. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  17. Persuasion

    39% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Quality control analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  19. Speaking

    39% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  20. Social perceptiveness

    37% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Multilimb coordination

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Reaction time

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Auditory attention

    59% Skill level

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

  4. Control precision

    57% Skill level

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

  5. Response orientation

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Depth perception

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  8. Rate control

    54% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  9. Oral comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  10. Oral expression

    52% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  11. Near vision

    46% Skill level

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

  12. Arm-hand steadiness

    45% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  13. Manual dexterity

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  15. Hearing sensitivity

    45% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  16. Peripheral vision

    45% Skill level

    See things to your side when your eyes are looking ahead.

  17. Problem spotting

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Spatial orientation

    43% Skill level

    Know where things are around you.

  19. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    85% Skill level

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

  2. Controlling equipment or machines

    81% Skill level

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

  3. Driving vehicles or equipment

    79% Skill level

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

  4. Doing physically active work

    72% Skill level

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

  5. Working with mechanical equipment

    70% Skill level

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

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    66% Skill level

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

  7. Monitoring people, processes and things

    66% Skill level

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

  8. Planning and prioritising work

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Coordinating the work of a team

    62% Skill level

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

  10. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

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

  11. Making decisions and solving problems

    61% Skill level

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

  12. Building good relationships

    60% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  13. Coaching and developing others

    56% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  14. Checking compliance with standards

    53% Skill level

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

  15. Collecting and organising information

    52% Skill level

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

  16. Looking for changes over time

    52% Skill level

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

  17. Thinking creatively

    52% Skill level

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

  18. Training and teaching others

    51% Skill level

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

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    51% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  20. Researching and investigating

    46% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of 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, 53-7032.00 - Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline 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

    99% Important

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

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

    94% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Teamwork

    89% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Contact with people

    88% Important

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

  6. Whole body vibration

    88% Important

    Be exposed to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer).

  7. Exposure to contaminants

    88% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  8. Frequent decision making

    83% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  9. Making repetitive motions

    82% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  10. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    82% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  11. Dangerous equipment

    81% Important

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

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    81% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    81% Important

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

  14. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    81% Important

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

  15. Spend time sitting

    81% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  16. Health and safety of others

    80% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Pace of work set by equipment

    78% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

  18. Unstructured work

    78% Important

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

  19. Being exact or accurate

    76% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  20. Consequence of error

    75% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

Values

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

  1. Support

    67% 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

    57% Important

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

  3. Relationships

    48% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  4. Working conditions

    43% Important

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

  5. Achievement

    33% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    29% 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. Practical

    100% Important

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

  2. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    24% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    24% Important

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

  5. Creative

    14% 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, 53-7032.00 - Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators.
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