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Occupational Health and Safety Advisers

ANZSCO ID 251312

Overview

All Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals

  • $1,914 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Occupational Health and Safety Advisers

  • 16,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 42% female Gender Share

Occupational Health and Safety Advisers develop, implement and evaluate risk management policies and programs, train employees in occupational health and safety procedures, monitor and audit the workplace, and record and investigate incidents to ensure safe and healthy working conditions.

Specialisations: Occupational Hygienist, Workplace Rehabilitation Officer.

You usually need a formal qualification in occupational health and safety or another related field to work as an Occupational Health and Safety Adviser. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • Controls hazards and risks in the workplace.
  • Develops, implements and monitors programmes minimising workplace and environmental pollution involving chemical and physical hazards.
  • Promotes ergonomic principles within the workplace such as matching furniture, equipment and work activities to the needs of employees.
  • Inspects and audits workplaces, processes, plant, and chemical and physical hazards for legislative compliance.
  • Trains employees in personal protective equipment and safe working procedures.
  • Records and investigates injuries and equipment damage, and reports safety performance.
  • Co-ordinates the return of injured workers into the workplace.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a formal qualification in occupational health and safety or another related field to work as an Occupational Health and Safety Adviser. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry and Public Sector VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and training

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    71% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. English language

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Chemistry

    65% Skill level

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

  6. Public safety and security

    63% Skill level

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

  7. Engineering and technology

    62% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    60% Skill level

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

  9. Biology

    60% Skill level

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

  10. Clerical

    60% Skill level

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

  11. Law and government

    58% Skill level

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

  12. Psychology

    58% Skill level

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

  13. Administration and management

    56% Skill level

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

  14. Mechanical

    55% Skill level

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

  15. Physics

    55% Skill level

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

  16. Personnel and human resources

    54% Skill level

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

  17. Technical design

    53% Skill level

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

  18. Building and construction

    52% Skill level

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

  19. Production and processing

    48% Skill level

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

  20. Communications and media

    43% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Judgment and decision making

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Active learning

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  5. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Writing

    55% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Monitoring

    55% Skill level

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

  8. Persuasion

    55% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  9. Complex problem solving

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Reading comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  11. Operation monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  12. Social perceptiveness

    50% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  13. Systems evaluation

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Operations analysis

    48% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  18. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Learning strategies

    46% Skill level

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

  20. Time management

    46% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Problem spotting

    66% Skill level

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

  2. Oral expression

    64% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Oral comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  5. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Speech clarity

    54% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  10. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  12. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  14. Categorising

    50% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  15. Brainstorming

    46% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  16. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Originality

    45% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  18. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  20. Working with numbers

    41% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

Activities

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

  1. Communicating within a team

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    76% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    76% Skill level

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

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    76% Skill level

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

  5. Giving expert advice

    75% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    74% Skill level

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

  7. Researching and investigating

    74% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    71% Skill level

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

  9. Checking compliance with standards

    71% Skill level

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

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    71% Skill level

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

  11. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Communicating with the public

    67% Skill level

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

  13. Training and teaching others

    67% Skill level

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

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    65% Skill level

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

  15. Influencing people

    64% Skill level

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  16. Checking for errors or defects

    64% Skill level

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

  17. Documenting or recording information

    62% Skill level

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

  18. Explaining things to people

    60% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    55% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    51% Skill level

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

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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, 29-9011.00 - Occupational Health and Safety Specialists.

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. Electronic mail

    97% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    93% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Health and safety of others

    90% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    87% Important

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

  6. Contact with people

    87% Important

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

  7. Teamwork

    86% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Indoors, heat controlled

    84% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  9. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Impact of decisions

    83% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  13. Letters and memos

    81% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Indoors, not heat controlled

    78% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    78% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Frequent decision making

    76% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Time pressure

    76% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  18. Exposure to contaminants

    72% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  19. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    72% Important

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

  20. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    72% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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. Working conditions

    74% Important

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

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

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

  4. 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.

  5. Recognition

    67% 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

    67% 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. Analytical

    95% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

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

  3. Helping

    57% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Practical

    57% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    38% Important

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

  6. Creative

    19% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-9011.00 - Occupational Health and Safety Specialists.

All Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals

  • $1,914 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Occupational Health and Safety Advisers

  • 16,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 42% female Gender Share

Occupational Health and Safety Advisers develop, implement and evaluate risk management policies and programs, train employees in occupational health and safety procedures, monitor and audit the workplace, and record and investigate incidents to ensure safe and healthy working conditions.

Specialisations: Occupational Hygienist, Workplace Rehabilitation Officer.

You usually need a formal qualification in occupational health and safety or another related field to work as an Occupational Health and Safety Adviser. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • Controls hazards and risks in the workplace.
  • Develops, implements and monitors programmes minimising workplace and environmental pollution involving chemical and physical hazards.
  • Promotes ergonomic principles within the workplace such as matching furniture, equipment and work activities to the needs of employees.
  • Inspects and audits workplaces, processes, plant, and chemical and physical hazards for legislative compliance.
  • Trains employees in personal protective equipment and safe working procedures.
  • Records and investigates injuries and equipment damage, and reports safety performance.
  • Co-ordinates the return of injured workers into the workplace.

You usually need a formal qualification in occupational health and safety or another related field to work as an Occupational Health and Safety Adviser. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry and Public Sector VET training pathways.

Employers look for Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and training

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    71% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    68% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. English language

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Chemistry

    65% Skill level

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

  6. Public safety and security

    63% Skill level

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

  7. Engineering and technology

    62% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    60% Skill level

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

  9. Biology

    60% Skill level

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

  10. Clerical

    60% Skill level

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

  11. Law and government

    58% Skill level

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

  12. Psychology

    58% Skill level

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

  13. Administration and management

    56% Skill level

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

  14. Mechanical

    55% Skill level

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

  15. Physics

    55% Skill level

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

  16. Personnel and human resources

    54% Skill level

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

  17. Technical design

    53% Skill level

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

  18. Building and construction

    52% Skill level

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

  19. Production and processing

    48% Skill level

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

  20. Communications and media

    43% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Judgment and decision making

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Active learning

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  5. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Writing

    55% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  7. Monitoring

    55% Skill level

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

  8. Persuasion

    55% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  9. Complex problem solving

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Reading comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  11. Operation monitoring

    52% Skill level

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

  12. Social perceptiveness

    50% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  13. Systems evaluation

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Quality control analysis

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Operations analysis

    48% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  18. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Learning strategies

    46% Skill level

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

  20. Time management

    46% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Problem spotting

    66% Skill level

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

  2. Oral expression

    64% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Oral comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  5. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Speech clarity

    54% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  10. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    54% Skill level

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

  12. Flexibility of closure

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  14. Categorising

    50% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  15. Brainstorming

    46% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  16. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Originality

    45% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  18. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  19. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  20. Working with numbers

    41% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

Activities

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

  1. Communicating within a team

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    76% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    76% Skill level

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

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    76% Skill level

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

  5. Giving expert advice

    75% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  6. Looking for changes over time

    74% Skill level

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

  7. Researching and investigating

    74% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    71% Skill level

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

  9. Checking compliance with standards

    71% Skill level

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

  10. Making decisions and solving problems

    71% Skill level

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

  11. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  12. Communicating with the public

    67% Skill level

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

  13. Training and teaching others

    67% Skill level

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

  14. Making sense of information and ideas

    65% Skill level

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

  15. Influencing people

    64% Skill level

    Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.

  16. Checking for errors or defects

    64% Skill level

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

  17. Documenting or recording information

    62% Skill level

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

  18. Explaining things to people

    60% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    55% Skill level

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

  20. Working with computers

    51% 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, 29-9011.00 - Occupational Health and Safety Specialists.

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. Electronic mail

    97% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    96% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    93% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Health and safety of others

    90% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    87% Important

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

  6. Contact with people

    87% Important

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

  7. Teamwork

    86% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Indoors, heat controlled

    84% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  9. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  10. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  11. Impact of decisions

    83% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  13. Letters and memos

    81% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Indoors, not heat controlled

    78% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    78% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Frequent decision making

    76% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Time pressure

    76% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  18. Exposure to contaminants

    72% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  19. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    72% Important

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

  20. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    72% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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. Working conditions

    74% Important

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

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

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

  4. 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.

  5. Recognition

    67% 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

    67% 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. Analytical

    95% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

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

  3. Helping

    57% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Practical

    57% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    38% Important

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

  6. Creative

    19% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-9011.00 - Occupational Health and Safety Specialists.
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