ALERT The future growth information does not take account of the impact of COVID-19. If you are affected by COVID-19 there is a range of support available.

Operating Theatre Technicians

ANZSCO ID 311214

Overview

All Medical Technicians

  • $1,159 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Operating Theatre Technicians

  • 1,100 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 23% female Gender Share

Operating Theatre Technicians prepare and maintain operating theatres and their equipment, assist the surgical team during operations and provide support to patients in the recovery room.

You can work as an Operating Theatre Technician without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in health services assistance or operating theatre technical support is usually required.

Tasks
  • Sets up, checks and maintains operating theatres, anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as an Operating Theatre Technician without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in health services assistance or operating theatre technical support is usually required.

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 Health Industry and Laboratory Operations VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    70% Skill level

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

  2. Medicine and dentistry

    66% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  3. Education and training

    51% Skill level

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

  4. English language

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Psychology

    49% Skill level

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

  6. Computers and electronics

    44% Skill level

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

  7. Chemistry

    42% Skill level

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

  8. Biology

    40% Skill level

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

  9. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

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

  10. Therapy and counselling

    33% Skill level

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

  11. Mathematics

    31% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  12. Production and processing

    30% Skill level

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

  13. Administration and management

    30% Skill level

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

  14. Mechanical

    29% Skill level

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

  15. Clerical

    29% Skill level

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

  16. Sociology and anthropology

    26% Skill level

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

  17. Personnel and human resources

    25% Skill level

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

  18. Law and government

    24% Skill level

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

  19. Communications and media

    23% Skill level

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

  20. Engineering and technology

    22% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  2. Reading comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Coordination with others

    50% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  5. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Serving others

    45% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  8. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Active learning

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  15. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  16. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Equipment maintenance

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

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

  20. Management of material resources

    34% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    55% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Selective attention

    55% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  6. Finger dexterity

    55% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  7. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

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

  8. Perceptual speed

    54% Skill level

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

  9. Manual dexterity

    52% Skill level

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

  10. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  11. Far vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Control precision

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Colour discrimination

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Working with numbers

    32% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    78% Skill level

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

  2. Helping and caring for others

    77% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    72% Skill level

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

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    72% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    71% Skill level

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

  6. Looking for changes over time

    71% Skill level

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

  7. Building good relationships

    69% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    68% Skill level

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

  9. Checking compliance with standards

    67% Skill level

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

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    67% Skill level

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

  11. Researching and investigating

    63% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    63% Skill level

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

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    60% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  14. Training and teaching others

    58% Skill level

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

  15. Doing physically active work

    55% Skill level

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

  16. Coordinating the work of a team

    53% Skill level

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

  17. Coaching and developing others

    53% Skill level

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

  18. Collecting and organising information

    51% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    45% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  20. Explaining things to people

    44% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use 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, 29-2055.00 - Surgical Technologists.

Work Environment

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

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Physically close to people

    99% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Teamwork

    96% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Contact with people

    93% Important

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

  5. Frequent decision making

    93% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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

    93% Important

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

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    91% Important

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

  9. Impact of decisions

    90% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  11. Health and safety of others

    87% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  12. Disease or infection

    86% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  13. Spend time standing

    85% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  14. Consequence of error

    85% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  15. Exposure to contaminants

    84% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  16. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  17. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  18. Repeating same tasks

    80% Important

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

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    80% Important

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

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    79% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    86% Important

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

  2. Support

    86% Important

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

  3. Achievement

    67% Important

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

  4. Working conditions

    62% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    57% 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. Independence

    52% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    86% Important

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

  2. Helping

    71% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Administrative

    57% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    33% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  6. Creative

    14% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2055.00 - Surgical Technologists.

All Medical Technicians

  • $1,159 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Operating Theatre Technicians

  • 1,100 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 23% female Gender Share

Operating Theatre Technicians prepare and maintain operating theatres and their equipment, assist the surgical team during operations and provide support to patients in the recovery room.

You can work as an Operating Theatre Technician without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in health services assistance or operating theatre technical support is usually required.

Tasks
  • Sets up, checks and maintains operating theatres, anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment.

You can work as an Operating Theatre Technician without formal qualifications, however, a certificate III or IV in health services assistance or operating theatre technical support is usually required.

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 Health Industry and Laboratory Operations VET training pathways.

Employers look for Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    70% Skill level

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

  2. Medicine and dentistry

    66% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  3. Education and training

    51% Skill level

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

  4. English language

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Psychology

    49% Skill level

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

  6. Computers and electronics

    44% Skill level

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

  7. Chemistry

    42% Skill level

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

  8. Biology

    40% Skill level

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

  9. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

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

  10. Therapy and counselling

    33% Skill level

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

  11. Mathematics

    31% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  12. Production and processing

    30% Skill level

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

  13. Administration and management

    30% Skill level

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

  14. Mechanical

    29% Skill level

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

  15. Clerical

    29% Skill level

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

  16. Sociology and anthropology

    26% Skill level

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

  17. Personnel and human resources

    25% Skill level

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

  18. Law and government

    24% Skill level

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

  19. Communications and media

    23% Skill level

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

  20. Engineering and technology

    22% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  2. Reading comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Coordination with others

    50% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  5. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  6. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

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

  7. Serving others

    45% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  8. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Active learning

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Social perceptiveness

    43% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  15. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  16. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  17. Equipment maintenance

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    36% Skill level

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

  20. Management of material resources

    34% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    55% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Selective attention

    55% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  6. Finger dexterity

    55% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  7. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

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

  8. Perceptual speed

    54% Skill level

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

  9. Manual dexterity

    52% Skill level

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

  10. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  11. Far vision

    50% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  12. Sorting or ordering

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

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

  15. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Control precision

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Speech clarity

    43% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  19. Colour discrimination

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Working with numbers

    32% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    78% Skill level

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

  2. Helping and caring for others

    77% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    72% Skill level

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

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    72% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    71% Skill level

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

  6. Looking for changes over time

    71% Skill level

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

  7. Building good relationships

    69% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    68% Skill level

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

  9. Checking compliance with standards

    67% Skill level

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

  10. Planning and prioritising work

    67% Skill level

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

  11. Researching and investigating

    63% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    63% Skill level

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

  13. Assessing and evaluating things

    60% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  14. Training and teaching others

    58% Skill level

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

  15. Doing physically active work

    55% Skill level

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

  16. Coordinating the work of a team

    53% Skill level

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

  17. Coaching and developing others

    53% Skill level

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

  18. Collecting and organising information

    51% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    45% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  20. Explaining things to people

    44% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use 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, 29-2055.00 - Surgical Technologists.

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. Physically close to people

    99% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  2. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  3. Teamwork

    96% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  4. Contact with people

    93% Important

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

  5. Frequent decision making

    93% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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

    93% Important

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

  7. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  8. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    91% Important

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

  9. Impact of decisions

    90% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  10. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  11. Health and safety of others

    87% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  12. Disease or infection

    86% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  13. Spend time standing

    85% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  14. Consequence of error

    85% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  15. Exposure to contaminants

    84% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  16. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  17. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  18. Repeating same tasks

    80% Important

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

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    80% Important

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

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    79% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    86% Important

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

  2. Support

    86% Important

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

  3. Achievement

    67% Important

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

  4. Working conditions

    62% Important

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

  5. Recognition

    57% 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. Independence

    52% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    86% Important

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

  2. Helping

    71% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Administrative

    57% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    33% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    33% Important

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

  6. Creative

    14% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2055.00 - Surgical Technologists.
go to top