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Other Science Technicians

ANZSCO ID 311499

Overview

All Science Technicians

  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Other Science Technicians

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 35% female Gender Share

Other Science Technicians includes jobs like Calibration Technician, Fibre Technologist, Optics Technical Officer, Physics Technical Officer, and Textile Technical Officer.

This group includes jobs that might have different study pathways.

Tasks
  • Prepares materials for experimentation, including freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals.
  • Collects information and samples.
  • Conducts field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses.
  • Presents results in graphic or written form by preparing maps charts, sketches, diagrams and reports.
  • Performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurement.
  • Controls the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage.
  • Checks, calibrates and maintains test equipment.
  • Participates in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met.

Prospects

Pathways

This group includes jobs that might have different 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 Laboratory Operations, Food Processing and Australian Meat Processing VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Science Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    69% Skill level

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

  2. Computers and electronics

    68% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    66% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Mechanical

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Technical design

    60% Skill level

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

  6. Physics

    59% Skill level

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

  7. English language

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    49% Skill level

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

  9. Chemistry

    46% Skill level

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

  10. Clerical

    46% Skill level

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

  11. Public safety and security

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Production and processing

    40% Skill level

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

  13. Telecommunications

    38% Skill level

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

  14. Administration and management

    37% Skill level

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

  15. Communications and media

    35% Skill level

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

  16. Customer and personal service

    32% Skill level

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

  17. Building and construction

    27% Skill level

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

  18. Law and government

    27% Skill level

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

  19. Personnel and human resources

    23% Skill level

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

  20. Sales and marketing

    22% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Reading comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active listening

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Complex problem solving

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Troubleshooting

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Installation

    50% Skill level

    Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.

  7. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Operation monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  9. Quality control analysis

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Active learning

    46% Skill level

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

  11. Equipment selection

    46% Skill level

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

  12. Writing

    46% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  13. Equipment maintenance

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  15. Time management

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Repairing

    43% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  19. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Finger dexterity

    55% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  2. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  3. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Written comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Control precision

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Oral expression

    50% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  7. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

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

  8. Written expression

    50% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Arm-hand steadiness

    48% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  10. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    48% Skill level

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

  12. Colour discrimination

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Manual dexterity

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  15. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Visualization

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

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

  19. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Far vision

    39% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

Activities

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

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    68% Skill level

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

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Collecting and organising information

    65% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

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

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    60% Skill level

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

  7. Working with mechanical equipment

    60% Skill level

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

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    59% Skill level

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

  9. Documenting or recording information

    58% Skill level

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

  10. Thinking creatively

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Working with computers

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    55% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  13. Making sense of information and ideas

    55% Skill level

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

  14. Working with electronic equipment

    54% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  15. Checking compliance with standards

    53% Skill level

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

  16. Training and teaching others

    52% Skill level

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

  17. Looking for changes over time

    50% Skill level

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

  18. Researching and investigating

    49% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  19. Assessing and evaluating things

    47% Skill level

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

  20. Explaining things to people

    45% 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, 17-3029.08 - Photonics Technicians.

Work Environment

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

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Electronic mail

    90% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    89% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    87% Important

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

  6. Telephone

    84% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Time pressure

    79% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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

    76% Important

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

  10. Teamwork

    74% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Impact of decisions

    73% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Health and safety of others

    72% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Consequence of error

    71% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  14. Unstructured work

    71% Important

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

  15. Frequent decision making

    69% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Contact with people

    65% Important

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

  17. Letters and memos

    64% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  18. Repeating same tasks

    63% Important

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

  19. Spend time standing

    63% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    62% 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. Achievement

    67% Important

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

  2. 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.

  3. Independence

    62% 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.

  4. Recognition

    62% 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.

  5. Relationships

    62% 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.

  6. 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.

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. Analytical

    76% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    57% Important

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

  4. Creative

    33% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    19% Important

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

  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, 17-3029.08 - Photonics Technicians.

All Science Technicians

  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth

Other Science Technicians

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 35% female Gender Share

Other Science Technicians includes jobs like Calibration Technician, Fibre Technologist, Optics Technical Officer, Physics Technical Officer, and Textile Technical Officer.

This group includes jobs that might have different study pathways.

Tasks
  • Prepares materials for experimentation, including freezing and slicing specimens and mixing chemicals.
  • Collects information and samples.
  • Conducts field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses.
  • Presents results in graphic or written form by preparing maps charts, sketches, diagrams and reports.
  • Performs routine mathematical calculations and computations of measurement.
  • Controls the quality and quantity of laboratory supplies by testing samples and monitoring usage.
  • Checks, calibrates and maintains test equipment.
  • Participates in fabricating, installing and modifying equipment to ensure that critical standards are met.

This group includes jobs that might have different 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 Laboratory Operations, Food Processing and Australian Meat Processing VET training pathways.

Employers look for Science Technicians who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    69% Skill level

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

  2. Computers and electronics

    68% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    66% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Mechanical

    66% Skill level

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

  5. Technical design

    60% Skill level

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

  6. Physics

    59% Skill level

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

  7. English language

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    49% Skill level

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

  9. Chemistry

    46% Skill level

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

  10. Clerical

    46% Skill level

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

  11. Public safety and security

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Production and processing

    40% Skill level

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

  13. Telecommunications

    38% Skill level

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

  14. Administration and management

    37% Skill level

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

  15. Communications and media

    35% Skill level

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

  16. Customer and personal service

    32% Skill level

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

  17. Building and construction

    27% Skill level

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

  18. Law and government

    27% Skill level

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

  19. Personnel and human resources

    23% Skill level

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

  20. Sales and marketing

    22% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    52% Skill level

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

  2. Reading comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Active listening

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Complex problem solving

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Troubleshooting

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Installation

    50% Skill level

    Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.

  7. Monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Operation monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  9. Quality control analysis

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Active learning

    46% Skill level

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

  11. Equipment selection

    46% Skill level

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

  12. Writing

    46% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  13. Equipment maintenance

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  15. Time management

    45% Skill level

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

  16. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  17. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Repairing

    43% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  19. Systems analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Systems evaluation

    43% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Finger dexterity

    55% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  2. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  3. Oral comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Written comprehension

    52% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Control precision

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Oral expression

    50% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  7. Problem spotting

    50% Skill level

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

  8. Written expression

    50% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  9. Arm-hand steadiness

    48% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  10. Deductive reasoning

    48% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    48% Skill level

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

  12. Colour discrimination

    48% Skill level

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

  13. Manual dexterity

    46% Skill level

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

  14. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  15. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Visualization

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

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

  19. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

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

  20. Far vision

    39% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

Activities

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

  1. Controlling equipment or machines

    68% Skill level

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

  2. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    66% Skill level

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

  3. Monitoring people, processes and things

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Collecting and organising information

    65% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    61% Skill level

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

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    60% Skill level

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

  7. Working with mechanical equipment

    60% Skill level

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

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    59% Skill level

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

  9. Documenting or recording information

    58% Skill level

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

  10. Thinking creatively

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Working with computers

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    55% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  13. Making sense of information and ideas

    55% Skill level

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

  14. Working with electronic equipment

    54% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  15. Checking compliance with standards

    53% Skill level

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

  16. Training and teaching others

    52% Skill level

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

  17. Looking for changes over time

    50% Skill level

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

  18. Researching and investigating

    49% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  19. Assessing and evaluating things

    47% Skill level

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

  20. Explaining things to people

    45% 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, 17-3029.08 - Photonics Technicians.

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

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    94% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Electronic mail

    90% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Indoors, heat controlled

    89% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    87% Important

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

  6. Telephone

    84% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Time pressure

    79% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    77% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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

    76% Important

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

  10. Teamwork

    74% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Impact of decisions

    73% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Health and safety of others

    72% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  13. Consequence of error

    71% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  14. Unstructured work

    71% Important

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

  15. Frequent decision making

    69% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  16. Contact with people

    65% Important

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

  17. Letters and memos

    64% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  18. Repeating same tasks

    63% Important

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

  19. Spend time standing

    63% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    62% 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. Achievement

    67% Important

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

  2. 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.

  3. Independence

    62% 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.

  4. Recognition

    62% 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.

  5. Relationships

    62% 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.

  6. 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.

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. Analytical

    76% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    57% Important

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

  4. Creative

    33% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    19% Important

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

  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, 17-3029.08 - Photonics Technicians.
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