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Painting Trades Workers

ANZSCO ID 3322

Overview

All Painting Trades Workers

  • $1,371 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 53,200 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

Painting Trades Workers apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate surfaces of buildings and structures.

Specialisations: Paperhanger.

You can work as a Painting Trades Worker without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in painting and decorating is usually required. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • erecting scaffolding and ladders, and placing drop sheets to protect adjacent areas from paint splattering
  • preparing surfaces by removing old paint and wallpaper, fixing woodwork, filling holes and cracks, and smoothing and sealing surfaces
  • selecting and preparing paints to required colours by mixing portions of pigment, oil, and thinning and drying additives
  • applying paints, varnishes and stains to surfaces using brushes, rollers and sprays
  • hanging wallpaper, matching patterns and trimming edges
  • cleaning equipment and work areas
  • may repair windows and replace glass in wooden and metal frames
  • may lay and repair wall and floor tiles

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Painting Trades Worker without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in painting and decorating is usually required. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

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 Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Painting Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hard working.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    58% Skill level

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

  2. Building and construction

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    53% Skill level

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

  4. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    49% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    46% Skill level

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

  7. Mechanical

    45% Skill level

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

  8. Production and processing

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    42% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Law and government

    41% Skill level

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

  11. Transportation

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Technical design

    38% Skill level

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

  13. Chemistry

    38% Skill level

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

  14. Clerical

    36% Skill level

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

  15. Engineering and technology

    34% Skill level

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

  16. Sales and marketing

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Personnel and human resources

    33% Skill level

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

  18. Physics

    33% Skill level

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

  19. Foreign language

    32% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  20. Economics and accounting

    30% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  2. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

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

  3. Reading comprehension

    39% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  5. Coordination with others

    37% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  6. Monitoring

    37% Skill level

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

  7. Time management

    36% Skill level

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

  8. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

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

  9. Management of personnel resources

    34% Skill level

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

  10. Active learning

    32% Skill level

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

  11. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Complex problem solving

    30% Skill level

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

  13. Operation monitoring

    30% Skill level

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

  14. Quality control analysis

    30% Skill level

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

  15. Serving others

    29% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Operation and control

    29% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  17. Persuasion

    29% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Mathematics

    27% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  19. Negotiation

    27% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  20. Learning strategies

    20% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Extent flexibility

    46% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  2. Trunk strength

    46% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  3. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  4. Oral comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  6. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Control precision

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  9. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  10. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Balance

    41% Skill level

    Keep your balance or stay upright.

  12. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  13. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Multilimb coordination

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Oral expression

    41% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  16. Static strength

    41% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  17. Whole body coordination

    41% Skill level

    Move your arms, legs, and body together.

  18. Written comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  19. Speech clarity

    37% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Stamina

    37% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    67% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    65% Skill level

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

  3. Coordinating the work of a team

    61% Skill level

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

  4. Building good relationships

    55% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Communicating within a team

    53% Skill level

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

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Thinking creatively

    51% Skill level

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

  9. Monitoring people, processes and things

    51% Skill level

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

  10. Guiding and directing staff

    48% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  11. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    47% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  12. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    47% Skill level

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

  13. Helping and caring for others

    47% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  14. Checking for errors or defects

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Explaining things to people

    45% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  16. Looking for changes over time

    44% Skill level

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

  17. Driving vehicles or equipment

    42% Skill level

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

  18. Researching and investigating

    40% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    38% Skill level

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

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    33% Skill level

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

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, 47-2141.00 - Painters, Construction and Maintenance.

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. Spend time standing

    97% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

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

    96% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Making repetitive motions

    88% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  5. Contact with people

    87% Important

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

  6. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Bending or twisting your body

    82% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    78% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    78% Important

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

  10. Time pressure

    77% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Health and safety of others

    77% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  12. Climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles

    76% Important

    Spend time climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles.

  13. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    76% Important

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

  14. Lead or coordinate a team

    75% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    75% Important

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

  16. Exposure to contaminants

    73% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  17. Impact of decisions

    73% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  18. Physically close to people

    71% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  19. Freedom to make decisions

    70% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  20. Frequent decision making

    70% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

Values

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

  1. Support

    57% Important

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

  2. Independence

    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.

  3. Relationships

    48% Important

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

  4. Working conditions

    48% Important

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

  5. Achievement

    43% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

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

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. Administrative

    38% Important

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

  3. Creative

    24% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    14% Important

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

  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, 47-2141.00 - Painters, Construction and Maintenance.

All Painting Trades Workers

  • $1,371 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 53,200 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

Painting Trades Workers apply paint, varnish, wallpaper and other finishes to protect, maintain and decorate surfaces of buildings and structures.

Specialisations: Paperhanger.

You can work as a Painting Trades Worker without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in painting and decorating is usually required. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks
  • erecting scaffolding and ladders, and placing drop sheets to protect adjacent areas from paint splattering
  • preparing surfaces by removing old paint and wallpaper, fixing woodwork, filling holes and cracks, and smoothing and sealing surfaces
  • selecting and preparing paints to required colours by mixing portions of pigment, oil, and thinning and drying additives
  • applying paints, varnishes and stains to surfaces using brushes, rollers and sprays
  • hanging wallpaper, matching patterns and trimming edges
  • cleaning equipment and work areas
  • may repair windows and replace glass in wooden and metal frames
  • may lay and repair wall and floor tiles

You can work as a Painting Trades Worker without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a certificate III in painting and decorating is usually required. This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

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 Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways.

Employers look for Painting Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hard working.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    58% Skill level

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

  2. Building and construction

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    53% Skill level

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

  4. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    49% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    46% Skill level

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

  7. Mechanical

    45% Skill level

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

  8. Production and processing

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    42% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Law and government

    41% Skill level

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

  11. Transportation

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Technical design

    38% Skill level

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

  13. Chemistry

    38% Skill level

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

  14. Clerical

    36% Skill level

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

  15. Engineering and technology

    34% Skill level

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

  16. Sales and marketing

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Personnel and human resources

    33% Skill level

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

  18. Physics

    33% Skill level

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

  19. Foreign language

    32% Skill level

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  20. Economics and accounting

    30% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  2. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

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

  3. Reading comprehension

    39% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  5. Coordination with others

    37% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  6. Monitoring

    37% Skill level

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

  7. Time management

    36% Skill level

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

  8. Judgment and decision making

    34% Skill level

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

  9. Management of personnel resources

    34% Skill level

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

  10. Active learning

    32% Skill level

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

  11. Speaking

    32% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Complex problem solving

    30% Skill level

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

  13. Operation monitoring

    30% Skill level

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

  14. Quality control analysis

    30% Skill level

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

  15. Serving others

    29% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Operation and control

    29% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  17. Persuasion

    29% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  18. Mathematics

    27% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  19. Negotiation

    27% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  20. Learning strategies

    20% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Extent flexibility

    46% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  2. Trunk strength

    46% Skill level

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  3. Near vision

    45% Skill level

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

  4. Oral comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  6. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Control precision

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  9. Finger dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  10. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Balance

    41% Skill level

    Keep your balance or stay upright.

  12. Deductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  13. Inductive reasoning

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Multilimb coordination

    41% Skill level

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

  15. Oral expression

    41% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  16. Static strength

    41% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  17. Whole body coordination

    41% Skill level

    Move your arms, legs, and body together.

  18. Written comprehension

    41% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  19. Speech clarity

    37% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  20. Stamina

    37% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    67% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    65% Skill level

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

  3. Coordinating the work of a team

    61% Skill level

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

  4. Building good relationships

    55% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Communicating within a team

    53% Skill level

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

  7. Planning and prioritising work

    52% Skill level

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

  8. Thinking creatively

    51% Skill level

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

  9. Monitoring people, processes and things

    51% Skill level

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

  10. Guiding and directing staff

    48% Skill level

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  11. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    47% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  12. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    47% Skill level

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

  13. Helping and caring for others

    47% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  14. Checking for errors or defects

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Explaining things to people

    45% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  16. Looking for changes over time

    44% Skill level

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

  17. Driving vehicles or equipment

    42% Skill level

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

  18. Researching and investigating

    40% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  19. Checking compliance with standards

    38% Skill level

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

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    33% Skill level

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

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, 47-2141.00 - Painters, Construction and Maintenance.

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. Spend time standing

    97% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

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

    96% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Making repetitive motions

    88% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  5. Contact with people

    87% Important

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

  6. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  7. Bending or twisting your body

    82% Important

    Spend time bending or twisting your body.

  8. Being exact or accurate

    78% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  9. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    78% Important

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

  10. Time pressure

    77% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  11. Health and safety of others

    77% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  12. Climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles

    76% Important

    Spend time climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles.

  13. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    76% Important

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

  14. Lead or coordinate a team

    75% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  15. Responsible for outcomes

    75% Important

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

  16. Exposure to contaminants

    73% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  17. Impact of decisions

    73% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  18. Physically close to people

    71% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  19. Freedom to make decisions

    70% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  20. Frequent decision making

    70% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

Values

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

  1. Support

    57% Important

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

  2. Independence

    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.

  3. Relationships

    48% Important

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

  4. Working conditions

    48% Important

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

  5. Achievement

    43% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    33% Important

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

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. Administrative

    38% Important

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

  3. Creative

    24% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    14% Important

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

  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, 47-2141.00 - Painters, Construction and Maintenance.
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