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Private Investigators

ANZSCO ID 442214

Overview

All Security Officers and Guards

  • $1,318 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Private Investigators

  • 700 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 59% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 28% female Gender Share

Private Investigators conduct investigations for clients and prepare evidence for court proceedings.

Also known as: Private Inquiry Agent.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in investigative services to work as a Private Investigator.

Tasks
  • Investigates shoplifting, theft, dishonesty or other undesirable conduct.
  • Makes inquiries concerning property and seeks, obtains or supplies information pertaining to the personal character, financial position, occupation or whereabouts of any person.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a certificate III or IV in investigative services to work as a Private Investigator.

Registration or licencing may be required.

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.
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Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Security Officers and Guards who can connect with others, are trustworthy, responsible and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

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

  2. English language

    65% Skill level

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

  3. Clerical

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Law and government

    60% Skill level

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

  5. Computers and electronics

    58% Skill level

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

  6. Psychology

    53% Skill level

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

  7. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

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

  8. Public safety and security

    50% Skill level

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

  9. Education and training

    47% Skill level

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

  10. Communications and media

    40% Skill level

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

  11. Sales and marketing

    40% Skill level

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

  12. Personnel and human resources

    39% Skill level

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

  13. Sociology and anthropology

    33% Skill level

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

  14. Mathematics

    32% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  15. Economics and accounting

    31% Skill level

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

  16. Philosophy and theology

    30% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  17. Transportation

    30% Skill level

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

  18. Geography

    28% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  19. Telecommunications

    23% Skill level

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

  20. Foreign language

    23% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Writing

    52% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Social perceptiveness

    50% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  8. Active learning

    48% Skill level

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

  9. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  12. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Negotiation

    41% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  15. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Systems analysis

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Systems evaluation

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Instructing

    32% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Learning strategies

    30% Skill level

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

  20. Management of personnel resources

    29% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Near vision

    54% Skill level

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

  9. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  10. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Flexibility of closure

    50% Skill level

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

  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. Brainstorming

    48% Skill level

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

  14. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Originality

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Speed of recognition

    39% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Multitasking

    37% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

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

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Communicating with the public

    68% Skill level

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

  3. Collecting and organising information

    67% Skill level

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

  4. Making sense of information and ideas

    67% Skill level

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

  5. Building good relationships

    66% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Documenting or recording information

    66% Skill level

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

  7. Researching and investigating

    65% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    62% Skill level

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

  10. Assessing and evaluating things

    61% Skill level

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

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    61% Skill level

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

  12. Providing office support

    60% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  13. Looking for changes over time

    60% Skill level

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

  14. Monitoring people, processes and things

    60% Skill level

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

  15. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

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

  16. Thinking creatively

    53% Skill level

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

  17. Working with computers

    49% Skill level

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

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    49% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    48% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    41% Skill level

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

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, 33-9021.00 - Private Detectives and Investigators.

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. Telephone

    99% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    95% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Unstructured work

    88% Important

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

  6. Contact with people

    87% Important

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

  7. Time pressure

    86% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  8. Spend time sitting

    84% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Contact with the public

    84% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  10. Face-to-face discussions

    83% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  11. Impact of decisions

    83% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Frequent decision making

    80% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Letters and memos

    78% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Indoors, heat controlled

    77% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  15. Repeating same tasks

    69% Important

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

  16. Teamwork

    66% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  17. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    65% Important

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

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    64% Important

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

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    62% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Physically close to people

    61% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

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

  1. Achievement

    76% Important

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

  2. Independence

    76% 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. 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.

  4. Working conditions

    55% 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. 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.

  6. Support

    38% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Enterprising

    95% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    71% Important

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

  3. Practical

    52% Important

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

  4. Helping

    48% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Analytical

    43% Important

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

  6. Creative

    19% Important

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-9021.00 - Private Detectives and Investigators.

All Security Officers and Guards

  • $1,318 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Private Investigators

  • 700 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 59% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 28% female Gender Share

Private Investigators conduct investigations for clients and prepare evidence for court proceedings.

Also known as: Private Inquiry Agent.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in investigative services to work as a Private Investigator.

Tasks
  • Investigates shoplifting, theft, dishonesty or other undesirable conduct.
  • Makes inquiries concerning property and seeks, obtains or supplies information pertaining to the personal character, financial position, occupation or whereabouts of any person.

You usually need a certificate III or IV in investigative services to work as a Private Investigator.

Registration or licencing may be required.

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 Property Services and Public Sector VET training pathways.

Employers look for Security Officers and Guards who can connect with others, are trustworthy, responsible and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

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

  2. English language

    65% Skill level

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

  3. Clerical

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Law and government

    60% Skill level

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

  5. Computers and electronics

    58% Skill level

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

  6. Psychology

    53% Skill level

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

  7. Administration and management

    51% Skill level

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

  8. Public safety and security

    50% Skill level

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

  9. Education and training

    47% Skill level

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

  10. Communications and media

    40% Skill level

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

  11. Sales and marketing

    40% Skill level

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

  12. Personnel and human resources

    39% Skill level

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

  13. Sociology and anthropology

    33% Skill level

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

  14. Mathematics

    32% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  15. Economics and accounting

    31% Skill level

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

  16. Philosophy and theology

    30% Skill level

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  17. Transportation

    30% Skill level

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

  18. Geography

    28% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  19. Telecommunications

    23% Skill level

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

  20. Foreign language

    23% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Active listening

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Critical thinking

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  4. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  5. Writing

    52% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

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

  7. Social perceptiveness

    50% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  8. Active learning

    48% Skill level

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

  9. Judgment and decision making

    48% Skill level

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

  10. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

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

  11. Persuasion

    43% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  12. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Coordination with others

    41% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Negotiation

    41% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  15. Serving others

    41% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  16. Systems analysis

    41% Skill level

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

  17. Systems evaluation

    41% Skill level

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

  18. Instructing

    32% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Learning strategies

    30% Skill level

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

  20. Management of personnel resources

    29% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

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

  2. Problem spotting

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Oral expression

    57% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Written comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Near vision

    54% Skill level

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

  9. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  10. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Flexibility of closure

    50% Skill level

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

  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. Brainstorming

    48% Skill level

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

  14. Far vision

    48% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  15. Selective attention

    46% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  16. Categorising

    45% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  17. Originality

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Perceptual speed

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Speed of recognition

    39% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  20. Multitasking

    37% Skill level

    Do two or more things at the same time.

Activities

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

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Communicating with the public

    68% Skill level

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

  3. Collecting and organising information

    67% Skill level

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

  4. Making sense of information and ideas

    67% Skill level

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

  5. Building good relationships

    66% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  6. Documenting or recording information

    66% Skill level

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

  7. Researching and investigating

    65% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Communicating within a team

    63% Skill level

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

  9. Making decisions and solving problems

    62% Skill level

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

  10. Assessing and evaluating things

    61% Skill level

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

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    61% Skill level

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

  12. Providing office support

    60% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  13. Looking for changes over time

    60% Skill level

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

  14. Monitoring people, processes and things

    60% Skill level

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

  15. Checking compliance with standards

    58% Skill level

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

  16. Thinking creatively

    53% Skill level

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

  17. Working with computers

    49% Skill level

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

  18. Scheduling work and activities

    49% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  19. Coming up with systems and processes

    48% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  20. Driving vehicles or equipment

    41% Skill level

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

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, 33-9021.00 - Private Detectives and Investigators.

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. Telephone

    99% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    95% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Unstructured work

    88% Important

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

  6. Contact with people

    87% Important

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

  7. Time pressure

    86% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  8. Spend time sitting

    84% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  9. Contact with the public

    84% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  10. Face-to-face discussions

    83% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  11. Impact of decisions

    83% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Frequent decision making

    80% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Letters and memos

    78% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Indoors, heat controlled

    77% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  15. Repeating same tasks

    69% Important

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

  16. Teamwork

    66% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  17. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    65% Important

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

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    64% Important

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

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    62% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Physically close to people

    61% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

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

  1. Achievement

    76% Important

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

  2. Independence

    76% 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. 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.

  4. Working conditions

    55% 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. 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.

  6. Support

    38% 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.

Interests

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

  1. Enterprising

    95% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    71% Important

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

  3. Practical

    52% Important

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

  4. Helping

    48% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Analytical

    43% Important

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

  6. Creative

    19% Important

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

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