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Procurement Managers

ANZSCO ID 133612

Overview

All Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers

  • $2,519 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Procurement Managers

  • 7,400 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 32% female Gender Share

Procurement Managers manage the procurement and purchasing of materials, products and services for organisations.

You usually need a bachelor degree in business management, purchasing, warehousing and distribution, accounting or another related field to work as a Procurement Manager. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • Determines, implements and monitors purchasing strategies, policies and plans.
  • Negotiates contracts with suppliers to meet quality, cost and delivery requirements.
  • Uses recording systems to monitor and confirm procurement requirements.
  • Oversees the recording of purchase transactions.
  • Directs staff activities and monitors their performance.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a bachelor degree in business management, purchasing, warehousing and distribution, accounting or another related field to work as a Procurement Manager. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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

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

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers who are reliable, organised and can communicate clearly. Employers also value leadership and planning skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Administration and management

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Production and processing

    69% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    65% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Customer and personal service

    64% Skill level

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

  5. English language

    62% Skill level

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

  6. Clerical

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Personnel and human resources

    60% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    57% Skill level

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

  9. Economics and accounting

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Transportation

    55% Skill level

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

  11. Law and government

    52% Skill level

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

  12. Engineering and technology

    51% Skill level

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

  13. Psychology

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Education and training

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Sales and marketing

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Technical design

    48% Skill level

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

  17. Mechanical

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Communications and media

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Public safety and security

    36% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    25% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Negotiation

    63% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  2. Persuasion

    63% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  3. Management of financial resources

    63% Skill level

    Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.

  4. Coordination with others

    61% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  5. Management of personnel resources

    61% Skill level

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

  6. Monitoring

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Active listening

    59% Skill level

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

  8. Social perceptiveness

    59% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Active learning

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  13. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  14. Time management

    55% Skill level

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

  15. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

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

  16. Learning strategies

    54% Skill level

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

  17. Systems analysis

    54% Skill level

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

  18. Instructing

    52% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Serving others

    52% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Deductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  2. Oral comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    63% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Written expression

    59% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Speech recognition

    55% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  8. Categorising

    55% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Speech clarity

    54% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

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

  12. Originality

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Inductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Mathematics

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Working with numbers

    50% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  17. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  19. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    85% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  2. Building good relationships

    79% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    73% Skill level

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

  4. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

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

  5. Guiding and directing staff

    71% Skill level

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

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating with the public

    69% Skill level

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

  8. Managing payments and orders

    69% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  9. Coaching and developing others

    68% Skill level

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

  10. Researching and investigating

    67% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Coordinating the work of a team

    67% Skill level

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

  12. Making sense of information and ideas

    67% Skill level

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

  13. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

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

  14. Influencing people

    63% Skill level

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

  15. Coming up with systems and processes

    61% Skill level

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

  16. Leading and encouraging a team

    60% Skill level

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

  17. Collecting and organising information

    58% Skill level

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

  18. Thinking creatively

    58% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    51% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-3061.00 - Purchasing Managers.

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. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    100% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Contact with people

    92% Important

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

  5. Impact of decisions

    88% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    87% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Frequent decision making

    85% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  9. Spend time sitting

    85% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  10. Unstructured work

    84% Important

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

  11. Time pressure

    82% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  13. Letters and memos

    80% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Indoors, heat controlled

    77% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    76% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Conflict situations

    73% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  17. Competition

    70% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    69% Important

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

  19. Contact with the public

    66% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  20. Repeating same tasks

    62% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Working conditions

    76% Important

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

  2. Support

    71% 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

    67% 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. Achievement

    57% Important

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

  6. Relationships

    57% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Enterprising

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

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

  3. Helping

    38% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Practical

    38% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    29% 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, 11-3061.00 - Purchasing Managers.

All Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers

  • $2,519 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Procurement Managers

  • 7,400 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 32% female Gender Share

Procurement Managers manage the procurement and purchasing of materials, products and services for organisations.

You usually need a bachelor degree in business management, purchasing, warehousing and distribution, accounting or another related field to work as a Procurement Manager. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • Determines, implements and monitors purchasing strategies, policies and plans.
  • Negotiates contracts with suppliers to meet quality, cost and delivery requirements.
  • Uses recording systems to monitor and confirm procurement requirements.
  • Oversees the recording of purchase transactions.
  • Directs staff activities and monitors their performance.

You usually need a bachelor degree in business management, purchasing, warehousing and distribution, accounting or another related field to work as a Procurement Manager. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

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

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

Employers look for Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers who are reliable, organised and can communicate clearly. Employers also value leadership and planning skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Administration and management

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Production and processing

    69% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    65% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Customer and personal service

    64% Skill level

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

  5. English language

    62% Skill level

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

  6. Clerical

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Personnel and human resources

    60% Skill level

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

  8. Computers and electronics

    57% Skill level

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

  9. Economics and accounting

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Transportation

    55% Skill level

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

  11. Law and government

    52% Skill level

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

  12. Engineering and technology

    51% Skill level

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

  13. Psychology

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Education and training

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Sales and marketing

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Technical design

    48% Skill level

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

  17. Mechanical

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Communications and media

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Public safety and security

    36% Skill level

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

  20. Telecommunications

    25% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Negotiation

    63% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  2. Persuasion

    63% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  3. Management of financial resources

    63% Skill level

    Figuring out how money is needed to do something, and keeping track of the money that's being spent.

  4. Coordination with others

    61% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  5. Management of personnel resources

    61% Skill level

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

  6. Monitoring

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Active listening

    59% Skill level

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

  8. Social perceptiveness

    59% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Active learning

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

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

  11. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  12. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  13. Writing

    57% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  14. Time management

    55% Skill level

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

  15. Judgment and decision making

    55% Skill level

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

  16. Learning strategies

    54% Skill level

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

  17. Systems analysis

    54% Skill level

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

  18. Instructing

    52% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Serving others

    52% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Deductive reasoning

    63% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  2. Oral comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  3. Oral expression

    63% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  4. Written comprehension

    59% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  5. Written expression

    59% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Speech recognition

    55% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  8. Categorising

    55% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Near vision

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Speech clarity

    54% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  11. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

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

  12. Originality

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Inductive reasoning

    50% Skill level

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

  14. Mathematics

    50% Skill level

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

  15. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Working with numbers

    50% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  17. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

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

  18. Far vision

    43% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  19. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Flexibility of closure

    41% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Negotiating and resolving conflicts

    85% Skill level

    Handling complaints and disagreements, and negotiating with people.

  2. Building good relationships

    79% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  3. Planning and prioritising work

    73% Skill level

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

  4. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

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

  5. Guiding and directing staff

    71% Skill level

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

  6. Making decisions and solving problems

    70% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating with the public

    69% Skill level

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

  8. Managing payments and orders

    69% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  9. Coaching and developing others

    68% Skill level

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

  10. Researching and investigating

    67% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Coordinating the work of a team

    67% Skill level

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

  12. Making sense of information and ideas

    67% Skill level

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

  13. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    65% Skill level

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

  14. Influencing people

    63% Skill level

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

  15. Coming up with systems and processes

    61% Skill level

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

  16. Leading and encouraging a team

    60% Skill level

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

  17. Collecting and organising information

    58% Skill level

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

  18. Thinking creatively

    58% Skill level

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

  19. Explaining things to people

    51% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  20. Working with computers

    50% Skill level

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-3061.00 - Purchasing Managers.

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. Electronic mail

    100% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    100% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    97% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Contact with people

    92% Important

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

  5. Impact of decisions

    88% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  6. Freedom to make decisions

    87% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  7. Teamwork

    87% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Frequent decision making

    85% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  9. Spend time sitting

    85% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  10. Unstructured work

    84% Important

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

  11. Time pressure

    82% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  12. Being exact or accurate

    80% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  13. Letters and memos

    80% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  14. Indoors, heat controlled

    77% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  15. Lead or coordinate a team

    76% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  16. Conflict situations

    73% Important

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  17. Competition

    70% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    69% Important

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

  19. Contact with the public

    66% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  20. Repeating same tasks

    62% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Working conditions

    76% Important

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

  2. Support

    71% 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

    67% 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. Achievement

    57% Important

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

  6. Relationships

    57% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Enterprising

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    76% Important

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

  3. Helping

    38% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  4. Practical

    38% Important

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

  5. Analytical

    29% 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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