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Registered Nurses (Surgical)

ANZSCO ID 254424

Overview

All Registered Nurses

  • $1,909 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Registered Nurses (Surgical)

  • 15,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 92% female Gender Share

Registered Nurses (Surgical) provide nursing care to patients with injuries and illness that require surgical intervention.

You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Surgical).

Tasks
  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards.
  • Works in consultation with other health professionals and members of health teams, and co-ordinating the care of patients.
  • Provides interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitors responses to treatment and care plans.
  • Promotes health and assists in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities.
  • Answers questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care.
  • Supervises and co-ordinates the work of enrolled nurses and other health care workers.

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Surgical).

Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is 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.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Registered Nurses who are caring, empathetic, reliable, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    76% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

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

  3. Education and training

    58% Skill level

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

  4. Biology

    51% Skill level

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

  5. Psychology

    49% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Therapy and counselling

    41% Skill level

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

  9. Chemistry

    40% Skill level

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

  10. Mathematics

    40% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  11. Mechanical

    38% Skill level

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

  12. Administration and management

    37% Skill level

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

  13. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

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

  14. Communications and media

    30% Skill level

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

  15. Physics

    25% Skill level

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

  16. Sociology and anthropology

    25% Skill level

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

  17. Production and processing

    23% Skill level

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

  18. Engineering and technology

    22% Skill level

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

  19. Clerical

    21% Skill level

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

  20. Law and government

    21% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  3. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Operation monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Social perceptiveness

    48% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  8. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  9. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  10. Serving others

    46% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  11. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Active learning

    45% Skill level

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

  13. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

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

  15. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  16. Systems analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  17. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  18. Negotiation

    37% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Persuasion

    37% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Quality control analysis

    37% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    61% Skill level

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

  2. Finger dexterity

    59% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  3. Arm-hand steadiness

    57% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Colour discrimination

    54% Skill level

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

  8. Speech clarity

    54% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  9. Written comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  10. Control precision

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  12. Inductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Manual dexterity

    52% Skill level

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

  14. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Perceptual speed

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Selective attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

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

  18. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Hearing sensitivity

    46% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  20. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Helping and caring for others

    92% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    83% Skill level

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

  3. Handling and moving objects

    83% Skill level

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

  4. Looking for changes over time

    82% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    78% Skill level

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

  6. Building good relationships

    77% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    75% Skill level

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

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    73% Skill level

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

  9. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

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

  10. Doing physically active work

    70% Skill level

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

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    68% Skill level

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

  12. Working with the public

    67% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    66% Skill level

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

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    64% Skill level

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

  15. Researching and investigating

    63% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Training and teaching others

    63% Skill level

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

  17. Controlling equipment or machines

    63% Skill level

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

  18. Collecting and organising information

    62% Skill level

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

  19. Documenting or recording information

    57% Skill level

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

  20. Explaining things to people

    54% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2099.07 - Surgical Assistants.

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. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Physically close to people

    97% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Contact with people

    95% Important

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

  5. Teamwork

    94% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

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

    90% Important

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

  8. Disease or infection

    89% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  9. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  10. Spend time standing

    86% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  11. Consequence of error

    85% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    85% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Electronic mail

    85% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  14. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  15. Contact with the public

    80% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  16. Health and safety of others

    80% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Responsible for outcomes

    79% Important

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

  18. Dangerous conditions

    76% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  19. Exposure to contaminants

    75% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  20. Telephone

    74% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    86% Important

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

  2. Achievement

    67% Important

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

  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. Support

    62% 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Independence

    38% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

Interests

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

  1. Administrative

    90% Important

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

  2. Helping

    71% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Practical

    57% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    48% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  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, 29-2099.07 - Surgical Assistants.

All Registered Nurses

  • $1,909 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth

Registered Nurses (Surgical)

  • 15,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 49% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 92% female Gender Share

Registered Nurses (Surgical) provide nursing care to patients with injuries and illness that require surgical intervention.

You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Surgical).

Tasks
  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards.
  • Works in consultation with other health professionals and members of health teams, and co-ordinating the care of patients.
  • Provides interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitors responses to treatment and care plans.
  • Promotes health and assists in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities.
  • Answers questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care.
  • Supervises and co-ordinates the work of enrolled nurses and other health care workers.

You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Surgical).

Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is 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.

Employers look for Registered Nurses who are caring, empathetic, reliable, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    76% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    68% Skill level

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

  3. Education and training

    58% Skill level

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

  4. Biology

    51% Skill level

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

  5. Psychology

    49% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Computers and electronics

    48% Skill level

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

  8. Therapy and counselling

    41% Skill level

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

  9. Chemistry

    40% Skill level

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

  10. Mathematics

    40% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  11. Mechanical

    38% Skill level

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

  12. Administration and management

    37% Skill level

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

  13. Public safety and security

    35% Skill level

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

  14. Communications and media

    30% Skill level

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

  15. Physics

    25% Skill level

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

  16. Sociology and anthropology

    25% Skill level

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

  17. Production and processing

    23% Skill level

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

  18. Engineering and technology

    22% Skill level

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

  19. Clerical

    21% Skill level

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

  20. Law and government

    21% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    55% Skill level

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

  3. Speaking

    55% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  4. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

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

  6. Operation monitoring

    48% Skill level

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

  7. Social perceptiveness

    48% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  8. Writing

    48% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  9. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  10. Serving others

    46% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  11. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Active learning

    45% Skill level

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

  13. Judgment and decision making

    45% Skill level

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

  14. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

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

  15. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  16. Systems analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  17. Time management

    39% Skill level

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

  18. Negotiation

    37% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  19. Persuasion

    37% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Quality control analysis

    37% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Near vision

    61% Skill level

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

  2. Finger dexterity

    59% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  3. Arm-hand steadiness

    57% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  6. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Colour discrimination

    54% Skill level

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

  8. Speech clarity

    54% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  9. Written comprehension

    54% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  10. Control precision

    52% Skill level

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

  11. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  12. Inductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

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

  13. Manual dexterity

    52% Skill level

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

  14. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Perceptual speed

    50% Skill level

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

  16. Selective attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Sorting or ordering

    50% Skill level

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

  18. Flexibility of closure

    48% Skill level

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

  19. Hearing sensitivity

    46% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  20. Multilimb coordination

    46% Skill level

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

Activities

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

  1. Helping and caring for others

    92% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  2. Monitoring people, processes and things

    83% Skill level

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

  3. Handling and moving objects

    83% Skill level

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

  4. Looking for changes over time

    82% Skill level

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

  5. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    78% Skill level

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

  6. Building good relationships

    77% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Making decisions and solving problems

    75% Skill level

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

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    73% Skill level

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

  9. Communicating within a team

    72% Skill level

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

  10. Doing physically active work

    70% Skill level

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

  11. Planning and prioritising work

    68% Skill level

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

  12. Working with the public

    67% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  13. Checking compliance with standards

    66% Skill level

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

  14. Assessing and evaluating things

    64% Skill level

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

  15. Researching and investigating

    63% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  16. Training and teaching others

    63% Skill level

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

  17. Controlling equipment or machines

    63% Skill level

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

  18. Collecting and organising information

    62% Skill level

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

  19. Documenting or recording information

    57% Skill level

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

  20. Explaining things to people

    54% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2099.07 - Surgical Assistants.

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. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Physically close to people

    97% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Contact with people

    95% Important

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

  5. Teamwork

    94% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Being exact or accurate

    92% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

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

    90% Important

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

  8. Disease or infection

    89% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  9. Face-to-face discussions

    89% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  10. Spend time standing

    86% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  11. Consequence of error

    85% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  12. Lead or coordinate a team

    85% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  13. Electronic mail

    85% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  14. Unstructured work

    82% Important

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

  15. Contact with the public

    80% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  16. Health and safety of others

    80% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  17. Responsible for outcomes

    79% Important

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

  18. Dangerous conditions

    76% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  19. Exposure to contaminants

    75% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  20. Telephone

    74% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

Values

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

  1. Relationships

    86% Important

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

  2. Achievement

    67% Important

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

  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. Support

    62% 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Independence

    38% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

Interests

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

  1. Administrative

    90% Important

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

  2. Helping

    71% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Practical

    57% Important

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

  4. Analytical

    48% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    24% Important

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

  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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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2099.07 - Surgical Assistants.
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