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Overview

All Structural Steel Construction Workers

  • $2,100 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Scaffolders

  • 8,600 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 32 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Scaffolders erect and dismantle scaffolding to provide work platforms on building and industrial sites, and for temporary structures such as staging and seating.

You can work as a Scaffolder without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate III in scaffolding might be helpful.

Tasks
  • Fits and bolts tubes, support braces and components to form bases and build up scaffolding.
  • Lifts and positions sections of scaffolding.
  • Erects guard rails, guy wires, ropes and clamps, laying planks and hanging safety nets.
  • Dismantles and removes scaffolding from building sites.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Scaffolder without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate III in scaffolding might be helpful.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Structural Steel Construction Workers who are motivated and hardworking.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    88% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    53% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Customer and personal service

    47% Skill level

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

  5. Engineering and technology

    44% Skill level

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

  6. Public safety and security

    43% Skill level

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

  7. English language

    41% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    40% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Technical design

    36% Skill level

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

  11. Transportation

    31% Skill level

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

  12. Personnel and human resources

    30% Skill level

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

  13. Physics

    27% Skill level

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

  14. Psychology

    26% Skill level

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

  15. Production and processing

    25% Skill level

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

  16. Chemistry

    22% Skill level

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

  17. Clerical

    15% Skill level

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

  18. Communications and media

    12% Skill level

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

  19. Sales and marketing

    11% Skill level

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

  20. Medicine and dentistry

    10% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  2. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  3. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  5. Active learning

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  11. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Instructing

    41% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  13. Time management

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  15. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Management of personnel resources

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Speaking

    34% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  18. Serving others

    32% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  19. Persuasion

    30% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Troubleshooting

    27% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Static strength

    64% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  2. Control precision

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Multilimb coordination

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    55% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Balance

    55% Skill level

    Keep your balance or stay upright.

  6. Extent flexibility

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Manual dexterity

    55% Skill level

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

  8. Trunk strength

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Visualization

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Finger dexterity

    55% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  11. Reaction time

    55% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  12. Depth perception

    54% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  13. Near vision

    54% Skill level

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

  14. Dynamic strength

    54% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  15. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  16. Auditory attention

    52% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  17. Rate control

    45% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  18. Stamina

    45% Skill level

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

  19. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    90% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    80% Skill level

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

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Driving vehicles or equipment

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    57% Skill level

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

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Coordinating the work of a team

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Building good relationships

    52% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  11. Monitoring people, processes and things

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Checking compliance with standards

    50% Skill level

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

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    49% Skill level

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

  14. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Looking for changes over time

    46% Skill level

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

  16. Thinking creatively

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Researching and investigating

    45% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    42% Skill level

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

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    40% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2221.00 - Structural Iron and Steel Workers.

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.

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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. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    96% Important

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

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    96% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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

    95% Important

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

  5. Work at heights

    93% Important

    Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).

  6. Spend time standing

    92% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  7. Very hot or cold temperatures

    91% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  8. Physically close to people

    89% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  9. Wear specialized protective or safety equipment

    89% Important

    Wear equipment like breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection.

  10. Teamwork

    88% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Contact with people

    88% Important

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

  12. Exposure to contaminants

    87% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  13. Health and safety of others

    87% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  14. Face-to-face discussions

    86% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  15. Dangerous equipment

    86% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  16. Time pressure

    85% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    84% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  18. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  19. Bright or inadequate lighting

    81% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    81% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Support

    76% Important

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

  2. Relationships

    67% 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.

  3. Working conditions

    45% Important

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

  4. Independence

    43% 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.

  5. Achievement

    38% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    43% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    43% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

  5. Creative

    19% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2221.00 - Structural Iron and Steel Workers.

All Structural Steel Construction Workers

  • $2,100 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Scaffolders

  • 8,600 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 32 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

Scaffolders erect and dismantle scaffolding to provide work platforms on building and industrial sites, and for temporary structures such as staging and seating.

You can work as a Scaffolder without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate III in scaffolding might be helpful.

Tasks
  • Fits and bolts tubes, support braces and components to form bases and build up scaffolding.
  • Lifts and positions sections of scaffolding.
  • Erects guard rails, guy wires, ropes and clamps, laying planks and hanging safety nets.
  • Dismantles and removes scaffolding from building sites.

You can work as a Scaffolder without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate III in scaffolding might be helpful.

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

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Metal and Engineering VET training pathways.

Employers look for Structural Steel Construction Workers who are motivated and hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    88% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    53% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Customer and personal service

    47% Skill level

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

  5. Engineering and technology

    44% Skill level

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

  6. Public safety and security

    43% Skill level

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

  7. English language

    41% Skill level

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

  8. Education and training

    40% Skill level

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

  9. Administration and management

    39% Skill level

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

  10. Technical design

    36% Skill level

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

  11. Transportation

    31% Skill level

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

  12. Personnel and human resources

    30% Skill level

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

  13. Physics

    27% Skill level

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

  14. Psychology

    26% Skill level

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

  15. Production and processing

    25% Skill level

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

  16. Chemistry

    22% Skill level

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

  17. Clerical

    15% Skill level

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

  18. Communications and media

    12% Skill level

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

  19. Sales and marketing

    11% Skill level

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

  20. Medicine and dentistry

    10% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Coordination with others

    48% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  2. Critical thinking

    45% Skill level

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

  3. Operation and control

    43% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  4. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  5. Active learning

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  7. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

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

  8. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

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

  10. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  11. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

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

  12. Instructing

    41% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  13. Time management

    41% Skill level

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

  14. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  15. Social perceptiveness

    39% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  16. Management of personnel resources

    34% Skill level

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

  17. Speaking

    34% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  18. Serving others

    32% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  19. Persuasion

    30% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  20. Troubleshooting

    27% Skill level

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

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Static strength

    64% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  2. Control precision

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Multilimb coordination

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Arm-hand steadiness

    55% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  5. Balance

    55% Skill level

    Keep your balance or stay upright.

  6. Extent flexibility

    55% Skill level

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

  7. Manual dexterity

    55% Skill level

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

  8. Trunk strength

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Visualization

    55% Skill level

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

  10. Finger dexterity

    55% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  11. Reaction time

    55% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  12. Depth perception

    54% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  13. Near vision

    54% Skill level

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

  14. Dynamic strength

    54% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  15. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  16. Auditory attention

    52% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  17. Rate control

    45% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  18. Stamina

    45% Skill level

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

  19. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

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

  20. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

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

  1. Handling and moving objects

    90% Skill level

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

  2. Doing physically active work

    80% Skill level

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

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    59% Skill level

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

  5. Driving vehicles or equipment

    57% Skill level

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

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    57% Skill level

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

  7. Communicating within a team

    57% Skill level

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

  8. Making decisions and solving problems

    55% Skill level

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

  9. Coordinating the work of a team

    54% Skill level

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

  10. Building good relationships

    52% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  11. Monitoring people, processes and things

    51% Skill level

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

  12. Checking compliance with standards

    50% Skill level

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

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    49% Skill level

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

  14. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    46% Skill level

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

  15. Looking for changes over time

    46% Skill level

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

  16. Thinking creatively

    45% Skill level

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

  17. Researching and investigating

    45% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Assessing and evaluating things

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Leading and encouraging a team

    42% Skill level

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

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    40% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2221.00 - Structural Iron and Steel Workers.

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. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    96% Important

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

  3. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    96% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

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

    95% Important

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

  5. Work at heights

    93% Important

    Work in high places (e.g., on poles, scaffolding, catwalks, or ladders).

  6. Spend time standing

    92% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  7. Very hot or cold temperatures

    91% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  8. Physically close to people

    89% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  9. Wear specialized protective or safety equipment

    89% Important

    Wear equipment like breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection.

  10. Teamwork

    88% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  11. Contact with people

    88% Important

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

  12. Exposure to contaminants

    87% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  13. Health and safety of others

    87% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  14. Face-to-face discussions

    86% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  15. Dangerous equipment

    86% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  16. Time pressure

    85% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  17. Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings

    84% Important

    Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.

  18. Being exact or accurate

    83% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  19. Bright or inadequate lighting

    81% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

  20. Responsible for outcomes

    81% Important

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

Values

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

  1. Support

    76% Important

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

  2. Relationships

    67% 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.

  3. Working conditions

    45% Important

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

  4. Independence

    43% 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.

  5. Achievement

    38% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

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

Interests

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

  1. Practical

    100% Important

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

  2. Administrative

    43% Important

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

  3. Analytical

    43% Important

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

  4. Enterprising

    29% Important

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

  5. Creative

    19% Important

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

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2221.00 - Structural Iron and Steel Workers.
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