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Structural Engineers

ANZSCO ID 233214

Overview

All Civil Engineering Professionals

  • $1,962 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Structural Engineers

  • 6,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 11% female Gender Share

Structural Engineers analyse the statical properties of all types of structures, test the behaviour and durability of materials used in their construction, and design and supervise the construction of all types of structures.

You need a bachelor degree in civil engineering to work as a Structural Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • Determines construction methods, materials and quality standards, and drafts and interprets specifications, drawings, plans, construction methods and procedures.
  • Analyses structural systems for both static and dynamic loads.
  • Designs structures to ensure they do not collapse, bend, twist or vibrate in undesirable ways.

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in civil engineering to work as a Structural Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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 Civil Engineering Professionals who have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and connect well with others.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    90% Skill level

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

  2. Building and construction

    84% Skill level

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

  3. Technical design

    81% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    75% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and management

    72% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    71% Skill level

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

  7. Physics

    66% Skill level

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

  8. Customer and personal service

    65% Skill level

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

  9. Computers and electronics

    60% Skill level

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

  10. Law and government

    60% Skill level

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

  11. Education and training

    60% Skill level

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

  12. Public safety and security

    56% Skill level

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

  13. Economics and accounting

    55% Skill level

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

  14. Personnel and human resources

    53% Skill level

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

  15. Sales and marketing

    51% Skill level

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

  16. Mechanical

    50% Skill level

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

  17. Chemistry

    50% Skill level

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

  18. Clerical

    47% Skill level

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

  19. Transportation

    45% Skill level

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

  20. Psychology

    41% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Operations analysis

    66% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  4. Critical thinking

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Active learning

    64% Skill level

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

  6. Systems analysis

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

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

  8. Judgment and decision making

    59% Skill level

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

  9. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Systems evaluation

    59% Skill level

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

  11. Active listening

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Time management

    57% Skill level

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

  14. Coordination with others

    57% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Science

    57% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  16. Learning strategies

    54% Skill level

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

  17. Social perceptiveness

    54% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Persuasion

    48% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  20. Management of material resources

    45% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    71% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

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

  5. Problem spotting

    70% Skill level

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

  6. Deductive reasoning

    68% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Working with numbers

    63% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  8. Categorising

    61% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Visualization

    59% Skill level

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

  11. Near vision

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  14. Brainstorming

    57% Skill level

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

  15. Originality

    57% Skill level

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

  16. Flexibility of closure

    55% Skill level

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

  17. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Perceptual speed

    52% Skill level

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

  20. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

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

  1. Making decisions and solving problems

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    77% Skill level

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

  3. Thinking creatively

    77% Skill level

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

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    75% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    75% Skill level

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

  6. Coordinating the work of a team

    73% Skill level

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

  7. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Communicating with the public

    72% Skill level

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

  9. Giving expert advice

    71% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  10. Researching and investigating

    71% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    70% Skill level

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

  12. Collecting and organising information

    70% Skill level

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

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    68% Skill level

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

  14. Checking for errors or defects

    67% Skill level

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

  15. Managing payments and orders

    66% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    65% Skill level

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

  17. Assessing and evaluating things

    63% Skill level

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

  18. Working with computers

    62% Skill level

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

  19. Looking for changes over time

    61% Skill level

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

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    61% Skill level

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2051.00 - Civil Engineers.

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

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Contact with people

    82% Important

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

  6. Impact of decisions

    82% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  7. Teamwork

    81% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  9. Indoors, heat controlled

    80% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  10. Letters and memos

    78% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Unstructured work

    77% Important

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

  12. Consequence of error

    76% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  13. Spend time sitting

    74% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  14. Time pressure

    73% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Competition

    70% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  16. Frequent decision making

    70% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    69% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  18. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    68% Important

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

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    67% Important

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

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    65% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

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

  1. Independence

    86% 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.

  2. Working conditions

    79% Important

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

  3. Achievement

    76% Important

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

  4. Recognition

    76% 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. Support

    67% 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.

  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. Practical

    95% Important

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

  2. Analytical

    86% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

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

  4. Creative

    38% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    38% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% 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, 17-2051.00 - Civil Engineers.

All Civil Engineering Professionals

  • $1,962 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Structural Engineers

  • 6,200 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 11% female Gender Share

Structural Engineers analyse the statical properties of all types of structures, test the behaviour and durability of materials used in their construction, and design and supervise the construction of all types of structures.

You need a bachelor degree in civil engineering to work as a Structural Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • Determines construction methods, materials and quality standards, and drafts and interprets specifications, drawings, plans, construction methods and procedures.
  • Analyses structural systems for both static and dynamic loads.
  • Designs structures to ensure they do not collapse, bend, twist or vibrate in undesirable ways.

You need a bachelor degree in civil engineering to work as a Structural Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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 Civil Engineering Professionals who have a positive and enthusiastic attitude and connect well with others.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    90% Skill level

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

  2. Building and construction

    84% Skill level

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

  3. Technical design

    81% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    75% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and management

    72% Skill level

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

  6. English language

    71% Skill level

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

  7. Physics

    66% Skill level

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

  8. Customer and personal service

    65% Skill level

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

  9. Computers and electronics

    60% Skill level

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

  10. Law and government

    60% Skill level

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

  11. Education and training

    60% Skill level

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

  12. Public safety and security

    56% Skill level

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

  13. Economics and accounting

    55% Skill level

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

  14. Personnel and human resources

    53% Skill level

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

  15. Sales and marketing

    51% Skill level

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

  16. Mechanical

    50% Skill level

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

  17. Chemistry

    50% Skill level

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

  18. Clerical

    47% Skill level

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

  19. Transportation

    45% Skill level

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

  20. Psychology

    41% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  2. Reading comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Operations analysis

    66% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  4. Critical thinking

    64% Skill level

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

  5. Active learning

    64% Skill level

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

  6. Systems analysis

    61% Skill level

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

  7. Complex problem solving

    59% Skill level

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

  8. Judgment and decision making

    59% Skill level

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

  9. Monitoring

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Systems evaluation

    59% Skill level

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

  11. Active listening

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Speaking

    57% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  13. Time management

    57% Skill level

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

  14. Coordination with others

    57% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  15. Science

    57% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  16. Learning strategies

    54% Skill level

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

  17. Social perceptiveness

    54% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Persuasion

    48% Skill level

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  19. Instructing

    46% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  20. Management of material resources

    45% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    71% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Written comprehension

    71% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  4. Mathematics

    70% Skill level

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

  5. Problem spotting

    70% Skill level

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

  6. Deductive reasoning

    68% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Working with numbers

    63% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  8. Categorising

    61% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    59% Skill level

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

  10. Visualization

    59% Skill level

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

  11. Near vision

    57% Skill level

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

  12. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

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

  13. Written expression

    57% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  14. Brainstorming

    57% Skill level

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

  15. Originality

    57% Skill level

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

  16. Flexibility of closure

    55% Skill level

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

  17. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  18. Speech recognition

    54% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  19. Perceptual speed

    52% Skill level

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

  20. Speech clarity

    52% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

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

  1. Making decisions and solving problems

    79% Skill level

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

  2. Planning and prioritising work

    77% Skill level

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

  3. Thinking creatively

    77% Skill level

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

  4. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    75% Skill level

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

  5. Communicating within a team

    75% Skill level

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

  6. Coordinating the work of a team

    73% Skill level

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

  7. Building good relationships

    72% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  8. Communicating with the public

    72% Skill level

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

  9. Giving expert advice

    71% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  10. Researching and investigating

    71% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    70% Skill level

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

  12. Collecting and organising information

    70% Skill level

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

  13. Scheduling work and activities

    68% Skill level

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

  14. Checking for errors or defects

    67% Skill level

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

  15. Managing payments and orders

    66% Skill level

    Monitoring and controlling resources and the spending of money.

  16. Making sense of information and ideas

    65% Skill level

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

  17. Assessing and evaluating things

    63% Skill level

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

  18. Working with computers

    62% Skill level

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

  19. Looking for changes over time

    61% Skill level

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

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    61% Skill level

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

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2051.00 - Civil Engineers.

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

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    96% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    84% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Contact with people

    82% Important

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

  6. Impact of decisions

    82% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  7. Teamwork

    81% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  9. Indoors, heat controlled

    80% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  10. Letters and memos

    78% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  11. Unstructured work

    77% Important

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

  12. Consequence of error

    76% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  13. Spend time sitting

    74% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  14. Time pressure

    73% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Competition

    70% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  16. Frequent decision making

    70% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  17. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    69% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  18. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    68% Important

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

  19. Responsible for outcomes

    67% Important

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

  20. Lead or coordinate a team

    65% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

Values

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

  1. Independence

    86% 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.

  2. Working conditions

    79% Important

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

  3. Achievement

    76% Important

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

  4. Recognition

    76% 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. Support

    67% 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.

  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. Practical

    95% Important

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

  2. Analytical

    86% Important

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

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

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

  4. Creative

    38% Important

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

  5. Enterprising

    38% Important

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

  6. Helping

    19% 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, 17-2051.00 - Civil Engineers.
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