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Tanker Drivers

ANZSCO ID 733114

Overview

All Truck Drivers

  • $1,509 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Tanker Drivers

  • 2,900 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 53 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

Tanker Drivers drive tanker trucks requiring a specially endorsed class of licence, to transport bulk liquids.

Specialisations: Milk Tanker Driver, Petrol Tanker Driver, Water Tanker Driver.

You can work as a Tanker Driver without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in Gaseous Fuel Delivery Operations or driving operations might be helpful.

Tasks
  • Fills tanker as necessary from main supply tanks or from a series of tanks if collecting milk.
  • Drives vehicle from loading to discharge points.
  • Attaches hosing couplings and operates truck pump to fill or discharge load.
  • Ensures all safety and security procedures are followed.
  • Makes regular checks of the vehicle, holding tank and couplings.
  • Keeps all documentation requirements for specific load type.

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Tanker Driver without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in Gaseous Fuel Delivery Operations or driving operations 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 Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Truck Drivers who are reliable, provide good customer service and are well presented.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    60% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Mechanical

    49% Skill level

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

  5. English language

    47% Skill level

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

  6. Education and training

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Geography

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Administration and management

    36% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    33% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Law and government

    32% Skill level

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

  11. Clerical

    32% Skill level

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

  12. Psychology

    28% Skill level

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

  13. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

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

  14. Chemistry

    25% Skill level

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

  15. Computers and electronics

    25% Skill level

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

  16. Telecommunications

    24% Skill level

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

  17. Engineering and technology

    21% Skill level

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

  18. Personnel and human resources

    21% Skill level

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

  19. Production and processing

    21% Skill level

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

  20. Sales and marketing

    20% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    50% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  3. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  4. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  7. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

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

  10. Equipment maintenance

    39% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  12. Repairing

    39% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  13. Troubleshooting

    39% Skill level

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

  14. Quality control analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  15. Writing

    36% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    34% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Active learning

    32% Skill level

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

  18. Coordination with others

    32% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Serving others

    30% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Multilimb coordination

    55% Skill level

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

  3. Reaction time

    55% Skill level

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

  4. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  5. Rate control

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Response orientation

    54% Skill level

    Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).

  7. Near vision

    46% Skill level

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

  8. Spatial orientation

    45% Skill level

    Know where things are around you.

  9. Oral comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  10. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Depth perception

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  15. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  16. Hearing sensitivity

    43% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  17. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Arm-hand steadiness

    41% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  20. Night vision

    41% Skill level

    See under low light conditions.

Activities

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

  1. Driving vehicles or equipment

    71% Skill level

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

  2. Handling and moving objects

    69% Skill level

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

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    68% Skill level

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

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    63% Skill level

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

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    63% Skill level

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

  7. Doing physically active work

    62% Skill level

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

  8. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  9. Researching and investigating

    61% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  10. Looking for changes over time

    61% Skill level

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

  11. Scheduling work and activities

    60% Skill level

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

  12. Communicating within a team

    60% Skill level

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

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    59% Skill level

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

  14. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    58% Skill level

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

  15. Checking compliance with standards

    57% Skill level

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

  16. Communicating with the public

    55% Skill level

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

  17. Collecting and organising information

    54% Skill level

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

  18. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

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

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    52% Skill level

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

  20. Working with the public

    50% Skill level

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

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, 53-3032.00 - Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers.

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. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    94% Important

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

  2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    88% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  3. Time pressure

    87% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  4. Very hot or cold temperatures

    86% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  5. Telephone

    83% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Impact of decisions

    82% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

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

    82% Important

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

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    81% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  9. Spend time sitting

    81% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  10. Face-to-face discussions

    80% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  11. Frequent decision making

    80% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  12. Being exact or accurate

    79% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  13. Contact with people

    79% Important

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

  14. Consequence of error

    78% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  15. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    78% Important

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

  16. Unstructured work

    75% Important

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

  17. Exposure to contaminants

    75% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  18. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    74% Important

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

  19. Contact with the public

    73% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  20. Bright or inadequate lighting

    67% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Independence

    62% Important

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

  3. Working conditions

    48% 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. Relationships

    43% 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.

  5. Achievement

    38% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    33% 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

    67% 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

    14% 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, 53-3032.00 - Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers.

All Truck Drivers

  • $1,509 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth

Tanker Drivers

  • 2,900 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 53 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

Tanker Drivers drive tanker trucks requiring a specially endorsed class of licence, to transport bulk liquids.

Specialisations: Milk Tanker Driver, Petrol Tanker Driver, Water Tanker Driver.

You can work as a Tanker Driver without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in Gaseous Fuel Delivery Operations or driving operations might be helpful.

Tasks
  • Fills tanker as necessary from main supply tanks or from a series of tanks if collecting milk.
  • Drives vehicle from loading to discharge points.
  • Attaches hosing couplings and operates truck pump to fill or discharge load.
  • Ensures all safety and security procedures are followed.
  • Makes regular checks of the vehicle, holding tank and couplings.
  • Keeps all documentation requirements for specific load type.

You can work as a Tanker Driver without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A certificate II or III in Gaseous Fuel Delivery Operations or driving operations 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 Transport and Logistics Training Package VET training pathways.

Employers look for Truck Drivers who are reliable, provide good customer service and are well presented.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Transportation

    60% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    59% Skill level

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

  3. Public safety and security

    50% Skill level

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

  4. Mechanical

    49% Skill level

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

  5. English language

    47% Skill level

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

  6. Education and training

    41% Skill level

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

  7. Geography

    37% Skill level

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

  8. Administration and management

    36% Skill level

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

  9. Mathematics

    33% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  10. Law and government

    32% Skill level

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

  11. Clerical

    32% Skill level

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

  12. Psychology

    28% Skill level

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

  13. Communications and media

    27% Skill level

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

  14. Chemistry

    25% Skill level

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

  15. Computers and electronics

    25% Skill level

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

  16. Telecommunications

    24% Skill level

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

  17. Engineering and technology

    21% Skill level

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

  18. Personnel and human resources

    21% Skill level

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

  19. Production and processing

    21% Skill level

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

  20. Sales and marketing

    20% Skill level

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

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Operation and control

    50% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  2. Operation monitoring

    45% Skill level

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

  3. Active listening

    43% Skill level

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

  4. Critical thinking

    43% Skill level

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

  5. Monitoring

    43% Skill level

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

  6. Reading comprehension

    43% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  7. Speaking

    43% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Time management

    43% Skill level

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

  9. Complex problem solving

    41% Skill level

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

  10. Equipment maintenance

    39% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  11. Judgment and decision making

    39% Skill level

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

  12. Repairing

    39% Skill level

    Fixing machines or systems.

  13. Troubleshooting

    39% Skill level

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

  14. Quality control analysis

    39% Skill level

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

  15. Writing

    36% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    34% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Active learning

    32% Skill level

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

  18. Coordination with others

    32% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  19. Serving others

    30% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  20. Instructing

    30% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Control precision

    57% Skill level

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

  2. Multilimb coordination

    55% Skill level

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

  3. Reaction time

    55% Skill level

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

  4. Far vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are far away.

  5. Rate control

    54% Skill level

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

  6. Response orientation

    54% Skill level

    Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).

  7. Near vision

    46% Skill level

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

  8. Spatial orientation

    45% Skill level

    Know where things are around you.

  9. Oral comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  10. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  11. Sorting or ordering

    45% Skill level

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

  12. Depth perception

    43% Skill level

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

  13. Problem spotting

    43% Skill level

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

  14. Categorising

    43% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  15. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  16. Hearing sensitivity

    43% Skill level

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  17. Inductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

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

  18. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

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

  19. Arm-hand steadiness

    41% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  20. Night vision

    41% Skill level

    See under low light conditions.

Activities

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

  1. Driving vehicles or equipment

    71% Skill level

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

  2. Handling and moving objects

    69% Skill level

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

  3. Controlling equipment or machines

    68% Skill level

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

  4. Planning and prioritising work

    63% Skill level

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

  5. Making decisions and solving problems

    63% Skill level

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

  6. Checking for errors or defects

    63% Skill level

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

  7. Doing physically active work

    62% Skill level

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

  8. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  9. Researching and investigating

    61% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  10. Looking for changes over time

    61% Skill level

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

  11. Scheduling work and activities

    60% Skill level

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

  12. Communicating within a team

    60% Skill level

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

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    59% Skill level

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

  14. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    58% Skill level

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

  15. Checking compliance with standards

    57% Skill level

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

  16. Communicating with the public

    55% Skill level

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

  17. Collecting and organising information

    54% Skill level

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

  18. Documenting or recording information

    53% Skill level

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

  19. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    52% Skill level

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

  20. Working with the public

    50% Skill level

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

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, 53-3032.00 - Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers.

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. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    94% Important

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

  2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    88% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  3. Time pressure

    87% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  4. Very hot or cold temperatures

    86% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  5. Telephone

    83% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Impact of decisions

    82% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

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

    82% Important

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

  8. Freedom to make decisions

    81% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  9. Spend time sitting

    81% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  10. Face-to-face discussions

    80% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  11. Frequent decision making

    80% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  12. Being exact or accurate

    79% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  13. Contact with people

    79% Important

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

  14. Consequence of error

    78% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  15. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    78% Important

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

  16. Unstructured work

    75% Important

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

  17. Exposure to contaminants

    75% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  18. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    74% Important

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

  19. Contact with the public

    73% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  20. Bright or inadequate lighting

    67% Important

    Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.

Values

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

  1. 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.

  2. Independence

    62% Important

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

  3. Working conditions

    48% 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. Relationships

    43% 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.

  5. Achievement

    38% Important

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

  6. Recognition

    33% 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

    67% 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

    14% 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, 53-3032.00 - Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers.
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