SET 3 - Accomplishment Goals
Value Accomplishments, Contribution, Improvement, and Change
What do you value?
The things you value in life serve as guides. They become the goals that you strive to achieve. SET 3: Value Accomplishments - Contribution - Improvement - Change
What is your Purpose?
You have a need to make a contribution to your life or others’ lives. Your purpose is to change things through your actions.
Administrative Support Occupations
Claims Takers, Unemployment Benefits
Customer Service Representatives
Interact with customers to provide basic or scripted information in response to routine inquiries about products and services. May handle and resolve general complaints.
Couriers and Messengers
Pick up and deliver messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within an establishment or directly to other business concerns, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance.
Format typescript and graphic elements using computer software to produce publication-ready material.
File correspondence, cards, invoices, receipts, and other records in alphabetical or numerical order or according to the filing system used. Locate and remove material from file when requested.
Similar: Counter and Rental Clerks video; Court, Municipal, and License Clerks; Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks; Human Resources Assistants; Information and Record Clerks; Judicial Law Clerks video; Office Clerks video; Office Machine Operators; Order Clerks; Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks; Receptionists and Information Clerks; Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks; Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks video; Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping; Stockers and Order Fillers
Locate and notify customers of delinquent accounts by mail, telephone, or personal visit to solicit payment.
Similar: Accounts Clerks; Bill and Account Collectors video; Billing and Posting Clerks; Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks video; Brokerage Clerks video; Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks video; Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks video; Insurance underwriters video; Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks video; Procurement Clerks; Tellers video
First Line Supervisors of Office and Administration Support Workers
Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of clerical and administrative support workers.
Interview persons by telephone, mail, in person, or by other means for the purpose of completing forms, applications, or questionnaires. Ask specific questions, record answers, and assist persons with completing forms. May sort, classify, and file forms.
Similar: Eligibility Interviewer
Postal Service Mail Carriers
Sort and deliver mail for the United States Postal Service. Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot. Includes postal service mail carriers employed by USPS contractors.
Similar: Postmasters and Mail Superintendents; Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
Perform routine administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to callers.
Similar: Government employees; Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants; Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
Architecture and Engineering Occupations
Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
Apply knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural problems concerned with power and machinery, electrification, structures, soil and water conservation, and processing of agricultural products.
Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
Similar: Architectural Consultants; Historical Building Restoration Specialists; Model Makers; Transportation Planner; Urban and Regional Planners video
Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers
Apply knowledge of engineering, biology, chemistry, computer science, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological, agricultural, and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.
Similar: Genetic Engineers
Design chemical plant equipment and devise processes for manufacturing chemicals and products, such as gasoline, synthetic rubber, plastics, detergents, cement, paper, and pulp, by applying principles and technology of chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Similar: Absorption and Adsorption Engineers; Optical Engineers
Perform engineering duties in planning, designing, and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.
Similar: Acoustic Engineers; Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians video; Engineering Consultants; Roadway Engineers; Structural Engineers; Transportation Engineers
Computer Hardware Engineers
Research, design, develop, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. May supervise the manufacturing and installation of computer or computer-related equipment and components.
Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.
Research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.
Similar: Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians video; Water/Wastewater Engineers; Validation Engineers
Health and Safety Engineers
Promote worksite or product safety by applying knowledge of industrial processes, mechanics, chemistry, psychology, and industrial health and safety laws. Includes industrial product safety engineers.
Similar: Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
Design, develop, test, and evaluate integrated systems for managing industrial production processes, including human work factors, quality control, inventory control, logistics and material flow, cost analysis, and production coordination.
Plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.
Similar: Landscape Designers
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
Design, develop, and evaluate the operation of marine vessels, ship machinery, and related equipment, such as power supply and propulsion systems.
Materials Engineers and Scientists
Evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials.
Perform engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment. Oversee installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water, and steam systems.
Similar: Automotive Engineers; Automotive Engineering Technicians; Calibration Technologists and Technicians; Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists; Mechanical Engineering Technicians video; Mechatronics Engineers; Microsystems Engineers; Nanosystems Engineers; Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists and Technicians; Nanotechnology scientists; Photonics Engineers; Photonics Technicians; Robotics Engineers; Robotics Technicians
Mining and Geological Engineers
Conduct subsurface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes, and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions.
Similar: Mining Safety Engineers
Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.
Similar: Energy Engineers; Fuel Cell Engineers; Nuclear Engineers video; Nuclear Technicians; Solar Energy Systems Engineers; Wind Energy Engineers
Make exact measurements and determine property boundaries. Provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth’s surface for engineering, map-making, mining, land evaluation, construction, and other purposes.
Telecommunications Engineering Specialists
Design or configure wired, wireless, and satellite communications systems for voice, video, and data services. Supervise installation, service, and maintenance.
Similar: Security Engineering Officers
Arts and Design Occupations
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual productions and media, such as print, broadcasting, video, and film. Direct workers engaged in artwork or layout design.
Similar: Performing Arts Administrators
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Design and develop manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children’s toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Similar: Bicycle Designers; Inventors
Create or reproduce handmade objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fashion designers create clothing, accessories, and footwear.
Fine Artists, painters, sculptors, and illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Similar: Advertising Artists; Commercial Artists
Plan, design, and furnish the internal space of rooms or buildings. Design interior environments or create physical layouts that are practical, aesthetic, and conducive to the intended purposes. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.
Similar: Color Specialists; Interior Decorators; Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Special effects artists and animators create images that appear to move and visual effects for various forms of media and entertainment.
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects. May use lighting equipment to enhance a subject’s appearance. May use editing software to produce finished images and prints. Includes commercial and industrial photographers, scientific photographers, and photojournalists.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and sets for film, video, television, and theater productions. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Business and Financial Occupations
Accountants and Auditors
Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.
Similar: Audit Supervisors; Financial Clerks video; Forensic Accountants; Mutual Fund Accountants; Tax Consultant
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
Represent and promote artists, performers, and athletes in dealings with current or prospective employers. May handle contract negotiation and other business matters for clients.
Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
Appraise real estate, exclusively, and estimate its fair value. May assess taxes in accordance with prescribed schedules.
Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports.
Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
Review settled claims to determine that payments and settlements are made in accordance with company practices and procedures. Confer with legal counsel on claims requiring litigation. May also settle insurance claims.
Similar: Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage, Insurance Underwriters
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
Conduct programs of compensation and benefits and job analysis for employer. May specialize in specific areas, such as position classification and pension programs.
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Analyze credit data and financial statements of individuals or firms to determine the degree of risk involved in extending credit or lending money. Prepare reports with credit information for use in decision-making.
Conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy.
Similar: Home Economists
Financial and Investment Analysts
Conduct quantitative analyses of information involving investment programs or financial data of public or private institutions, including valuation of businesses.
Enforce or ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing financial and securities institutions and financial and real estate transactions. May examine, verify, or authenticate records.
Human Resources Specialists
Recruit, screen, interview, or place individuals within an organization. May perform other activities in multiple human resources areas.
Labor Relations Specialists
Resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints.
Analyze and coordinate the ongoing logistical functions of a firm or organization. Responsible for the entire life cycle of a product, including acquisition, distribution, internal allocation, delivery, and final disposal of resources.
Similar: Logistics Analysts; Logistics Engineers
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively.
Similar: Business Consultants; Project Management Specialists; Sustainability Specialists
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
Research conditions in local, regional, national, or online markets. Gather information to determine potential sales of a product or service, or plan a marketing or advertising campaign. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution.
Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.
Similar: Wedding Planners
Conduct retail activities of businesses operating exclusively online. May perform duties such as preparing business strategies, buying merchandise, managing inventory, implementing marketing activities, fulfilling and shipping online orders, and balancing financial records.
Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents
Buyers and purchasing agents buy products and services for organizations. Purchasing managers oversee the work of buyers and purchasing agents.
Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
Determine tax liability or collect taxes from individuals or business firms according to prescribed laws and regulations.
Similar: Bill and Account Collectors; Compliance Officers, Customs Brokers, Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts; Regulatory Affairs Specialists; Tax Preparers
Training and Development Specialists
Design or conduct work-related training and development programs to improve individual skills or organizational performance. May analyze organizational training needs or evaluate training effectiveness.
Community and Social Service Occupations
Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.
Similar: Directors, Religious Activities and Education; Religious Educators; Religious Workers
Healthcare Social Workers
Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family caregivers. Provide patients with information and counseling, and make referrals for other services.
Similar: Hospice Counselor
Marriage and Family Therapists
Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.
Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, aging, or the stress of daily life.
Social and Human Service Assistants
Assist other social and human service providers in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services.
Computer and Mathematical Occupations
Analyze statistical data, such as mortality, accident, sickness, disability, and retirement rates and construct probability tables to forecast risk and liability for payment of future benefits. May ascertain insurance rates required and cash reserves necessary to ensure payment of future benefits.
Computer and Information Research Scientists
Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.
Computer Network Architects
Design and implement computer and information networks, such as local area networks, wide area networks, intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. Perform network modeling, analysis, and planning, including analysis of capacity needs for network infrastructures.
Create, modify, and test the code and scripts that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software and web developers or other individuals. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
Computer Systems Analysts
Analyze science, engineering, business, and other data processing problems to develop and implement solutions to complex applications problems, system administration issues, or network concerns. Perform systems management and integration functions, improve existing computer systems, and review computer system capabilities, workflow, and schedule limitations.
Similar: Computer Systems Engineers/Architects; Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians
Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. Identify, investigate, and resolve database performance issues, database capacity, and database scalability.
Similar: Bioinformatics Technicians; Clinical Data Managers; Data Scientists; Database Architects; Document Management Specialists; Data Warehousing Specialists; Database Architects; Document Management Specialists; Health Informatics Specialists; Web Administrators
Information Security Analysts
Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Assess system vulnerabilities for security risks and propose and implement risk mitigation strategies. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure.
Similar: Computer Security Specialists; Information Security Engineers, Penetration Testers
Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Install, configure, and maintain an organization’s local area network, wide area network , data communications network, operating systems, and physical and virtual servers. Perform system monitoring and verify the integrity and availability of hardware, network, and server resources and systems.
Operations Research Analysts
Formulate and apply mathematical modeling and other optimizing methods to develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions. May collect and analyze data and develop decision support software, services, or products.
Research, design, and develop computer and network software or specialized utility programs. Analyze user needs and develop software solutions, applying principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis. Update software or enhance existing software capabilities.
Similar: Developer of Educational Software; Software Designer; Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers; Video Game Designers; Video Game Developers
Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as biostatistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.
Similar: Biostatisticians; Mathematicians; Statistical Assistants
Web Developers and Digital Designers
Web developers create and maintain websites. Digital designers develop, create, and test website or interface layout, functions, and navigation for usability.
Similar: Human-computer Interaction Designers; Website Developers
Construction and Extraction Occupations
Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood and comparable materials, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors.
Similar: Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters video; Furniture Finishers; Woodworkers; Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
Perform tasks involving physical labor at construction sites. May operate hand and power tools of all types: air hammers, earth tampers, cement mixers, small mechanical hoists, surveying and measuring equipment, and a variety of other equipment and instruments.
Similar: Boilermakers video; Brickmasons and Blockmasons video; Carpet Installers; Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers; Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers and Tapers video; Fence Erectors video; Floor Layers video; Floor Sanders and Finishers; Glaziers video; Helpers, Construction Trades; Highway Maintenance Workers video; Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall video; Loading and Moving Machine Operators; Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators video; Painters, Construction and Maintenance video; Paperhangers video; Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators video; Pile Driver Operators, Pipelayers video; Plasterers and Stucco Masons video; Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters video; Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators video; Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers video; Roofers video; Segmental Pavers; Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners video; Stonemasons, Structural Iron and Steel Workers; Terrazzo Workers and Finishers; Tile and Stone Setters; Weatherization Installers and Technicians video
Construction and Building Inspectors
Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.
Similar: Energy Auditors
Operate a variety of drills such as rotary, churn, and pneumatic to tap subsurface water and salt deposits, to remove core samples during mineral exploration or soil testing, and to facilitate the use of explosives in mining or construction. Includes horizontal and earth boring machine operators.
Similar: Continuous Mining Machine Operators; Conveyor Operators and Tenders; Crane and Tower Operators; Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders video; Derrick Operators, Oil and Gas video; Dredge Operators; Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators; Surface Mining video; Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters video; Hoist and Winch Operators; Rock Splitters, Quarry video; Roof Bolters, Mining; Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas; Roustabouts, Oil and Gas video; Service Unit Operators, Oil and Gas; Underground Mining Machine Operators; Wellhead Pumpers
Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
Similar: Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.
Sheet Metal Workers
Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings.
Solar Photovoltaic Installers
Assemble, install, or maintain solar photovoltaic systems on roofs or other structures in compliance with site assessment and schematics. May include measuring, cutting, assembling, and bolting structural framing and solar modules. May perform minor electrical work such as current checks.
Similar: Solar Energy Installation Managers, Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians
Education and Library Occupations
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and ESL Teachers
Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in basic education, literacy, or English as a Second Language classes, or in classes for earning a high school equivalency credential.
Archivists, Curators, and Museum Workers
Archivists and curators oversee institutions’ collections, such as of historical items or of artwork. Museum technicians and conservators prepare and restore items in those collections.
Similar: Antique Dealers; Art Appraisers; Art Critics; Art Restorers; Auctioneers; Museum Directors; Museum Technicians and Conservators
Career and Technical Education Teachers
Teach vocational courses intended to provide occupational training below the baccalaureate level in subjects such as construction, mechanics/repair, manufacturing, transportation, or cosmetology, primarily to students who have graduated from or left high school.
Farm and Home Management Educators
Instruct and advise individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home management activities. Demonstrate procedures and apply research findings to advance agricultural and home management activities. May develop educational outreach programs.
High School Teachers
High school teachers teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.
Similar: Middle School Teachers
Develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology into instruction in order to provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. May train and coach teachers.
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers instruct young students in basic subjects in order to prepare them for future schooling.
Librarians and Library Media Specialists
Administer and maintain libraries or collections of information, for public or private access through reference or borrowing. Work in a variety of settings, such as educational institutions, museums, and corporations, and with various types of informational materials, such as books, periodicals, recordings, films, and databases.
Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level.
Similar: Agricultural Sciences Teachers; Anthropology and Archeology Teachers; Architecture Teachers; Art, Drama, and Music Teachers; Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers; Biological Science Teachers; Business Teachers; Chemistry Teachers; Communications Teachers; Computer Science Teachers; Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers; Economics Teachers; Engineering Teachers; English Language and Literature Teachers; Environmental Science Teachers; Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers; Foreign Language and Literature Teachers; Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers; Geography Teachers; Gym Teachers; Health Specialties Teachers; History Teachers; Law Teachers; Library Science Teachers, Mathematical Science Teachers; Nursing Instructors and Teachers; Philosophy and Religion Teachers; Physics Teachers; Political Science Teachers; Psychology Teachers; Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers; Social Sciences Teachers; Social Work Teachers; Sociology Teachers;
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers
Teach or instruct individuals or groups for the primary purpose of self-enrichment or recreation, rather than for an occupational objective, educational attainment, competition, or fitness.
Similar: Drama Coach
Special Education Teachers
Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities.
Teacher assistants work with a licensed teacher to give students additional attention and instruction.
Similar: Online Educators; Substitute Teachers; Tutors
Entertainment and Sports Occupations
Athletes and Sports Competitors
Athletes and sports competitors participate in organized, officiated sporting events to entertain spectators. Practice, effort, and personal improvement are a constant in all sports careers.
Coaches and Scouts
Instruct or coach groups or individuals in the fundamentals of sports for the primary purpose of competition. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. May evaluate athletes’ strengths and weaknesses as possible recruits or to improve the athletes’ technique to prepare them for competition.
Dancers and Choreographers
Dancers and choreographers use dance performances to express ideas and stories.
Music Directors and Composers
Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical artists or groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs; or create original works of music.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.
Producers and Directors
Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or film productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
Similar: Documentary Filmmakers; Script Readers; Talent Directors; Theater Directors
Farming and Fishing Occupations
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
Work with agricultural scientists in plant, fiber, and animal research, or assist with animal breeding and nutrition. Set up or maintain laboratory equipment and collect samples from crops or animals. Prepare specimens or record data to assist scientists in biology or related life science experiments.
Inspect agricultural commodities, processing equipment, and facilities, and fish and logging operations, to ensure compliance with regulations and laws governing health, quality, and safety.
Agricultural workers maintain crops and tend to livestock.
Trap, catch, or gather aquatic animals and plants. May use nets, traps, or other equipment. May haul catch onto ship or other vessel.
Forest and Conservation Workers
Under supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil.
Similar: Forest Conservation Technicians
Graders and Sorters
Grade, sort, or classify unprocessed food and other agricultural products by size, weight, color, or condition.
Logging workers harvest forests to provide the raw material for many consumer goods and industrial products.
Similar: Fallers, Log Graders and Scalers, Logging Equipment Operators
Healthcare and Technical Occupations
Diagnose, treat, and prevent disorders by stimulating specific acupuncture points within the body using acupuncture needles. May also use cups, nutritional supplements, therapeutic massage, acupressure, and other alternative health therapies.
Similar: Holistic Therapists
Evaluate and treat musculoskeletal injuries or illnesses. Provide preventive, therapeutic, emergency, and rehabilitative care.
Administer oral hygiene care to patients. Assess patient oral hygiene problems or needs and maintain health records. Advise patients on oral health maintenance and disease prevention. May provide advanced care such as providing fluoride treatment or administering topical anesthesia.
Dietitians and Nutritionists
Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.
EMTs and Paramedics
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.
General Internal Medicine Physicians
Diagnose and provide nonsurgical treatment for a wide range of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults and adolescents, and are based primarily in an outpatient care setting.
Similar: Allergists and Immunologists video; Anesthesiologists video; Audiologists video; Cardiologists; Dermatologists; Emergency Medicine Physicians; Family Medicine Physicians video; Healthcare Diagnosing or Treating Practitioners; Hospitalists; Naturopathic Physicians video; Medical and Health Services Managers video; Neurologists; Obstetricians and Gynecologists video; Ophthalmologists; Pathologists; Pediatricians video; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians; Podiatrist video; Urologists
Assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions.
Hearing Aid Specialists
Select and fit hearing aids for customers. Administer and interpret tests of hearing. Assess hearing instrument efficacy. Take ear impressions and prepare, design, and modify ear molds.
Home Health and Personal Care Aides
Monitor the health status of an individual with disabilities or illness, and address their health-related needs, such as changing bandages, dressing wounds, or administering medication. Work is performed under the direction of offsite or intermittent onsite licensed nursing staff.
Similar: Elder Care Specialists
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.
Similar: Cytogenetic Technologists; Dental and Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians and Medical Appliance Technicians video; Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians video; Dietetic Technicians video; Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics video; Endoscopy Technicians; Histology Technicians; Histotechnologists; Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists video; Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians; Medical Dosimetrists; Medical Records and Health Information Technicians video; Neurodiagnostic Technologists; Nuclear Medicine Technologists video; Ophthalmic Medical Technicians and Technologist video
Medical Equipment Repairers
Test, adjust, or repair biomedical or electromedical equipment.
Transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form.
Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention.
Design, measure, fit, and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing, and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription.
Orthotists and Prosthetists
Design, measure, fit, and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses, such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.
Assist patients in obtaining services, understanding policies and making health care decisions.
Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.
Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.
Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent mental disorders.
Plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.
Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.
Similar: Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Repairing injuries… preventing disease… even transplanting organs: surgeons are literally on the “cutting edge” of medicine.
Diagnose, treat, or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock, or care for pets and companion animals.
Installation and Maintenance Occupations
Audiovisual Equipment Installers and Repairers
Install, repair, or adjust audio or television receivers, stereo systems, camcorders, video systems, or other electronic entertainment equipment in homes or other venues. May perform routine maintenance.
Work below surface of water, using surface-supplied air or scuba equipment to inspect, repair, remove, or install equipment and structures. May use a variety of power and hand tools, such as drills, sledgehammers, torches, and welding equipment.
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers. May also advise customers on recommended services. Excludes team or work leaders.
Perform technical activities at power plants or individual installations necessary for the generation of power from geothermal energy sources. Monitor and control operating activities at geothermal power generation facilities and perform maintenance and repairs as necessary.
Industrial Machinery Mechanics, Machinery Maintenance Workers, and Millwrights
Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights install, maintain, and repair factory equipment and other industrial machinery.
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.
Similar: Botanists; Building Cleaning Workers; First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers; First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping; Gardeners; Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers; Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners; Tree Trimmers and Pruners
Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
Repair percussion, stringed, reed, or wind instruments. May specialize in one area, such as piano tuning.
Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics
Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul small engines used to power lawn mowers, chain saws, recreational sporting equipment, and related equipment.
Similar: Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians; Motorcycle Mechanics
Pest Control Workers
Apply or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill or remove pests and vermin that infest buildings and surrounding areas.
Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers
Repair, install, or maintain mobile or stationary radio transmitting, broadcasting, and receiving equipment, and two-way radio communications systems used in cellular telecommunications, mobile broadband, ship-to-shore, aircraft-to-ground communications, and radio equipment in service and emergency vehicles.
Set up or repair rigging for construction projects, manufacturing plants, logging yards, ships and shipyards, or for the entertainment industry.
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers
Install, program, maintain, and repair security and fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers
Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
Watch and Clock Repairers
Repair, clean, and adjust mechanisms of timing instruments, such as watches and clocks. Includes watchmakers, watch technicians, and mechanical timepiece repairers.
Wind Turbine Service Technicians
Inspect, diagnose, adjust, or repair wind turbines. Perform maintenance on wind turbine equipment including resolving electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic malfunctions.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Similar: Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Similar: Facilitators; Ombudsman
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Similar: Environmental lawyers; Patent Agents
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents, or researching legal precedent. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.
Similar: Jury Consultants; Legal Support Workers; Legislative Assistants
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, and other office support services.
Similar: Business Operations Managers; Compliance Managers; Facilities Managers; Government and Public Administration
Advertising and Promotions Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate advertising policies and programs or produce collateral materials, such as posters, contests, coupons, or giveaways, to create extra interest in the purchase of a product or service for a department, an entire organization, or on an account basis.
Biofuels/Biodiesel Technology and Product Development Managers
Define, plan, or execute biofuels/biodiesel research programs that evaluate alternative feedstock and process technologies with near-term commercial potential.
Similar: Biofuels Production Managers
Biomass Power Plant Managers
Manage operations at biomass power generation facilities. Direct work activities at plant, including supervision of operations and maintenance staff.
Brownfield Redevelopment Specialists and Site Managers
Plan and direct cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties for reuse. Does not include properties sufficiently contaminated to qualify as Superfund sites.
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
Similar: Entrepreneur; General and Operations Managers