Know your profession!

Understand the ability used in your work life.

What are Occupational Abilities

Occupational Abilities are the attributes of an individual that influence their performance.

Cognitive Abilities influence the acquisition and application of knowledge in problem solving.
Physical Abilities influence strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.
Psychomotor Abilities influence the capacity to manipulate and control objects
Sensory Abilities influence visual, auditory and speech perception.

Abilities Required for all Occupations

  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
  • Speed of Limb Movement - The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Wrist-Finger Speed - The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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