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Understand the skill used in your work life.

What are Occupational Skills

Occupational Skills are developed capacities that facilitate learning or the more rapid acquisition of knowledge.

Basic Skills influence capacities that facilitate learning or the more rapid acquisition of knowledge.
Complex Problem Solving Skills influence capacities used to solve novel, ill-defined problems in complex, real-world settings.
Resource Management Skills influence capacities used to allocate resources efficiently.
Social Skills influence capacities used to work with people to achieve goals.
Systems Skills influence capacities used to understand, monitor, and improve socio-technical systems.
Technical Skills influence capacities used to design, set-up, operate, and correct malfunctions involving application of machines or technological systems.

Skill Requirements for all Occupations

  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Complex Problem Solving Skills - Developed capacities used to solve novel, ill-defined problems in complex, real-world settings
  • Content - Background structures needed to work with and acquire more specific skills in a variety of different domains
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
  • Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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