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Skill Level Explanation

SVP Explanation

FLC Wage Data updated
July 1, 2015

Job Zones updated
July 1, 2015
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O*Net™ Job Zones

JobZone One: Little or No Preparation Needed

Experience: No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a cashier even if he/she has never worked before.

Education: These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.

Job Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.

Examples: These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, and waiters/waitresses.

SVP Range: Below 4.0

JobZone Two: Some Preparation Needed

Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a teller might benefit from experience working with the public, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an teller with little difficulty.

Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.

Job Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.

Examples: These occupations often involve using your knowldge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, pharmacy technicians, salespersons (retail), and tellers.

SVP Range: 4.0 to < 6.0

JobZone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam in order to perform the job.

Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.

Job Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.

Examples: These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to acomplish goals. Examples include funeral directors, electricians, forest and conservation technicians, legal secretaries, interviewers, and insurance sales agents.

SVP Range: 6.0 < 7.0

JobZone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

Experience: A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Job Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Examples: many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, human resource managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, and police detectives.

SVP Range: 7.0 < 8.0

JobZone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

Experience: Extensive skill, knowldege, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

Education: A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required for these occupations. However, many also require graduate school. For example, they may require a masters degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Job Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of the these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowldge, work-related experience, and/or training.

Examples: These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to acomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, aerospace engineers, physicists, social psychologists, and surgeons.

SVP Range: 8.0 and above

JobZone Not Available

Some occupations do not have a JobZone designation. The most common reason for this is that the occupation is a broad occupation that O*Net™ has broken out into more detailed occupations. Another reason my be that the duties and requirements of the occupation are too broad or detailed to fit in one primary Job Zone.
Recent Changes O*Net™ Job Zones

The occupations listed below had their JobZone information updated in version 14.0 of the O*Net Datbase by the National O*NET Consortium. Neither the Office of Foreign Labor Certification nor the FLC Data Center set or modify JobZone information other than to match changes made by the National O*NET Consortium. 

CodeTitleOld ZoneNew Jone
11-3011.00Administrative Services Managers43
11-3071.01Transportation Managers34
13-1071.01Employment Interviewers, Private or Public Employment Service34
13-2053.00Insurance Underwriters34
17-2011.00Aerospace Engineers54
19-3051.00Urban and Regional Planners45
21-1021.00Child, Family, and School Social Workers54
25-4031.00Library Technicians34
27-1025.00Interior Designers34
29-2012.00Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians23
29-2052.00Pharmacy Technicians23
31-9091.00Dental Assistants23
41-3021.00Insurance Sales Agents34
41-9022.00Real Estate Sales Agents23
43-3011.00Bill and Account Collectors32
43-3051.00Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks32
43-4111.00Interviewers, Except Eligibility and Loan32
47-2031.01Construction Carpenters32
49-3042.00Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines43
53-4012.00Locomotive Firers32

The occupations listed below had their JobZone information updated in version 13.0 of the O*Net Datbase by the National O*NET Consortium.

CodeTitleOld ZoneNew Jone
11-1021.00General and Operations Managers43
11-3021.00Computer and Information Systems Managers54
11-3041.00Compensation and Benefits Managers34
11-3051.00Industrial Production Managers43
11-3071.02Storage and Distribution Managers34
11-9011.01Nursery and Greenhouse Managers43
11-9021.00Construction Managers34
13-1011.00Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes34
13-1021.00Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products43
13-1041.01Environmental Compliance Inspectors34
13-1041.02Licensing Examiners and Inspectors32
13-2052.00Personal Financial Advisors34
17-2081.00Environmental Engineers54
17-2111.03Product Safety Engineers54
17-3024.00Electro-Mechanical Technicians43
19-2041.00Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health54
19-2042.00Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers54
19-4041.01Geological Data Technicians34
19-4061.01City and Regional Planning Aides34
21-2021.00Directors, Religious Activities and Education54
23-1022.00Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators54
25-9021.00Farm and Home Management Advisors45
27-2012.04Talent Directors34
27-2021.00Athletes and Sports Competitors32
27-2023.00Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials23
27-2041.01Music Directors54
27-2041.04Music Composers and Arrangers43
27-2042.02Musicians, Instrumental43
29-1071.00Physician Assistants45
29-1122.00Occupational Therapists45
29-2041.00Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics23
29-2051.00Dietetic Technicians32
29-2071.00Medical Records and Health Information Technicians32
29-9011.00Occupational Health and Safety Specialists54
33-1012.00First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives43
33-2022.00Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists23
33-3021.01Police Detectives43
33-9021.00Private Detectives and Investigators23
35-1011.00Chefs and Head Cooks43
37-3012.00Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation23
39-5091.00Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance23
39-6022.00Travel Guides23
39-6032.00Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants and Baggage Porters12
41-9011.00Demonstrators and Product Promoters12
41-9091.00Door-To-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers12
43-2021.00Telephone Operators12
43-4131.00Loan Interviewers and Clerks23
43-5041.00Meter Readers, Utilities12
43-5052.00Postal Service Mail Carriers12
43-5111.00Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping12
43-9051.00Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service12
43-9071.00Office Machine Operators, Except Computer12
45-1011.05First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors - Logging Workers42
45-1011.06First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors - Fishery Workers34
45-1011.07First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Agricultural Crop and Horticultural Workers32
45-2011.00Agricultural Inspectors43
45-3021.00Hunters and Trappers21
47-2061.00Construction Laborers21
47-2081.00Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers32
47-2131.00Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall32
47-2132.00Insulation Workers, Mechanical32
47-2141.00Painters, Construction and Maintenance42
47-2171.00Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers32
47-2221.00Structural Iron and Steel Workers32
47-4021.00Elevator Installers and Repairers43
47-4061.00Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators12
47-4071.00Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners21
47-5021.00Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas32
47-5041.00Continuous Mining Machine Operators21
47-5051.00Rock Splitters, Quarry21
47-5081.00Helpers--Extraction Workers12
49-1011.00First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers43
49-2095.00Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay53
49-3053.00Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics32
49-9043.00Maintenance Workers, Machinery12
49-9045.00Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons12
49-9052.00Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers32
49-9092.00Commercial Divers23
49-9097.00Signal and Track Switch Repairers43
51-2011.00Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers32
51-2023.00Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers32
51-2031.00Engine and Other Machine Assemblers32
51-3023.00Slaughterers and Meat Packers21
51-4032.00Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic23
51-4034.00Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic32
51-4052.00Pourers and Casters, Metal12
51-4061.00Model Makers, Metal and Plastic43
51-4062.00Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic43
51-6042.00Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders12
51-6051.00Sewers, Hand12
51-6052.00Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers23
51-6061.00Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders12
51-6062.00Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders32
51-6063.00Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders32
51-6064.00Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders32
51-6091.00Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers12
51-6092.00Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers23
51-7021.00Furniture Finishers21
51-7031.00Model Makers, Wood43
51-7032.00Patternmakers, Wood43
51-8012.00Power Distributors and Dispatchers43
51-8093.00Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers32
51-9012.00Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders12
51-9021.00Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders12
51-9023.00Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders12
51-9031.00Cutters and Trimmers, Hand12
51-9071.06Gem and Diamond Workers23
51-9123.00Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers12
51-9141.00Semiconductor Processors12
51-9191.00Cementing and Gluing Machine Operators and Tenders12
51-9192.00Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders12
51-9194.00Etchers and Engravers32
51-9195.03Stone Cutters and Carvers32
51-9195.04Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers43
51-9197.00Tire Builders12
53-2021.00Air Traffic Controllers43
53-4011.00Locomotive Engineers42
53-5021.01Ship and Boat Captains43
53-5021.03Pilots, Ship53
53-5031.00Ship Engineers53
53-6041.00Traffic Technicians43
53-6051.08Freight and Cargo Inspectors34
53-7063.00Machine Feeders and Offbearers12
53-7121.00Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders32

The Foreign Labor Certification Data Center is developed and maintained by the State of Utah under contract with the US Department of Labor, Office of Foreign Labor Certification.