Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Labor Market Information Center

Abilities Used in Occupational Profiles

The abilities listed in each occupational profile are those which are considered most important for the occupation and include abilities from four categories:

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

Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.

Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.

Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.

Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.

Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.

Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.

Response Orientation - The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.

Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

Spatial Orientation - The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.

Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

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.

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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