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+ Automotive Body and Related Repairers Job Description
Automotive body repairers are modern-day magicians. They have the power to restore a wrecked car so completely that it looks and operates like new. Sometimes, bent frames must be straightened using powerful machines. Hoods, fenders, and other body panels are then removed and repaired using hammers, anvils, and other special tools. When a dent cannot be pounded out, body repairers may use patching compound that can be filed and smoothed to match the rest of the panel > view more

+ Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers Job Description
When you need the services of Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers—the need is usually urgent. Whether due to theft or an accident, a broken car window renders an important part of someone’s life vulnerable to rain, snow, cold and criminal intent. The ability to fix this problem quickly and efficiently is a specialized skill in the field of auto repair. Glass installers carefully remove broken, cracked or pitted windshields and window glass > view more

+ Bicycle Repairers Job Description
Bicycles have always been reassuringly simple machines. Because their operations are clearly visible to the human eye, it is easy to see how they work. Being a bicycle repairer doesn’t require a knowledge of computers or electronics. What it does require is an ability to use hand tools to repair, adjust, and lubricate bicycles of many different designs. This requires experience as well as skill, and several months of on-the-job training are usually required to become a competent bicycle repairer > view more

+ Bindery Workers Job Description
It’s been said that a book is like a ship that can carry you to faraway places. And like a ship, a book needs to be carefully assembled. This is the job of bindery workers. They take loose printed pages…and bind them together into magazines or books. To accomplish this task, bindery workers might use a wide array of equipment, such as machines that cut, fold, trim, staple, stitch or glue > view more

+ Butchers and Meat Cutters Job Description
Butchers and Meatcutters work in supermarkets and small retail shops. They cut large animal carcasses into serving sized cuts like roasts, chops and steaks, which are sold to customers. In addition, butchers often make special orders for customers, especially around the holidays. Butchers use tools like band saws, cleavers, knives and grinders. These tools can be dangerous, and can cause serious injuries if not used properly > view more

+ Commercial Artists Job Description
From books …to billboards…to video games, we’re surrounded by the work of Commercial Artists. They use their artistic ability to illustrate ideas or sell products. At advertising agencies, for example, commercial artists visualize concepts developed by the creative team. Their work may appear in ads for newspapers and magazines…or in commercials for TV. Illustrations in a book and animations for video games are other examples of commercial art > view more

+ Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee
If you like working around food, can deal with pressure and are neat and friendly, you probably have the ingredients to work as a counter attendant at a cafeteria, food concession or coffee shop. This is usually an entry-level position for people with high school degrees. Training takes place on the job. An experienced worker will show you how to take an order… prepare food and beverages… and how to properly serve them > view more

+ Demonstrators and Product Promoters Job Description
When a product is sitting on the shelf, it’s easy not to notice it. The job of demonstrators and product promoters is to bring the product to a shopper’s attention. Demonstrators promote sales of a product to consumers. Product Promoters try to induce retail stores to sell particular products and market them effectively. They work in stores, on television and sometimes door-to-door, showing potential customers why a particular item is a must-have > view more

+ Electric Home Appliance and Power Tool Repairers Job Description
When an appliance in your household breaks down…you want someone to fix it in a hurry. That’s why Electric Home Appliance and Power Tool Repairers are a welcome sight. These service technicians are sometimes trained by a store or manufacturer to handle particular brands of appliances or tools. Bench technicians do repairs in repair shops, factories and service centers. Field technicians dispatched to homes and businesses > view more

+ Etchers and Engravers Job Description
Etchers and Engravers perform a century-old craft using high-tech tools for speed and precision. They use specialized tools and machinery to create decorative engravings, such as awards and trophies, gifts and signs, or identification plates and circuit boards. Engravers may use both traditional routers and new technologies, such as lasers and sublimation. Today’s tools of the trade also include computers, scanners and simple graphic programs > view more

+ Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrator
For centuries, art has been a means for people to express themselves and communicate ideas. Fine artists continue to convey thoughts and impressions through their art...in the hopes that appreciative collectors will buy their work. Fine artists usually specialize in an area such as painting or sculpture. New technologies have given rise to art forms such as computer printmaking and video art installation > view more

+ First-Line Supervisors / Managers of construction
Building a new high rise, shopping mall or factory is a complicated effort. Construction Managers supervise these projects, make decisions about daily operations and keep costs within budget. Construction managers represent the building owner or developer and coordinate the entire construction process. They decide on construction methodsthe number of workers needed, hire contractors and setupschedules and do cost estimates > view more

+ Floral Designers Job Description
Flowers add a special touch to any occasion. But they would be considerably less special were it not for the floral designers who work at most retail florist shops. These are the people who combine their innate creativity and color sense with a knowledge of flowers and foliage to create pleasing arrangements. Sometimes, a standard, nationally advertised design will be called for. But often designers listen carefully to a customer’s needs, suggest possible approaches, and create a custom arrangement > view more

+ Furniture Finishers Job Description
If you enjoy working with your hands, you know how rewarding it can be to create something as beautiful as it is functional. And that's just what furniture finishers do. They are skilled workers who apply chemical coatings to enhance and highlight the beauty of wood furniture. They use hand or power tools to painstakingly prepare the surface. Using brushes or spray guns, they stain, paint or seal the surfaces > view more

+ Glaziers Job Description
Handling glass requires a combination that might seem strange: strong gentleness. Glaziers have to be strong to work on their feet, lift sheets of glass, and handle the frames of windows and doors with ease. Yet they work with a material that can shatter in an instant—so they must be very gentle. This is also a precision craft. Glaziers measure the space to be filled, and then mark the sheet of glass > view more

+ Highway Maintenance Workers Job Description
Highways are an essential part of America. All across the country, people use highways to travel to work, for vacations, to visit family, and even just to go shopping. Because of this, our nation’s roads are in constant need of maintenance. Snow, storms, and heavy equipment also add to the burden. Highway maintenance workers keep our nation in gear, by repairing and restoring these roads. These men and women patch damaged pavement, erect guardrails, and establish highway markers to improve safety > view more

+ Home Appliance Repairers Job Description
Ever have the washing machine or refrigerator break down? It can really disrupt a household. That’s why dependable Home Appliance Repairers are so important. They’re the people we turn to in order to get broken appliances back up and running. Some repairers work on small appliances, like microwaves and vacuum cleaners. Usually, customers will bring these items into a service shop to be fixed > view more

+ Home Health Aides Job Description
EVENT 01084 a. HOME HEALTH AIDE - 374 A/V: NARRATOR (VO): As both hospital costs and the number of elderly citizens grow, home health aides are playing an increasingly important role in the nation's health-care system. Years ago, when grandparents, parents, and children all lived in the same house, someone was always available to help care for an ill family member. But that usually isn't the case today > view more

+ Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
If you enjoy interacting with people, like to dress well and give a good impression, and need a job that doesn’t require a lot of training, you might consider finding work as a host or hostess in a restaurant, lounge, or coffee shop. This is not the best-paid position in the establishment, but it’s vitally important because the host or hostess is the first impression a customer receives. The host or hostess is often responsible for taking reservations, guiding customers to tables, providing them with menus and making sure they receive prompt and courteous service > view more

+ Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaner
Janus was the Roman god who guarded gates and doors, so it's not surprising that the first "janitors" were doorkeepers. Gradually the job responsibilities expanded to include cleaning, sweeping, and otherwise caring for a building. That's why janitors are sometimes also known as "building custodians" or "maintenance workers." Schools, apartment and office buildings, shopping malls, airport terminals, hospitals, and just about every other place people gather, rely on janitors to keep them neat and clean > view more

+ Landscape Architects Job Description
It takes planning, engineering, government permits, money and teamwork to erect a building. The same is true of parklands, golf courses, college campuses, public spaces, bike trails, and even the verge of an expressway. A landscape architect creates planned green space. To do so, he or she must possess imagination, artistic talent, practical skills and a thorough knowledge of ecology, plant and soil science > view more

+ Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers Job Description
A multitude of fabrics makes up the fashion scene today. Synthetics like nylon and spandex, natural cottons, linen silk and wool, leather, suede and furs…all have one thing in common. Sooner or later, they must be cleaned! That’s what provides an endless supply of customers for laundry and dry-cleaning workers. To stay in business, establishments that provide laundry and dry-cleaning services must train employees to treat each fabric with care > view more

+ Machinists Job Description
Machinists make things. They mount steel billets, brass rods, and other metal stock onto lathes, drill presses, and milling machines and use their skills and tools to shape them into a part that will be used in some other machine. Some machinists produce large quantities of a single part, but most produce small numbers of one-of-a-kind components. Every job is unique, requiring the machinist to draw on his or her knowledge of different metals and how they behave when shaped > view more

+ Maintenance Workers, Machinery Job Description
): When a production line stops, a company stops making money. Maintenance machinists are crucial to keeping production running. Machinery maintenance workers, also called industrial mechanics, or maintenance machinists, not only repair broken machines but must also be able to spot minor problems and fix them. For this reason preventive maintenance, inspection and checking performance is a big part of the job > view more

+ Manicurists and Pedicurists Job Description
A/V: NARRATOR (VO): Manicurists clip, cut, shape, polish, and paint the fingernails and toenails of their customers. But that's only the visible work. Manicurists are really in the self-esteem-building business. After all, when your nails look good, and your hair looks good, you feel good about yourself. The job appears quite simple, but as any successful manicurist will confirm, there is much more to it than clipping, shaping, and polishing a customer's nails > view more

+ Manufacturing Job Description
Most of us depend on others to make the things we use, and the food we buy at the store. We look to manufacturers to produce the material goods we need to live. At every step of the production process, there are jobs in manufacturing. There are machines for making machines, and someone has to design them. Then those machines have to be operated, fed materials, and their products have to be finished—sometimes by hand-- packaged, marketed and delivered > view more

+ Medical Appliance Technicians Job Description
Medical appliance technicians combine a knowledge of human anatomy with math and power tools to create artificial limbs and braces. They work as assistants to orthotists and prosthetists, medical experts who use specially-designed devices to help patients overcome a physical disability. The technicians read prescriptions and detailed information about what the patient needs. They often work from a cast or impression of the limb as a pattern, taking careful measurements with precision instruments > view more

+ Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers Job Description
Store window displays can be as elaborate as a theatrical production. Or they can be straightforward presentations of what’s for sale—and for how much. But somebody has to put those things in the window! And that person is called a “window trimmer.” The goal is to catch the eye, and make merchandise look irresistible. It’s a job that requires creativity, the ability to work under pressure, and marketing skills—you need to understand what kind of shopper the store wants to attract > view more

+ Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines Job Description
When it comes to fixing our cars, we go to an automobile mechanic. But there are many other types of mechanics. Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics service industrial equipment used in construction, logging and mining. Service technicians employed by the Federal Government may work on tanks and other armored equipment. From towering cranes…to giant drills deep underground, mechanics keep equipment running properly and safely > view more

+ Motor Vehicle Inspectors Job Description
Whether the motor vehicle has 18 wheels… Or it’s the family car… The government requires it be inspected for safety and/or emissions on a regular basis. Proof of passing that inspection is displayed—and if it’s out of date, the operator of the vehicle faces a fine. Motor Vehicle Inspectors examine cars and trucks, accessories, air lines and electric circuits and report on what repairs are needed > view more

+ Motorboat Mechanics Job Description
If tinkering with mechanical devices and being near the water are what floats your boat, consider a career as a motorboat mechanic. These marina service technicians repair and overhaul gasoline and diesel engines, often specializing in one type or the other. Mechanics rely on a variety of skills, whether performing routine service on a portable outboard motor in a repair shop, or trouble-shooting a larger craft's inboard engine dockside > view more

+ Motorcycle Mechanics Job Description
For many people, motorcycles are not just machines; they are symbols of excitement and freedom. As aging baby boomers find themselves with increased leisure time and spending money, more and more are swelling the ranks of motorcycle enthusiasts. That means more work for motorcycle mechanics. You can get mechanical training in career school or on the job. Some manufacturers offer training to mechanics in their dealerships > view more

+ Personal and Home Care Aides Job Description
"There's no place like home," is more than a line from The Wizard of Oz. It's a proven fact. Studies have shown that the elderly live longer, happier lives when they can stay in their own homes. Personal home care assistants are the people who make that possible, not only for the elderly but for anyone who needs help handling the daily chores of life. As such, the duties vary with a client's needs, but they may include changing and washing sheets and towels, dusting, vacuuming, and performing other light housekeeping chores > view more

+ Prepress Technicians and Workers Job Description
Prepress technicians and workers are the final stop for graphic designs on their way to the printed page. In a large printing operation, you might handle only a few specific tasks. In a smaller shop, you might perform all of the pre-press duties yourself. Desktop operators assemble documents, using design software to manipulate pictures and type. Those files are sent to the preflight technicians, who check one more time for errors and any missing elements > view more

+ Printing Press Machine Operators and Tenders Job Description
We live in the Internet age, but printing text and images on paper and other materials is more popular than ever. That’s good news for the print press machine operators who setup and operate printing presses. Employed by firms that print color newspaper inserts and catalogs, by small shops that do custom business printing, and by many companies in between, these workers are essential to modern business > view more

+ Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products
Imagine being paid to shop all day! Purchasers and buyers find the best possible goods at the lowest price for their firms. The successful ones increase company profits and their own salaries. In general, purchasers buy goods and services for company use; buyers acquire items for resale. Buyers and purchasing agents decide which vendor offers the best goods or services, negotiate the price, award the contract, and see that the correct amount is received on time > view more

+ Sewing Machine Operator Job Description
Sewing machine operators account for 70 percent of all apparel industry jobs. They manufacture, alter or repair their clients’ garments. This work in performed in a variety of settings, including factories, department stores, tailor and formal-wear shops, and even dry cleaners. Factory operators may specialize in clothing or in non-garment items like sheets, towels, or curtains. Most specialize in single operations, such as collars, bindings, or hems > view more

+ Shampooers Job Description
A little luxury millions of people indulge in, every week, is having a shampoo in a barber shop, nursing home or beauty salon. Providing this service is the work of a shampooer. In small barber shops and beauty salons, the cosmetologist or barber might shampoo and treat their customers’ hair in preparation for styling. But in larger barber and beauty businesses, including those in hotels and department stores, this is a separate position, with entry level pay > view more

+ Sheet Metal Duct Installers Job Description
Sheet metal duct installers make, install and maintain heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. They may also construct pollution control systems. Ductwork installation actually begins in a shop, where components are fabricated to meet a particular building’s needs. Drafting and specification reading are important tools at this stage, so installers must have good math skills and mechanical aptitude > view more

+ Sheet Metal Workers Job Description
Sheet metal workers make and install products from large metal sheets. Roofs, siding, air ducts, gutters – even outdoor signs – are made by these highly skilled craftspersons. Following detailed plans, they cut, mold, bend and fabricate the large pieces for installation at a job site. Sheet metal workers should have knowledge of drafting, reading blueprints, handling tools, and welding. The job also requires standing for long periods, bending, squatting, and lifting heavy materials > view more

+ Structural Iron and Steel Workers Job Description
If ever there was a career that combined specialized skill with job diversity, this is it. Experienced structural iron workers build everything from bridges to highways, office buildings to factories. From the frames that support a building to the railings that surround its stairs, structural metal workers are involved in almost every facet of construction. They may even fabricate and install the lampposts! Cranes and derricks that lift materials to the tops of high-rises are also assembled by structural metal workers > view more

+ Tool and Die Makers Job Description
If it weren’t for tool and die makers, there would be no manufactured goods. That’s because there’d be no one to make the molds that shape the plastic...or the tools that make other tools...or the dies used to stamp out parts. Tool and die makers decide on the best way to shape a piece of metal to the specifications of an engineer’s blueprint. They operate many different machines to cut, bore, mill, grind, and polish the finished piece to a precision 40 times smaller than a human hair! Typically, one worker creates a single device, from start to finish > view more

+ Upholsterers Job Description
Through the centuries, one way to provide comfort as well as display wealth, has been through the work of upholsterers. From palaces…to Main Street, a fine piece of craftsmanship blending fabric and frame has always been a source of material satisfaction. Upholstery is a craft handed from artisan to artisan through on the job training. Often it is handed down through generations. But nowadays this useful craft can be learned at a vocational school as well > view more

+ Waiters and Waitresses Job Description
Waiters and waitresses take orders and serve food in restaurants, coffee shops, and other establishments. But few people realize that a waiter or waitress can make or break a business. That's because "service sells!" The food may be completely ordinary, but if the waiters and waitresses are friendly and attentive, customers will come back again and again. Job opportunities can range from local diners… to national chains… to expensive restaurants in major cities and resort areas > view more

+ Watch Repariers Job Description
Fine wristwatches are tiny, intricate machines. Repairs and maintenance require the talents of highly skilled watch repairers. Many watches and clocks made today are mass-produced and battery operated. As a result, it is generally less expensive to replace them…than to fix them. But luxury watches, chronographs and antique watches and clocks are a different story. Instead of batteries, they rely on mechanical movements and manual winding springs > view more

+ Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers Job Description
Welders cut, gouge, finish, and--most importantly--join pieces of metal. Any kind of metal: steel, cast iron, bronze, aluminum, or whatever else the job involves. Welders do their work by literally melting the edges of the metal pieces, forcing the materials to flow together, and then letting them cool to form a solid bond. Often a metal welding rod is melted as part of the process to supply the additional material needed to complete the weld > view more

+ Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products Job Description
If you feel you were "born to shop" -- you might enjoy doing it for a living. Wholesale and retail buyers purchase products and commodities for resale to consumers. They have two goals: to buy goods their company can sell at a profit, and to increase their company’s customer base. Buyers do their job well if they consistently choose merchandise customers like and consider a good value. Buyers fail when warehouses and store racks are left with unwanted inventory that has to be sold off at clearance prices > view more

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