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Critical Thinking
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

Judgment and Decision Making
Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one.

Active Learning
Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.

Active Listening
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Reading Comprehension
Reading work-related information.

Social Perceptiveness
Understanding people's reactions.

Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.

Talking to others.

English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Systems Analysis
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it.

Writing things for co-workers or customers.

Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Service Orientation
Looking for ways to help people.

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skills & knowledge Gaps

These are areas where you might have skill gaps. People working in your selected job generally need higher levels in these skill and knowledge areas than people working in your current job.

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Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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Teaching people how to do something.

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Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Learning Strategies
Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things.

Typical Level Of Training

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High school diploma or equivalent


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No license required in WA

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