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Helpers, Production Workers
(SOC Code : 51-9198)
in California

Help production workers by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Exclude apprentice workers and report them with the appropriate production occupation (51-1011 through 51-9199).

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Short-term on-the-job training .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20211st Qtr$16.74$14.16$15.58$18.67

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeTotal Job Openings
California 2018 - 202827,50028,2007002.641,690

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Employment Services 4,82329.3%
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing 4,4695.1%
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Mfg 9964.0%
Fruit, Vegetable, & Specialty Foods Mfg 1823.7%
Semiconductor and Electronic Components 1,3022.7%
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 4762.6%
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2042.5%
Primary Metal Manufacturing 6322.5%
Printing and Related Support Activities 5,2132.5%
Plastics & Rubber Products Manufacturing1,2092.4%
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 34,3552.2%
Beverage & Tobacco Product Manufacturing4,3862.2%
Architectural and Structural Metals 1,6762.0%
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 8,2632.0%
Household and Institutional Furniture 2,6861.9%
Other Food Manufacturing 1,9051.9%
Machine Shops and Threaded Products 3,2981.8%
Pharmaceutical & Medicine Manufacturing 4741.7%
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing 3881.6%
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 6,2031.3%
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting10,5991.1%

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Examine products to verify conformance to quality standards.
Operate machinery used in the production process, or assist machine operators.
Observe equipment operations so that malfunctions can be detected, and notify operators of any malfunctions.
Lift raw materials, finished products, and packed items, manually or using hoists.
Count finished products to determine if product orders are complete.
Mark or tag identification on parts.
Load and unload items from machines, conveyors, and conveyances.
Help production workers by performing duties of lesser skill, such as supplying or holding materials or tools, or cleaning work areas and equipment.
Clean and lubricate equipment.
Record information, such as the number of products tested, meter readings, or dates and times of product production.

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Top Skills used in this Job
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.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others` reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Time Management - Managing one`s own time and the time of others.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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