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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Source: National Skills Bulletin


Clerical and administration work is what keeps a workplace ticking. Any modern organisation produces vast amounts of paper work and records, the people who handle this are the life blood of the office. They also deal with incoming calls, scheduling meetings and emails. Work in the sector can vary from role to role, some are jack of all trades taking on a variety of responsibility’s whereas others specialise in a specific task.


    attention to detail, teamwork, time management, adaptability, design, managing resources, problem solving, researching information, time management, prioritising work, budgeting, writing,

Key Facts

of applications come from women
expected salary range for entry level roles in 2016
of companies are having difficulty managing and securing documents
of companies digitise critical information

Labour Market Information

In the final quarter of 2017 the number employed in administrative and support services was 94,700, representing 4.2% of national employment. Of this, 46% were employed in buildings and landscape services, smaller amounts were employed in office administrative activities (16%) and security activities (13%) with smaller numbers working in travel services and renting/leasing.

Although large numbers are employed in administration, growth is on a par with the national average. There appears to be high churn in the sector, with employees moving between jobs and into other sectors frequently.

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