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Career profile Insulation Woker

Also known as Attic Blower, Insulation Estimator, Insulation Installer, Insulation Mechanic, Insulation Worker, Insulator, Retrofit Installer, Spray Foam Installer, Warehouse Insulation Worker

Insulation Woker

Also known as Attic Blower, Insulation Estimator, Insulation Installer

Interests Profile
  • Realistic
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
Pay Range
$26,720 - $74,540 (annual)
Required Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
Knowledge Areas
  • Building and Construction
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mechanical
Core tasks
  • Measure and cut insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures, handsaws, knives, and scissors.
  • Cover and line structures with blown or rolled forms of materials to insulate against cold, heat, or moisture, using saws, knives, rasps, trowels, blowers, or other tools and implements.
  • Fit, wrap, staple, or glue insulating materials to structures or surfaces, using hand tools or wires.
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What does an Insulation Woker do?

Insulation Wokers line and cover structures with insulating materials.

In addition, Insulation Wokers may work with batt, roll, or blown insulation materials.

What kind of tasks does an Insulation Woker perform regularly?

Insulation Wokers are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:

  • Measure and cut insulation for covering surfaces, using tape measures, handsaws, knives, and scissors.
  • Cover and line structures with blown or rolled forms of materials to insulate against cold, heat, or moisture, using saws, knives, rasps, trowels, blowers, or other tools and implements.
  • Fit, wrap, staple, or glue insulating materials to structures or surfaces, using hand tools or wires.
  • Move controls, buttons, or levers to start blowers and regulate flow of materials through nozzles.
  • Distribute insulating materials evenly into small spaces within floors, ceilings, or walls, using blowers and hose attachments, or cement mortars.
  • Fill blower hoppers with insulating materials.
  • Cover, seal, or finish insulated surfaces or access holes with plastic covers, canvas strips, sealants, tape, cement, or asphalt mastic.
  • Read blueprints, and select appropriate insulation, based on space characteristics and the heat retaining or excluding characteristics of the material.
  • Remove old insulation, such as asbestos, following safety procedures.
  • Prepare surfaces for insulation application by brushing or spreading on adhesives, cement, or asphalt, or by attaching metal pins to surfaces.

The above responsibilities are specific to Insulation Wokers. More generally, Insulation Wokers are involved in several broader types of activities:

Handling and Moving Objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Performing General Physical Activities
Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling materials.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Materials
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

What is an Insulation Woker salary?

The median salary for an Insulation Woker is $41,690, and the average salary is $46,860. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Insulation Woker salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.

Many Insulation Wokers earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Insulation Wokers earn less than $26,720 per year, 25% earn less than $33,300, 75% earn less than $54,500, and 90% earn less than $74,540.

Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Insulation Wokers is expected to change by 4.8%, and there should be roughly 3,300 open positions for Insulation Wokers every year.

Median annual salary
$41,690
Typical salary range
$26,720 - $74,540
Projected growth (2020 - 2030)
4.8%

What personality traits are common among Insulation Wokers?

Interests

Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.

Compared to most occupations, those who work as an Insulation Woker are usually higher in their Realistic interests.

Insulation Wokers typically have very strong Realistic interests. 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.

Values

People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.

Compared to most people, those working as an Insulation Woker tend to value Support, Independence, and Relationships.

Most importantly, Insulation Wokers moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

Second, Insulation Wokers somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.

Lastly, Insulation Wokers somewhat value 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.

Psychological Demands

Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.

In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Insulation Wokers must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and cooperation.

Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Insulation Wokers, ranked by importance:

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

What education and training do Insulation Wokers need?

Working as an Insulation Woker usually requires a high school diploma.

Insulation Wokers need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.

Educational degrees among Insulation Wokers

  • 29.4% did not complete high school or secondary school
  • 45.8% completed high school or secondary school
  • 16.4% completed some college coursework
  • 3.6% earned a Associate's degree
  • 4.1% earned a Bachelor's degree
  • 0.8% earned a Master's degree

Knowledge and expertise required by Insulation Wokers

Insulation Wokers may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as building and construction, customer and personal service, or mechanical knowledge.

The list below shows several areas in which most Insulation Wokers might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.

Building and Construction
Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
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.
Mechanical
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
Transportation
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

Important Abilities needed by Insulation Wokers

Insulation Wokers must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.

For example, Insulation Wokers need abilities such as extent flexibility, manual dexterity, and multilimb coordination in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Insulation Wokers, ranked by their relative importance.

Extent Flexibility
The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
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.
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.
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.
Gross Body Equilibrium
The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.

Critical Skills needed by Insulation Wokers

Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.

Insulation Wokers frequently use skills like critical thinking, active listening, and speaking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Insulation Wokers, ranked by their relative importance.

Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
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.
Speaking
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Coordination
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

What is the source of this information?

The information provided on this page is adapted from data and descriptions published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under the CC BY 4.0 license. TraitLab has modified some information for ease of use and reading, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

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