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Crossing Guards
SOC Code: 33-9091.00

Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.

Sample of reported job titles: Adult Crossing Guard, Community Service Officer, Community Service Officer Coordinator, Crossing Guard, Road Crossing Guard, School Crossing Guard, School Crossing Guard Supervisor, School Traffic Supervisor, Substitute Crossing Guard

Tasks

  • Direct or escort pedestrians across streets, stopping traffic as necessary.
  • Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as street and railroad crossings and construction sites.
  • Monitor traffic flow to locate safe gaps through which pedestrians can cross streets.
  • Communicate traffic and crossing rules and other information to students and adults.
  • Direct traffic movement or warn of hazards, using signs, flags, lanterns, and hand signals.
  • Report unsafe behavior of children to school officials.
  • Record license numbers of vehicles disregarding traffic signals, and report infractions to appropriate authorities.
  • Distribute traffic control signs and markers at designated points.
  • Stop speeding vehicles to warn drivers of traffic laws.
  • Learn the location and purpose of street traffic signs within assigned patrol areas.
  • Discuss traffic routing plans and control point locations with superiors.
  • Inform drivers of detour routes through construction sites.

Technology Skills

  • Calendar and scheduling software - Visual Computer Solutions Crossing Guard Scheduling
  • Human resources software - Payroll software
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Digital video cameras
  • Flags or accessories - Warning flags
  • Laser fax machine - Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser printers - Computer laser printers
  • Mobile phones - Smart phones
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopiers - Copy machines
  • Pocket calculator - Handheld calculators
  • Reflective apparel or accessories - Reflective gloves; Reflective vests
  • Safety signs - Stop sign paddles
  • Scanners - Computer data input scanners
  • Traffic cones or delineators - Traffic cones
  • Two way radios - Mobile radios
  • Whistle - Warning whistles

Knowledge

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Interests

  • Interest code: SER
    • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
    • Enterprising - Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 99% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 88% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 71% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 62% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 77% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 52% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 78% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 59% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Physical Proximity - 55% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 69% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Consequence of Error - 52% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 75% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 37% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 47% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 65% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 43% responded “Very important results.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 38% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 29% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
73%High school diploma or equivalent
18%Less than high school diploma
6%Some college, no degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • 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.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

  • 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. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $13.28 hourly, $27,630 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 74,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 14,500

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