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Details for Crossing Guards


Description

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

Tasks

  • Activate railroad warning signal lights, lower crossing gates until trains pass, and raise gates when crossings are clear.
  • Stop speeding vehicles to warn drivers of traffic laws.
  • Discuss traffic routing plans and control point locations with superiors.
  • Distribute traffic control signs and markers at designated points.
  • Record license numbers of vehicles disregarding traffic signals, and report infractions to appropriate authorities.
  • Report unsafe behavior of children to school officials.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Inform drivers of detour routes through construction sites.
  • Learn the location and purpose of street traffic signs within assigned patrol areas.
  • Monitor traffic flow to locate safe gaps through which pedestrians can cross streets.

Interests

  • 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.
  • 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.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

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