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Keeping Pace With Today’s Changing Workplace. Part I: What is O*NET? A Brief Introduction. Spring 2004. Learning Objectives. In This Brief Introduction We Will: Define O*NET See Ways O*NET Supports Workforce Development Overview the O*NET Coding System

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spring 2004
Keeping Pace With Today’s Changing Workplace

Part I: What is O*NET?

A Brief Introduction

Spring 2004

learning objectives
Learning Objectives

In This Brief Introduction We Will:

Define O*NET

See Ways O*NET Supports Workforce Development

Overview the O*NET Coding System

Describe the O*NET “Content Model”

Briefly Overview of O*NET Support Sites

See some State Workforce Products that Use O*NET

learning objectives next sections
Learning Objectives(Next Sections)

O*NET Advancements:

Official O*NET Training & Support Sites

O*NET System Adoption & Expansion

O*NET Code Connector

The Newest Version of O*NET

O*NET Assessment Tools

Demo ETA’s Web-based Application - O*NET OnLine (time permitting)

what is o net
What is O*NET?
  • O*NET = Occupational Information Network
  • ETA’s Computerized Replacement of the Antiquated & Often Unwieldy “Dictionary of Occupational Titles” (DOT)
  • Uses the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System Approved by the Office of Management & Budget
what is o net1
What is O*NET?

More Than Just an Occupational Coding System:

  • A Comprehensive Database of Worker & Occupational Characteristics & Requirements, Plus Other Resources …
  • Featuring:
    • Knowledges, Skills, & Abilities (KSAs)
    • Specific Job Tasks
  • A “Common Language” on Jobs & Skills for the Public & Private Sectors and the Worlds of Work & Learning
who can benefit from o net
Who Can Benefit from O*NET?
  • Job & Training Seekers can Identify Jobs & Careers which Match their Skills & Interests
  • Career Counselors can Better Identify Career Options for Clients
  • HR Personnel can Use O*NET to Write Better Job Descriptions … or Develop Better Staffing Tools
  • Employers can Refine their Recruitment & Training Goals
  • Training Providers can Develop Programs which Better Match Employer Needs
o net vs the dot
O*NET vs. the DOT
  • The DOT:
    • Was Created in 1939– a result of the Great Depression
    • Only 4 Editions Published in 62 Years!
    • The DOT was Published 12 Years Ago! -- A Revision of the 1977 4th Edition
  • O*NET Production Goals:
    • Completely Update the Content with Worker-provided Information Every 5 Years!
    • Update Approximately 15–25% of the O*NET Content Each Year!
o net vs the dot1
Still, the 2 Coding Systems can be “Crosswalked” Rather EasilyO*NET vs. the DOT



  • Described Mostly Job-specific Tasks
  • 12,000+ Codes
  • However, the Majority of Titles Obsolete/Not Used


  • Job-specific Tasks, PLUS Knowledges, Skills, & Abilities, and Much More
  • ≈ 1,150 Codes
  • More Relevant Info w/ Frequent Updates & Enhancements
o net job families
O*NET Job Families


  • 11-0000 Management Occupations
  • 13-0000 Business & Financial Operations Managers
  • 15-0000 Computer & Mathematical Science Occupations
  • 17-0000 Architecture & Engineering Occupations
  • 19-0000 Life, Physical Science & Social Science Occupations
  • 21-0000 Community & Social Service Occupations
  • 23-0000 Legal Occupations
  • 25-0000 Education, Training & Library Occupations
  • 27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occs.
  • 29-0000 Health Practitioners & Technical Occupations
  • 31-0000 Health Support Occupations
  • 33-0000 Protective Service Occupations
o net job families1
O*NET Job Families


  • 35-0000 Food Preparation & Serving Occupations
  • 37-0000 Building & Grounds Cleaning Maintenance Occs.
  • 39-0000 Personal Care & Service Occupations
  • 41-0000 Sales Occupations
  • 43-0000 Office & Administrative Support Occupations
  • 45-0000 Farming, Fishery, & Forestry Occupations
  • 47-0000 Construction & Extraction Occupations
  • 49-0000 Installation, Maintenance & Repair Occupations
  • 51-0000 Production Occupations
  • 53-0000 Transportation & Material Moving Occupations
  • 55-0000 Military Service Occupations
the skill structure of o net
The Skill Structure of O*NET
  • O*NET Contains Job-oriented Descriptors & Worker-oriented Descriptors
  • Both of the Above Descriptor Categories Contain 3 “Domains”
  • The Domains are Simply Types of Skills or Competencies
o net skills the content model
O*NET Skills: The Content Model

Experience Requirements

Worker Requirements

Occupation Requirements

Worker Characteristics



Occupation Characteristics

the o net content model
Worker Characteristics

Worker Requirements

Experience Requirements

Occupational Requirements

Occupation-Specific Information

Occupation Characteristics

The O*NET Content Model

Worker Descriptors

Job Descriptors

Let’s Put a Magnifying Glass on Worker Characteristics

content model sub domains
Content Model: Sub-Domains

Worker Characteristics



Work Styles








Idea Generation







Oral Comprehension

Written Comprehension

Oral Expression

Written Expression


+ Importance

+ Competency


using o net includes
Using O*NET includes:
  • Conversion of/to Occupational Codes
  • Use of O*NET Skills & Related Content
  • Use of O*NET E-Tools (O*NET OnLine & Code Connector)
  • Use of Other Existing O*NET-Based E-Tools
  • Use of O*NET Assessment Tools
  • Conversion/Integration of O*NET Codes &/or Skills Content into Existing Systems
  • Development of Future O*NET-Based Workforce Tools
o net support tools
O*NET Support Tools
  • O*NET On-Line Support for Workforce Development & WD Professionals
  • O*NET Trainings*
  • Crosswalks*
  • O*NET Assessment Tools*

*These O*NET Areas Will be Covered in the O*NET Advancements Session

o net on line support for workforce development wd professionals
O*NET On-Line Support for Workforce Development & WD Professionals
  • O*NET Center (Access to Virtually ALL O*NET Resources)
    • www.onetcenter.org
  • O*NET Knowledge Site (Learning & Sharing w/ Peers)
    • www.onetknowledgesite.com
  • O*NET Academy (O*NET Training Resources)
    • www.onetacademy.com
o net center
O*NET Center


O*NET News & Information

Related O*NET Resources

O*NET Products

O*NET Training

Using O*NET

O*NET Developers’ Corner

O*NET Data Collection

More O*NET Information from ETA


State Developed O*NET Products


While the Louisiana Version of OSCAR is called LISA, the Entire OSCAR Family of Occupational Products include:

Several Ways to Explore Careers

O*NET Assessment Tools

State-specific LMI


State Developed O*NET Products


New York Department of Labor’s CareerZone

State Developed O*NET Products



Uses O*Net & State LMI to Allow Children & Adults do Career Exploration through New York’s 6 School-to-Work Occupational Clusters