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O*NET® Work Importance ProfilerTM

The O*NET Work Importance Profiler (WIP) is a computerized self-assessment career exploration tool that allows customers to focus on what is important to them in a job. It helps people identify occupations that they may find satisfying, based on the similarity between their work values (such as achievement, autonomy, and conditions of work) and the characteristics of the occupations.

Overview Features Software

The O*NET Work Importance Profiler is administered by computer. Participants use the WIP to indicate the importance to them of each work need, in two different steps. In Step 1, participants rank order the twenty-one work need statements by comparing them to one another and ordering them according to their relative importance. In Step 2, they rate the work needs by indicating whether or not the need is important independent of the other work need statements. Users receive a profile of their work values that:

  1. helps them develop valuable self-knowledge about their work values,
  2. fosters career awareness, and
  3. provides a window to the entire world of work via the 800+ occupations within O*NET OnLine.

The O*NET Work Importance Profiler is also available in a paper and pencil version. For more information about the paper and pencil version of this instrument, please see O*NET Work Importance Locator.

The O*NET Work Importance Profiler measures six types of work values:

  • Achievement
  • Independence
  • Recognition
  • Relationships
  • Support
  • Working Conditions