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Production Database — O*NET® 20.1

The O*NET database contains a rich set of variables that describe work and worker characteristics, including skill requirements. Developers and other customers are encouraged to incorporate the O*NET database within their products, services, and research. This section contains an overview of the most recent database and a variety of database download options, as well as format-specific data dictionaries.

Highlights of the O*NET 20.1 Database

The 20.1 release includes additional files, a new download format, and updates from the T2 and Alternate Titles projects:

  • Data from the Lay/Alternate Titles, Sample of Reported Titles, Related Occupations, Tools & Technology, and Emerging Tasks projects are now included in the O*NET Database. These were previously available as separate supplemental file downloads.
  • 769 new alternate titles related to 247 occupations were added from employer job postings and other sources.
  • 2,332 new technology examples related to 272 occupations were added from employer job postings.
  • All database files can be downloaded in Microsoft Excel format, in addition to the existing formats of tab-delimited text, and SQL files for MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, or Oracle.

In the 20.0 database, 102 occupations were updated by job incumbents and occupational experts, bringing the total to 953. All files present in 20.0 are unchanged in 20.1. show details

  • Addition and update of Task Statement ratings (importance, relevance, and frequency) for 102 occupations
  • Addition and update of Abilities, Skills, Work Activities, Knowledge, and Work Context data for 102 occupations
  • Addition and update of Training and Work Experience and Education data for 102 occupations
  • Addition and update of Work Styles data for 102 occupations
  • Addition and update of Job Zones data for 102 occupations
  • Addition and update of Detailed Work Activities (DWAs) and linkages for 56 occupations

Release Cycle and Timetable

The O*NET database is being updated on a regularly scheduled basis (see Data Publication Schedule). These updates occur as a result of the Data Collection Program currently underway. Updated data for the sixteenth subset of occupations is now included with this 20.1 release. A seventeenth subset of occupations will be updated as a part of the next major database release, expected in July 2016.

Database History

Listings showing data updates by category or occupation are available on the Occupation Update Summary page. Past releases of the O*NET Database are available on the Database Releases Archive page.