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About O*NET

The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Learn more about the O*NET project partners.

O*NET information is relevant to many different audiences. Below you'll find some suggestions for different types of visitors:

Counselors: Connect people to appropriate occupations with resources like the Career Exploration Tools, O*NET OnLine, and OnLine's Skills Search. For self-directed career exploration, My Next Move is a great starting point. If you need to find an O*NET-SOC code for an existing job, try the keyword search at O*NET Code Connector.

Students: Discover occupations you might enjoy, by taking the Interest Profiler and Work Importance Profiler assessments right from your PC. If you've already got an occupation in mind, learn more about it from My Next Move.

Human Resources: The Toolkit for Business contains examples and case studies illustrating how O*NET information can help you with writing job descriptions or helping employees identify necessary skills for advancement. Learn more about occupations using O*NET OnLine.

Researchers: Our Research and Technical Reports section contains over 30 papers on the development and evolution of the O*NET database and tools. For detailed study, download the database itself to directly view the data, as well as statistical metadata describing the quality of the information.

Developers: Everything you need to incorporate O*NET information into your application can be found in the Developer's Corner, including graphics and URLs for linking directly to O*NET OnLine. The Supplemental Files page has resources for connecting other systems to the O*NET-SOC taxonomy.

If you have other questions about using O*NET, you might take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions or our Site Map. If you can't find the answer there, feel free to contact O*NET Customer Service (onet@onetcenter.org).