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O*NET® Products at Work

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration introduced the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to the public in 1998. Since that time, its impact on workforce development, career counseling, educational programming and human resource activities has quickly expanded, both in the U.S. and around the world. O*NET Products at Work provides examples of the widespread use of O*NET OnLine, the O*NET database, the Toolkit for Business, and the O*NET Career Exploration Tools.

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Strategic Advantage from Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) external site

Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) has developed a system that allows users to target competency gaps through a unique way of visualizing the makeup of occupations. Using O*NET knowledges, skills, and abilities data, EMSI’s Strategic Advantage is a Web-based analysis platform for use by workforce development and education professionals. It provides the data needed to help these professionals make informed decisions necessary for regional growth and development.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) external site

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) used O*NET information as presented in the Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) Career Pathways tool to evaluate workforce competencies in northeastern Mississippi. Rebecca Houchin, TVA Research Manager, describes how Career Pathways was able to show that competencies of workers in the declining furniture industry in northeastern Mississippi were 98% compatible with the needs of the auto industry. As a result, a Toyota plant was brought to northeastern Mississippi, providing employment to displaced workers.

CareerScope external site from Vocational Research Institute external site

CareerScope, developed by the non-profit Vocational Research Institute, enhances career and educational planning processes, including career development portfolios, transition plans, Individualized Educational Plans (IEP), and employee training and retention plans. Users include secondary schools, community and technical colleges, state and community vocational rehabilitation agencies, VA medical centers, and state adult and juvenile correctional facilities. Written at a 4th grade reading level, the valid and reliable interest and aptitude assessment is self-administered and easy to complete. Accommodation options include audio delivery, English with Spanish text, and untimed delivery. CareerScope’s comprehensive reports incorporate O*NET occupational data and provide career recommendations based on the evaluee’s interest and aptitude results.

Trustmark Insurance Company external site

Trustmark Insurance Company uses O*NET OnLine to collect information on job titles, tasks, skills, and to access salary data. Human resources personnel use this information to describe tasks associated with sales support activities and to align managers’ job titles with appropriate occupations across industries. O*NET occupational descriptions and data help to determine appropriate salary ranges for company positions and provide validation of company salary survey data.

Career Readiness Certificate from Michigan’s West Coast WIRED Initiative

Michigan’s West Coast WIRED Initiative uses the Career Readiness Certificate, based on WorkKeys® and O*NET Job Zone information, as a means of linking worker readiness to jobs available in the local economy. WorkKeys, an online assessment linked to O*NET occupations, measures foundational skills of Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information. It assigns a score and grants a Career Readiness Certificate. The certificate is then related to jobs available in the local economy. The Career Readiness Certificate is being used in several other states as a part of state, regional, and local workforce development initiatives, including North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, and New Mexico. Many others are in the process of implementing a Career Readiness Certificate program.

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