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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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AZCIS external site from Arizona Department of Education external site

AZCIS is a career information system offered by the Arizona Department of Education. The Web site provides education, career, and occupation information to middle school, high school, college, and adult students in both English and Spanish formats. The O*NET career tools and database are essential components of the career exploration process offered by AZCIS.

The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services external site

The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services provides career exploration services in the Workforce & Technology Center. Clients learn about their values, interests, talents, and abilities by using a variety of assessments. O*NET OnLine provides an avenue to use this information to explore careers. The convenience of a Web-based system allows clients who have difficulty coming in to a state office the option of doing research at home and sending results to the office via email. from Wall Street Journal external site, the Wall Street JournalExecutive Career Site, conducted a study designed to identify the “best careers,” those occupations for which workers report a high degree of satisfaction. CareerJournal contracted the polling firm Harris Interactive to survey workers about their jobs, whether they were satisfied, and what job qualities contributed to their satisfaction. Four factors emerged for jobs held by highly satisfied workers: intellectual stimulation, strong job security, high level of control and freedom of action, and extensive direct contact with customers or clients. After identifying the common factors reported by highly satisfied workers, CareerJournal used occupational data in the O*NET database, looking for O*NET occupations with high ratings related to three of the four contributing factors. (Job security was evaluated with BLS employment projections.) CareerJournal identified eight occupations providing the most satisfying work experience:

  • curriculum and instructional coordinators,
  • high school special education teachers,
  • hospital and clinic managers,
  • management consultants and analysts,
  • medical researchers,
  • physical therapists,
  • sales, marketing, and advertising managers, and
  • social workers, counselors, and related managers.

Manpower external site

Manpower, a worldwide provider of high-value staffing services with nearly 1,100 offices in North America and 4,500 offices in 80 countries, provides jobs to 5 million persons every year and services more than 400,000 clients worldwide. The O*NET occupational and skills taxonomy helps Manpower match the right person to the right job. The O*NET system also offers a systematic structure that enhances Manpower’s analysis of the employment marketplace and its tracking of staffing trends. By incorporating O*NET structure into its procedures, Manpower has benefited by being able to:

  • identify accurately the types of placements each field office makes;
  • locate field offices where the highest need exists;
  • more accurately consolidate information for various types of analysis, including marketing analysis; and
  • begin the process of having Manpower offices in other countries map their occupations to O*NET, enabling Manpower to consolidate information for global reporting more efficiently.

The HR-XML Consortium external site

The HR-XML Consortium has used the O*NET database in developing specifications that allow organizations to capture occupational information and use it efficiently in their established human resources processes, such as building competency models, conducting job analyses, and developing performance appraisal systems. These firms include Adecco, Aetna, CareerBuilder, Cisco Systems, IBM, Kelly Services, Manpower, MetLife, Microsoft, and, as well as many other technologically innovative companies. The O*NET Program is the featured content provider in an HR-XML schema explaining to member organizations and to the public how to capture and exchange skills, abilities, and related human resources information.

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