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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CareerJournal.com from Wall Street Journal
CareerJournal.com, 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.
mySkills myFuture is a Web site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workforce Investment. The site functions as a skills transferability tool, helping laid-off workers and other career changers find new occupations and job openings to explore. Users enter the title of a current or previous job. The Web site responds with a list of occupations related to their experience through O*NET data on skills, knowledges, and abilities. Users can compare the list of occupations, view occupation details and compare skill requirements, learn about related licenses and apprenticeship programs, and apply for jobs in their local area.
The Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board in Pennsylvania uses O*NET information in research and service delivery activities designed to support economic development efforts in the county. Using an industry clusters model, The Lancaster WIB cooperates closely with the economic development community. After the industry clusters are defined, the primary occupations are profiled and a Skills Map is developed. Information for all occupations and the various career ladders in the cluster are analyzed to identify common skills and attributes, as well as those unique to a particular occupation or career ladder. The resulting Skills Map is a helpful way to involve the educational community in addressing skills gaps, taking a systemic approach to the identification of industry’s skill needs. O*NET data are a key part of the Skills Map used to develop the profiles, providing extensive information about skills and knowledge requirements of occupations in each cluster.
Purple Briefcase has recently signed up to use the O*NET Web Services to improve their career assessments. O*NET Web Services is an application programming interface (API) developers can use to display O*NET information in their applications and take advantage of tools such as the occupation keyword search featured in My Next Move and O*NET OnLine. Companies can also integrate O*NET tools into their own website or web-enabled application. Purple Briefcase is planning to incorporate the O*NET Interest Profiler within their website to help students choose their career path in today's job market.
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.