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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Campus ToolKit from Corvus LLC
Campus ToolKit, a product of Corvus LLC, includes a variety of modules to help students on campus assess their personality, manage their time and finances, and develop paths to success. The O*NET database, as well as the Work Importance Profiler and the Computerized Interest Profiler are integrated into modules of the ToolKit.
Catholic Community Services in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, offers a free Senior Employment Program for workers aged 55 years or older in the city and 17 other civil parishes, mostly rural. With more than 25 years of experience, the agency is now a mandated partner in Louisiana’s Workforce Investment Act initiatives. The program uses the O*NET Career Exploration Tools to help retirees and other older adults find jobs. The O*NET Interest Profiler is a key tool in the process that helps open clients’ minds to what the workplace offers them and what they can offer the workplace.
Career Direct® Complete Guidance System from Crown Financial Ministries has bee O*NET data ever since it became available on CD-ROM. Its use of O*NET information has been integrated more directly with the guidance system since Career Direct went online a few years ago. Career Direct is a self-administered personality, skills, abilities, interests, and work/life values career guidance system. Because many of the system’s users have job titles with a religious element, Career Direct created a crosswalk, translating religious job titles to the closest O*NET occupations. This is similar to using the O*NET Code Connector between Military Occupational Codes and O*NET occupational codes. The system guides the user into exploring O*NET occupations that most closely align with their talents and personal goals.
The Oklahoma Employment Services Commission presents O*NET overviews to business councils and at job fairs and incorporates O*NET OnLine into Job Skills Workshops. Employers are shown how to use the Oklahoma Job Link system to code their job openings with a standard O*NET-SOC code. During the Job Skills Workshops, job seekers explore the skills data in O*NET OnLine and learn how to use O*NET Details Reports to help them build resumes.
The Editorial Projects in Educational Research Center, a non-profit tax-exempt organization, conducted a study published online in Education Week. The study, Learning and Earning (Swanson, 2007), was part of the Diplomas Count series which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The study examined the relationship between education and pay using the O*NET database and data obtained from the 2005 American Community Survey. The study was based on the strong correlation between educational attainment and O*NET job zones. Results showed that only a small percent of people working in low job zones have attained the levels of education or training associated with high job zones and vice versa. Researchers looked at median incomes within each of the five O*NET Job Zones. One of their findings was that median incomes for workers in Job Zone 1 occupations are about 20 percent of the median income for workers in Job Zone 5 occupations.