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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The North Carolina Military Foundation teamed with the North Carolina Military Business Center to create a database and interactive Web site which enables businesses to link their needs to the competencies of troops exiting the military. One of the challenges faced by troops and business leaders alike is identifying the knowledges, skills, and abilities shared by military and civilian jobs. Using a keyword related to a job opening, employers are able to search for related military occupations and information on how many military personnel in these occupations are returning annually to civilian jobs. The user can view additional information about these occupations, including a list of related civilian job titles. Further exploration is available through a link to the related occupations in O*NET OnLine. This Web site helps employers and transitioning military personnel come together through the common language of the O*NET system.
Health and medical science career exploration with LifeWorks™ is accomplished through an interactive career development Web site operated by the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Science Education. Driven by O*NET data, the LifeWorks search engine, or Career Finder, offers an array of information on more than 100 health and medical science careers. Staff designed the Web site for middle school and high school students, parents, mentors, teachers, and guidance counselors. As a first step, students scan a list of O*NET Job Families and select the ones that most interest them. Second, they identify the kinds of jobs that suit their interests, using the O*NET interest categories. Third, they select skills they have or want to acquire. The Career Finder then generates a customized list of health-related careers, with brief descriptions, matching the students’ selections. By clicking on a title, students can view job-specific information on the summary page. If they like, they can access details about the occupation, including employment outlook, salary, suggested high school courses, related careers, and more.
NKOKA is a small technician training institution focused on training in a very specialized and technical environment in South Africa. This company used O*NET data related to the occupation Electronics Technicians to structure their training programs.
Another project of the Department of the Navy is a Web portal that will be used to collect and analyze Human Systems Integration (HSI) data. The portal will incorporate the O*NET database as well as many of the supporting documents from the O*NET Resource Center, such as the Toolkit for Business and the O*NET taxonomy information. (http://www.nps.edu/or/hsi/) Other Navy projects using O*NET information include the Job Family Structure Working Group charted by Fleet Forces Command Human Capital Object Governance Board (Navy Manpower Analysis Center, 2006), the Navy Integrated Learning Environment (Naval Personnel Development Command, 2004), and the Naval War College Joint Capability Focused, Competency Ba sed Research (Zelibor, Suttie, & Potter, 2008).
To address the pressing need for talented and skilled computer 3-D graphic artists and traditional animators, California’s Employment Development Department (CA EDD) conducted an industry study with the endorsement of the California Skillsnet Consortium. O*NET’s survey data collection instruments and other materials were used in the study. Relying on O*NET data, human resources personnel modified local training and education initiatives to help close the gap between industry needs and local workers’ skills. Training programs defined the skills and requirements for the evolving occupations of computer 3-D graphic artists and traditional animators. State and local leaders forged important partnerships with local establishments, educators, WIBs, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to meet industry demands and develop needed talent.