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O*NET® Career Exploration Tools


The O*NETTM team has designed a set of self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help workers consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively. They also are designed for use by students who are exploring the school-to-work transition. The assessment instruments, which are based on a "whole-person" concept, include:

  • O*NET Ability Profiler
  • O*NET Interest Profiler
  • O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler
  • O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form
  • O*NET Work Importance Locator
  • O*NET Work Importance Profiler

These instruments will help individuals identify their work-related interests, what they consider important on the job, and their abilities in order to explore those occupations that relate most closely to those attributes. Users of the tools may link to the more than 800 occupations described by the O*NET database, as well as to occupational information in CareerOneStop. This allows individuals to make a seamless transition from assessing their interests, work values, and abilities to matching their job skills with the requirements of occupations in their local labor market.

Printed versions of the Ability Profiler, Interest Profiler, and Work Importance Locator tools and their supporting documents (e.g., score reports, master lists of occupations, combined lists, and user's guides) are available for purchase from the U.S. Government Printing Office. Electronic components of the Ability Profiler, Interest Profiler, Computerized Interest Profiler, Work Importance Locator, and the Work Importance Profiler tools (e.g., instruments, software, score reports, master lists of occupations, and user's guides, along with documentation and supplementary reports) are available from this website. Additional components will be provided, as they become available.

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