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O*NET® Ability Profiler™

The O*NET Ability Profiler (AP) is a career exploration tool that helps clients plan their work lives. The O*NET Ability Profiler uses a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Individuals can use O*NET Ability Profiler results to:

  • Identify their strengths and areas for which they might want to receive more training and education
  • Identify occupations that fit their strengths

The O*NET Ability Profiler measures nine job-relevant abilities:

  • Verbal Ability
  • Arithmetic Reasoning
  • Computation
  • Spatial Ability
  • Form Perception
  • Clerical Perception
  • Motor Coordination
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Manual Dexterity

O*NET Ability Profiler Features

  • The O*NET Ability Profiler must be administered by staff who provide instructions to individuals taking the assessment
  • User Guide provided for workforce development professionals
  • Flexible administration:
    • It can be administered in individual or group settings
    • It has both paper and pencil and optional apparatus sections
  • Computerized scoring
  • Results from the O*NET Ability Profiler:
    • Are presented on computer-generated customized score reports
    • Can be linked to the over 950 occupations in O*NET OnLine, My Next Move, My Next Move for Veterans, and Mi Próximo Paso
    • Are easily interpreted
    • Can be used on a stand-alone basis or with other O*NET Career Exploration Tools or with privately and/or publicly developed systems
  • The O*NET Ability Profiler was developed:
    • Following rigorous scientific procedures
    • With help from customers and leading experts in the field of assessment research, to ensure that it is a valid, user-friendly, assessment tool for career exploration, career planning, and career counseling

Getting Started

The O*NET® Ability Profiler™ consists of several components:

  • Instrument Materials
  • Administration Materials
  • Scoring Materials
  • Training Materials

To administer the O*NET Ability Profiler, you will need both the O*NET Ability Profiler Instrument Materials and the O*NET Ability Profiler Administration Materials.

To score the O*NET Ability Profiler, you will need the O*NET Ability Profiler Scoring Materials.

To conduct training on how to administer the O*NET Ability Profiler, you will need the O*NET Ability Profiler Training Materials.

Creative Commons licensed The O*NET Ability Profiler may be redistributed or used to develop other assessments under a choice of licenses. See the Career Exploration Tools License page for more information.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions and Reports and Documents sections for additional information about the O*NET Ability Profiler.