O*NET® Work Importance Locator™ and Work Importance Profiler™
The O*NET Work Importance Locator (WIL) and O*NET Work Importance Profiler (WIP) are self-assessment career exploration tools that allow customers to pinpoint what is important to them in a job. They help people identify occupations that they may find satisfying based on the similarity between their work values (such as achievement, autonomy, and conditions of work) and the characteristics of the occupations.
The O*NET Work Importance Locator (WIL) is a paper & pencil assessment. To take or administer the WIL, you can download the instrument and related materials as PDF files, or order printed copies from the Government Printing Office. For a preview that illustrates taking, scoring, and using the instrument, view the Work Importance Locator Online Demo.
For a more detailed description of the available files and their contents, please see Work Importance Locator File Descriptions (PDF - 90 KB).
The O*NET Work Importance Locator may be redistributed or used within other assessments under a choice of licenses. See the Career Exploration Tools License page for more information.
for individual viewing and printing
for professional reproduction
Work Importance Locator Instrument (PDF - 314 KB) - Note: This format should be used only for viewing or demonstrating the Work Importance Locator instrument, not when it is administered as a client assessment.
Or download all files at once:
Work Importance Locator Instrument (ZIP - 950 KB)
Or download all files at once:
For more information about the paper & pencil Work Importance Locator, see the report:
- Development of the O*NET Paper-and-Pencil Work Importance Locator
- Linking Client Assessment Profiles to O*NET Occupational Profiles
To order these items online from the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) , simply click on the links below. Orders may also be placed by telephone (202/512-1800), fax (202/512-2250), at any GPO Bookstore, or by mail at: Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. Note that prices include shipping.
O*NET Work Importance Locator: Instrument (out of stock)
(includes: instrument, card sorting sheet, value cards and envelope)
A new self-assessment career exploration tool (work values assessment instrument). This tool helps users clarify what they find most important in jobs. Participants use this instrument to identify occupations included in O*NET that they are likely to find satisfying, based on the similarity between what is important to them in a job and the characteristics of the occupations. The Instrument is needed by each individual participant and is intended for participants to keep for their personal use.
O*NET Work Importance Locator: Score Report
$23.00 Package (5 copies per package)
This report is designed for use with the "O*NET Work Importance Locator: Instrument." This report helps users understand what their results mean and how to link them to O*NET occupations. O*NET occupations are included in the report. It also explains how to use their results in exploring careers using O*NET OnLine (available at: https://www.onetonline.org/). The Score Report is needed by each individual participant and is intended for participants to keep for their personal use.
O*NET Work Importance Locator: User's Guide
$15.20 Package (5 copies per package)
This guide was developed for programs (e.g., schools, employment service offices, career information delivery systems, out-placement programs) that will incorporate the Work Importance Locator (WIL) into their career exploration services. This guide can help users understand how the WIL was developed and how to incorporate the WIL into their programs properly. The User's Guide is needed by the program office and/or assessment administrator.
O*NET Work Importance Locator: O*NET Occupations Master List (out of stock)
This booklet lists O*NET 3.0 occupations by Work Value/Job Zone category to help users explore careers. Occupations have been assigned to the groups based on their highest work value. This publication provides an expanded list of O*NET occupations as compared to the WIL Score Report. It can be shared among participants as well as the assessment administrator.
O*NET Occupations Combined List: Interests and Work Values (out of stock)
This booklet is for use with both the Interest Profiler and the Work Importance Locator Instruments. It combines results of both instruments and provides a comprehensive listing of O*NET 3.0 occupations arranged by Job Zone for each Interest/Work Value category to help users explore careers. It can be shared among participants as well as the assessment administrator.