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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.

Overview Paper & Pencil WIL Computerized WIP

The O*NET Work Importance Profiler (WIP) is administered by computer. Participants use the WIP to indicate the importance to them of each work need, in two different steps. In Step 1, participants rank order the twenty-one work need statements by comparing them to one another and ordering them according to their relative importance. In Step 2, they rate the work needs by indicating whether or not the need is important independent of the other work need statements. Users receive a profile of their work values that:

  1. helps them develop valuable self-knowledge about their work values,
  2. fosters career awareness, and
  3. provides a window to the entire world of work via the 800+ occupations within O*NET OnLine.

The files for the Work Importance Profiler software and WIP User's Guide are provided below to enable users to download and use the O*NET Work Importance Profiler software. For questions regarding installation, refer to the installation instructions contained in the O*NET Work Importance Profiler User's Guide. (As a convenience, the Computerized Interest Profiler (CIP) software and demonstration versions for a quick view are also included as a part of this download.)

Note: the Work Importance Profiler requires a 4:3 screen resolution, such as 800x600 or 1024x768. Widescreen resolutions are not compatible with the software.

WIP — Software (ZIP - 7.3 MB)
WIP — User's Guide (PDF - 3.2 MB)

For more information about the computerized Work Importance Profiler, see the report: