The O*NET® Content Model

The Content Model is the conceptual foundation of O*NET. The Content Model provides a framework that identifies the most important types of information about work and integrates them into a theoretically and empirically sound system.

Worker Characteristics Worker Requirements Experience Requirements Occupational Requirements Labor Market Characteristics Occupation-Specific Information

The O*NET Content Model, with six major domains contributing to O*NET. See the domain descriptions below.

The Content Model was developed using research on job and organizational analysis. It embodies a view that reflects the character of occupations (via job-oriented descriptors) and people (via worker-oriented descriptors). The Content Model also allows occupational information to be applied across jobs, sectors, or industries (cross-occupational descriptors) and within occupations (occupational-specific descriptors). These descriptors are organized into six major domains, which enable the user to focus on areas of information that specify the key attributes and characteristics of workers and occupations.

Worker Characteristics — enduring characteristics that may influence both performance and the capacity to acquire knowledge and skills required for effective work performance. Worker characteristics comprise enduring qualities of individuals that may influence how they approach tasks and how they acquire work-relevant knowledges and skills. Traditionally, analyzing abilities has been the most common technique for comparing jobs in terms of these worker characteristics. However, recent research supports the inclusion of other types of worker characteristics. In particular, interests, values, and work styles have received support in the organizational literature. Interests and values reflect preferences for work environments and outcomes. Work style variables represent typical procedural differences in the way work is performed.

(Outline View | Description View)
Collapse Abilities — Enduring attributes of the individual that influence performance
  •  Cognitive Abilities
    •  Verbal Abilities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramOral Comprehension
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramWritten Comprehension
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramOral Expression
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramWritten Expression
    •  Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramFluency of Ideas
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramOriginality
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramProblem Sensitivity
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDeductive Reasoning
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramInductive Reasoning
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramInformation Ordering
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramCategory Flexibility
    •  Quantitative Abilities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramMathematical Reasoning
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramNumber Facility
    •  Memory
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramMemorization
    •  Perceptual Abilities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpeed of Closure
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramFlexibility of Closure
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPerceptual Speed
    •  Spatial Abilities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpatial Orientation
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramVisualization
    •  Attentiveness
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSelective Attention
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramTime Sharing
  •  Psychomotor Abilities
    •  Fine Manipulative Abilities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramArm-Hand Steadiness
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramManual Dexterity
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramFinger Dexterity
    •  Control Movement Abilities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramControl Precision
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramMultilimb Coordination
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramResponse Orientation
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramRate Control
    •  Reaction Time and Speed Abilities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramReaction Time
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramWrist-Finger Speed
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpeed of Limb Movement
  •  Physical Abilities
    •  Physical Strength Abilities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramStatic Strength
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramExplosive Strength
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDynamic Strength
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramTrunk Strength
    •  Endurance
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramStamina
    •  Flexibility, Balance, and Coordination
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramExtent Flexibility
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDynamic Flexibility
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramGross Body Coordination
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramGross Body Equilibrium
  •  Sensory Abilities
    •  Visual Abilities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramNear Vision
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramFar Vision
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramVisual Color Discrimination
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramNight Vision
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPeripheral Vision
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDepth Perception
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramGlare Sensitivity
    •  Auditory and Speech Abilities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramHearing Sensitivity
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramAuditory Attention
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSound Localization
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpeech Recognition
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpeech Clarity

Primary occupational information source for Content Model items:

O*NET Data Collection Program U.S. Department of Labor
O*NET Data Collection Program

Supplemental sources of information:

Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics external site
CareerOneStop U.S. Department of Labor
CareerOneStop external site
Office of Apprenticeship U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Apprenticeship external site
Classification of Instructional Programs U.S. Department of Education
Classification of Instructional Programs external site

Other indicators:

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