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 Requirements — descriptors referring to work-related attributes acquired and/or developed through experience and education. Worker requirements represent developed or acquired attributes of an individual that may be related to work performance such as work-related knowledge and skill. Knowledge represents the acquisition of facts and principles about a domain of information. Experience lays the foundation for establishing procedures to work with given knowledge. These procedures are more commonly known as skills. Skills may be further divided into basic skills and cross-functional skills. Basic skills, such as reading, facilitate the acquisition of new knowledge. Cross-functional skills, such as problem solving, extend across several domains of activities.

(Outline View | Description View)
Collapse Knowledge — Organized sets of principles and facts applying in general domains
  •  Business and Management
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramAdministration and Management
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramClerical
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramEconomics and Accounting
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSales and Marketing
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramCustomer and Personal Service
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPersonnel and Human Resources
  •  Manufacturing and Production
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramProduction and Processing
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramFood Production
  •  Engineering and Technology
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramComputers and Electronics
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramEngineering and Technology
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDesign
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramBuilding and Construction
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramMechanical
  •  Mathematics and Science
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramMathematics
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPhysics
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramChemistry
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramBiology
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPsychology
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSociology and Anthropology
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramGeography
  •  Health Services
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramMedicine and Dentistry
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramTherapy and Counseling
  • O*NET Data Collection ProgramEducation and Training
  •  Arts and Humanities
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramEnglish Language
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramForeign Language
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramFine Arts
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramHistory and Archeology
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPhilosophy and Theology
  •  Law and Public Safety
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPublic Safety and Security
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramLaw and Government
  •  Communications
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramTelecommunications
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramCommunications and Media
  • O*NET Data Collection ProgramTransportation

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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