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 Education — Prior educational experience required to perform in a job
  • O*NET Data Collection ProgramRequired Level of Education — The level of education required to perform a job.
  •  Job-Related Professional Certification — Certification: A credential awarded by a certification body based on an individual demonstrating through an examination process that he or she has acquired the designated knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform a specific job.
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramJob-Related Professional Certification — Possession of an occupational or industry certification to perform the job.
  • Classification of Instructional ProgramsInstructional Program Required — The instructional program required for this job
    Source: U.S. Department of Education, Classification of Instructional Programs external site
  •  Education Level in Specific Subjects — The amount of education required in 15 subject areas to perform in a job. Subject areas cover most of the courses that occur in high school, junior college, college undergraduate degree programs, and other education and training programs
    • No sourceTechnical Vocational — Courses focus on non-business technical skills, such as Agriculture, Industrial Arts, Automobile and Shop, and Electronics
    • No sourceBusiness Vocational — Courses focus on basic business skills, such as Word Processing, Filing, Bookkeeping/Basic Accounting
    • No sourceEnglish/language Arts — Courses focus on reading, interpretation, and writing, such as Literature, Composition, Journalism, and Creative Writing
    • No sourceOral Communication — Courses focus on oral communication and speech, such as Oral Communication, Speech, and Interpersonal Communication
    • No sourceLanguages — Courses focus on reading, writing, and/or speaking languages other than English, such as French, Chinese, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish
    • No sourceBasic Math — Courses focus on basic and applied math, such as General Math and Business Math
    • No sourceAdvanced Math — Courses focus on advanced topics in math, such as Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, and Statistics
    • No sourcePhysical Science — Courses focus on the study of matter and/or energy, such as Physics, Chemistry, and Astronomy
    • No sourceComputer Science — Courses focus on computers and their uses, such as Programming, Information Systems Management, and Software Applications
    • No sourceBiological Science — Courses focus on the study of life and living beings, such as life science, biology, anatomy and physiology
    • No sourceApplied Science — Courses focus on the application of science, such as Engineering, Health, and Medicine
    • No sourceSocial Science — Courses focus on the behavioral sciences, such as Social Studies, Economics, History, Psychology, and Sociology
    • No sourceArts — Courses focus on visual and performing arts, such as Arts and Crafts, Music, Painting, Sculpture, Theater, and Voice
    • No sourceHumanities — Courses focus on cultural and philosophical aspects of humans, such as Minority Studies, Philosophy, and Religion
    • No sourcePhysical Education — Courses focus on physical fitness and sports, such as Aerobics, Jogging, Weight Lifting, and Specific Sports

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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