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
  •  Job-Related Professional Certification
    • O*NET Data Collection ProgramJob-Related Professional Certification
  • Classification of Instructional ProgramsInstructional Program Required
    Source: U.S. Department of Education, Classification of Instructional Programs external site
  •  Education Level in Specific Subjects
    • No sourceTechnical Vocational
    • No sourceBusiness Vocational
    • No sourceEnglish/language Arts
    • No sourceOral Communication
    • No sourceLanguages
    • No sourceBasic Math
    • No sourceAdvanced Math
    • No sourcePhysical Science
    • No sourceComputer Science
    • No sourceBiological Science
    • No sourceApplied Science
    • No sourceSocial Science
    • No sourceArts
    • No sourceHumanities
    • No sourcePhysical Education

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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