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.

Experience Requirements — requirements related to previous work activities and explicitly linked to certain types of work activities. This domain includes information about the typical experiential backgrounds of workers in an occupation or group of occupations including certification, licensure, and training data. For example, information about the professional or organizational certifications required for entry and advancement in an occupation, preferred education or training, and required apprenticeships will be documented by this part of the model.

(Outline View | Description View)
Collapse Cross-Functional Skills - Entry Requirement — Entry requirement for developed capacities that facilitate performance of activities that occur across jobs
  •  Social Skills - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceSocial Perceptiveness - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceCoordination - Entry Requirement
    • No sourcePersuasion - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceNegotiation - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceInstructing - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceService Orientation - Entry Requirement
  •  Complex Problem Solving Skills - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceProblem Identification - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceInformation Gathering - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceInformation Organization - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceSynthesis/Reorganization - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceIdea Generation - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceIdea Evaluation - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceImplementation Planning - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceSolution Appraisal - Entry Requirement
  •  Technical Skills - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceOperations Analysis - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceTechnology Design - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceEquipment Selection - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceInstallation - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceProgramming - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceTesting - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceOperation Monitoring - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceOperation and Control - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceProduct Inspection - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceEquipment Maintenance - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceTroubleshooting - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceRepairing - Entry Requirement
  •  Systems Skills - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceVisioning - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceSystems Perception - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceIdentifying Downstream Consequences - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceIdentification of Key Causes - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceJudgment and Decision Making - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceSystem Evaluation - Entry Requirement
  •  Resource Management Skills - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceTime Management - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceManagement of Financial Resources - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceManagement of Material Resources - Entry Requirement
    • No sourceManagement of Personnel Resources - Entry Requirement

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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