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.

Occupational Requirements — a comprehensive set of variables or detailed elements that describe what various occupations require. This domain includes information about typical activities required across occupations. Task information is often too specific to describe an occupation or occupational group. The O*NET approach is to identify generalized work activities (GWAs) and detailed work activities (DWAs) to summarize the broad and more specific types of job behaviors and tasks that may be performed within multiple occupations. Using this framework makes it possible to use a single set of descriptors to describe many occupations. Contextual variables such as the physical, social, or structural context of work that may impose specific demands on the worker or activities are also included in this section.

(Outline View | Description View)
Collapse Generalized Work Activities — Work activities that are common across a very large number of occupations. They are performed in almost all job families and industries.
  •  Information Input
    •  Looking for and Receiving Job-Related Information
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramGetting Information
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramMonitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
    •  Identify and Evaluating Job-Relevant Information
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramIdentifying Objects, Actions, and Events
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramInspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramEstimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information
  •  Mental Processes
    •  Information and Data Processing
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramJudging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramProcessing Information
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramEvaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramAnalyzing Data or Information
    •  Reasoning and Decision Making
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramMaking Decisions and Solving Problems
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramThinking Creatively
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramUpdating and Using Relevant Knowledge
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDeveloping Objectives and Strategies
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramScheduling Work and Activities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramOrganizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  •  Work Output
    •  Performing Physical and Manual Work Activities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPerforming General Physical Activities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramHandling and Moving Objects
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramControlling Machines and Processes
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramOperating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
    •  Performing Complex and Technical Activities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramInteracting With Computers
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDrafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramRepairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramRepairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDocumenting/Recording Information
  •  Interacting With Others
    •  Communicating and Interacting
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramInterpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramCommunicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramCommunicating with Persons Outside Organization
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramEstablishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramAssisting and Caring for Others
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSelling or Influencing Others
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramResolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPerforming for or Working Directly with the Public
    •  Coordinating, Developing, Managing, and Advising
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramCoordinating the Work and Activities of Others
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDeveloping and Building Teams
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramTraining and Teaching Others
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramGuiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramCoaching and Developing Others
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramProvide Consultation and Advice to Others
    •  Administering
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPerforming Administrative Activities
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramStaffing Organizational Units
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramMonitoring and Controlling Resources

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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