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 Work Context — Physical and social factors that influence the nature of work
  •  Interpersonal Relationships
    •  Communication
      •  Communication Methods
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPublic Speaking
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramTelephone
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramElectronic Mail
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramLetters and Memos
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramFace-to-Face Discussions
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramContact With Others
    •  Role Relationships
      •  Job Interactions
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramWork With Work Group or Team
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDeal With External Customers
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramCoordinate or Lead Others
    •  Responsibility for Others
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramResponsible for Others' Health and Safety
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramResponsibility for Outcomes and Results
    •  Conflictual Contact
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramFrequency of Conflict Situations
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDeal With Unpleasant or Angry People
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDeal With Physically Aggressive People
  •  Physical Work Conditions
    •  Work Setting
      •  Frequency Required to Work:
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramIndoors, Environmentally Controlled
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramIndoors, Not Environmentally Controlled
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramOutdoors, Exposed to Weather
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramOutdoors, Under Cover
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramIn an Open Vehicle or Equipment
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramIn an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPhysical Proximity
    •  Environmental Conditions
      •  Frequency in Environmental Conditions
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramVery Hot or Cold Temperatures
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramExtremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramExposed to Contaminants
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramCramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramExposed to Whole Body Vibration
    •  Job Hazards
      •  Frequency of Exposure to Job Hazards
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramExposed to Radiation
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramExposed to Disease or Infections
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramExposed to High Places
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramExposed to Hazardous Conditions
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramExposed to Hazardous Equipment
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramExposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings
      • No sourceLikelihood of Injury From Job Hazards
      • No sourceDegree of Injury
    •  Body Positioning
      •  Time Spent in Body Positions
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpend Time Sitting
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpend Time Standing
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpend Time Walking and Running
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpend Time Bending or Twisting the Body
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramSpend Time Making Repetitive Motions
    •  Work Attire
      •  Frequency of Wearing Work Attire
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramWear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramWear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection
  •  Structural Job Characteristics
    •  Criticality of Position
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramConsequence of Error
      •  Impact of Decisions
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramImpact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results
        • O*NET Data Collection ProgramFrequency of Decision Making
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramFreedom to Make Decisions
    •  Routine versus Challenging Work
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDegree of Automation
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramImportance of Being Exact or Accurate
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramImportance of Repeating Same Tasks
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramStructured versus Unstructured Work
    •  Competition
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramLevel of Competition
    •  Pace and Scheduling
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramTime Pressure
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramPace Determined by Speed of Equipment
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramWork Schedules
      • O*NET Data Collection ProgramDuration of Typical Work Week

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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