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O*NET® 21.3 Database

The O*NET database contains a rich set of variables that describe work and worker characteristics, including skill requirements. Developers and other customers are encouraged to incorporate the O*NET database within their products, services, and research. This section contains an overview of the most recent database and a variety of database download options, as well as format-specific data dictionaries.

Highlights of the O*NET 21.3 Database

The 21.3 release includes the following:

  • 80 alternate titles related to 40 occupations were added from professional association and customer input, transactional analyses, and occupational code requests.
  • 80 technology skill examples related to 54 occupations were added from employer job postings.

In the 21.0 database, 116 occupations were updated by job incumbents and occupational experts, bringing the total to 963. show details

  • Addition and update of Task Statement ratings (importance, relevance, and frequency) for 116 occupations
  • Addition and update of Abilities, Skills, Work Activities, Knowledge, and Work Context data for 116 occupations
  • Addition and update of Training and Work Experience and Education data for 116 occupations
  • Addition and update of Work Styles data for 116 occupations
  • Addition and update of Job Zones data for 116 occupations
  • Addition and update of Detailed Work Activities (DWAs) and linkages for 56 occupations
  • Addition and update of Alternate Titles and Sample of Reported Titles for 116 occupations
  • 121 new technologies are added across 134 occupations, including the identification of 17 additional "hot technologies"

In the 21.1 database, new technology skill examples were added. show details

  • 178 new technology examples related to 85 occupations were added from employer job postings and other sources.
  • Sample of Reported Titles selections for 10 occupations were updated to reflect titles frequently reported by job incumbents.

In the 21.2 database, new alternate titles and technology skill examples were added. show details

  • 343 alternate titles related to 140 occupations were added from employer job postings and other sources.
  • 69 technology skill examples and 7 tools used related to 59 occupations were added from employer job postings and other sources.

The O*NET Database: A Primary Source of Occupational Information

The O*NET database has a wide variety of worker and job oriented data categories. The O*NET Content Model provides the framework that identifies and organizes this important information about work. The O*NET-SOC Occupation Taxonomy covers work performed in the U.S. economy and defines the set of occupations for which data is collected.

The O*NET Data Collection Program currently makes updates to the O*NET Database on a quarterly basis, with a primary update occurring in the 3rd quarter of each year. Listings showing data updates by category or occupation are available on the Occupation Update Summary page. See Data Publication Schedule for a listing of primary updates and collection history. Past releases of the O*NET Database are available on the Database Releases Archive page.

Science Behind the O*NET Database

We have published several reports to explain the research and procedures involved in developing the O*NET Database. To learn more, visit these sections in our Reports and Documents area: