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O*NET® 22.0 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 22.0 Database

In the 22.0 release, 100 occupations were updated by job incumbents and occupational experts, bringing the total to 966. This release includes the following:

  • Addition and update of Task Statement ratings (importance, relevance, and frequency) for 100 occupations
  • Addition and update of Abilities, Skills, Work Activities, Knowledge, and Work Context data for 100 occupations
  • Addition and update of Training and Work Experience and Education data for 100 occupations
  • Addition and update of Work Styles data for 100 occupations
  • Addition and update of Job Zones data for 100 occupations
  • Addition and update of Detailed Work Activities (DWAs) and linkages for 38 occupations
  • Addition and update of Alternate Titles and Sample of Reported Titles for 121 occupations

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:

Share or Adapt the O*NET Database

Creative Commons licensed The O*NET 22.0 Database is available under a Creative Commons license. See the Database license page for more information.