Job Zone Reference

Purpose:Provide Job Zone data (developed to help transition DOT’s measures of Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) to O*NET’s measure of experience, education, and job training).
Structure and Description:
ColumnTypeColumn Content
Job ZoneInteger(1)Job Zone number
NameCharacter Varying(50)Job Zone name/zone
ExperienceCharacter Varying(300)Job Zone experience requirements
EducationCharacter Varying(500)Job Zone educational requirements
Job TrainingCharacter Varying(300)Job Zone training requirements
ExamplesCharacter Varying(500)Job Zone examples
SVP RangeCharacter Varying(25)Specific vocational preparation range

This file describes the five O*NET Job Zones, which are groups of occupations that need the same level of experience, education, and training.

The file is displayed in seven tab delimited fields with the columns named Job Zone, Name, Experience, Education, Job Training, Examples, and SVP Range. The seven fields are represented by one row. There are a total of 5 rows of data in this file.

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File Structure Changes:
Release NumberDescription of Change
5.0 - 24.0No structure changes

Data Example - Job Zone Reference:
Job ZoneNameExperienceEducationJob TrainingExamplesSVP Range
1Job Zone One: Little or No Preparation NeededLittle or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include food preparation workers, dishwashers, sewing machine operators, landscaping and groundskeeping workers, logging equipment operators, and baristas.(Below 4.0)
2Job Zone Two: Some Preparation NeededSome previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.These occupations usually require a high school diploma.Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.(4.0 to < 6.0)
3Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation NeededPrevious work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.(6.0 to < 7.0)