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Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I use O*NET information and tools to define a job in my company?

O*NET has more than 275 standardized descriptors of skills, knowledges, tasks, occupation requirements, and worker abilities, interests and values to assist you in building accurate job descriptions. Companies can use the O*NET Questionnaires to apply O*NET descriptors to their own particular situation. O*NET information and tools can help identify important elements of a job for developing or choosing training materials. You can use O*NET information to identify skill requirements to align job needs with more qualified applicants. Further, O*NET information and tools can help define success factors for promotion and advancement. Read more about using O*NET information in the Human Resource Management section of this website and in the O*NET Toolkit for Business.

I am looking for a crosswalk from one job classification system to another. Can you help?

O*NET OnLine contains crosswalks between the O*NET-SOC and the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP), Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), Military Occupational Classification (MOC), Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS), and Standard Occupational Classification (SOC).

I would like to come to America to work. Can you tell me how to do that?

The Occupational Information Network does not provide information about immigration or visa services. You may find the information you need at: external site.

How will I know when database updates and new O*NET products are released?

One way to find out about new releases is to make periodic visits to the What's New section of this website. By visiting the O*NET Updates section of this website, interested parties can also subscribe to a mailing list and receive an email notice when a new O*NET product or an update to the O*NET Database is available.

Are there restrictions on the use of O*NET information?

If use includes developing other products, software, or system applications using the O*NET Database, users are subject to terms and conditions described in the O*NET Database Products User's Agreement. Users are also requested to fill out the Certification Form for O*NET Database Products. The Agreement and the Certification Form are available on the O*NET Database page in the Developer's Corner.

If use includes developing other products based on the O*NET Career Exploration Tools, the individual or organization developing such products is subject to the terms and conditions described in the O*NET Developer's Agreement, and should complete the O*NET Career Exploration Tools Certification Form. This Agreement and Certification Form are available on the O*NET Career Exploration Tools page in the Developer's Corner.

How can I obtain a Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT)? Is there a more recent edition than 1991?

The DOT is being replaced by the O*NET Database, which is accessible through O*NET OnLine. The latest edition of the DOT was published in 1991. Copies of the 1991 DOT are out of print, but an electronic version is available from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Administrative Law Judges external site website.