Additional Initiatives

The O*NET Program periodically highlights groups of occupations to support initiatives from the U.S. Department of Labor. These projects are described below.

The National Center for O*NET Development has identified "Bright Outlook" occupations, where new job opportunities are likely in the next several years. Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, or will have large numbers of job openings.

Criteria

Every Bright Outlook occupation matches at least one of the following criteria:

  • Projected to grow rapidly — These occupations are projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more) over the period 2016-2026. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics external site. The "faster than average" designation comes from the Occupational Outlook Handbook external site.
  • Projected to have large numbers of openings — These occupations are projected to have 100,000 or more job openings over the period 2016-2026. Projected job openings represent openings due to growth and replacement, as estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics external site.

Bright Outlook occupations were initially identified in 2010, using the BLS 2008-2018 employment projections. The list was last revised in 2017, using 2016-2026 projections.

Bright Outlook in O*NET websites

Bright Outlook occupations are indicated throughout O*NET OnLine, My Next Move, Mi Pr贸ximo Paso, and My Next Move for Veterans. Look for the sun icon (Bright Outlook sun icon) to find occupations where job opportunities are likely in the next several years.

The Browse Bright Outlook feature within O*NET OnLine allows the user to focus in on occupations with high growth or a high number of projected job openings. For each Bright Outlook occupation, the user can view a Summary Report with key details. My Next Move, Mi Pr贸ximo Paso, and My Next Move for Veterans also provide the user with easy access to the Bright Outlook careers, so that new job seekers, students, and other career explorers can learn more about promising career opportunities.

My Next Move, Mi Pr贸ximo Paso, and My Next Move for Veterans include a career outlook designation for all careers. Each career is listed as having a 鈥淏right,鈥 鈥淎verage,鈥 or 鈥淏elow Average鈥 outlook, based on the Bright Outlook criteria and projected growth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Full details are available at About My Next Move.

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The National Center for O*NET Development, as part of its efforts to keep up with the changing world of work, investigated the impact of green economy activities and technologies on occupational requirements and the development of New and Emerging (N&E) occupations. Results of the research led to the identification of green economic sectors, green increased demand occupations, green enhanced skills occupations, and green new and emerging (N&E) occupations. These occupations are now reflected in the O*NET-SOC system and are included in the ongoing data collection.

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Green Economy Sectors

Major work activities of the green economy cover a broad spectrum. To efficiently and effectively determine the potential occupational implications of green technology, workplace activities were categorized under different green economy sectors.

To explore the green occupations through O*NET OnLine, click on a sector below to begin:

Occupational Categories

The impact of green economy activities and technologies is rapidly changing the world of work by affecting worker requirements and occupational demand. A multi-stage research and screening process identified occupations in three general categories, each describing different consequences of green economy activities and technologies on occupational performance:

  • Green Increased Demand — The impact of green economy activities and technologies is an increase in the employment demand for an existing occupation. However, this impact does not entail significant changes in the work and worker requirements of the occupation. The work context may change, but the tasks themselves do not.
  • Green Enhanced Skills — The impact of green economy activities and technologies results in a significant change to the work and worker requirements of an existing O*NET-SOC occupation. This impact may or may not result in an increase in employment demand for the occupation. The essential purposes of the occupation remain the same, but tasks, skills, knowledge, and external elements, such as credentials, have been altered.
  • Green New and Emerging — The impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of a new occupation relative to the O*NET taxonomy. This new occupation could be entirely novel or "born" from an existing occupation.
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