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.
Every Bright Outlook occupation matches at least one of the following criteria:
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 occupations are indicated throughout O*NET OnLine, My Next Move, Mi Próximo Paso, and My Next Move for Veterans. Look for the 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 Próximo 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 Próximo Paso, and My Next Move for Veterans include a career outlook designation for all careers. Each career is listed as having a “Bright,” “Average,” or “Below Average” 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.
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.
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:
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: