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About O*NET

The O*NET Program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Valid data are essential to understanding the rapidly changing nature of work and how it impacts the workforce and U.S. economy. From this information, applications are developed to facilitate the development and maintenance of a skilled workforce.

Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated from input by a broad range of workers in each occupation.

O*NET information is used by millions of individuals every year, including those taking advantage of O*NET Online, My Next Move, and other publicly and privately developed applications. The data have proven vital in helping people find the training and jobs they need, and employers the skilled workers necessary to be competitive in the marketplace.

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Learn more about the O*NET project partners.

About O*NET Data O*NET Applications Starting Points

My Next Move Get started on a new career

My Next Move helps new job seekers, students, and other career explorers investigate over 900 occupations. The interactive web-based tool has easy ways to search careers. The O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form suggests careers matching a person's interests and level of work experience. For those with more concrete goals in mind, the keyword search and industry browse let you quickly zero in on a compelling career path. Easy to read career reports include the most critical on-the-job tasks and skills. Job seekers can also find local salary information, training opportunities, and even job postings, all just a click away. Specialized versions of My Next Move are available that provide targeted services to Veterans (My Next Move for Veterans) and to Spanish speaking career explorers/job seekers (Mi Próximo Paso).

O*NET OnLine Explore O*NET data from your browser

O*NET OnLine is a comprehensive web application for exploring the O*NET database. Customizable occupation reports offer a range of information, from a broad overview to comprehensive detail on a specific subject. Search for occupations with the intuitive keyword search, or browse the entire O*NET-SOC hierarchy; you can even explore across occupations, using Content Model descriptors like abilities and interests. OnLine also offers tools like the Skills Search for job seekers, and the Crosswalk to convert other classifications to the O*NET-SOC taxonomy.

Career Exploration Tools Professional assessment instruments

Using the O*NET Career Exploration Tools, students and workers may explore a range of career directions, based on their interests, work values, and abilities. The computerized assessments and related materials are available as free downloads. In addition, workforce development professionals may be interested in the paper and pencil versions. These can be ordered, or print shop files for these tools can be downloaded and taken to a professional for printing.

Code Connector O*NET-SOC classification made easy

Designed specifically for job coding professionals, O*NET Code Connector makes it easy to match job orders to an occupation in the O*NET-SOC system. With a powerful keyword search and a concise, "at-a-glance" overview of occupations, this web application makes interactive job coding fast and simple.