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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.

O*NET information is relevant to many different audiences. Below you'll find some suggestions for different types of visitors:

Counselors: Connect people to appropriate occupations with resources like the Career Exploration Tools, O*NET OnLine, and OnLine's Skills Search. For self-directed career exploration, My Next Move is a great starting point. If you need to find an O*NET-SOC code for an existing job, try the keyword search at O*NET Code Connector.

Students: Discover occupations you might enjoy, by taking the Interest Profiler and Work Importance Profiler assessments right from your PC. If you've already got an occupation in mind, learn more about it from My Next Move.

Human Resources: The Toolkit for Business contains examples and case studies illustrating how O*NET information can help you with writing job descriptions or helping employees identify necessary skills for advancement. Learn more about occupations using O*NET OnLine.

Researchers: Our Research and Technical Reports section contains over 30 papers on the development and evolution of the O*NET database and tools. For detailed study, download the database itself to directly view the data, as well as statistical metadata describing the quality of the information.

Developers: Everything you need to incorporate O*NET information into your application can be found in the Developer's Corner, including graphics and URLs for linking directly to O*NET OnLine. The Crosswalks page has resources for connecting other systems to the O*NET-SOC taxonomy.

If you have other questions about using O*NET, you might take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions or our Site Map. If you can't find the answer there, feel free to contact O*NET Customer Service (onet@onetcenter.org).