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O*NET® Products at Work

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration introduced the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to the public in 1998. Since that time, its impact on workforce development, career counseling, educational programming and human resource activities has quickly expanded, both in the U.S. and around the world. O*NET Products at Work provides examples of the widespread use of O*NET OnLine, the O*NET database, the Toolkit for Business, and the O*NET Career Exploration Tools.

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The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services external site

The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services provides career exploration services in the Workforce & Technology Center. Clients learn about their values, interests, talents, and abilities by using a variety of assessments. O*NET OnLine provides an avenue to use this information to explore careers. The convenience of a Web-based system allows clients who have difficulty coming in to a state office the option of doing research at home and sending results to the office via email.

CANEDCOM

CANEDCOM, a Canadian international education development company based in Toronto, is working to install a Career and Vocational Guidance System for the Ministry of Education in Oman in the Middle East. They are using the O*NET Interest Profiler as part of their project to provide career guidance services for high school students, college and vocational training center graduates, and other job seekers. After pilot tests resulted in dissatisfaction with other assessments, CANEDCOM selected the O*NET Interest Profiler because it is an “internationally accepted instrument that has been tested for reliability and validity.” The features that are most desirable for their purposes are:

  • compatibility with Holland's R-I-A-S-E-C interest structure,
  • rich and extensive research history, widely accepted and used by counselors,
  • easy to use and well received by clients,
  • interest items represent a broad variety of occupations and complexity levels,
  • extensive and thorough development effort,
  • client input during all stages,
  • construct validity and reliability evidence, and
  • self-administered and self-interpreted assessment.

Navy Manpower Analysis Center (NAVMAC) external site

The Navy Manpower Analysis Center (NAVMAC) uses O*NET data in its work to develop Occupational Standards (OCCSTDS). Navy OCCSTDS serve as a basis for training and career development in areas such as formal school curricula, onboard training, development of Personnel Advancement Requirements, and development of Navy-wide advancement examinations. The O*NET skills taxonomy is used to categorize task statements as part of the process to develop the Occupational Standards.

Department of the Navy external site

Another project of the Department of the Navy is a Web portal that will be used to collect and analyze Human Systems Integration (HSI) data. The portal will incorporate the O*NET database as well as many of the supporting documents from the O*NET Resource Center, such as the Toolkit for Business and the O*NET taxonomy information. (http://www.nps.edu/or/hsi/) Other Navy projects using O*NET information include the Job Family Structure Working Group charted by Fleet Forces Command Human Capital Object Governance Board (Navy Manpower Analysis Center, 2006), the Navy Integrated Learning Environment (Naval Personnel Development Command, 2004), and the Naval War College Joint Capability Focused, Competency Ba sed Research (Zelibor, Suttie, & Potter, 2008).

Welfare to Work Program

The Welfare to Work Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has developed a set of binders that contain lists of O*NET occupational tasks. Clients hoping to reenter the workforce can compare their previous job experiences to the lists in the binders and select common tasks to include on their resumes. If the client does not find their particular set of skills in the prepared binders, they are referred directly to O*NET OnLine. Using O*NET OnLine, clients find the lists of In Demand occupations to be helpful as well.

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