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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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Iowa Data Dissemination Bureau external site

The Iowa Data Dissemination Bureau provides occupational publications and web reports for employers, job seekers, educators, and economic developers. The publications cover data such as the fastest growing jobs by educational achievement level, the top skill sets, high demand and high wage occupations, and education/training requirements. O*NET occupational skills data, by level of importance and education and training requirements, are used for these projects. external site from external site is an informal career browsing engine dedicated to quick, early analysis of career options. consolidates a variety of O*NET data tables to facilitate career searching based on the user’s personal characteristics. For example, interests can be used as a filtering criteria to show only those careers associated with the user’s interests. There are a number of criteria types to filter on, including personal style, knowledge, and skills, and more generally on salary, expected growth rate, and whether or not a career is considered 'green'. At any point, users can link to any of the O*NET published details for a given career. is intended for use by students and career changers as an initial step in their career search process.

JuvodHR from JuvodHR external site

JuvodHR has developed employee management software based on the O*NET database. The company’s premise is that software should empower employers to make smarter decisions about their employees so they can focus on their core business. In order for that to happen, JuvodHR built a platform to select and organize data from the O*NET database in a format that allows for generating quick, customized, job descriptions, job-based performance reviews, and corrective action notices. This platform connects a performance review directly to the job description. The software walks the user through the performance appraisal process without the need for an HR professional. A score is delivered at the completion of each performance review along with a ranking of employees by job type, allowing comparisons across the same or different jobs. This is a bonus that is only possible due to O*NET data as the basis for building the original job descriptions and providing the valid framework of consistency.

Planning Your Career from Fairbanks Job Center external site

The Fairbanks Job Center in Fairbanks, Alaska offers a weekly workshop, Planning Your Career. The workshop draws young and old participants who explore careers by first taking the O*NET Interest Profiler and Work Importance Locator. The O*NET Ability Profiler is offered as well. The participants are given the O*NET Occupations Combined List to find occupations which match their results. They are shown how to use O*NET OnLine to explore occupations and select language for their resumes. Participants find that the O*NET Related Occupations and Tools and Technology features are very helpful. One client had acquired a computer science degree in the 1970s, with a minor in geology. He looked at O*NET Tools and Technology for geologists and discovered that the university had the courses and training he needed to work in the occupation. Building the required knowledge sets and skills while searching for a job in the appropriate O*NET occupations, he found a job as an entry level geologist.

Career Exploration Program external site from The U.S. Department of Defense external site

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program offers tools to help high school and postsecondary students learn about career exploration and planning. Developers of the ASVAB Program wanted to change its philosophy to emphasize wider career exploration and decision making among its participants. Completely redesigned, the program now uses O*NET data to broaden occupational choices for nearly a million ASVAB participants at more than 14,000 of America’s high schools annually. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of career possibilities suited to their interests and learn to make decisions based on information about themselves and about careers, instead of exploring just a few occupations that match their current abilities.

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