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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Indiana Workforce Development is responding to dramatic shifts in the economy by helping workers transfer their skills from a declining occupation to one that is in economic demand. This workforce development agency uses the O*NET database as a primary tool for making multiple comparisons which identify where knowledges, skills, and abilities overlap or where gaps exist across occupations. When the Northern Indiana recreational vehicle industry declined, the skills of laid-off workers were compared with skills required to perform growth occupations in the region. Then community colleges in the area could develop curricula to train displaced workers in the skills that demand occupations require and that are currently lacking in the regional workforce. Skills that workers transferred from their former jobs paired with “gap skills” developed through new training prepared workers for jobs related to orthopedic products and medical devices manufacturing.
Fors Marsh Group has used O*NET data as the foundation of a career mapping program for the Department of Veterans Affairs (Mycareer@VA). O*NET job analytic data has saved the VA countless time and money in the initial development and maintenance of their program which serves over 300K+ employees of the VA as well as thousands of prospective applicants.
OptimalResume™ provides colleges and universities with a customizable, comprehensive, Web-based application for students to create, present, and manage resumes. OptimalResume has integrated portions of the O*NET database into their online application. Students can reference O*NET information to create targeted resumes for specific employers and occupations. The Web application makes it easy to search careers by job family, high growth industry, or STEM discipline and view key occupational information, such as required tasks, knowledges, skills, abilities, and work activities.
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation incorporated O*NET information into their Employment Institute, a two-part training program required for everyone who provides direct services to clients. Trainees are shown how to use O*NET OnLine to address the vocational goals of clients, looking at tasks, skills required, work environments and potential barriers. Training also shows counselors how to use the O*NET Code Connector to link a client’s past job title to an appropriate O*NET occupation.
Rotman Research Institute used O*NET data for a National Institutes of Health study on occupation attributes and dementia. The O*NET database proved to be an invaluable resource, providing comparable variables across a wide range of occupations. The database provided a basis for the assessment of the characteristics of patients' occupations and for the subsequent task of relating these characteristics to cognitive style and brain degeneration in various forms of dementia.