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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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OwlGuru.com from OwlGuru.com external site

OwlGuru.com is using O*NET data to help students to find a career that is right for them based on the RIASEC model. Additional filters like salary and education level are used.

The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market from National Bureau of Economic Research external site

David Deming, associate professor of education and economics at Harvard University conducted a study of social skills in the workplace. He demonstrates that high-paying, difficult-to-automate jobs increasingly require social skills. Nearly all job growth since 1980 has been in occupations that are relatively social-skill intensive, while jobs that require high levels of analytical and mathematical reasoning, but low levels of social interaction, jobs that are comparatively easy to automate, have fared comparatively poorly. Using O*NET data about the tasks and abilities that occupations require, he measured the economic return of social skills, after controlling for factors like cognitive skill, years of education and occupation.

SkillsEngine external site from Texas State Technical College external site

The SkillsEngine based on the O*NET Content Model, was developed by the Center for Employability Outcomes at Texas State Technical College. The beta version quickly translates text into high quality skills data for any application using the new Competency API.

SkillObject Designer® external site from The SkillsNET Foundation external site

The SkillsNET Foundation provides open-resource solutions for human-capital management, WIB regional skill systems, and other large-scale knowledges, skills, abilities, and competence framework systems. The SkillsNET Foundation has used the O*NET Content Model in the development of SkillObject Designer®, a Web-based job analysis tool. Included in this product are O*NET data on knowledges, skills, abilities, generalized work activities, and tools. SkillsNET Designer is a resource for large, complex organizations, requiring inputs from incumbents, subject matter experts, supervisors, and strategic decision makers.

Transferable Occupation Relationship Quotient TORQ ™ external site from Workforce Associates, Inc. external site

TORQ™, the Transferable Occupation Relationship Quotient, by Workforce Associates, Inc., relies on O*NET knowledges, skills, and abilities data to assess the relationships of worker requirements between occupations. The TORQ Web site explains that TORQ “generates a single number between 0 and 100, measuring the transferability of workers from one occupation to another. TORQ expands the notion of career pathways into a interconnected web of possibilities based on the factors that really matter for career mobility – not a specific job that someone is doing or has done, but what someone is capable of doing.” Labor market information systems can use TORQ as one of their tools for workforce development, economic development, and career exploration. Because TORQ integrates the latest O*NET data, it is consistently up-to-date and in sync with current LMI systems.

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