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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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Indiana Workforce Development external site

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.

America in the Global Economy from The National Center on Education and the Economy external site

The National Center on Education and the Economy prepared a background paper for the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce. The paper, America in the Global Economy(Uhalde & Strohl, 2006), merges O*NET occupational data with earnings and education data provided by the Current Population Survey (CPS) to identify competencies and skills which are highly valued by employers. The paper goes on to describe a model for determining the probability of off-shoring jobs based on similar merging of O*NET occupational attributes and CPS data.

Career Direct® Complete Guidance System external site from Crown Financial Ministries external site

Career Direct® Complete Guidance System from Crown Financial Ministries has bee O*NET data ever since it became available on CD-ROM. Its use of O*NET information has been integrated more directly with the guidance system since Career Direct went online a few years ago. Career Direct is a self-administered personality, skills, abilities, interests, and work/life values career guidance system. Because many of the system’s users have job titles with a religious element, Career Direct created a crosswalk, translating religious job titles to the closest O*NET occupations. This is similar to using the O*NET Code Connector between Military Occupational Codes and O*NET occupational codes. The system guides the user into exploring O*NET occupations that most closely align with their talents and personal goals.

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. ( 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).

Pathway Builder external site from Profiles International Educational Services Division

Provides participants with an interactive, comprehensive, online experience to plan and monitor their progress from high school through postsecondary education and into the workforce..

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