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 Montana State Human Resource Division relies on O*NET information for employee classification using their broadband classification system. The detailed occupational information in the O*NET database determines the most appropriate title and placement for a given position. O*NET information is compared to the tasks in position descriptions and to required competencies. State job titles and codes are aligned with the O*NET taxonomy to expedite the use of O*NET data for classification and compensation. When government job titles are difficult to match, O*NET task lists, knowledges, skills, abilities, and work activities assist in making needed distinctions.
mySkills myFuture is a Web site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Workforce Investment. The site functions as a skills transferability tool, helping laid-off workers and other career changers find new occupations and job openings to explore. Users enter the title of a current or previous job. The Web site responds with a list of occupations related to their experience through O*NET data on skills, knowledges, and abilities. Users can compare the list of occupations, view occupation details and compare skill requirements, learn about related licenses and apprenticeship programs, and apply for jobs in their local area.
The Newton Transformation Council, in Newton, Iowa, used a U.S. Department of Labor Regional Innovation Grant (RIG) to respond to the closing of the region’s biggest employer, Maytag. Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) was contracted to provide an analysis of the characteristics of the available workforce, using their O*NET-based analysis system. Relying on the results of the analysis, regional leaders were able to recruit alternative energy and high tech companies. Within two years, 1,200 jobs have been developed within industries such as wind turbine blade and steel tower manufacturing, utilities, and information technology companies.
The Office of Foreign Labor Certification within the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment & Training Administration has developed policy guidelines that require state workforce agencies to utilize the O*NET database, including O*NET Job Zones, in determining prevailing wage levels for applications by employers wishing to hire foreign workers. The O*NET database is used to determine the appropriate occupational classification, based on the requirements stated in the employer’s job offer. O*NET Job Zones help with wage determinations by categorizing occupations into levels of experience, education, and training required for the job.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) used O*NET information as presented in the Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) Career Pathways tool to evaluate workforce competencies in northeastern Mississippi. Rebecca Houchin, TVA Research Manager, describes how Career Pathways was able to show that competencies of workers in the declining furniture industry in northeastern Mississippi were 98% compatible with the needs of the auto industry. As a result, a Toyota plant was brought to northeastern Mississippi, providing employment to displaced workers.
Enhancing Skills of Salvadorans in the New Century from The United States Agency for International Development (USAID )
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in El Salvador, through its Economic Growth Office, issued a Request for Task Order Proposal (RFTOP) to implement a workforce development program titled “Enhancing Skills of Salvadorans in the New Century.” The objective of this Task Order is to improve the functioning of the Salvadoran labor market by matching the country’s supply of skilled workers with private sector demands for labor. Occupational research could be used to jump-start curriculum development processes and provide trainers with industry experience and standards. USAID suggests that adapting O*NET classifications of occupational knowledges, skills, and abilities would be one way to help trainers to effectively design curriculum and skills assessments for their trainees.
Washington State Department of Personnel offers a Web site for human resources professionals, managers and supervisors, and state employees. In a section on competencies – “the measurable or observable knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors (KSABs) critical to successful job performance,” the site relies heavily on O*NET descriptions, data, and questionnaires – providing users with links to related O*NET Websites.
IHaveAPlanIowa provides users a planning sequence to help them identify training needs related to career aspirations and local education resources to meet those requirements. Flexible tools help users create resumes and portfolios to organize credentials, experiences, and goals. Users can conduct job searches by exploring local and state job markets. Integrated with the system are professional tools for support staff to allow for review of client portfolios and generation of reports. The online tool relies on both the O*NET database and O*NET Career Exploration Tools.
CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, offers job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals the most comprehensive set of career resources and workforce information on the Web. O*NET products are integrated throughout the site, including the O*NET database, O*NET Career Exploration Tools, and O*NET Tools and Technology (T2).
My Next Move from O*NET Center
My Next Move is an easy to read web-based interactive tool for new job seekers, students, and other career explorers to learn more about their career options.