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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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Classifying US Army Military Occupational Specialties Using the Occupational Information Network external site from Army STARRS external site

The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) research team conducted a study to classify US Army Military occupational specialties with data on the 246 O*NET descriptors. The purpose was to derive scales to study the effects of job conditions on soldier health and job functioning across Army Military Occupation Specialties (MOSs) and Areas of Concentration (AOCs). The team found that O*NET classifications apply effectively to Army MOS/AOCs, enabling a greater understanding of the impact of military job characteristics to soldier outcomes such as job satisfaction, work performance, and health.

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) external site

Military Personnel in Transition at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, provides a comprehensive 5-day Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for personnel leaving military service. As part of this program, the Nebraska Workforce Development Labor Market Information Center presents information on career exploration, employment searches, and training opportunities in the civilian job market. O*NET OnLine is prominently demonstrated as a tool to help TAP participants relate their skills and military experience to appropriate occupations and learn about a wider range of career possibilities as they transition to civilian life and employment. Military personnel can thus tap into the entire range of O*NET occupational information to explore career possibilities in the civilian sector. O*NET OnLine is a key element of the TAP for military personnel in transition.

Navy Manpower Analysis Center (NAVMAC) external site

The Navy Manpower Analysis Center (NAVMAC) uses O*NET data in its work to develop Occupational Standards (OCCSTDS). Navy OCCSTDS serve as a basis for training and career development in areas such as formal school curricula, onboard training, development of Personnel Advancement Requirements, and development of Navy-wide advancement examinations. The O*NET skills taxonomy is used to categorize task statements as part of the process to develop the Occupational Standards.

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. (http://www.nps.edu/or/hsi/) 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).

North Carolina Military Foundation external site

The North Carolina Military Foundation teamed with the North Carolina Military Business Center to create a database and interactive Web site which enables businesses to link their needs to the competencies of troops exiting the military. One of the challenges faced by troops and business leaders alike is identifying the knowledges, skills, and abilities shared by military and civilian jobs. Using a keyword related to a job opening, employers are able to search for related military occupations and information on how many military personnel in these occupations are returning annually to civilian jobs. The user can view additional information about these occupations, including a list of related civilian job titles. Further exploration is available through a link to the related occupations in O*NET OnLine. This Web site helps employers and transitioning military personnel come together through the common language of the O*NET system.

Department of Defense Human Capital Strategy (HCS) from The Office of the Secretary of Defense external site

The Office of the Secretary of Defense enlisted the RAND National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) to convene a panel of experts to provide assistance in refining the implementation of the Department of Defense Human Capital Strategy (HCS). The goal of HCS is to develop a foundation for military personnel management. A major component of this goal is a competency-based occupational analysis system. In the Final Report of the Panel on the Department of Defense Human Capital Strategy (Hanser et al.,2008), the panel members concluded that O*NET “has the potential to provide a framework for developing much of the common language and functionality desired in a new DoD system.”

The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences external site

The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences contracted Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) to evaluate the O*NET system’s usefulness for selection and classification purposes. The evaluation studied the following O*NET descriptors: abilities, skills, generalized work activities [GWAs], and work context. Army Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) as well as trained occupational analysts collected ratings on these descriptors for several Army occupations. Results of this study indicate that an Army occupational analysis system using O*NET descriptors as a foundation would provide a useful common language system with strong links to the civilian occupational database. Such links would provide substantial benefits for recruitment and rapid mobilization efforts.

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.