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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GetMyFuture from CareerOneStop
CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, has launched the mobile-friendly portal GetMyFuture. The site incorporates the O*NET Mini Interest Profiler and O*NET occupation data to assist users in finding careers they like, as well as entry-level jobs that match their interests. The portal also provides a comprehensive set of resources for job training, job searches, job application and resume preparation, and tutorials to prepare job seekers for interviewing and beginning work in their new jobs.
The California CareerZone (www.cacareerzone.org) includes O*NET assessment tools and the O*NET occupational taxonomy to assist students contemplating college or career. Users may assess their interests, skills, and work values with the O*NET Interest Profiler, Skills Search, and Work Importance Profiler. They may explore and compare occupations by browsing O*NET Job Families and selecting occupations to compare on Job Zone and primary Interest area, as well as on salary, projected growth, and possible college majors. The California CareerZone, part of the California Career Resource Network, is linked from the sites of One Stop Centers throughout the state.
OwlGuru.com from OwlGuru.com
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.
Texas State Technical College launched the Center for Employability Outcomes. The center is largely built around the Common Skills Language Project, that originated at the Texas Workforce Commission using O*NET data. In an effort to get employers, educators and policymakers on the same page for the purposes of economic development planning, the commission began amassing simple, industry-vetted descriptions of skills sought by employers in Texas.
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.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has used O*NET skills data to create the Job Skills Currency Calculator. The calculator finds the estimated monetary value of a job skill in occupations. Skills are categorized into four useful groups that can aid in training and career planning and transitions. The four types of job skills used are: Knowledge Areas, General Work Activities, Detail Work Activities, and Tools & Technologies.
TUcareers.com is researching and building an analytic based framework that is built on O*NET and which can enhance the decision support it provides. One of the main goals is the adoption of O*NET in an International and multi cultural context especially for use in emerging economies (like India) where minimal research exists in career and education related decision making.
Purple Briefcase has recently signed up to use the O*NET Web Services to improve their career assessments. O*NET Web Services is an application programming interface (API) developers can use to display O*NET information in their applications and take advantage of tools such as the occupation keyword search featured in My Next Move and O*NET OnLine. Companies can also integrate O*NET tools into their own website or web-enabled application. Purple Briefcase is planning to incorporate the O*NET Interest Profiler within their website to help students choose their career path in today's job market.
Automated Advisor from Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (CRESMET)
CRESMET is the Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology at Arizona State University. CRESMET developed the Automated Advisor, an online tool that connects students’ results from the O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler and Work Importance Profiler to related O*NET-SOC occupations. The Automated advisor also directs students to related programs and schools.
The Ohio Career Information System (OCIS) provides accurate, comprehensive, current, and relevant occupational information to four target groups: middle-schoolers, high-schoolers, college students, and adult/agency users. Each version of the system is tailored to the needs of the specific group. This well-designed Web site includes special features, such as Spanish translations of the O*NET Interest Profiler and Work Importance Locator. Highlights include information on O*NET New and Emerging occupations, such as Music Therapists and Nanotechnologists, and occupational interviews with interview questions on how the occupation is going “green.”
The West Virginia Rehabilitation Center used O*NET Online to help clients with career exploration. Many clients are students (ages 15-23) who are transitioning from school to work. Students used the Web-based tool to search on keywords related to occupational interests. Because students often have incomplete information about occupations, the data in O*NET OnLine filled out their perspective about the skills and training required for an occupation and provided links to wages and employment outlooks. Adults with disabilities also used O*NET information to transition to jobs using related skills. A firefighter who had been seriously injured on the job discovered through O*NET OnLine that he had skills similar to insurance adjustors. He found a job with an insurance firm that needed adjustors to investigate fire-related claims.
Washington State Employment Security Department offers a free Web site with Five Tools for Rapid Reemployment. It provides a comprehensive system for job searchers with three of the five tools linked to the O*NET database. Users can identify their specific job skills and match them to employers across a wide range of industries that use these basic skills. The site also allows users to identify O*NET occupational codes that are similar to their recent employment experiences. By comparing recent experiences with similar occupations, the user can identify and address skills gaps to make themselves more marketable.
In Texas, Workforce Solutions Alamo and the Alamo Community Colleges use My Next Move and My Next Move for Veterans in their virtual career and placement center, MyAlamoCareer.org. Visitors navigate the center from virtual room to room, accessing career exploration, job search, and educational resources to guide them in their choice of job or career. The virtual Career Assessment Lab features My Next Move as a career exploration resource. In the Veterans Services Room, users may access My Next Move for Veterans to guide them in their transition to the civilian workforce.
Health and medical science career exploration with LifeWorks™ is accomplished through an interactive career development Web site operated by the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Science Education. Driven by O*NET data, the LifeWorks search engine, or Career Finder, offers an array of information on more than 100 health and medical science careers. Staff designed the Web site for middle school and high school students, parents, mentors, teachers, and guidance counselors. As a first step, students scan a list of O*NET Job Families and select the ones that most interest them. Second, they identify the kinds of jobs that suit their interests, using the O*NET interest categories. Third, they select skills they have or want to acquire. The Career Finder then generates a customized list of health-related careers, with brief descriptions, matching the students’ selections. By clicking on a title, students can view job-specific information on the summary page. If they like, they can access details about the occupation, including employment outlook, salary, suggested high school courses, related careers, and more.
The Virginia Education Wizard, a Web site launched in March 2009, was developed by Virginia’s community colleges to bring together information about careers, curriculum, and financial assistance. The site provides adaptations of the O*NET Interest Profiler and the O*NET Work Importance Locator to help students find suitable careers and educational programs that match their selections. The Web site also offers O*NET occupational descriptions to students exploring career options. The community college system hopes the site will encourage more adults to pursue higher education in high- growth career fields.
Women Employed,a national advocate for women's economic advancement, developed Career Coach, a free online career development tool that helps adults explore career options, define career goals, identify education and training resources, and make step-by-step plans to reach their goals. The Web-based program provides users with occupational data available from the O*NET database. It also provides an online version of the O*NET Interest Profiler.
AZCIS is a career information system offered by the Arizona Department of Education. The Web site provides education, career, and occupation information to middle school, high school, college, and adult students in both English and Spanish formats. The O*NET career tools and database are essential components of the career exploration process offered by AZCIS.
Designed by the State Department of Labor, the New York CareerZone Web site is an O*NET delivery system that has revolutionized the way New Yorkers access career information. The NYCareerZone system is now a statewide resource for teachers, counselors, and career center staff. The system engages students and job seekers in career exploration and helps them develop their skills in career planning. Users build electronic portfolios linked to state learning objectives and O*NET-SOC occupational information. NYCareerZone developers incorporated the O*NET Interest Profiler and Skills Search capabilities into the portfolios to help students identify their interests and relate these interests to appropriate career possibilities. Using job profiles drawn from the O*NET database, students can explore specific occupations. The profiles include state-specific wage and outlook information related to the O*NET-SOC occupations and include a link to a state college database.
CareerJournal.com from Wall Street Journal
CareerJournal.com, the Wall Street JournalExecutive Career Site, conducted a study designed to identify the “best careers,” those occupations for which workers report a high degree of satisfaction. CareerJournal contracted the polling firm Harris Interactive to survey workers about their jobs, whether they were satisfied, and what job qualities contributed to their satisfaction. Four factors emerged for jobs held by highly satisfied workers: intellectual stimulation, strong job security, high level of control and freedom of action, and extensive direct contact with customers or clients. After identifying the common factors reported by highly satisfied workers, CareerJournal used occupational data in the O*NET database, looking for O*NET occupations with high ratings related to three of the four contributing factors. (Job security was evaluated with BLS employment projections.) CareerJournal identified eight occupations providing the most satisfying work experience:
- curriculum and instructional coordinators,
- high school special education teachers,
- hospital and clinic managers,
- management consultants and analysts,
- medical researchers,
- physical therapists,
- sales, marketing, and advertising managers, and
- social workers, counselors, and related managers.
CareerDNA is an online career assessment with robust skills analysis and temperament assessments. It helps students and those in transition to assess their own strengths, interests, and possible career paths based on the O*NET database. It provides users a comprehensive picture of personality, demonstrated skills, and career interests.