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How does the O*NET Database differ from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles?

A primary difference is the flexibility of the O*NET Database and the depth of information it contains. The DOT contains occupation-specific information for 12,000 occupations. The 900+ occupations in the O*NET Database are related to a common framework that describes job requirements and worker attributes, as well as the content and context of work, using over 275 descriptors. This common framework provides a basis for cross-occupational comparisons versus the static nature of the DOT. While the DOT has its own coding system, the O*NET Database is in compliance with the current federal mandate to follow the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). The O*NET Database is the result of efforts by the U.S. Department of Labor to provide the nation with a new system of occupational information which is relevant to the ever-changing world of work.


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