The Development of Prototype Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Content Model


September 1995

O*NET Development

Norman G. Peterson, Michael D. Mumford American Institutes for Research

Walter C. Borman Personnel Decisions Research Institutes, Inc.

P. Richard Jeanneret Jeanneret & Associates, Inc.

Edwin A. Fleishman Management Research Institute, Inc.


This report describes the initial effort to provide a framework for describing jobs within the twenty-first century. The report begins by examining the forces which gave rise to the need for a new descriptive system. It provides an overview of the proposed system and a justification for the general types of descriptors employed. It then examines the specific variables included in each part of the descriptive model, drawing from prior research and extant theory, to justify inclusion of these variables in a comprehensive Occupational Information Network (O*NET).