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December 2017 Military Transition Search (as used in My Next Move for Veterans)

The focus of the My Next Move for Veterans site is career exploration, providing information on civilian occupations and tools to discover and compare the variety of career opportunities. Using the Military Transition Search as a starting point, a veteran may find their most satisfying match in a career that’s similar to, but not an exact equivalent for, their position in the military. Thus, a major goal of the search is to connect users to civilian career information as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Elements of the Military Transition Search are also used in O*NET OnLine and O*NET Web Services.

May 2017 A Weighted O*NET Keyword Search (WWS)

A keyword search is an important option for customers engaged in career exploration. Access to a search allows them to use titles or activities to generate a targeted list of occupations to potentially explore. Many general-purpose algorithms exist for searching large text documents; however, the smaller, highly structured text items included in the O*NET database call for different search techniques.

Several approaches have been used to produce a keyword search for finding O*NET occupations; this document outlines the past approaches and presents the latest algorithm used within the My Next Move, O*NET OnLine, and O*NET Code Connector applications. As with all O*NET products, the keyword search is subject to a continuous improvement philosophy, with search results and customer feedback used to drive potential future enhancements.

January 2017 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 17 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 17, comprising 116 occupations.

January 2017 O*NET Analyst Occupational Skills Ratings: Analysis Cycle 17 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of skills information for Analysis Cycle 17, comprising 116 occupations.

April 2016 Linking Client Assessment Profiles to O*NET® Occupational Profiles Within the O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form and Mini Interest Profiler (Mini-IP)

The purpose of this report is to describe how client interest assessment profiles are linked to O*NET-SOC occupational profiles by means of the O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form and O*NET Mini Interest Profiler (Mini-IP), two versions of the O*NET Interest Profiler. The Short Form and Mini-IP were developed to enable clients to quickly and accurately identify their work-related interests and use them to identify careers for exploration. The Mini-IP was specifically developed for use in mobile settings where it is ideal to have an interest measure that can be completed rapidly and easily. Both the Short Form and Mini-IP will greatly benefit career counseling settings where there is limited time for interest assessment and discussion and in employment centers where individuals may have a restricted amount of time for computer work.

April 2016 Identification of “Hot Technologies” within the O*NET® System

This paper describes the O*NET Center’s initial identification of “Hot Technologies.” A “Hot Technology” is a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings. The concept of hot technologies was developed in order to enable a wide variety of customers to learn what types of software skills are in demand within the current United States economy. The hot technologies are incorporated within the primary O*NET websites. Hot technologies are distinguished by a fire icon. In the near future, the hot technology information will be available within the O*NET Web Services.

March 2016 Examining the Efficacy of Emoji Anchors for the O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form

This report presents the results of two studies intended to test the use of an emoji-anchored scale for use in the O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form (Short-IP, Rounds, Su, Lewis & Rivkin, 2010). An emoji-anchored scale uses ideograms symbolizing facial expressions for each point on the response scale, rather than traditional text descriptions (e.g., “strongly like”). Emojis have become widely recognized and are automatically incorporated into most technological communication (e.g., text messaging keyboards on Apple and Android phones; built-in options for expressing mood in Facebook statuses and Gmail communication).

March 2016 Development of an O*NET® Mini Interest Profiler (Mini-IP) for Mobile Devices: Psychometric Characteristics

This report summarizes the developmental research to create the O*NET Mini Interest Profiler (Mini-IP), a shorter 30-item version of the Interest Profiler Short Form (Short-IP). The impetus for shortening the Interest Profiler was to develop brief RIASEC scales for use in mobile settings where it is ideal to have an interest measure that can be completed rapidly and easily.

November 2015 O*NET Alternate Titles Procedures

O*NET Alternate Titles represent a list of alternate or lay titles that are linked to O*NET occupations, helping customers gain a better understanding of these occupations and aiding them in their occupational searches. This paper details the multi-method data collection approach used to populate the Alternate Titles. Data sources include incumbent/occupational expert data, employer job postings, Occupational Code Assignment (OCA) submissions, transactional analyses, customer and professional group requests, additional occupational classification systems, and other miscellaneous sources.

September 2015 O*NET Analyst Occupational Skills Ratings: Analysis Cycle 16 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of skills information for Analysis Cycle 16, comprising 102 occupations.

September 2015 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 16 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 16, comprising 102 occupations.

Fall 2015 O*NET Products at Work

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. Hyperlinks provide access to further information on many of the users.

For more information, see O*NET Products at Work.

June 2015 Related Detailed Work Activity (DWA) Search

The Related Detailed Work Activity (DWA) Search at O*NET OnLine is a career exploration tool for workers looking to transition to a different occupation while leveraging their current experience with specific work activities. The tool allows a customer to select one or more detailed work activities from their current occupation. It then lists occupations which also perform one or more of the same activities. Using OnLine’s extensive report features, customers can explore listed occupations to find out more about the work duties, education requirements, job prospects, and other factors which influence their career decisions.

June 2015 Related Task Search

The Related Task Search at O*NET OnLine is a career exploration tool for workers looking to transition to a different occupation while leveraging their current experience with specific work occupational tasks. The tool allows a customer to select one or more occupation-specific tasks from their current occupation. It then lists occupations with tasks similar to the selected ones. Using OnLine’s extensive report features, customers can explore listed occupations to find out more about the work duties, education requirements, job prospects, and other factors which influence their career decisions.

June 2015 Tools and Technology Search

The Tools and Technology (T2) search in O*NET OnLine enables customers to explore careers through 60,000+ examples of machines, equipment, tools, and software used by workers on the job. Developers may use O*NET Web Services to include the search in their own applications. Because T2 examples are concrete and specific, workers can easily relate to the daily activities on the job. The specific examples are also classified within a multi-level hierarchy, which bridges together occupations with similar but not identical examples. This combination of specificity and broader connectivity makes T2 data well suited for a career exploration search.

June 2015 2015 OMB Clearance Package

As part of the effort to maintain O*NET data collection, the Department of Labor periodically seeks extension of its current clearance from the Office of Management and Budget. These documents were initially prepared in fall 2014.

For more information, see OMB Clearance.

May 2015 O*NET Analyst Occupational Ratings: Linkage Revisit

This report summarizes work conducted in late 2014 and early 2015 to revisit linkages between the 52 abilities in the O*NET Content Model and a subset of physically-oriented GWA and WC statements. This effort was carried out in response to user feedback indicating that ratings on physical and psychomotor abilities for some occupations seemed to be different than would be expected intuitively. The updated linkage data provide the most current information for use by the analysts. This data will be in effect going forward beginning with the Analysis Cycle 16 data collection effort.

April 2015 Ranking Detailed Work Activities (DWAs) Within O*NET® Occupational Profiles

This report describes the procedure used to rank order detailed work activities (DWAs) for each O*NET-SOC occupation. It also describes the steps taken in the development of the procedure.​

December 2014 O*NET Analyst Occupational Skills Ratings: Analysis Cycle 15 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of skills information for Analysis Cycle 15, comprising 126 occupations.

December 2014 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 15 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 15, comprising 126 occupations.

March 2014 My Next Move Desk Aid

This convenient, two-page desk aid provides a ready and useful overview of the key search features and content available in My Next Move.

For more information, see My Next Move.

March 2014 My Next Move for Veterans Desk Aid

This convenient, two-page desk aid provides a ready and useful overview of the key search features and content available in My Next Move for Veterans.

For more information, see My Next Move for Veterans.

March 2014 Mi Próximo Paso Desk Aid

This convenient, two-page desk aid provides a ready and useful overview of the key search features and content available in Mi Próximo Paso.

Este documento de ayuda de dos páginas es práctico y proporciona un resumen accesible y útil de las funciones importantes de búsqueda y contenido disponibles en Mi Próximo Paso.

February 2014 O*NET Work Activities Project Technical Report

This report describes the purpose, methodology, and results of the Work Activities Project conducted by the National Center for O*NET Development. The primary objectives of the project included updating the O*NET Database of Detailed Work Activities (DWAs) and enhancing their utility and usability for career exploration and other human resources functions. The report is organized into sections that describe work activities, the methodology used in the development and refinement of the work activities, results and discussion of the project, and the application of revised work activities data, including future developments and enhancements.

February 2014 Spanish Keyword Search (as used in Mi Próximo Paso)

Mi Próximo Paso is a career exploration website modeled after the English- language site My Next Move. A central feature of My Next Move is its keyword search, which suggests O*NET-SOC occupations based on a job title or descriptive phrase. Adapting the existing keyword search for a Spanish language website posed interesting challenges. This document outlines the search as implemented in Mi Próximo Paso. It also discusses some of the design decisions made, and testing methods used to ensure the accuracy and utility of the search results.

December 2013 Greening of the World of Work: O*NET Project's Book of References

This book of references was developed to assist users in learning more about the greening of the world of work. References are provided for each of the 12 sectors of the green economy identified by the O*NET Project, as well as the green economy as a whole. These articles, books, trade publications, technical reports, and websites were used to define the green economy and green economic sectors; and identify and define different types of green occupations. To keep up with the changing green economy, bi-annual updates of this important reference will be made available.

November 2013 O*NET Analyst Occupational Skills Ratings: Analysis Cycle 14 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of skills information for Analysis Cycle 14, comprising 106 occupations.

November 2013 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 14 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 14, comprising 106 occupations.

August 2013 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 13 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 13, comprising 108 occupations.

August 2013 O*NET Analyst Occupational Skills Ratings: Analysis Cycle 13 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of skills information for Analysis Cycle 13, comprising 108 occupations.

June 2013 Occupational Interest Profiles for New and Emerging Occupations in the O*NET System: Summary

This report summarizes the effort to populate Occupational Interest Profiles (OIPs) for occupations new to the O*NET-SOC 2010. These new occupations are either new and emerging occupations or occupations identified within the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification. OIPs were developed by generating RIASEC (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional) interest profiles for the new occupations. OIPs provide an important link between the O*NET system and interest-based assessments used in career counseling and other applied settings. Expert rating methodologies and analyses are included within the report.

September 2012 The Development and Evaluation of a New O*NET Related Occupations Matrix

This report describes the research and methodology developed to generate two new Related Occupations Matrices (ROMs) for O*NET users. The first is geared toward Career Changers, individuals who are looking to easily transfer into a new occupation that best match their existing skills, education and work experience. The second is developed for Career Starters, individuals entering the job market who are looking for occupations that match their interests and other personal characteristics. Given the evolution of the O*NET taxonomy that has occurred since its initial development and with abundance of new occupational data available, the O*NET project embarked on an effort to update the ROMs using a methodology that would allow for future updates as new versions of the O*NET database are released. This was accomplished by (a) reviewing current O*NET user needs, (b) developing a framework for the ROMs that best meets those needs, (c) developing and testing multiple matching algorithms, and (d) evaluating the new ROMs in terms of other descriptors.

May 2012 Occupational Value Profiles for New and Emerging Occupations in the O*NET System: Summary

This report summarizes the development of Occupational Value Profiles (OVPs) for new occupations introduced with O*NET-SOC 2010. This work was undertaken due to the addition of new and emerging occupations and occupations identified within the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification. The goal of the development was to use updated O*NET data to develop OVPs consisting of six work values (e.g., Achievement, Autonomy, Recognition, Relationships, Support and Working Conditions) that characterize the nature of the work and conditions of the work environment. This report provides a summary of the expert rating procedures and analyses used to produce these new ratings.

April 2012 2012 OMB Clearance Package

As part of the effort to maintain O*NET data collection, the Department of Labor periodically seeks extension of its current clearance from the Office of Management and Budget. These documents were initially prepared in fall 2011, and revised in spring 2012; clearance was granted on June 25, 2012.

For more information, see OMB Clearance.

February 2012 O*NET Analyst Occupational Skills Ratings: Procedures Update

This report provides an update of the skills ratings procedures. These methods for Cycle 12 were modified to take into account occupations that have been previously rated in earlier cycles. New occupations, rated for the first time, used previously established procedures. Modified procedures were used for occupation being rated for a second time so that previous ratings could be included in the rating process. These modified rating procedures will be used in the future, since the majority of occupations will have been rated at least one time.

February 2012 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Procedures Update

This report provides an update of the ability ratings procedures. These methods for Cycle 12 were modified to take into account occupations that have been previously rated in earlier cycles. New occupations, rated for the first time, used previously established procedures. Modified procedures were used for occupations being rated for a second time, so that previous ratings could be included in the rating process. These modified rating procedures will be used in the future, since the majority of occupations will have been rated at least one time.

February 2012 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 12 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 12, comprising 107 occupations.

February 2012 O*NET Analyst Occupational Skills Ratings: Analysis Cycle 12 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of skills information for Analysis Cycle 12, comprising 107 occupations.

February 2012 O*NET OnLine Desk Aid

This convenient, two-page desk aid provides a ready and useful overview of the key search features and content available in O*NET OnLine.

For more information, see O*NET OnLine.

December 2011 Greening of the World of Work: Revisiting Occupational Consequences

This report provides a follow-up on the state of the green economy since the original 2009 Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations. Organized into five sections, Section I briefly describes the 2009 report, discussing the contributions of the occupational greening concept to the world of work and the adoption of the concept into numerous O*NET products and tools. Section II summarizes the 12 green sectors and presents substantial changes in green activities and technologies, comparing the occupational implications described in the 2009 report to current occupational implications. Section III discusses key challenges faced by the world of work due to the greening of occupations. Section IV summarizes the review of 24 candidate Green New and Emerging occupations, original identified in the 2009 report, for inclusion in the current O*NET-SOC taxonomy. Finally, Section V summarizes general conclusions on the current state of the green economy.

May 2011 O*NET Center Tools and Technology Quality Control Processes

The purpose of this report is to describe the Tools and Technology (T2) quality control (QC) processes conducted by the National Center for O*NET Development (O*NET Center). The O*NET Center performs T2 QC processes to meet two primary objectives: incorporate the different sources of T2 objects (tools or technology examples) into one file with a consistent presentation and file structure; and ensure that O*NET customers receive quality, accurate, and face-valid lists of T2 for each occupation. This report provides details on the processes performed by Center staff to attain these objectives.

March 2011 Summary of Procedures for O*NET Task Updating and New Task Generation

This report was developed to describe the procedures for updating existing O*NET tasks and writing new O*NET tasks (e.g., New and Emerging (N&E) tasks and green tasks). The procedural report provides a series of successive steps that are followed, including researching, reviewing, revising, and writing task statements for use in the O*NET system. Throughout these actions, Internet-based information sources serve a primary role in supporting and informing task revision and writing. Using online resources to collect task data is intended to be more expedient, more manageable, and less costly than other methods such as direct surveying. Task writing training procedures to ensure quality are also described.

January 2011 Updating Occupational Ability Profiles with O*NET Content Model Descriptors

This paper describes the update of the Occupational Ability Profiles (OAPs) used with the O*NET Ability Profiler Career Exploration Tool and scoring program. Procedures used to link O*NET descriptors to abilities measured by the O*NET Ability Profiler are described. Analyses used to determine the most effective way to develop new OAPs using updated O*NET occupational information are presented. The research described was conducted using O*NET 13.0 database. (Note that the OAPs included in the O*NET Ability Profiler Scoring Program (APSP), Version 4, were developed using the O*NET 15.0 database. The APSP will be updated annually, following the release of new versions of the O*NET database.)

Validation results indicate that the new OAPs are appropriate for matching individual scores on the Ability Profiler to occupations found in the O*NET system. Furthermore, comparing the new OAPs to those originally computed suggest that both are measuring similar aspects of an individual's abilities, but are also clearly distinct. The new OAPs enable users to take advantage of the most up-to-date occupational information in their career search, using their abilities to explore the world of work.

December 2010 O*NET Analyst Occupational Skills Ratings: Analysis Cycle 11 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of skills information for Analysis Cycle 11, comprising 120 occupations.

December 2010 Updating the O*NET-SOC Taxonomy: Incorporating the 2010 SOC Structure

This report describes the O*NET-SOC 2010 taxonomy structure based on the 2010 SOC. A summary of the taxonomy revision process and implementation of resulting changes is provided. The February 2011 release of the O*NET 15.1 database incorporates the alignment of codes, titles, and definitions with the 2010 SOC and the addition of new and emerging (N&E) occupations to the O*NET-SOC taxonomy. The appendices below outline the O*NET-SOC 2010 taxonomy and changes that occurred from transitioning to the 2010 SOC.

For additional occupational listings and files, visit the O*NET-SOC Taxonomy page.

November 2010 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 11 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 11, comprising 120 occupations.

November 2010 O*NET Green Task Development Project

This document describes the process for green task development for the O*NET green occupations. The impact of the green economy resulted in changes to work and worker requirements and the generation of unique work and worker requirements for green enhanced skills and green new and emerging (N&E) occupations. To reflect these changes, it was necessary for the occupations to undergo a green task development process. 138 green enhanced skills and green new and emerging (N&E) occupations were included in green task development. As a result of the process, a total of 1,369 green tasks were identified/developed and are included in the O*NET Green Task File (Appendix A).

All green occupations will have an initial list of green task statements in the O*NET 16.0 database release (June 2011). In addition, a subset of these tasks will have importance, level, and frequency ratings. In the future, other green tasks will be updated with ratings information.

November 2010 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 10 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 10, comprising 192 occupations (75 of which were rated previously in Cycle 9).

September 2010 Linking Client Assessment Profiles to O*NET Occupational Profiles Within the O*NET Ability Profiler

The information contained in this report is based on sections of the report Linking Client Assessment Profiles to O*NET Occupational Profiles (1999). The report describes the procedures used to compare and match a client's assessment profiles obtained from one or more of the O*NET Career Exploration Tools to O*NET-SOC occupation profiles. The report describes the corresponding algorithms developed for clients using a single O*NET tool and for clients using multiple tools. In order to link individuals' scores to O*NET-SOC occupations within O*NET Ability Profiler, the previous linkage methodology has been revised to work effectively using updated O*NET occupational data.

June 2010 O*NET Analyst Occupational Skills Ratings: Cycles 1 - 10 Results

This report presents the results of the occupational analyst ratings for the 35 skills in the O*NET content model for 831 unique occupations.

March 2010 O*NET Analyst Occupational Skills Ratings: Procedures

The information that populates the O*NET database is collected from three primary sources: incumbents, occupational experts, and occupational analysts. Job Incumbents represent the source for much of the information in the O*NET database, including: occupational tasks, generalized work activities, knowledge, education and training, work styles, and work context areas. Abilities and skills data are produced by occupational analysts.

This paper provides a description of the analyst skills ratings procedure that includes the: skill rating process, development of stimulus material, analyst criteria and training, and rating analysis on the 35 skill constructs. The procedure mirrors those established for collecting ability ratings as described in O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Procedures (Donsbach, Tsacoumis, Sager, & Updegraff, 2003).

February 2010 Linking Client Assessment Profiles to O*NET Occupational Profiles Within the O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form

This report describes how client interest assessment profiles are linked to O*NET-SOC occupational profiles by means of the O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form, one of the O*NET Career Exploration Tools. The O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form was developed to enable clients to quickly and accurately identify their work-related interests and use them to identify careers for exploration. The linkage methodology described in this report is a modification of the previous linkage methodology used with other forms of the O*NET Interest Profiler.

February 2010 O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form Psychometric Characteristics: Summary

This report summarizes the initial development research to create a short form of the O*NET Interest Profiler. The primary objective was to develop brief RIASEC scales for use in counseling and consulting settings where it is helpful to have an interest measure that can be completed in a very short period of time. A secondary objective was to increase the endorsement rate for the Enterprising scale. Initial research on the psychometric properties of the instrument indicates acceptable levels of reliability and convergent and discriminant validity. Item selection in the development of the O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form has successfully increased the endorsement rate for the Enterprising scale.

March 2009 New and Emerging Occupations of the 21st Century: Updating the O*NET-SOC Taxonomy

This report provides an overview of the O*NET-SOC 2009 taxonomy. The June 2009 release of the O*NET 14.0 database incorporates 153 new and emerging (N&E) occupations identified within 17 in-demand industry clusters. In addition to the report that summarizes the update and implementation, two useful appendices are provided. Appendix A is a listing of occupations in the O*NET-SOC 2009 taxonomy and Appendix B lists the included N&E occupations.

For additional occupational listings and files, visit the O*NET-SOC Taxonomy page.

February 2009 Greening of the World of Work: Implications for O*NET-SOC and New and Emerging Occupations

This report summarizes the recent research to investigate the impact of green economy activities and technologies on occupational requirements in an effort to determine their impact on current O*NET-SOC occupations and to identify new and emerging (N&E) occupations that may be considered as potential candidates for inclusion in the O*NET-SOC system. The report is organized in three sections. Section I describes the occupational implications of the green economy and its associated activities and technologies. Section II focuses on important occupational staffing implications within different sectors of the green economy. Section III describes the methodology and results of this research, including identification of current O*NET-SOC occupations impacted by the green economy and specific green economy N&E occupational candidates.

February 2009 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 9 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 9, comprising 106 occupations.

December 2008 2008 OMB Clearance Package

As part of the effort to maintain O*NET data collection, the Department of Labor periodically seeks extension of its current clearance from the Office of Management and Budget. These documents were prepared for the 2008 request.

For more information, see OMB Clearance.

June 2008 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 8 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 8, comprising 100 occupations.

June 2008 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 7 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 7, comprising 101 occupations.

June 2008 Second Generation Occupational Interest Profiles for the O*NET System: Summary

This report summarizes the development of new Occupational Interest Profiles (OIPs) for all occupations that are represented in O*NET-SOC classification. This work was undertaken due to changes in the O*NET database content and structure including 9 updates to the data, changes to the O*NET-SOC taxonomy, and the addition of new and emerging occupations. The goal of the development was to use updated O*NET data in an expert rating procedure to develop OIPs consisting of six numerical scores corresponding to one of six interest areas (e.g., Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, Conventional). The resulting OIPs serve as an excellent description of the types of interests that can be satisfied by a given occupation. High point interest codes were also developed for each occupation. A more comprehensive study report will soon be available for download.

June 2008 Second Generation Occupational Value Profiles for the O*NET System: Summary

This report summarizes the development of new Occupational Value Profiles (OVPs) for all occupations that are represented in O*NET-SOC classification. This work was undertaken due to changes in the O*NET database content and structure including 9 updates to the data, changes to the O*NET-SOC taxonomy, and the addition of new and emerging occupations. The goal of the development was to use updated O*NET data to develop OVPs consisting of six work values (e.g., Achievement, Autonomy, Recognition, Relationships, Support and Working Conditions) that characterize the nature of the work and conditions of the work environment. This report provides a summary of the expert rating procedures and analyses used to produce these new ratings. A more comprehensive study report will soon be available for download.

March 2008 Procedures for O*NET Job Zone Assignment

The Job Zone classification provides O*NET users a guide to the vocational preparation levels (e.g., education, training, and work experience) of O*NET-SOC occupations. With each new O*NET database update, approximately 100 occupations are classified or re-classified within the vocational preparation five-level Job Zone system. This document provides a detailed description of the procedure by which incoming O*NET data and other information contribute to the assignment of occupations to Job Zones.

December 2006 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 6 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 6, comprising 100 occupations.

May 2006 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 5 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 5, comprising 91 occupations.

April 2006 A Comparison of Incumbent and Analyst Ratings of O*NET Skills

This report describes a comparison study of skills ratings made by trained occupational analysts to skills ratings made by job incumbents. Ratings were compared across a large sample of O*NET-SOC occupations. Ratings were reviewed, including the psychometric quality. Results indicated that the ratings made by analysts were very similar to ratings made by incumbents. The methodology and results of the study are presented in this report.

March 2006 Updating the O*NET-SOC Taxonomy

This report provides an overview of O*NET-SOC 2006 taxonomy. The June 2006 release of the O*NET 10.0 database represents the first broad change to the O*NET taxonomy since the OMB mandated conversion to the SOC in 2000. In addition to the report that summarizes the update and implementation, 3 useful appendices are provided. Appendix A is a listing of occupations by type of change, Appendix B lists the occupations in the O*NET-SOC 2006 Data Collection Plan, and Appendix C lists occupations populated with revised legacy analyst data.

March 2006 O*NET Tools and Technology: A Synopsis of Data Development Procedures

Learn about the "tools and technology" (T2) now included in O*NET Online and as supplemental files in the O*NET database. T2 development focuses on collecting machines, equipment, tools, information technology, and software that are important to occupational performance. Emphasis is placed on cutting-edge technologies and emerging workplace practices. T2 data will be valuable for O*NET applications such as workforce development, employee training, and vocational and career guidance.

March 2006 New and Emerging (N&E) Occupations Methodology Development Report

This report describes a process for identifying, evaluating, and incorporating New and Emerging (N&E) occupations which will be added to the O*NET-SOC classification system. The effort to identify N&E occupations is driven by the evolving nature of workforce requirements stemming from changes in technology, society, law, and business practices. Incorporating N&E occupations into the O*NET system makes O*NET information more beneficial and responsive to the needs of its many users in both the public and private sector.

November 2005 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 4 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 4, comprising 100 occupations.

September 2005 2005 OMB Clearance Package

As part of the effort to maintain O*NET data collection, the Department of Labor periodically seeks extension of its current clearance from the Office of Management and Budget. These documents were prepared for the 2005 request.

For more information, see OMB Clearance.

April 2005 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 3 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 3, comprising 109 occupations.

November 2004 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 2 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 2, comprising 126 occupations.

November 2003 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Analysis Cycle 1 Results

This report describes the results of analyst ratings of abilities information for Analysis Cycle 1, comprising 54 occupations.

August 2003 O*NET Analyst Occupational Abilities Ratings: Procedures

This paper provides a description of the analyst data collection, including the preparation and distribution of the occupational data, the steps associated with the ratings process, and the collection and management of the ability ratings.

March 2003 Summary Report: Updating the Detailed Work Activities

This report describes the development of Detailed Work Activities (DWAs) included in the O*NET system. DWAs provide information on the common work activities required across occupations by coding the work activities to O*NET-SOC occupations. They provide a level of description between O*NET's General Work Activities and more detailed tasks. The DWA development work evolved from the USDOL/ETA Labor Exchange Skills Project as well as user feedback. DWAs have been incorporated into web applications such as America's Career InfoNet external site, O*NET OnLine, and O*NET Code Connector.

March 2003 A Preliminary Analysis of Occupational Task Statements from the O*NET Data Collection Program

This report describes the methodology used in the analysis of occupational task statements for the O*NET database, beginning with the 5.0/5.1 release. The analysis included a review of current tasks drawn from a sample set of occupations and an analysis of write-in statements provided by job incumbents. The study provides a recommended procedure for identifying which of the current task statements are critical to the occupation and for a standardized process to analyze the write-in task.

July 2002 2002 OMB Clearance Package

As part of the effort to maintain O*NET data collection, the Department of Labor periodically seeks extension of its current clearance from the Office of Management and Budget. These documents were prepared for the 2002 request.

For more information, see OMB Clearance.

June 2002 Appendix D - The Development of the Occupational Information (O*NET) Analyst Database

O*NET databases from O*NET 98 to O*NET 4.0 were populated using data supplied by occupational analysts. To develop this data, analysts evaluated and refined existing occupational data, then extrapolated these data to the O*NET content model. Originally published as part of the O*NET 98 Data Dictionary, this document describes the process. New data is currently being collected that will gradually replace the existing analyst data. Questionnaires are being used to collect data for 4 O*NET Content Model domains, with analyst ratings being used to update a 5th domain.

October 2001 Protocol for Matching O*NET Work Context Questionnaire Item Response Scale Values Between the Original "Analyst" Form and the Revised Incumbent Form

This report provides the method for converting the rating scale anchor values in the original work context questionnaire to the corresponding anchor values in the current questionnaire.

October 2001 Combining Original "Analyst" O*NET Skill Questionnaire Constructs to Form More General Constructs for the Revised Incumbent Questionnaire

This report provides the rationale, supporting evidence, and plan for rolling-up fifteen skill constructs in the original skills survey questionnaire to form four new constructs in the current questionnaire.

October 2001 Summary of O*NET 4.0 Content Model and Database

This report provides an overview of the O*NET 4.0 content model and database. In addition to the overview, two useful tables are provided. Appendix B lists all of the elements in the O*NET Content Model and indicates in which database version — 3.1, 4.0, or 5.1 — where ratings will be available. Appendix C list the elements in O*NET 4.0 for which no data currently exists, but that will exist in O*NET 5.1 and subsequent versions.

May 2001 Transitioning O*NET to the Standard Occupational Classification

This report describes the conversion process that O*NET's classification structure underwent to become compliant with the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). The Office of Management and Budget recently required all federal agencies responsible for collecting occupational information to comply with the SOC structure. This report explains this conversion process and provides examples of the various types of linkages between the SOC occupations and O*NET occupations that constitute the coding system in O*NET 3.1. The report also provides a complete mapping between SOC occupations, O*NET 98 occupational units, and O*NET 3.1 (O*NET-SOC) occupations. The mapping to O*NET-SOC occupations remains unchanged with subsequent database versions.

March 2001 Pilot Test Results: Testing Subject Matter Expert Methodology for Collecting Occupational Information for O*NET

The primary method for collecting O*NET occupational information is to ask job incumbents from business establishments to rate the O*NET occupational descriptors (United States Department of Labor, 1999). However, subject matter experts (SMEs) may serve as the source of data for new and emerging occupations and those in which reaching incumbents is particularly difficult. This report describes a pilot study of this supplemental approach for data collection.

October 2000 Revision of O*NET Data Collection Instruments

The O*NET database contains several hundred variables that represent descriptors of work and worker characteristics. In order to remain current with occupational changes, the O*NET program collects data on a continuous basis. O*NET is also continually working to improve the quality of the data, which sometimes involves changing the variables for which data are collected. The Revision of O*NET Data Collection Instruments documents changes made to the O*NET data collection instruments used to collect data beginning in 1999. The response rate using these revised instruments was significantly improved compared to previous versions.

The changes to data variables documented in this report are not reflected in either the O*NET 98 database or the O*NET 3.1 database, but are reflected in the O*NET 4.0 database and subsequent database versions. Please note the updated appendices, especially Appendix A (changes in titles and wording of definitions in the questionnaires).

July 1999 Determining the Occupational Reinforcer Patterns for O*NET Occupational Units

This report focuses on the effort to generate work-related values information included in the Worker Characteristics domain of the O*NET Content Model (i.e., identifying features of employment which O*NET users may value or view as personally important).

July 1999 Development of Occupational Interest Profiles for O*NET

This report focuses on the effort to generate vocational interest information included in the Worker Characteristics domain of the O*NET Content Model. The report describes how Holland's (1997) RIASEC work environments have been applied to the development of Occupational Interest Profiles (OIPs) for the occupations included in O*NET.

1999 Linking Client Assessment Profiles to O*NET Occupational Profiles

This report describes the procedures used to compare and match a client's assessment profiles obtained from one or more of the O*NET Career Exploration Tools to O*NET-SOC occupation profiles. The report describes the corresponding algorithms developed for clients using a single O*NET tool and for clients using multiple tools.

1999 Stratifying Occupational Units by Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP)

The O*NET Career Exploration Tools are assessment instruments that can guide users to lists of potentially suitable occupations based on their work values, interests, and abilities. To facilitate this process, occupations are stratified in terms of their preparation requirements: experience, education and job training. This report describes the process used to stratify occupations in terms of their level of required vocational preparation.

1999 Generation and Use of Occupational Ability Profiles for Exploring O*NET Occupational Units

This paper describes the development of the ability profiles for each occupational unit (OU) and their use in career exploration, specifically using the O*NET Ability Profiler. It includes coverage of the procedure for generating the OU-specific ability profiles, the procedure for linking clients' ability profiles to OU profiles, and the decision rules for determining the specific information that is presented within the career exploration tools.

1999 Development of the O*NET Interest Profiler

This report describes the purposes, major steps, and outcomes of each of the first 7 development phases for the O*NET Interest Profiler. The eighth phase is described in O*NET Interest Profiler: Reliability, Validity, and Self-Scoring.

1999 O*NET Computerized Interest Profiler: Reliability, Validity, and Comparability

This report summarizes research conducted to further the development of the computerized version of the O*NET Interest Profiler. The purpose of the research was to assess the psychometric properties of the Computerized Interest Profiler and to evaluate its comparability with the paper-and- pencil version.

1999 O*NET Interest Profiler: Reliability, Validity, and Self-Scoring

This report summarizes a study designed to further the development of the O*NET Interest Profiler. The purpose of the study was to examine the psychometric properties — reliability and validity — of the final form of the O*NET Interest Profiler, and to evaluate the self-scoring aspect of the instrument.

1999 Development of the O*NET Computerized Work Importance Profiler

The purpose of this report is to describe and document the development and evaluation of the computerized work values measure. As a part of the O*NET Content Model, work values consist of features of employment that may be personally important to the individual.

1999 Development of the O*NET Paper-and-Pencil Work Importance Locator

The O*NET Work Importance Locator (WIL-P&P) was designed to be available as a stand-alone measure of work values. This report describes the development and evaluation process for the O*NET Work Importance Locator, a paper-and-pencil measure of work values.

September 1997 O*NET Final Technical Report
1996 Development of General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB) Forms E and F

The primary purpose of the GATB Forms E and F Development Project was to develop alternate forms of the cognitive portion of the GATB (Parts 1-7) following procedures that met accepted professional standards. Issues addressed in development include reducing test speededness and susceptibility to coaching, investigating scoring procedures, developing items free from bias, assembling parallel forms, improving test aesthetics, and revising answer sheets and other materials.

December 1995 Equating Forms E and F of the P&P-GATB

This report provides a description of the data collection and analyses for the equating study of the new paper-and-pencil Ability Profiler forms. The report addresses issues and analyses covering equating, reliability, and construct validity.

September 1995 The Development of Prototype Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Content Model
May 1994 An Examination of the Speededness of the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB) Power Tests

This report provides results of an examination of the GATB's use of time limits on tests (i.e., speeded tests) measuring constructs that are conventionally measured by tests with generous time limits (i.e., nonspeeded tests).

May 1994 Implications of Deleting the Form Matching Test from the General Aptitude Test Battery

This report discusses the research that was done in response to the National Research Council's recommendation to examine deleting either the Form Matching or the Tool Matching parts from the GATB in order to allow for increased time limits for three of the GATB's power tests. The potential implications are documented and alternative procedures for computing GATB aptitude composites are developed.

December 1993 Review of Issue Associated with Speededness of GATB Tests

This paper presents research findings and opinions collected from a literature review related to the speed component of power tests. These findings are discussed as they pertain to four parts of the GATB: Computation, Three-Dimensional Space, Vocabulary, and Arithmetic Reasoning.