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March 2018 2018 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.

For more information, see OMB Clearance.

March 2018 Updating O*NET® Sources of Additional Information Listings: Use of Job Incumbent and Occupational Expert Professional Association Membership

O*NET OnLine occupation reports contain a section labelled “Sources of Additional Information.” This section provides customers with a list of sources external to the O*NET Program that provide occupationally relevant information, such as related jobs, specialties, and industries. The goal is to provide a means for customers to further explore each occupation.

Professional association information gathered directly from job incumbents and occupational experts (OEs) during the O*NET Data Collection Program will now serve as a key contributor. This additional source considerably increases the quantity and currency of information included within this section of the occupation reports. The purpose of this paper is to describe the association membership information collected via job incumbents and OEs and to detail the procedures for including this valuable input within O*NET OnLine.

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.

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 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.​

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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).