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Career Exploration

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O*NET provides important occupational information that can help:

  • people seeking first jobs, new jobs, or better jobs
  • people who are choosing or changing careers
  • students
  • career counselors
  • school counselors
  • vocational rehabilitation counselors
  • State Occupational Information Coordinating Committees (SOICCs)

More information opens more occupational options. Using O*NET OnLine, a web-based application that provides user-friendly access to O*NET occupational information, you can:

  • find occupations to explore;
  • search for occupations that use your skills;
  • look at related occupations;
  • view Summary Reports, including the most important characteristics of the worker and requirements of the work;
  • view Detail Reports or Custom Reports, offering the user control over the type and level of information displayed;
  • use crosswalks to find corresponding occupations in other classification systems; and
  • connect to other online career information resources.

We invite you to explore the world of work with O*NET OnLine!

The following categories are examples of some of the options O*NET OnLine allows you to explore:

  • Skills (35 skills)
    • Basic Skills (Mathematics, Writing, Reading Comprehension, etc.)
    • Cross-Functional Skills (Equipment Selection, Quality Control Analysis, etc.)
  • Generalized Work Activities — 41 general types of job behaviors (Organizing, Planning and Prioritizing Work, Interacting with Computers, etc.) occurring on multiple jobs.
  • Interests — Six occupational types that can be connected with a worker's personal interests to indicate which occupations would be most fulfilling.
  • Work Styles — 16 work style characteristics that can connect what is important to a worker with occupations that reflect or develop those values, such as Initiative, Persistence, Cooperation, etc.
  • Work Context — 57 physical and social factors that influence the nature of work, such as physical and structural work characteristics.
  • Experience and Training — Five "Job Zones" that distinguish the levels of education and training connected to occupations.