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November 2020 O*NET-SOC 2019 Taxonomy -- database and websites updated

The O*NET 25.1 Database is a special release that incorporates the O*NET-SOC 2019 Taxonomy structure. These O*NET-SOC 2019 occupations align with the 2018 Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) external site. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandates that all government agencies collect occupation-related information via a classification compatible with the SOC. From a customer perspective, this allows movement across various information systems or data products with greater ease, while facilitating the integration of different types of information within systems. Updates and added new and emerging occupations ensure that the O*NET-SOC taxonomy not only represents the SOC structure, but reflects changes occurring in the world of work due to advancing technologies, innovative business practices, and the new organization of work.

The O*NET websites and tools (i.e., O*NET OnLine; My Next Move; My Next Move for Veterans; Mi Proximo Paso; O*NET Code Connector; O*NET Web Services; O*NET Interest Profiler) also transitioned to the new structure.

The O*NET Center developed a variety of transition aids to help customers prepare for this major transition (e.g., technical documentation, crosswalks, transition specific web service applications) which are summarized on the 2019 Taxonomy page. For customers whose program schedule did not enable them to migrate to the O*NET-SOC 2019 Taxonomy at this time, O*NET OnLine Archives is available. This limited, snapshot version of O*NET OnLine provides access to archived occupation reports that will remain permanently based on the O*NET-SOC 2010 Taxonomy. In addition, the O*NET 25.0 database (the last O*NET-SOC 2010 based version) remains available at O*NET Database Releases Archive.

October 2020 New Work Activities Competency Framework and Linked Data

The new Work Activities Competency Framework is a hierarchy of Work Activities competencies, including generalized, intermediate, and detailed work activities. Linked occupation-specific tasks from across occupations provide over 21,000 illustrative or “task examples” related to the activities. The framework can help developers and researchers organize and leverage job relevant duties, activities, tasks, and credentials. Visit the new Competency Frameworks section to discover a variety of easy-to-use competency frameworks.

The frameworks are available in Excel format and also as JSON-LD: machine-readable Linked Data external site described using the CTDL-ASN external site schema (Credential Transparency Description Language Profile of Achievement Standards Network Description Language) developed by the Credential Engine external site project.

For a summary of O*NET machine-discoverable information see: Link to Us--Machine-Readable Data.

September 2020 O*NET-SOC 2019 Taxonomy Transition: 60 Day Notice

On November 17, 2020 the O*NET Center will release the O*NET 25.1 Database that incorporates the O*NET-SOC 2019 Taxonomy structure. In addition, at that time, the O*NET websites and O*NET Web Services will also transition to the new structure. Please visit the O*NET Resource Center: O*NET-SOC Taxonomy page for documentation, related listings, crosswalks, and other tools aimed at helping with the transition to the new occupation structure. New additions to transition aids include:

Initial Alternate Titles for Occupations Added to the Taxonomy

The O*NET-SOC 2019 has 62 occupations added to the taxonomy. To help customers get a better understanding of these occupations, as well as potentially do advance work on keyword search and other applications, the initial alternate titles associated with the 58 data collection level occupation additions are provided. The alternate titles are subject to change.

O*NET OnLine Archives

This O*NET OnLine Archives is a limited snapshot version of O*NET OnLine and is an application for customers whose program schedule does not enable them to migrate to the O*NET-SOC 2019 Taxonomy this November. These organizations may use this application’s reports, which will not change and will continue to be based on the O*NET-SOC 2010 Taxonomy.

The application, which will use the O*NET 25.0 Database permanently, includes limited browse features that lead to simplified, archived versions of O*NET OnLine's Summary and Details Occupation Reports. The application retains accessibility features as well.

O*NET-SOC 2019 Taxonomy Development Report

The O*NET-SOC 2019 Taxonomy Development Report supplements the report Updating the O*NET-SOC Taxonomy: Incorporating the 2018 SOC Structure. It describes the process for updating the occupation descriptions, tasks, alternate titles, and exclusionary titles for affected O*NET-SOC 2019 occupations, based on the 2018 SOC. A summary of the procedures used to update rolled-up occupations, split-out occupations, and new occupations within the O*NET-SOC 2019 taxonomy is presented.

August 2020 O*NET Database and websites updated

With the release of the O*NET 25.0 Database, data from job incumbents and occupational experts is now available for 969 O*NET-SOC occupations, of which 100 occupations were updated in this release. This release also updates the Alternate Titles and Sample of Reported Titles data for 245 occupations, from employer job postings and other sources, along with Detailed Work Activities for 79 occupations. For more information on these updates see: O*NET 25.0 Database Overview.

The new data is incorporated within My Next Move, Mi Próximo Paso, My Next Move for Veterans, and O*NET OnLine. Download the database from the Resource Center. Developers can also access the latest data from O*NET Web Services.

July 2020 Updated military information included in O*NET websites

The Military Occupational Classification (MOC) crosswalk has been updated by the Department of Defense (July 2020) and incorporated into O*NET OnLine and My Next Move for Veterans. Supplementing this crosswalk with additional sources of data, including The ASVAB Career Exploration Program external site, Army COOL, Navy COOL, Marine Corps COOL, Air Force COOL, and Coast Guard COOL, provides transitioning Veterans with a wide variety of careers to potentially explore. See O*NET Military Transition Search or visit O*NET Resource Center Crosswalks to learn more.

Developers can also access the latest data from O*NET Web Services.

June 2020 Updated Sources of Additional Information and New Career Videos

Sources of Additional Information

Within the O*NET OnLine occupation reports, the Sources of Additional Information section provides customers with a list of sources external to the O*NET Program that offer occupationally relevant information, such as related jobs, specialties, and industries.

192 occupations were updated with professional association information gathered from job incumbents and occupational experts via O*NET Data Collection and from customer feedback. This report section is now populated within 973 occupations, providing 6,000+ linkages to additional sources of information for customers to explore.

Developers can access the data from O*NET Web Services.

Career Videos

Career Videos help over 850 career reports come to life within My Next Move, My Next Move for Veterans, and Mi Próximo Paso! The videos, developed by CareerOneStop external site leveraging O*NET information, also have optional closed captions and video transcripts. For a complete listing of careers with videos visit: My Next Move - Videos, My Next Move for Veterans - Videos, or Career Videos - Mi Próximo Paso.

June 2020 O*NET-SOC 2019 initial task listings

The initial task listings associated with the O*NET-SOC 2019 occupations are now available on the O*NET Resource Center Occupation Taxonomy page to help researchers and developers gain a better understanding of the new taxonomy structure (see O*NET-SOC Taxonomy-Occupational Listings and Files). Tasks are displayed by importance where corresponding data is available. Otherwise, tasks are presented in alphabetical order.

Note, task statements and order are subject to change when the O*NET-SOC 2019 Taxonomy structure is first published within the O*NET 25.1 Database release, currently scheduled for November, 2020.

May 2020 O*NET Database and websites updated

The 24.3 release of the O*NET database includes the following:

  • 431 technology skills related to 167 occupations were updated from employer job postings. Currently, 175 "hot technologies" are identified.
  • 122 alternate titles related to 80 occupations were added from employer job postings and other sources.

The new technology skills and alternate titles data is incorporated within My Next Move, Mi Próximo Paso, My Next Move for Veterans, and O*NET OnLine.

Learn more or download the database from the Resource Center. Developers can also access the latest data from O*NET Web Services.

May 2020 New BLS wage information and graphical display in O*NET websites

The Bureau of Labor Statistics external site (BLS) has released wage estimates for 2019. The latest wages are now included in career reports within O*NET OnLine, My Next Move, Mi Próximo Paso, and My Next Move for Veterans. Check out available local, state, and national wage distributions via simple, easy to interpret graphics.

My Next Move's state maps also feature updated data, showing which states have above average work opportunities for a given career. Click on "Check out my state" from career reports in My Next Move, Mi Próximo Paso, and My Next Move for Veterans.

Developers can access these updates via O*NET Web Services.

April 2020 Updated Competency Frameworks and Linked Data

Synonym content is added to the Abilities, Cross-Functional Skills, Basic Skills, and Knowledge competency frameworks. The simplified language is drawn from easy-to-read content included within My Next Move and My Next Move for Veterans. The frameworks, built from worker- and job-oriented hierarchical taxonomies, can help in organizing workforce competencies, credentials, and other work-relevant information, and also serve as a starting point for creating skills thesauruses. Visit the Competency Frameworks section to discover these easy-to-use tools.

The frameworks are available in Excel format and also as JSON-LD: machine-readable Linked Data external site described using the CTDL-ASN external site schema (Credential Transparency Description Language Profile of Achievement Standards Network Description Language) developed by the Credential Engine external site project.

For a summary of O*NET machine-discoverable information see: Link to Us--Machine-Readable Data.

March 2020 New O*NET-SOC Taxonomy Transition Tools within O*NET Web Services

With the release of the O*NET 25.1 Database in November 2020, O*NET Web Services will transition to the O*NET-SOC 2019 taxonomy. This taxonomy, based on the 2018 SOC, introduces several changes to the occupations returned by our services. It includes 1,016 occupational titles, 923 of which represent O*NET data-level occupations. For more information on these changes, see the O*NET-SOC Taxonomy page at the O*NET Resource Center.

To help O*NET Web Services users with the upcoming taxonomy transition, Taxonomy Services are now available to enable developers to connect occupational data between existing systems based on the O*NET-SOC 2010 taxonomy, and the future O*NET-SOC 2019 taxonomy-based O*NET Web Services.

March 2020 Updated military information included in O*NET websites

The Military Occupational Classification (MOC) crosswalk has been updated by the Department of Defense (January 2020) and incorporated into O*NET OnLine and My Next Move for Veterans. Supplementing this crosswalk with additional sources of data, including The ASVAB Career Exploration Program external site, Army COOL, Navy COOL, Marine Corps COOL, Air Force COOL and Coast Guard COOL, provides transitioning Veterans with a wide variety of careers to potentially explore. See O*NET Military Transition Search or visit O*NET Resource Center Crosswalks to learn more.

Developers can also access the latest data from O*NET Web Services.

February 2020 O*NET Database and websites updated

The 24.2 release of the O*NET database includes the following:

  • New “Cross-Domain Linkages” section with linkages between:
    • Abilities to relevant Work Activities;
    • Abilities to relevant Work Context;
    • Skills to relevant Work Activities;
    • Skills to relevant Work Context.
  • 441 technology skills related to 98 occupations were updated from employer job postings and other sources. Currently, 161 "hot technologies" are identified.
  • 162 alternate titles related to 103 occupations were added from employer job postings and other sources.

The new technology skills and alternate tiles data is incorporated within My Next Move, Mi Próximo Paso, My Next Move for Veterans, and O*NET OnLine.

Learn more or download the database from our Developer's Corner. Developers can also access the latest data from O*NET Web Services.

December 2019 Competency Frameworks and Linked Data

The O*NET Content Model includes worker- and job-oriented hierarchical taxonomies that can effectively serve as frameworks for organizing workforce competencies, credentials, and other work-relevant information. Visit the new Competency Frameworks section to discover a variety of easy-to-use competency frameworks, including Technology Skills, Abilities, Cross-Functional Skills, Basic Skills, and Knowledge.

The frameworks are available in Excel format and also as JSON-LD: machine-readable Linked Data external site described using the CTDL-ASN external site schema (Credential Transparency Description Language Profile of Achievement Standards Network Description Language) developed by the Credential Engine external site project.

For a summary of O*NET machine-discoverable information see: Link to Us--Machine-Readable Data.

December 2019 Updated military information included in O*NET websites

The Military Occupational Classification (MOC) crosswalk has been updated by the Department of Defense (October 2019) and incorporated into O*NET OnLine and My Next Move for Veterans. Supplementing this crosswalk with additional sources of data, including The ASVAB Career Exploration Program external site, Army COOL external site, Navy COOL external site, Marine Corps COOL external site, and Coast Guard COOL external site provides transitioning Veterans with a wide variety of careers to potentially explore. See O*NET Military Transition Search or visit O*NET Resource Center Crosswalks to learn more.

In addition, updated reports for military occupations within O*NET OnLine now include rich information on military classifications through direct links to Careers in the Military external site.