!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> Streamline Training & Documentation: O*NET II: Searching the Occupation Database

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

O*NET II: Searching the Occupation Database

There are seven ways to search for particular occupations in the O*NET database:
  • Quick Search — Enter a word, phrase, or job title to search for a particular occupation, or enter a full or partial O*NET-SOC code. ("SOC" is the acronym for the Standard Occupational Classification maintained by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

  • Browse by Job Family — Displays groups of occupations that are similar in terms of the work performed and the skills, education, training, and credentials required. The specific families are:

    • Architecture and Engineering

    • Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media

    • Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance

    • Business and Financial Operations

    • Community and Social Services

    • Computer and Mathematical

    • Construction and Extraction

    • Education, Training, and Library

    • Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

    • Food Preparation and Serving Related

    • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical

    • Healthcare Support

    • Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

    • Legal

    • Life, Physical, and Social Science

    • Management

    • Military Specific

    • Office and Administrative Support

    • Personal Care and Service

    • Production

    • Protective Service

    • Sales and Related

    • Transportation and Material Moving

  • Browse by High-Growth Industry (In-Demand Industry Cluster) — Displays occupations in industries that are economically important, projected to add substantial numbers of new jobs, or are being transformed by technological change and innovation. The currently listed high-growth/in-demand clusters (some of which seem out-of-date) are:

    • Advanced Manufacturing

    • Aerospace

    • Automotive

    • Biotechnology

    • Construction

    • Education

    • Energy

    • Geospatial Technology

    • Health Care

    • Homeland Security

    • Hospitality

    • Information Technology

    • Nanotechnology

    • Retail

    • Transportation

    • Other

  • Browse by O*NET Descriptor — O*NET Descriptors are categories of occupational information — Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Work Activities, Interests, and Work Values. Each descriptor contains more specific elements. For example, Knowledge includes such elements as Administration & Management, Chemistry, Production & Processing, etc.

  • Browse by Job Zone — Displays occupations in five categories based on ascending levels of education, experience, and training needed. the five Job Zones are:

    1. Little or no preparation needed

    2. Some preparation needed

    3. Medium preparation needed

    4. Considerable preparation needed

    5. Extensive preparation needed

  • Browse by STEM Discipline — Displays occupations that require education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The specific STEM disciplines O*NET breaks out are:

    • Chemistry

    • Computer Science

    • Engineering

    • Environmental Science

    • Geosciences

    • Life Sciences

    • Mathematics

    • Physics/Astronomy

  • Browse by Career Cluster Displays occupations in a particular cluster or field of work that require similar skills. The sixteen career clusters are:

    • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

    • Architecture & Construction

    • Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

    • Business, Management & Administration

    • Education & Training

    • Finance

    • Government & Public Administration

    • Health Science

    • Hospitality & Tourism

    • Human Services

    • Information Technology

    • Law, Public Safety & Security

    • Manufacturing

    • Marketing, Sales & Service

    • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

    • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
Once your search has led you to occupations of interest, you can generate reports for each occupation at differing levels of detail. The O*NET reports will be the subject of tomorrow's post.


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