Confused about your job? Confused about your career? Confused about your life? There is a tool listed on Confessions of the Professions which was given to me when I went to the Student Resource Center in college, courtesy of ONET OnLine (The Occupational Information Network). They introduced me to a website that I wanted to share with you and it has been listed on Confessions of the Professions under Resources as Career & Job Analysis Tool.
Whether you are still in college studying and figuring out what you want to do with your life, or if you are currently in the work force, still dreaming about your career or just returned home from the military, and are a veteran looking for a way to put those military skills to use in a civilian world, or even if you are looking for a green career or green company to work for, ONET Online has plenty of information and knowledge available for you in order to help you understand what you need to do in order to establish your career!
ONET provides Workforce Development Professionals with comprehensive occupational information and tools when they need them most. Because ONET is maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, Workforce Development Professionals can count on ONET to provide the most current and accurate information!
NOTE: ONET ONLINE IS AN EVER-CHANGING WEBSITE WITH NEW FEATURES BEING INTRODUCED AT A RAPID RATE WHICH MAY MAKE THIS ARTICLE OUT OF DATE.
ONET Online is very resourceful with millions of man hours into researching the job economy and job market. ONET Online is very good and quick at keeping up to date with all the latest trends, technology, tools, and workplace information and is a trusted resource of many job placement services and career centers with estimates on what jobs will be available and how many jobs will be available now through the next 10 years.
This article provides an extremely detailed analysis and overview of the ONET Online website.
What is the Career & Job Analysis Tool?
The Career & Job Analysis Tool is from ONET OnLine, developed for the United States Department of Labor by the National Center for ONET Development. It is a large powerful database that is frequently updated with the latest career and job trends.
This is an in-depth analysis of the features on the ONET OnLine website.
According to ONET OnLine:
The ONET The Occupational Information Network program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the ONET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of ONET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.
If you are curious about an occupation or the work activities involved with a job or a career, this will remove all doubt from your mind. You will get an abundance of valuable information including the national average wages including the high and the low for job salaries, the amount of schooling and education required to perform a certain job, the skills and talents you will need to perform the job, and the work you will actually be performing on the job.
You can search any occupation in any field including plumbers, school teachers, principals, lawyers, doctors, pharmacists, judges, store clerks, managers in any field, supervisors in any field, zookeepers, construction workers, actors, models, human resource specialists, inspectors, truckers, program directors, fight attendants and pilots, military officers, engineers, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, janitors, computer programmers, web designers, news reporters, writers, analysts, and many more occupations. If there is a job that exists, you will be able to find it on ONET OnLine.
You can also search by any specific category.
You may receive a summary, detailed, or custom report for each occupation that you choose to discover. These reports include:
Tasks: This provides all the tasks you are expected to perform within this occupation such as designing, building, reporting, managing, writing, and analysis of information.
Tools & Technology: This provides all the types of equipment and technology that you will have to familiarize yourself and use within the occupation.
Knowledge: This provides the type of principles you are expected to have for this occupation including:
Skills: This provides you with a list of the developed capacities that facilitate learning or the more rapid acquisition of knowledge for the occupation. These include:
Abilities: This provides a list of the abilities you will need such as Cognitive Abilities, Physical Abilities, Psychomotor Abilities, and Sensory Abilities.
Work Activities: This involves the kind of interactions and behaviors for this occupation including:
Work Context: This provides a list of the working conditions and work environment you may find yourself in, including:
Job Zone: This tells you how much education is required for the job.
Education: Education level requirements; bachelor, associates, some college, or no degree.
Interests: A code is assigned to those interested in this occupation.
The ONET Interest Profiler measures six types of occupational interests:
Work Styles: This provides a list of the work style personal characteristics that can affect how well someone performs a job. These include:
Work Values: This provides a list of the global aspects of work that are important to a person's satisfaction. These aspects are:
Related Occupations: This provides a list of occupations that are similar to the current chosen occupation.
Wages & Employment Trends: This provides the State and National average, median wages, current numbers employed, projected growth for a ten year span, projected job openings, and top industries.
Job Opening on the Web: This provides a way to search for this current occupation in your current state.
Sources of Additional Information: This provides the references to all the information you just read about the occupation.
This tool is very valuable and can help you in deciding which job or career you want to pursue. With this much information, you can learn about and enter any job confidently. It will provide information on how much you can make, the skills and type of environment you will work in, what kind of education you need to have, and even provide you with a way to search for jobs.
Job Accommodations: ONET OnLine allows you to search and explore a wide variety of occupations. If your search identifies occupations that require skills or abilities that may be difficult to use because of a health problem or disability, please consider job accommodations. Accommodations may involve a change in the work environment, the way a specific job is performed, or the use of special equipment.
Crosswalk Search: allows you to use codes from other classification systems to find the corresponding ONET-SOC occupations. This function can save time when you are familiar with occupations in other systems and want to explore corresponding occupations in ONET.
Apprenticeship: Search codes or titles from the Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Data System (RAPIDS).
DOT: Search codes or titles from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT).
Education: Search codes or titles from the 2010 Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP).
Military: Search codes or titles from the Military Occupational Classification (MOC).
Occupation Handbook: Search titles from the 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH).
SOC: Search codes or titles from the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC).
FIND OCCUPATIONS - BROWSE BY
Green Economy Sector: The green economy will cause a change in occupations' employment demand or work and worker requirements such as tasks, skills, knowledge, and credentials. Green occupations are linked to Green Economy Sectors.
Green Occupations: The impact of green economy activities and technologies is an increase in the employment demand for an existing occupation. However, this impact does not entail significant changes in the work and worker requirements of the occupation. The work context may change, but the tasks themselves do not.
Green Enhanced Skills Occupations: The impact of green economy activities and technologies results in a significant change to the work and worker requirements of an existing ONET-SOC occupation. This impact may or may not result in an increase in employment demand for the occupation. The essential purposes of the occupation remain the same, but tasks, skills, knowledge, and external elements, such as credentials, have been altered.
Green New and Emerging (N&E) Occupations: The impact of green economy activities and technologies is sufficient to create the need for unique work and worker requirements, which results in the generation of a new occupation relative to the ONET taxonomy. This new occupation could be entirely novel or "born" from an existing occupation.
The Green Economy Sectors include:
STEM Discipline: Find occupations that require education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Keyword or ONET: Enter a word, phrase, or title to search for an ONET-SOC occupation. Enter a full or partial ONET-SOC code to look up occupations by code.
Career Cluster: Career Clusters contain occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills. Students, parents, and educators can use Career Clusters to help focus education plans towards obtaining the necessary knowledge, competencies, and training for success in a particular career pathway.
Industry: Industries are broad groups of businesses or organizations with similar activities, products, or services. Occupations are considered part of an industry based on their employment.
Bright Outlook: Bright Outlook occupations are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years, will have large numbers of job openings, or are new and emerging occupations.
Job Family: Job Families are groups of occupations based upon work performed, skills, education, training, and credentials.
Job Zone: Job Zones group occupations into one of five categories based on levels of education, experience, and training necessary to perform the occupation.
Job Preparation: Different careers need different amounts of preparation. Each ONET career is in one of five Job Zones, which are groups of careers that need the same level of experience, education, and training.
Testing and Assessment Consumer Guides: Good Practices for Workforce Investment Professionals, Helping You Make Better Career Decisions, An Employer's Guide to Good Practices.
ONET® Products at Work: provides examples of the widespread use of ONET OnLine, the ONET database, the Toolkit for Business, and the ONET Career Exploration Tools.
Resume Building with ONET® Information: Job seekers introduce themselves to potential employers through resumes, showcasing their accomplishments and skills to potential employers and highlighting why they are a good fit to the advertised position.
Career Ladders and Lattices: devices that help people visualize and learn about the job options that are available as they progress through a career.
ONET Podcasts: Employment professionals from around the country use ONET information to help job seekers and others needing career guidance.
ONET® Reports and Documents: provides detailed reports and information on specific features of the ONET OnLine website.
Related Sites: ONET OnLine has a list of related websites that are not affiliated with ONET OnLine but may help you or point you in the right direction on your mission towards finding a job or a career, being up to date with the latest laws and regulations regarding employment, and other information regarding occupations and job services. These websites are in correlation with the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. and Bureau of Labor Statistics, Electronic Tools, Job Accommodations, Federal Government Sites, and Other Resources.
If anyone wants to know anything about any job, ONET OnLine is the most valuable tool you will ever come across. You can learn anything about any job you want to know about.
ONET OnLine also offers ONET Academy which offers high quality training offered through courses and tutorials, to live webinars, and podcasts available 24 hours a day.
My Next Move is another on-going project, in association with ONET OnLine, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, and is a user-friendly electronic career exploration tool that helps users identify potential career choices by keyword search, industry, or by taking the Interest Profiler Assessment.
Are you a veteran looking for work? My Next Move for Veterans helps you find a civilian career similar to your military job. In addition, ONET OnLine offers a detailed Military Transition Search document for military veterans who are seeking options for career exploration, providing information on civilian occupations and tools to discover, and compare the variety of career opportunities.
According to ONET OnLine:
Businesses and human resources professionals use ONET to:
- Develop effective job descriptions quickly and easily.
- Expand the pool of quality candidates for open positions.
- Define employee and/or job-specific success factors.
- Align organizational development with workplace needs.
- Refine recruitment and training goals.
- Design competitive compensation and promotion systems.
Job seekers use ONET to:
- Find out which jobs fit with their interests, skills, and experience.
- Explore growth career profiles using the latest available labor market data.
- Research what it takes to get their dream job.
- Maximize earning potential and job satisfaction.
- Know what it takes to be successful in their field and in related occupations.
ONET OnLine is the ultimate resource for anyone looking for information about any type of job that exists in the world.
The ONET Online database contains several hundred descriptions of work and worker characteristics, including skill requirements. The entire ONET Online Production database is available for download and is constantly updated. To download or receive a summary of the constant updates, you may visit the ONET Online Production Database page.
Keep up to date with ONET Online's What's New section so you will never be left in the dark about what is new on the website!
A two-page documentation resource is available for download on the ONET OnLine website and provides a ready and useful overview of the key search features and content available in ONET OnLine.
You may download the PDF here: http://www.onetcenter.org/dl_files/desk_aid.pdf
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Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.