The ONET OnLine and ONET Content Model

ONET Model

The ONET OnLine and Content Model had six descriptors or domains –

  • Worker Characteristics
  • Worker Requirements
  • Experience Requirements
  • Occupation Requirements
  • Occupation Specific
  • Occupation Characteristics

Worker Characteristics are the acquired knowledge, skills, effective work performance.

  • Abilities — Qualities that influence performance
  • Occupational Interests — Preferences for work environments
  • Work Values —Specific needs that are important to a person's satisfaction
  • Work Styles — Personal characteristics that can affect how well someone performs a job.

Worker Requirements are characteristics descriptors relating to work-related qualities that are acquired and/or developed through experience and education.

  • Basic Skills — Developed abilities that facilitate learning or the gaining of knowledge
  • Cross-Functional Skills — Developed skills that increase performance of activities that occur across jobs
  • Knowledge — System of principles and facts
  • Education — Prior educational experience required to perform in a job

Experience Requirements — requirements that are required to perform to work activities and explicitly linked to certain types of work activities. Experience and Training — When someone is hired to perform a job, there are the following requirements –

  • Basic Skills - Entry Requirement — Entry requirement for skills that are need to increase learning or the gaining of knowledge
  • Cross-Functional Skills - Entry Requirement — Entry requirement for developed abilities and skills that impove performance of activities that occur across jobs
  • Licensing — Licenses, certificates, or registrations that are awarded to show that a job holder has gained certain skills.

Occupation-Specific Information

  • Tasks — Occupation-Specific Tasks
  • Tools and Technology — Machines, equipment, tools, software, and information technology workers used to perform work tasks.

Workforce Characteristics

  • Labor Market Information — Current labor force characteristics of occupations
  • Occupational Outlook — Future labor force characteristics of occupations

Occupational Requirements are factors that describe what various occupations require.

  • Generalized Work Activities — General types of job behaviors
  • Detailed Work Activities — Detailed types of job behaviors
  • Organizational Context — Characteristics of the organization that influence how people do their work
  • Work Context — Physical and social factors that influence the nature of work

Source: ONET OnLine Career Exploration Tools

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O*NET Resources

O*NET Codes and
Holland Codes FACT Sheets


The benefits are:

  • Easy to read format
  • Comprehensive and deltailed lists
  • Latest career information
  • Reliable source - Occupational Information Network
  • Links between Holland Codes and O*NET Codes

Using the ONET, the Occupational Information Network, is preparing FACT SHEETS that will highlight the relationship between careers, O*NET Codes, Holland Codes, and the following factors –

  • Tasks
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Abilities
  • Work Activities
  • Work Context
  • Job Zone
  • Interests
  • Work Values

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