Definition: O*Net Occupational Information Network
The ‘Occupational Information Network’, commonly referred to as the ‘O*NET’,is the primary source of occupational information in the US. It isa free-of-cost online database that contains multitudes of occupational definitions (standardized and occupation-specific descriptors)of the working scenario in the US. It aims to aid students, job seekers and businesses to understand the contemporary world of work in the US, not just from the titular or sectoral point of view, but also with regards to the mix of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the occupation.
It was developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) during the 1990s, and succeeded the employment database of the U.S. government, which was published in the form of a book called‘The Dictionary of Occupational Titles’ or the ‘DOT’.
The O*NET utilises a ‘Content Model’ to form ‘descriptors’ of an occupation, based on the mix of knowledge, skills, and abilities, and the underlying activities and tasks. This hierarchical model, away from the traditional methods of job descriptions, describes the day-to-day aspects of the job and the qualifications and interests of the typical worker.