UNDERSTANDING WORK USING THE OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION NETWORK (O*NET): IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE AND RESEARCH

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and requests for reprints should be addressed to Frederick P Morgeson, Department of Management, N475 North Business Complex, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1122; morgeson@msu.edu.

Abstract

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) has recently been developed as a replacement for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. As a comprehensive system designed to describe occupations, the O*NET incorporates the last 60 years of knowledge about the nature of jobs and work. This article summarizes its development and validation by first discussing how the O*NET used multiple descriptors to provide “multiple windows” on the world of work, utilized cross-job descriptors to provide a common language to describe different jobs, and used a hierarchical taxonomic approach to occupational descriptors. Second, we provide an overview of the O*NET's Content Model of descriptor domains (i.e., worker characteristics, worker requirements, occupational requirements, experience requirements, occupation characteristics, and occupation-specific requirements) and their potential uses. Third, we discuss some of the technical issues surrounding the O*NET Finally, we discuss some of the implications for research and theory, as well as some limitations of the O*NET system.

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