An Occupational Information System for the 21st Century: The Development of O*NET

Pages: 336
Item #: 4318810
ISBN: 978-1-55798-556-9
List Price: $39.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $39.95
Copyright: 1999
Format: Hardcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Since its inception during the Great Depression the Dictionary of Occupational Titles has been relied on for the description of jobs and workforce development. However, as global competition and technological change has created a new world of work, the Department of Labor realized that a more flexible and precise system for chronicling work-related information was needed. Thus, the O*NET, or the occupational information network, was launched. Written by the developers of the O*NET system, this edited volume describes the research and methodology used in the design and development of this ground-breaking system.

The O*NET is intended to provide a framework for describing jobs in terms that are capable of addressing the needs of workers and employers into the 21st Century. Instead of relying on rigid task descriptions, the O*NET uses domains of worker and occupation characteristics—such as abilities, work styles, generalized work activities and work context—to describe each job.

This volume details each of the main domains used by the O*NET. It outlines how each was quantified and provides statistical analyses about its applications, internal relationships, and structure. The volume also places the O*NET system in its historical research context and describes how this innovative new system can support the creation of jobs tailored for the new economy.

This volume will be invaluable for those needing to familiarize themselves with this powerful new human resource tool. It will be of particular interest to industrial/organizational psychologists, human factors specialists, counseling psychologists, vocational counselors, rehabilitation counselors, industrial engineers, occupational professionals, and labor market analysts.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors



  1. Introduction
    —Marvin D. Dunnette
  2. The Origins of O*NET
    —Donna Dye and Marilyn Silver
  3. The O*NET Content Model: Structural Considerations in Describing Jobs
    —Michael D. Mumford and Norman G. Peterson
  4. Research Method: Development and Field Testing of the Content Model
    —Norman G. Peterson, Michael D. Mumford, Kerry Y. Levin, James Green, and Joseph Waksberg
  5. Basic and Cross-Functional Skills
    —Michael D. Mumford, Norman G. Peterson, and Ruth A. Childs
  6. Knowledges
    —David C. Costanza, Edwin A. Fleishman, Joanne C. Marshall-Mies
  7. Occupational Preparation: Education, Training, Experience, and Licensure/Certification
    —Lance E. Anderson
  8. Generalized Work Activities
    —P. Richard Jeanneret, Walter C. Borman, U. Christean Kubisiak, and Mary Ann Hanson
  9. Work Context: Taxonomy and Measurement of the Work Environment
    —Mark H. Strong, P. Richard Jeanneret, S. Morton McPhail, Barry R. Blakely, and Erika L. D'Egidio
  10. Organizational Context
    —Sharon Arad, Mary Ann Hanson, and Robert J. Schneider
  11. Abilities
    —Edwin A. Fleishman, David C. Costanza, and Joanne C. Marshall-Mies
  12. Occupational Interests and Values
    —Christopher E. Sager
  13. Work Styles
    —Walter C. Borman, U. Christean Kubisiak, and Robert J. Schneider
  14. Occupation-Specific Descriptors: Approaches, Procedures, and Findings
    —Michael D. Mumford, Christopher E. Sager, Wayne A. Baughman, and Ruth A. Childs
  15. Occupational Descriptor Covariates: Potential Sources of Variance in O*NET Ratings
    —Ruth A. Childs, Norman G. Peterson, and Michael D. Mumford
  16. Cross-Domain Analyses
    —Mary Ann Hanson, Walter C. Borman, U. Christean Kubisiak, and Christopher E. Sager
  17. Occupation Classification: Using Basic and Cross-Functional Skills and Generalized Work Activities to Create Job Families
    —Wayne A. Baughman, Dwayne G. Norris, Ashley E. Cooke, Norman G. Peterson, and Michael D. Mumford
  18. Database Design and Development: Designing an Electronic Infrastructure
    —Andrew M. Rose, Bradford W. Hesse, Paul A. Silver, and Joseph S. Dumas
  19. Summary of Results, Implications for O*NET Applications, and Future Directions
    —Norman G. Peterson, Walter C. Borman, Mary Ann Hanson, and U. Christean Kubisiak
  20. O*NET's Theoretical Contributions to Job Analysis Research
    —Michael A. Campion, Frederick P. Morgeson, and Melinda S. Mayfield


Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors