Labor upgrades job skills database

Labor upgrades job skills database

The Labor Department yesterday released the Occupational Information Network Online 4.0, an improved version of its database of worker attributes and job characteristics.

O*Net, available at, replaces the department's Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Employers can use the system to carry out human resources tasks such as developing job descriptions, forecasting labor requirements and targeting recruitment efforts. Job seekers can use O*Net to learn skill requirements for job fields and how their skills match specific jobs. Career counselors can use the system to help match up job seekers with careers, Labor officials said.

'O*Net Online 4.0 turns mountains of occupational information into timely, targeted intelligence quickly and efficiently,' assistant secretary Emily Stover DeRocco, head of the department's Employment and Training Administration, said in a statement.

The O*Net upgrade includes a streamlined home page, a more powerful search engine, flexible report options and direct links from listed occupations to information on related apprenticeship opportunities.

Labor contracted with the O*Net Consortium and the National Center for O*Net Development at the North Carolina Employment Security Commission to implement the upgrade. The consortium last upgraded the system in 1998.

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