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Seeking Occupation Experts - Volunteer Today!


What is O*NET?

  • The Occupational Information Network
  • A database of worker characteristics and attributes describing 900+ occupations
  • Provided by the U.S. Department of Labor as a free resource
  • America’s primary source of occupational information
  • Replaces the outdated Dictionary of Occupational Titles
  • Used by millions each year (students, businesses, educators, job seekers, employers, Workforce Investment System, labor market researchers)
  • A tool for career exploration, research, writing job descriptions and job analysis
  • RTI International is the non-profit research firm in NC conducting the O*NET data collection on over 100 occupations per year and has been doing so since June 2001.

Data Collection process:

  • O*NET researchers at RTI International invite relevant organizations to identify occupation experts (OEs) to provide input about their field of expertise—the organization is seen as the authority on the occupations they represent.
  •  A random sample of OEs are asked to complete questionnaires that explore areas such as knowledge required, how the work is performed and the typical work settings.
  • The aggregate input from OEs across the nation is used to update the occupation summary at
  • Information provided about OEs is kept strictly private and their responses to the questionnaires are not personally identifiable.
  •  Included with the questionnaires: Framed Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Labor and $40 in cash.
  • OEs are asked to complete a series of 5 questionnaires, which in total take 90 minutes to complete-- can be done online or on paper as the OE chooses and a little at a time to fit into busy schedules. 
  • Most OEs are delighted to assist and feel it’s a way to give back to their profession and help the next generation learn more about the world of work.

Occupational Experts:

  • 5 years is the minimum for this project as criteria to identify an occupation expert but we look to the associations to let us know if there are other criteria such as additional years of experience, industry certifications or licenses or required educational degrees or educational programs.
  • OEs may also be a supervisor, trainer or instructor for the occupation (this group must have at least one year of practice within their career to be an OE). 
  • OEs must still be active with the occupation either in practice, supervising, training or teaching the occupation. Those working part-time or consulting are also considered to be active. 

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How does this benefit your profession and association?

  • Members of your organization can use the O*NET database to write résumés, job descriptions, develop training programs, or help students learn more about the requirements of the work.  
  • All of the O*NET tools and database can be downloaded from O*NET free of charge (
  • The summary maintained will be an accurate and up-to-date snapshot of the occupation, an aggregate of data collected from occupational experts from all regions of the U.S.




For further information, please contact Tammy Belcher, an O*NET Liaison at the O*NET Operations Center, RTI International. or 877-233-7348 x 119 Mon-Fri 9AM - 5PM ET

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