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Work, Jobs, and Occupations: A Critical Review of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles

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Work, Jobs, and Occupations

A Critical Review of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (1980)
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Various editions of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles have served as the Employment Service's basic tool for matching workers and jobs. The Dictionary of Occupational Titles has also played an important role in establishing skill and training requirements and developing Employment Service testing batteries for specific occupations. However, the role of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles has been called into question as a result of planned changes in the operation of the Employment Service.

A plan to automate the operations of Employment Service offices using a descriptive system of occupational keywords rather than occupational titles has led to a claim that a dictionary of occupational titles and the occupational research program that produces it are outmoded. Since the automated keyword system does not rely explicitly on defined occupational titles, it is claimed that the new system would reduce costs by eliminating the need for a research program to supply the occupational definitions.

In light of these considerations, the present volume evaluates the future need for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles.

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National Research Council. 1980. Work, Jobs, and Occupations: A Critical Review of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/92.

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431 pages | 6 x 9
Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-309-03093-9
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/92
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Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xxii
1 Introduction and Summary 1-17
2 The Fourth Edition Dictionary of Occupational Titles: Structure and Content 18-30
3 Use of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles by the U.S. Employment Service 31-44
4 Use of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles Outside the U.S. Employment Service 45-92
5 Organization of the Occupational Analysis Program of the U.S. Employment Service 93-113
6 Procedures Used to Produce the Fourth Edition Dictionary of Occupational Titles 114-147
7 An Assessment of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles as a Source of Occupational Information 148-195
8 The Classification of Occupations: A Review of Selected Systems 196-213
9 Conclusions and Recommendations 214-234
APPENDIX A Materials Associated with the User Survey 235-249
APPENDIX B Site Visits to Selected Federal Users of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles 250-261
APPENDIX C Annotated Bibliography of Research Uses of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles 262-304
APPENDIX D Selected Materials Prepared by the Division of Occupational Analysis, U.S. Employment Service 305-314
APPENDIX E The Rating of DOT Worker Functions and Worker Traits 315-335
APPENDIX F DOT Scales for the 1970 Census Classification 336-389
APPENDIX G Using Computers to Match Workers and Jobs: A Preliminary Assessment of the U.S. Employment Service's Automated… 390-410
APPENDIX H Using Mobility Data to Develop Occupational Classifications: Exploratory Exercises 411-418
References 419-431
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