National Academies Press: OpenBook

A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) (2010)

Chapter: Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model

« Previous: Appendix A: Dissent--Juan I. Sanchez and David H. Autor
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

Appendix B
Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model

ABILITIES TAXONOMY (PROTOTYPE AND CURRENT)

Cognitive Abilities

Verbal abilities

Oral comprehension

Written comprehension

Oral expression

Written expression

Idea generation and reasoning abilities

Fluency of ideas

Originality

Problem sensitivity

Deductive reasoning

Inductive reasoning

Information ordering

Category flexibility

Quantitative abilities

Mathematical reasoning

Number facility

Memory

Memorization

Perceptual Abilities

Speed of closure

Flexibility of closure

Perceptual speed

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

Spatial abilities

Spatial orientation

Visualization

Attentiveness

Selective attention

Time sharing

Psychomotor Abilities

Fine manipulative abilities

Arm-hand steadiness

Manual dexterity

Finger dexterity

Control movement abilities

Control precision

Multilimb coordination

Response orientation

Rate control

Reaction time and speed ability

Reaction time

Wrist-finger speed

Speed of limb movement

Physical Abilities

Physical strength abilities

Static strength

Explosive strength

Dynamic strength

Trunk strength

Endurance

Stamina

Flexibility, balance, and coordination

Extent flexibility

Dynamic flexibility

Gross body coordination

Gross body equilibrium

Sensory Abilities

Visual abilities

Near vision

Far vision

Visual color discrimination

Night vision

Peripheral vision

Depth perception

Glare sensitivity

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

Auditory and speech abilities

Hearing sensitivity

Auditory attention

Sound localization

Speech recognition

Speech clarity

SOURCE: Adapted from Fleishman and Reilly (1992). Reprinted with permission.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

WORK STYLES TAXONOMY (PROTOTYPE, CURRENT TAXONOMY SHOWN USING TRACK CHANGES)

Achievement Orientation

Achievement/effort

Persistence

Initiative

Social Influence

Energy

Leadership orientation

Interpersonal Orientation

Cooperative

Concern for others

Social orientation

Adjustment

Self-control

Stress tolerance

Adaptability/flexibility

Conscientiousness

Dependability

Attention to detail

Integrity

Independence

Independence

Practical Intelligence

Innovative

Analytical Analytical thinking

SOURCE: Adapted from Peterson et al. (1997). Reprinted with permission.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

WORK VALUES TAXONOMY (PROTOTYPE, CURRENT TAXONOMY SHOWN USING TRACK CHANGES)

Factor

Achievement

Ability utilization

Achievement

Comfort Working conditions

Activity

Independence

Variety

Compensation

Security

Working conditions

Status Recognition

Advancement

Recognition

Authority

Social Status

Altruism Relationships

Coworkers

Social service

Moral values

Safety Support

Company policies

Supervision, human relations

Supervision, technical

Autonomy

Creativity

Responsibility

Autonomy

SOURCE: Dawis and Lofquist (1984, Table 3-2, p. 29). Reprinted with permission.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

KNOWLEDGE TAXONOMY (PROTOTYPE AND CURRENT)

Business and Management

  1. Administration and management

  2. Clerical

  3. Economics and accounting

  4. Sales and marketing

  5. Customer and personal service

  6. Personal and human resources

Manufacturing and Production

  1. Production and processing

  2. Food production

Engineering and Technology

  1. Computers and electronics

  2. Engineering and technology

  3. Design

  4. Building and construction

  5. Mechanical

Mathematics and Science

  1. Mathematics

  2. Physics

  3. Chemistry

  4. Biology

  5. Psychology

  6. Sociology and anthropology

  7. Geography

Health Services

  1. Medicine and dentistry

  2. Therapy and counseling

Education and Training

  1. Education and training

Arts and Humanities

  1. English language

  2. Foreign language

  3. Fine arts

  4. History and archaeology

  5. Philosophy and theology

Law and Public Safety

  1. Public safety and security

  2. Law, government, and jurisprudence

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

Communications

  1. Telecommunications

  2. Communications and media

Transportation

  1. Transportation

SOURCE: Adapted from Peterson et al. (1997, Figure 4-1). Reprinted with permission.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

SKILLS TAXONOMY (PROTOTYPE, CURRENT TAXONOMY SHOWN USING TRACK CHANGES)

BASIC SKILLS

Content Skills

Process Skills

Active listening

Active learning

Reading comprehension

Learning strategies

Writing

Monitoring

Speaking

Critical thinking

Mathematics

 

Science

 

CROSS-FUNCTIONAL SKILLS

Problem-solving skills

 

Complex Problem-Solving

Social Skills

Complex problem-solving

Social perceptiveness

Problem identification

Coordination

Information gathering

Persuasion

Information organization

Negotiation

Synthesis/reorganization

Instruction

Idea generation

Service orientation

Idea evaluation

 

Implementation planning

 

Solution appraisal

 

Technical Skills

Systems Skills

Operations analysis

Visioning

Technology design

Systems perception analysis

Equipment selection

Identification of downstream consequences

Installation

Programming

Identification of key causes

Testing Quality control analysis

Judgment and evaluation

Production inspection

Judgment and decision making

Equipment maintenance

Systems evaluation

Troubleshooting

 

Repairing

 

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

Resource Management Skills

Time management

Management of financial resources

Managing material resources

Managing personnel resources

SOURCE: Adapted from Peterson et al. (1997, Figure 3-1). Reprinted with permission.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

GENERALIZED WORK ACTIVITIES TAXONOMY (PROTOTYPE, CURRENT TAXONOMY SHOWN USING TRACK CHANGES)

Information Input

Looking for and receiving job-related information

Getting information needed to do the job

Monitoring processes, materials, and or surroundings

Identifying/evaluating job-relevant information

Identifying objects, actions, and events

Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials

Estimating the quantifiable characteristics of materials, products, events, or information

Mental Processes

Information/data processing

Judging the qualities of objects, services, or persons

Processing information

Evaluating information for compliance to standards

Analyzing data or information

Reasoning/decision making

Making decisions and solving problems

Thinking creatively

Updating and using job-relevant knowledge

Development objectives and strategies

Scheduling work and activities

Organizing, planning and prioritizing work

Work Output

Performing physical and manual work activities

Performing general physical activities

Handling and moving objects

Controlling machines and processes

Operating vehicles and mechanized devices or equipment

Performing complex/technical activities

Interacting with computers

Drafting, laying out, and specifying technical devices, parts, or equipment

Implementing ideas, programs, systems, or products

Repairing and maintaining mechanical equipment

Repairing and maintaining electronic equipment

Documenting and recording information

Interacting with Others

Communicating/interacting

Interpreting the meaning of information for others

Communicating with supervisors, peers, or subordinates

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

Communicating with persons outside the organization

Establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships

Assisting and caring for others

Selling or influencing others

Resolving conflicts and negotiating with others

Performing for or working directly with the public

Coordinating/developing/managing/advising others Coordinating, Developing, Managing, and Advising

Coordinating the work and activities of others

Developing and building teams

Training and Teaching others

Guiding/directing and motivating subordinates

Coaching and developing others

Providing advice and consultation to others

Administering

Performing Accomplishing administrative activities

Staffing organizational units

Monitoring and controlling resources

SOURCE: Adapted from Peterson et al. (1997, Figure 6-2). Reprinted with permission.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×

WORK CONTEXT TAXONOMY (PROTOTYPE, CURRENT TAXONOMY SHOWNUSING TRACK CHANGES)

Interpersonal Relationships

Communication

Role relationships

Responsibility to others

Conflictual contact

Physical Work Conditions

Work setting

Environmental conditions

Job hazards Demands

Body positioning

Work attire

Structural Job Characteristics

Criticality of position

Routine vs. challenging work

Pace and scheduling

Competition

NOTE: The higher order factors within the prototype and current taxonomies are shown. The list does not include the specific descriptors.

SOURCE: Adapted from Peterson et al. (1997, Figure 7-2). Reprinted with permission.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 199
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 200
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 201
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 202
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 203
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 204
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 205
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 206
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 207
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 208
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 209
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Descriptor Taxonomies Included in the Content Model." National Research Council. 2010. A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12814.
×
Page 210
Next: Appendix C: Biographical Sketches of Panel Members and Staff »
A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Get This Book
×
Buy Paperback | $60.00 Buy Ebook | $47.99
MyNAP members save 10% online.
Login or Register to save!
Download Free PDF

Information about the characteristics of jobs and the individuals who fill them is valuable for career guidance, reemployment counseling, workforce development, human resource management, and other purposes. To meet these needs, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in 1998 launched the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), which consists of a content model--a framework for organizing occupational data--and an electronic database. The O*NET content model includes hundreds of descriptors of work and workers organized into domains, such as skills, knowledge, and work activities. Data are collected using a classification system that organizes job titles into 1,102 occupations.

The National Center for O*NET Development (the O*NET Center) continually collects data related to these occupations. In 2008, DOL requested the National Academies to review O*NET and consider its future directions. In response, the present volume inventories and evaluates the uses of O*NET; explores the linkage of O*NET with the Standard Occupational Classification System and other data sets; and identifies ways to improve O*NET, particularly in the areas of cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and currency.

  1. ×

    Welcome to OpenBook!

    You're looking at OpenBook, NAP.edu's online reading room since 1999. Based on feedback from you, our users, we've made some improvements that make it easier than ever to read thousands of publications on our website.

    Do you want to take a quick tour of the OpenBook's features?

    No Thanks Take a Tour »
  2. ×

    Show this book's table of contents, where you can jump to any chapter by name.

    « Back Next »
  3. ×

    ...or use these buttons to go back to the previous chapter or skip to the next one.

    « Back Next »
  4. ×

    Jump up to the previous page or down to the next one. Also, you can type in a page number and press Enter to go directly to that page in the book.

    « Back Next »
  5. ×

    Switch between the Original Pages, where you can read the report as it appeared in print, and Text Pages for the web version, where you can highlight and search the text.

    « Back Next »
  6. ×

    To search the entire text of this book, type in your search term here and press Enter.

    « Back Next »
  7. ×

    Share a link to this book page on your preferred social network or via email.

    « Back Next »
  8. ×

    View our suggested citation for this chapter.

    « Back Next »
  9. ×

    Ready to take your reading offline? Click here to buy this book in print or download it as a free PDF, if available.

    « Back Next »
Stay Connected!