The United States Department of Labor sponsors O*NET OnLine in order to provide occupational information to job seekers and students. The online database collects and displays information relevant to more than 900 different occupations with the aim of helping people gain the skills necessary to meet the employment requirements necessary.
O*NET Online helps human resources professionals and businesses develop effective, standardized job descriptions in a simple manner, while expanding the pool of candidates qualified for their open positions. The database also helps define job-specific success factors and align workplace needs with targets for organizational development in the business field.
The online database also helps job seekers determine which jobs are best suited to their unique sets of skills, knowledge and experience while allowing them to explore relevant growth career profiles using accurate labor market data. This lets students, job seekers and other potentially employable individuals maximize their earning potential when deciding on a career path using trustworthy data as provided by the Department of Labor. Examples of data that the online database provides include projected growth of individual positions and projected job openings.
The O*NET OnLine database clusters career paths into similar industries, fields of work, areas of scientific research and specific skills needed, among other categories. The database provides comprehensive information about the jobs it lists through a partnership with the American Job Center network.