Anatomy of an ONET Report

Anatomy of an ONET Report

The ONET Occupational Database is the definitive Occupational Classification system. It was developed by the Department of Labor and is a public domain Human Resources and job development tool.

While there is broad awareness of this tool set, most casual users are unaware of the sophisticated capabilities ONET offers to evaluate and analyze job titles, descriptions, and crosswalks.

If you are a first time user, go to to access their tutorials.  This article assumes that the reader knows how to search for a basic occupational title.

Before you use ONET, let’s look at the basics:

Each Occupational Report includes up to 19 sections of data.

In addition, each BLS ONET Occupational report provides the information above:

SOC Code: (Standard Industry Classification) In this example – 21-1012.00 You can search for this code in any occupational database and return the same result.

Sample of Reported Job Titles: Respondents who provided feedback about this title hold these related job titles

Section Tabs:  Click on any tab to move to the appropriate section of the report.

The Summary report includes 19 sections (see blue tabs above).  I have divided these into three groups: Core Knowledgebase, Environment, and Marketplace.

Core Knowledgbase – This section includes the KSA profile (Knowledge. Skills and Abilities), Tasks performed and Technology requirements.

Tasks   Tasks are specific work activities that can be unique for each occupation.

Technology    Examples of software that workers may use. Includes Hot Technology - technology requirements frequently included in employer job postings.

Tools Used – Provides information of machines, equipment, and tools that workers may use.

Knowledge    Knowledges are organized sets of principles and facts that apply to a wide range of situations. 

Skills – Skills are developed capacities that facilitate learning and the performance of activities that occur across jobs.

Abilities – Abilities are enduring attributes of an individual that influence performance.

Environment – The Work environment and atmosphere

Work Activities –        The kinds of tasks that may be performed across multiple occupations.

Detailed Work Activities (DWAs) –  • DWAs provide information on the common work activities required across occupations.

Work Context –   Physical and social factors that influence the nature of work.

Job Zone –•     Occupations with similar experience, education, and training requirements are grouped together into one of the five Job Zones. Ratings for SVP are also provided.

Interests –    Interests indicate a person's preferences for work environments and outcomes.

Work Styles – Work Styles are personal characteristics that can affect how well someone does a job.

Work Values – Work Values are global aspects of work that are important to a person's satisfaction.

Related Occupations•  Individuals looking to change careers can pursue these occupations with minimal additional preparation.

Wages & Employment  Summary national wage and employment data is provided here along with links to CareerOneStop  to obtain state specific data. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics  

Job Openings Search for job postings relevant to this occupation by visiting CareerOneStop  .

Education     Summary data on the level of education required for this occupation.

Credentials    Find relevant training programs, certifications, licenses, and registered apprenticeships for this occupation by visiting CareerOneStop  .

Additional Information    Selected sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries.

Please follow the links provided to review the supporting information and statistics that ONET provides.


Vincent GomoryBLS, ONET, SOC, crosswalk