Online Job Search Tool: O*Net

The Occupational Information Network or the O*Net (check out the website here) is an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. This free database also includes free Career Exploration Tools valuable to students who are deciding on a major.

O*Net is also an amazing resource for students wondering what jobs are out there and what knowledge, skills, and abilities you need to obtain that job. These characteristics of an occupation are available to you for any of the 800+ jobs they have in the database.

The O*NET Interest Profiler  is an online quiz that can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do and helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.

If you already have an occupation in mind and want to find out more about it, go to My Next Move and receive information about the tasks done in the job, tools and technology used, knowledge/education needed, skills frequently used, abilities workers in that job need, common work activities, work values, wages and trends, and related occupations.

I think O*Net is a wonderful resource available to us and it is easy to use. I strongly recommend students to use this site because you can find out what jobs best suit your interests and then discover the personal requirements, characteristics, experience, and salaries for those jobs you may consider.