O*NET provides occupation data such as knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the work, as well as education and training requirements and alternate job titles. Lightcast incorporates this data throughout its tools in various ways.
The O*NET Program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. The data are essential to understanding the rapidly changing nature of work and how it impacts the workforce and U.S. economy. From this information, applications are developed to facilitate the development and maintenance of a skilled workforce.
Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated from input by a broad range of workers in each occupation.
O*NET updates do not follow a schedule; Lightcast monitors O*NET for updates and downloads new data as it becomes available.