O*NET Web Services is transitioning to the O*NET-SOC 2019 taxonomy on November 17, 2020. This taxonomy, based on the 2018 SOC, includes 1,016 occupational titles, 923 of which represent O*NET data-level occupations. For more information on these changes, see the O*NET-SOC Taxonomy page at the O*NET Resource Center.
The O*NET-SOC taxonomy defines and classifies each set of occupations across the entire spectrum of the world of work. Every occupation requires a different mix of knowledge, skills, and abilities, and is performed using a variety of activities and tasks. These distinguishing characteristics in the anatomy of a single occupation are described by the O*NET Content Model.
The O*NET-SOC (Occupational Network - Standard Occupational Classification) is a federal statistical standard to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting or disseminating data. The SOC 2018 code is part of the full O*NET-SOC (Occupational Network) 2019 taxonomy of occupational characteristics, detailed work activities, and skill levels.
As occupations and skill sets evolve, so to does the coding system develop new ways to describe the world of work.
New O*NET-SOC Taxonomy Transition Tools
To help O*NET Web Services users with the upcoming taxonomy transition, Taxonomy Services are now available to enable developers to connect occupational data between existing systems based on the O*NET-SOC 2010 taxonomy, and the future O*NET-SOC 2019 taxonomy-based O*NET Web Services.
Updated Competency Frameworks and Linked Data
Synonym content was added to the Abilities, Cross-Functional Skills, Basic Skills, and Knowledge competency frameworks. The simplified language is drawn from easy-to-read content included within My Next Move and My Next Move for Veterans.
The worker- and job-oriented framework can help in organizing workforce competencies, credentials, and other work-relevant information, and also serve as a starting point for creating skills thesauruses. Visit the Competency Frameworks section to discover these easy-to-use tools.
The frameworks are available in Excel format and also as machine-readable Linked Data, described using the CTDL-ASN schema (Credential Transparency Description Language Profile of Achievement Standards Network Description Language) developed by the Credential Engine project.
For a summary of O*NET machine-discoverable data see Link to Us.
See O*NET Online crosswalks for more information and search features.