International Career Assessment Using the Occupational Information Network (O*NET)

Alexis Hanna, Christina Gregory, Phil M. Lewis, James Rounds

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The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a premier source of occupational information. O*NET is an open–source online platform that contains data for almost all occupations in the United States. These data are continually collected, disseminated, and updated. O*NET data and products are used for many purposes, from research to career development to public policy. Recently, international users have begun to develop similar platforms based on O*NET’s model for their own countries. O*NET supports several possibilities for international career assessment and cross cultural research. This chapter provides an overview of the history and structure of O*NET, as well as the O*NET products and database available for use. The chapter then details career assessment examples and opportunities both within the United States and internationally. Lastly, this chapter outlines challenges and considerations in using O*NET internationally and potential outlets and possibilities for international career assessment with O*NET in the future.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Career Guidance
EditorsJames A. Athanasou, Harsha N. Perera
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-25153-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-25152-9
StatePublished - 2019


  • occupational information network
  • O*NET
  • international career assessment
  • Crosscultural research


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