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Career Development: Classification of Occupational Data

Guide to Career Resources

Web Sites

  • O*NET OnLine – Contains comprehensive information on job requirements and worker competencies. This site "facilitate[s] career exploration, vocational counseling, and a variety of human resources functions, such as developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning training with current workplace needs.
  • Standard Occupational Classification Manual – Composed of over 840 occupations, the SOC classifies “workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data.”


  • Dictionary of Occupational Titles [HB2595.U543 1991 Ref] – Entries provide concise definitions and requirements of each job as well as alternatives and related titles. Alphabetical index of occupational titles refers to COT code numbers rather than page numbers. Also available on the Web at Although now superseded by O*Net, DOT still proves to be a useful tool. Where else can you find job descriptions for over 900 different occupations in one volume?