It can ?spark? some serious joy in your career planning.
Let’s dive in.
ONET is a fantastic resource for career exploration and job analysis. Whether you’re an executive looking to move on or an artist looking for a suitable day job (#SummerofStrikes #SAGAFTRAStrong #WGAStrong), you will get a ton of actionable and inspiring data from ONET.
Created by the U.S. Department of Labor, ONET is an online repository that lists over 900 occupations across the United States and includes detailed descriptions of jobs, including skills and education requirements, salary ranges by state (and even by zip code!!), and job outlooks, among many other features. It’s a career encyclopedia at your fingertips.
You can search occupations by skills you have (or are interested in acquiring), including soft skills like “active listening” and job duties, professional associations, and more. There are databases to access by Industry, Career Clusters, and Bright Outlook.
The Bright Outlook list includes professions where there is expected rapid growth in the coming years or a large number of job openings. When I searched the Rapid Growth section, Actors and Actuaries were the first two professions that popped up! See below.
Because ONET uses robust national datasets, you can also use it to gauge median and average salaries in your field if you were to move to a different state, city or zip code.
You can type any term into the search bar and several option will appear for you to go down your own personal rabbit hole.
You can even search by STRESS TOLERANCE!
Whaaaaa???? I know, right?
Not to overwhelm you, but you should also know that at the bottom of every occupation’s page is a section called “Additional Resources” that includes professional organizations and other information about that job. The opportunities for learning and understanding are endless.
I’ve only just scratched the surface about this crazy-good tool, but I think I’ve given you a lot to play with, friend.
When I show this site to my private career coaching clients, it’s as if a lightbulb goes off in their eyes.
ONET can be a powerful tool in your toolbox as you seek out your next opportunity. It can help you:
- Open your eyes to opportunities you weren’t aware of before,
- See how your current skills could translate to a new role, and
- Learn what you need to get yourself ready for what you want to do next.
What do you think? If ONET can empower you to make more informed decisions and take meaningful steps toward your next step, then why not try it? Because you may not always be thinking about this, but it's true: a happier YOU sparks joy for everyone in your circle. And that, my friend, is life-changing magic.