September/October 2006 issue

What is the O*NET?

The Dictionary of Occupation Titles (referred to by many as simply the DOT) provides basic information regarding tasks to be performed and levels of education necessary for various occupations. Primarily used in chambers, this information is often useful in labor and social security cases. The DOT was created by the Department of Laborís Employment and Training Administration in 1939 and was last updated in print in 1991.

Given the pace at which technology and the economy can impact occupations, the DOT has been replaced by O*NET - the Occupational Information Network ( The O*NET is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. As the replacement for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), O*NET now serves the nation's primary source of occupational information.