The O*Net Jobs Classification System: A Primer for Family Researchers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We introduce family researchers to the Occupational Information Network, or O*Net, an electronic database on the work characteristics of over 950 occupations. The paper here is a practical primer that covers data collection, selecting occupational characteristics, coding occupations, scale creation, and construct validity, with empirical illustrations from the Family Life Project, a study of almost 1,300 families with infants born in 6 low-income, nonmetro counties in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. We factor analyzed parents' occupations on 35 O*Net characteristics and identified 5 factors: occupational self-direction, physical hazards, physical activity, care work, and automation/repetition, variables that supplement data collected from parents directly. Applied researchers can use the O*Net to expand their knowledge of participants' work circumstances with objective data.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Crouter, AC; Lanza, ST; Pirretti, A; Goodman, WB; Neebe, E; Key Family Life Project Investigators,

Published Date

  • October 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 461 - 472

PubMed ID

  • 30923416

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6435303

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0197-6664

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2006.00415.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States