TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT
NOTICE

NO.

9-02

DATE:

March 28, 2003

 

TO

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ALL STATE WORKFORCE LIAISONS
ALL STATE WORKFORCE AGENCIES

 

FROM

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   /s/
MARIA K. FLYNN
Acting Administrator
Office of Policy Development, Evaluation and Research

 

SUBJECT

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Release and Availability of the O*NET® Ability Profiler™

1. Purpose. To announce the release and availability of the O*NET® Ability Profiler™, a paper-and-pencil instrument to assess individuals' relative strengths in nine ability areas for purposes of career exploration, career planning, and career counseling.

2. Background. The U.S. Department of Labor has developed the O*NET® Career Exploration Tools, a suite of assessment instruments designed for career counseling, career planning, and career exploration purposes. These tools are intended to assist a wide variety of individuals in identifying and learning more about occupations that they might find satisfying. Use of a variety of career exploration tools supports the whole-person approach to assessment, providing a firmer basis for individuals to make important career decisions. The O*NET Career Exploration Tools were designed so that individuals could take one or more of these assessments, based on their particular needs. The assessment tools previously released include:



Further information about these instruments is available on the O*NET Center website at http://www.onetcenter.org/tools.html.

3. O*NET Ability Profiler. With the release of the O*NET Ability Profiler, the U.S. Department of Labor has completed the final component of the O*NET Career Exploration Tools. The O*NET Ability Profiler is a paper-and-pencil instrument with optional apparatus component (available separately, see section 6). This career counseling and career exploration tool measures nine job-relevant abilities: 1) Verbal Ability, 2) Arithmetic Reasoning, 3) Computation, 4) Spatial Ability, 5) Form Perception, 6) Clerical Perception, 7) Motor Coordination, 8) Manual Dexterity, and 9) Finger Dexterity.

The O*NET Ability Profiler is not designed for use as a self-assessment tool; instead it must be administered by staff who provide instructions to participants. The O*NET Ability Profiler package includes administration materials. Information on web-based training to administer the instrument is included in section 6 of this Notice.

Upon completing the O*NET Ability Profiler, participants receive a computer-generated score report for use in exploring careers. By using their results with O*NET data and related occupational information, individuals can explore the world of work by comparing their abilities to the abilities necessary to perform different occupations. Knowing their relative strengths can help them decide what kinds of jobs and careers they want to explore and identify areas where they may want to pursue additional education or training.