The O*Net jobs classification system: A primer for family researchers

Ann C. Crouler, Stephanie T. Lanza, Amy Pirretti, W. Benjamin Goodman, Eloise Neebe

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We introduce family researchers to the Occupational Information Network, or O*Net, an electronic data-base 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-472
Number of pages12
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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