Descriptive dimensions of US occupations with data from the O*NET

Wilbur C. Hadden, Nataliya Kravets, Carles Muntaner

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Several authors have successfully used the Dictionary of Occupational Titles to construct scales measuring occupational work environments. The Dictionary, however, has been replaced by the Occupation Information Network or O*NET, which offers expanded content and higher quality data. This paper reports an exploratory factor analysis of the O*NET (version 4.0). Four factors are identified. Three factors are comparable to the results of earlier analyses: Substantive complexity, people versus things, and physical demands. A fourth factor, bureaucracy, is discovered that describes work in hierarchical organizations and oriented toward organizational policies and practices. O*NET variables and these factors can be linked to social studies via occupation codes and used as relatively objective and up to date assessments of work environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-78
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Science Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Mar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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