O'Net: Business Labor Market Data for Job Seekers!

  • Wondering how to get job and career data but not sure where to look?
  • Wondering if your salary is fair?
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This is the blog post for you!

"The O*NET program is Canada's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation." Also, it's free!!! Next week I'll post a blog about  American labor market data resources.

In the 1990's and 2000's, the labor market data was published in an annual book. Except for career advisors in the know, it was hard to get a hold of. Now, it is published online as a public, access website called O'Net !  Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations.

Here is a screenshot of the Canadian O'Net Labor Market site, based on data by the Canadian Government.  This is what the homepage looks like. It contains great search features to find occupations of interest, advanced search and even career crosswalks.

Check out a fun section called "Bright Outlook." This reflects the quintessential Canadian outlook. What a positive, feel good section! Don't we all want to work in an industry or job with a Bright Outlook?

You can also drill down further to review industry and job family.

Or you can check out career cluster and the 'green economy sector' which is very hot in Canada and overall in North America right now.

A large part of my role as a career counselor is to help clients with  labor market research. Sound research is what should inform your career decisions. I help clients interpret and analyze the data in light of their unique career needs. Also, I can provide more specific regional and local data about labor market conditions. People have told me that they also love hearing success stories from my other clients. This inspires them. If you'd like some career support and/or inspiration, let me know!

Stay tuned, next week I'll post my blog about the equivalent American site with labor market data.
Author: © 2015 - All Rights Reserved – Sharon Cohen, MA, Dip.Educ, CPRP. MBA Career Counselor and Social Media Strategist.

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  1. Wonderful and i am very happy to know the useful job search site name in the post "O'Net: Free Labor Market Data-Base for Job Seekers!" Very professional site indeed.


  2. Keeping the workplace challenging and engaging is important. Happy employees are productive ones, and for many the same routine of punching the time clock everyday gets old fast.

    valuable profession

  3. I agree. Helping my clients find their 'career passion' is what I enjoy the most about my work.
    career manager,

    Sharon C.