O*Net™ Job Zones
JobZone One: Little or No Preparation Needed
Experience: Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is
needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even
if he/she has never worked before.
Education: Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
Job Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days
to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to
do the job.
Examples: These occupations involve following instructions and helping others.
Examples include counter and rental clerks, dishwashers, cashiers, furniture finishers, logging equipment operators, and baristas.
SVP Range: Below 4.0
JobZone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For
example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Job Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months
to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be
associated with these occupations.
Examples: These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others.
Examples include orderlies, forest firefighters, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range: 4.0 to < 6.0
JobZone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required
for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or
four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often
must have passed a licensing exam in order to perform the job.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related
on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Job Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years
of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced
workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Examples: These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate,
supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals.
Examples include food service managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, nannies, and medical assistants.
SVP Range: 6.0 < 7.0
JobZone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience
is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete
four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree,
but some do not.
Job Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of
work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Examples: Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others.
Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.
SVP Range: 7.0 < 8.0
JobZone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these
occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons
must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized
medical training to be able to do their job.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school.
For example, they may require a masters degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Job Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of
these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills,
knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Examples: These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals.
Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, surgeons, and veterinarians.
SVP Range: 8.0 and above
JobZone Not Available
Some occupations do not have a JobZone designation. The most common reason for this
is that the occupation is a broad occupation that O*Net™ has broken out into more
detailed occupations. Another reason my be that the duties and requirements of the
occupation are too broad or detailed to fit in one primary Job Zone.
Recent Changes O*Net™
The occupations listed below had their JobZone information updated in version 21.0
of the O*Net Database by the National O*NET Consortium. Neither the Office of Foreign Labor Certification nor the FLC Data
Center set or modify JobZone information other than to match changes made by the
National O*NET Consortium.
|Code||Title||Old Zone||New Zone|
|11-9131.00||Postmasters and Mail Superintendents||3||2|
|19-4099.02||Precision Agriculture Technicians||3||4|
|27-3011.00||Radio and Television Announcers||3||4|
|33-3012.00||Correctional Officers and Jailers||3||2|
|47-5041.00||Continuous Mining Machine Operators||1||2|
|51-4035.00||Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic||3||2|
|53-6031.00||Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants||1||2|
The occupations listed below had their JobZone information added in version 21.0
of the O*Net Database by the National O*NET Consortium.
|11-3051.03||Biofuels Production Managers||4|
|11-3051.06||Hydroelectric Production Managers||3|
|11-9199.09||Wind Energy Operations Managers||4|
|11-9199.10||Wind Energy Project Managers||4|
|17-3027.01||Automotive Engineering Technicians||3|
|17-3029.12||Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians||3|
|51-8099.01||Biofuels Processing Technicians||2|
|51-8099.04||Hydroelectric Plant Technicians||3|