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Skill Level Explanation

SVP Explanation

FLC Wage Data updated
July 1, 2016

Job Zones updated
August 26, 2016
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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 qualified.

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™ Job Zones

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. 

CodeTitleOld ZoneNew Zone
11-9131.00Postmasters and Mail Superintendents32
13-1111.00Management Analysts45
19-4099.02Precision Agriculture Technicians34
27-1012.00Craft Artists23
27-2042.02Musicians, Instrumental34
27-3011.00Radio and Television Announcers34
33-3012.00Correctional Officers and Jailers32
33-9091.00Crossing Guards12
45-2092.01Nursery Workers12
47-5041.00Continuous Mining Machine Operators12
51-4035.00Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic32
53-6031.00Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants12


The occupations listed below had their JobZone information added in version 21.0 of the O*Net Database by the National O*NET Consortium.

CodeTitleJob Zone
11-3051.03Biofuels Production Managers4
11-3051.06Hydroelectric Production Managers3
11-9199.09Wind Energy Operations Managers4
11-9199.10Wind Energy Project Managers4
17-2199.06Microsystems Engineers5
17-3027.01Automotive Engineering Technicians3
17-3029.12Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians3
31-1015.00Orderlies2
51-8099.01Biofuels Processing Technicians2
51-8099.04Hydroelectric Plant Technicians3

The Foreign Labor Certification Data Center is developed and maintained by the State of Utah under contract with the US Department of Labor, Office of Foreign Labor Certification.