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Skill Level Explanation

SVP Explanation

FLC Wage Data updated
July 1, 2016

Job Zones updated
January 6, 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 taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter and rental clerks, nonfarm animal caretakers, continuous mining machine operators, and waiters/waitresses.

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 sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), 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 acomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, 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, teachers, 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. However, many also 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 acomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.

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 20.0 of the O*Net Datbase 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
11-1021.00General and Operations Managers34
13-1041.02Licensing Examiners and Inspectors23
19-4041.02Geological Sample Test Technicians34
27-1026.00Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers23
37-1012.00First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers23
37-3012.00Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation32
39-3031.00Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers12
39-5092.00Manicurists and Pedicurists32
41-9021.00Real Estate Brokers34
43-5081.01Stock Clerks, Sales Floor12
43-5081.03Stock Clerks- Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard12
43-9041.01Insurance Claims Clerks23
43-9111.00Statistical Assistants34
47-2011.00Boilermakers23
47-2161.00Plasterers and Stucco Masons21
47-4041.00Hazardous Materials Removal Workers23
49-9043.00Maintenance Workers, Machinery23
51-6011.00Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers21
51-7011.00Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters32
51-9195.04Glass Blowers, Molders, Benders, and Finishers32
51-9198.00Helpers--Production Workers12
53-1021.00First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand32
53-5021.02Mates- Ship, Boat, and Barge32
53-6021.00Parking Lot Attendants12
53-6051.07Transportation Vehicle, Equipment and Systems Inspectors, Except Aviation32


The occupations listed below had their JobZone information added in version 20.0 of the O*Net Datbase by the National O*NET Consortium.

CodeTitleJob ZoneNew Zone
11-9039.02Fitness and Wellness Coordinators4
13-1075.00Labor Relations Specialists4
15-1199.06Database Architects4
17-2072.01Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialists4
17-2199.09Nanosystems Engineers5
17-2199.11Solar Energy Systems Engineers4
19-2041.03Industrial Ecologists5
25-2052.00Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School4
29-2099.07Surgical Assistants3
35-3022.01Baristas1
41-3031.03Securities and Commodities Traders4
47-4099.02Solar Thermal Installers and 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.