By Zafer Sonmez
An earlier blog post described the online tools and information provided by O*NET Online. This post focuses on how workforce development agencies and potentially economic development policy makers could utilize O*NET data.
The core mission of workforce development agencies is to help workers and businesses transition in a changing economy. These agencies constantly strive to align their policies and programs with projected labor market demands. They also try to influence future demand by increasing the supply of workers with certain skill sets, with the end goal of aiding the growth of targeted industries (e.g. green industries) in a region.
O*NET provides key components of the data needed in this process. Below I discuss three specific areas where O*NET OnLine could be a primary data source for workforce development agencies in advancing their goals. Continue reading