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Quick Search can be used to locate occupations using a keyword or O*NET-SOC Code.

Quick Search by Keyword

You can enter a word, phrase, or title to search for an O*NET-SOC occupation. To narrow or broaden the scope of your search, you may wish to experiment with the word, phrase, or title you submit. Your search results are displayed as a list of occupations ranked based on how well they matched the keyword. The search strategy used in the keyword search employs a combination of occupational information, such as associated alternate titles, description, and tasks.

In the following example, the user enters the keyword "dental", to search for a "Dental Laboratory Technician".

Example


Examples: 25-1011.00, dental assistant

This search returns occupations which contain the keyword "dental" in their occupational information. An occupation like "Dental Laboratory Technicians", which contains the word "dental" in its title and throughout the occupation's tasks and activities, receives a high score. An occupation like "Medical Secretaries", which contains the alternate title "Dental Secretary" but does not refer to dental-specific activities, receives a lower score.

In this search, the occupation "Dental Laboratory Technicians" appears at the top of the list. (Note: Updates to databases used in the keyword result may alter items displayed in the example below.)

Example
How do they match? Code Occupation
  51-9081.00 Dental Laboratory Technicians
  31-9091.00 Dental Assistants   Bright Outlook Bright Outlook  
  29-2021.00 Dental Hygienists Bright Outlook
. . .
  43-6013.00 Medical Secretaries Bright Outlook

For any occupation listed, select its title to see more information about the corresponding occupation. For more information on these options, see OnLine Help for Summary, Details, or Custom Report.

To see more details about how each occupation matches the search query, click on the "How do they match?" link at the top of the occupation list. This will reveal a set of icons next to each occupation:

Example
How do they match? Code Occupation
51-9081.00 Dental Laboratory Technicians
31-9091.00 Dental Assistants Bright Outlook
29-2021.00 Dental Hygienists Bright Outlook
. . .

Click on one of these icons to bring up a list of the alternate titles, tasks, and work activities matching your search query. The words of the search query are highlighted, to easily see where a match occurs.

In the following example, the user clicks the icon next to "Dental Assistants." This opens a window with detailed information, a sample of which is shown below.

Example

Dental Assistants Bright Outlook 34 matches for dental

. . .

Alternate Occupation Titles

  • Dental Aide
  • Dental Assistant (DA)

. . .

Tasks

  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
  • Clean teeth, using dental instruments.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.

. . .

Quick Search by O*NET-SOC Code

Example #1 - Enter an 8-digit O*NET-SOC or partial code to list matching O*NET-SOC occupations. For example, entering a complete code of "41-3031.00":

Example


Examples: 25-1011.00, dental assistant

yields a single entry for Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents.

Example

1 O*NET-SOC code matching "41-3031.00"

Example #2 - Entering a partial code of "41-3031"

Example


Examples: 25-1011.00, dental assistant

yields the 4 matching O*NET-SOC occupations listed below.

Example #3 - Entering "41"

Example


Examples: 25-1011.00, dental assistant

will yield a list of all 27 O*NET-SOC occupations within this group.

For any occupation listed, select its title to see more information about the corresponding occupation. For more information on these options, see OnLine Help for Summary, Details, or Custom Report.


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