O*NET OnLine Help Related Activities Search

Use activities performed across different types of jobs to find occupations, with the Related Activities Search feature. This search uses the O*NET database of over 2,000 detailed work activities performed across a small to moderate number of occupations.

The first step is to identify your current occupation, to use as a starting point for your search. In the following example, the user enters "biomedical engineer".

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Please enter your occupation title.

The next screen displays a list of occupations matching your search query. In this example, "Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers" appears at the top of the list.

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Click on the occupation that most closely matches what you do:

Click any listed occupation to see its detailed work activities. In this example, the user selected Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers.

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Review the detailed work activities below. Check the activities to build a list you want to explore. Then click Go to find occupations with related activities.

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Select whichever work activities you perform now, or would like to perform at your next job. In the following example, the user chose the first three activities and clicked the Go button. Related occupations are shown which involve any of the user's chosen activities.

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Occupations with related activities Save Table: XLSX CSV

11 occupations shown
Shared ActivitiesSimilar ActivitiesJob ZoneCodeOccupation
21417-2199.08Robotics Engineers
20417-2041.00Chemical Engineers Bright Outlook
20417-2051.01Transportation Engineers Bright Outlook
20317-3024.00Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians
  • Export the full list of occupations to Excel or CSV with the Save Table links.
  • Filter the occupations to show only those in a selected Job Zone by clicking one of the Show Job Zones buttons.
  • Sort the occupation list by clicking any column header. Click the header a second time to reverse the sort order.

For any occupation listed, select its title for more information about the corresponding occupation. To learn about the data presented for an occupation, see OnLine Help for Summary, Details, or Custom Report.

To examine an occupation's work activities, click the number in the Shared Activities or Similar Activities column. In the example below, the user clicked "1" in the "Similar Activities" column for Robotics Engineers.

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  • Develop software or computer applications.
  • Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems.

  • Research advanced engineering designs or applications.

Click on any section header to show or hide the activities in that section.

  • Shared activities are your selected activities which are also performed in the occupation you are exploring.
  • Similar activities are linked to the same Intermediate Work Activity (IWA) as one of your selected detailed work activities. The O*NET Database contains over 300 of these more general activities common to many occupations.
  • Full activity list shows every detailed work activity relevant to the occupation. If you cannot see yourself performing these activities, you may wish to consider another occupation.