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Skills Search

The Skills Search function is designed to help you use your skill set to identify occupations for exploration. You select a set of skills from six broad groups of skills to create your customized skill list. (Note: You are not required to select skills from more than one group of skills.)

Begin by selecting skills from one or more of the six skill groups identified: Basic Skills, Complex Problem Solving Skills, Resource Management Skills, Social Skills, Systems Skills, and Technical Skills. Start by selecting as many skills as you have or plan to acquire. If you select only a few general skills (especially Basic Skills), you might get a large number of occupations that match your list.

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— Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
— Using mathematics to solve problems.
— Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
— Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
— Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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— Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


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After completing and submitting your choices, a table (similar to the one below) will display your results.

Skills Matched. Your selected skills are compared to skill ratings for each occupation. If a selected skill is rated "Important" for a particular occupation, it is considered a match. "Important" includes skills rated 50 or above on the standardized scale (3.0 or above on the original importance scale). Occupations matching all your selected skills are shown first, followed by those matching all but one of your selected skills, and so on. Within these groupings, occupations are sub-grouped by Job Zones.

Occupations are presented that match at least 75% of your selected skills, with the following exceptions:

  • If you select only one or two skills, your list will show occupations that match all of the skills you chose.
  • If you select three skills, your list will show occupations that match two and three skills - at least 66% of your selected skills.

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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