- Take a sheet of lined paper and draw two vertical lines to divide it into three columns.
- In the leftmost column, write examples of work you’ve done (paid or otherwise) that gave you the most enjoyment and that you handled the most skillfully. You may want to skip a few lines between each example.
- In the middle column, for each kind of work, identify the specific tasks that were central to the work—i.e., that determined your success.
- In the rightmost column, for each task, deduce the transferable skills that you used to accomplish the task.
- Look for skills that occur most often, and then start looking for jobs that use those skills.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Using the Skills tables from releases 11 (2006) and 21.2 (the most recent release), I compared the skill requirements for each occupation. Specifically, I used the Level scale and subtracted the rating for release 11 from the level for release 21.2. It’s interesting to note that the difference was not always a positive number; that is, for some skills for some occupations, the required skill level went down.
But I was interested in the total difference for each occupation, so I summed the differences and then ordered the occupations by this figure. Here, in descending order, are the top 20 occupations—that is, the occupations that had the greatest increases in their skill requirements:
The list is dominated by construction, engineering, and health-care occupations.
I was interested in which particular skills had the biggest increases for these occupations, so I sorted them, and here are the top 5 ramped-up skills for the top 5 occupations:
Plasterers and Stucco Masons: Equipment Maintenance; Equipment Selection; Technology Design; Repairing; Operations Analysis.
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: Equipment Selection; Equipment Maintenance; Repairing; Installation; Troubleshooting.
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents: Equipment Selection; Equipment Maintenance; Repairing; Installation; Troubleshooting.
Management Analysts: Operation and Control; Installation; Equipment Maintenance; Quality Control Analysis; Troubleshooting.
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians: Technology Design; Installation; Equipment Selection; Mathematics; Management of Material Resources.
It should be no surprise that the common thread among these increases in skill demands is technology. Technology is playing an increasing role in all of these industries.
Finally, I thought it would be interesting to see which skills showed increased demands across all occupations. Here are the top 10 O*NET skills, in descending order:
Again, it’s no surprise to find technology-related skills heavily represented here. And the presence of Learning Strategies indicates that workers need to be able to learn the new technologies that are being deployed in their worksites. It’s also interesting to find Instructing at the #10 spot. Evidently, as workers are spending more time in teams, it’s getting more important for them to be able to bring their teammates up to speed on the new technologies.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
For both Trump and the Republican Congressional majority, two main policy recommendations result from this denial of the scientific evidence: (1) increased oil drilling and coal mining (“Drill, baby, drill!”); and (2) reduction or elimination of limits placed on carbon-releasing industrial activity (“Burn, baby, burn!”). Another result is encouragement of oil-pipeline construction, which has frequently been blocked by environmentalists.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016