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The occupational data used in the Job Description Writer comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).

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Help: Job Description Writer

What does this tool do?

The Job Description Writer helps you build a custom job description that you can download 'as is' or edit online and then download. The initial job description is created based on occupation-specific O*NET data.

How do I get started?

  1. Enter an Occupation
  2. Select a Location
  3. Select Search; and then a full job description will be displayed for that occupation.

What should I do if I don't know the official name of an occupation?

Type a keyword related to the job you want to describe. You'll see a list of related occupations appear under the box. If you don't see what you're looking for, try a different keyword.

Why do I need to enter a location?

Some of the education and licensing-related information varies by state. To display the relevant information, a location is needed.

What's included in a Job Description?

Each Job description includes seven sections. Each section is pre-filled with the most common information or data for that occupation and you have the option to customize from there. The seven sections are:

  • Job purpose
  • Education and experience
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Work context
  • Tasks
  • Activities
  • Tools and technology

Where does this information come from?

The information for occupation purpose, knowledge, skills, work context, tasks, work activities, and tools and technology data come from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). The Education and Experience data are from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections.

Why are some skills marked with asterisks (*)?

Asterisks indicate that a skill is considered important for that occupation. The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) matches skills with occupations and ranks these matches with a numerical value. The Job Description Writer results include all O*NET skills, but those skills with a match value of 2.5 or higher are considered important, and marked with an asterisk.

What can I do with the results?

Once you see your full job description, you can customize it and then download, or just download as presented and modify from your desktop.

Online Edits

  • Edit: Select a specific category to modify from the left side menu. Once you select an "Edit" link, you'll see the current text displayed in an editable textbox. You can add, modify, and delete text, plus change the format.
  • Update Changes: To keep any modifications, select Update Changes at the bottom of the screen
  • Reset: To start over with the original text, select Reset
  • Cancel: To undo any changes you've made since your last update, select Cancel
  • Exclude this category: To remove entire categories from your final version, mark the checkbox "Exclude this category"

Download Results

To save your final job description, go to the Final Job Description page, select the file format from the Download Results drop down, email or print options from the bottom of page.

Web Services

For information regarding the display of this data on your own website, please visit CareerOneStop's Web Services.

Who can I contact for help?

Please contact the CareerOneStop Service Center at

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