ERIC Number: ED345019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Attributes Differentiating Holland's Occupational Types, Job Families, and Occupations.
Vansickle, Timothy R.; Prediger, Dale J.
A study was conducted to identify a comprehensive set of attributes that differentiate occupations and occupational groups. It also determined the feasibility of linking counselee preferences for those attributes to the World-of-Work Map (WWM), a career exploration tool used in DISCOVER, a computer-based career planning system. A literature review was conducted to identify occupational attributes commonly supported by research and practice. Ratings on 36 attributes for 425 occupations were analyzed to obtain additional research-based information on viable attributes and the feasibility of a WWM linkage. The analyses identified occupational attributes that differentiated specific occupations, occupations grouped by Holland's types, and occupations grouped by job families within Holland's types. Results of the analyses indicated the feasibility of linking occupational attribute preferences to the WWM via job families. It appeared that DISCOVER's procedure for linking attribute preferences to occupations could be similar to the procedure currently used with interests and abilities. On the basis of the literature review and the results of study analyses, 16 occupational attributes were recommended for use by DISCOVER. (Appendixes include a list of 39 references, 12 data tables, 19 figures, sample profiles for 36 occupational attributes, definitions of attributes used in analyses, and definitions of recommended attributes.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Education, Career Exploration, Career Guidance, Factor Analysis, Goal Orientation, High Schools, Higher Education, Job Analysis, Job Satisfaction, Literature Reviews, Motivation, Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Clusters, Occupational Information, Values, Vocational Interests, Work Ethic
ACT Research Report Series, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. Research Div.
Identifiers: Attribute Identification; Discover System; Hollands Theory of Occupational Choice