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About the Inventory

Based on the O*NET Work Importance Locator developed by the U.S. Department of Labor
© 2012

The O*NET Career Values Inventory helps individuals match their work values to O*NET job titles. Consisting of just 36 items and taking less than 20 minutes to complete, the inventory scores into six work values identified most important by the U.S. Department of Labor: achievement, independence, recognition, relationships, support, and working conditions.

After individuals have identified their most important work values, the inventory helps them connect their results to careers organized by both values and preparation required (using the DOL's five "job zones"). In-depth suggestions for further research and a job information worksheet help individuals explore those careers.

The inventory is self-scoring and self-interpreting and is based on research by the DOL.

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Key Features and Benefits

  • Offers a much simpler adaptation of the DOL's O*NET Work Importance Locator, so administration time is greatly reduced.
  • Aligns job titles with the latest O*NET taxonomy.
  • Is self-scoring, self-interpreting, and based on decades of research.
  • Can be given to groups or individuals.
  • Available in print or online.
  • Includes a free Administrator's Guide.


In a survey of 420 individuals who completed this inventory online:

  • 85% felt more informed about the occupations that may be a good fit for their values.
  • 91% said the inventory was easy to complete.
Digital Version of the O*NET Career Values Inventory

Administer the Inventory in Print or Online

Select the format that works best for your clients' or students’ needs. The print version is ideal for in-person meetings and workshops and can be a helpful reference tool during one-on-one discussions.

The online version offers automated scoring and allows individuals to complete the inventory at home at their convenience. Results are immediately saved and provided to administrators. This option is ideal for serving or advising individuals who are unable to meet face-to-face.

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Interested in using this inventory in your program or curriculum? Connect with your regional Paradigm contact for more information.