Underlying Research

The World-of-Work Map is interactive, permitting users to drill down to descriptions of specific occupations. These descriptions are refreshed every two years in order to reflect the changing nature of the work.

In addition, the World-of-Work Map itself is grounded in research and is periodically updated. The most recent update was based on three databases:

  • expert ratings of work environments for 1,122 occupations
  • job analysis data for 1,573 occupations
  • interest scores for persons pursuing 640 occupations

The three diverse databases were used to obtain Data/Ideas and People/Things work-task dimension scores for hundreds of occupations, permitting us to determine, for each career area, both a homogeneous set of occupations and a location on the World-of-Work Map.