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Occupational Skills

Occupational skills are a set of knowledge and skills that employees need for a specific job or occupation.

Industry-Specific Skills

Energy Competency Models
These models show a wide variety of skills and knowledge areas needed in energy industries. Some are specific to an occupation, or to one or more energy industry. Others include general workplace, academic, and personal effectiveness competencies.

IT Competency Model
The model helps both businesses and workers better understand what makes a competent IT worker and the full range of skills IT workers need.

Manufacturing Competency Models
Industry leaders developed several manufacturing-related competency models to reflect the knowledge and skills needed by today's manufacturing employees.

Skills Needed in Green
Passionate about the environment? Find out about the skill requirements in green jobs.

STEM Careers
Learn more about the demand for science, technology, engineering, and math skills in Minnesota.

Occupation Skills for Any Industry

Use the Career Search tool to find career specific skills:

  1. Choose “view careers” for a career cluster
  2. Select a specific career
  3. On the left navigation bar of the career profile, click “Skills”
  4. Next, review other features in the career profile to learn about training and work activities helpful for success in this career

CareerOneStop Skills Profiler
Create a list of your skills and match them to hundreds of different job types that use those skills.

Job Skills Transfer Assessment Tool (JobStat)
Use this tool to find Minnesota occupations that are a good match for you based on your work experience. Find out how your skills, knowledge and abilities from up to three of your past jobs can transfer to other careers, and where your gaps might be.

To match skills to careers in other states, use mySkills myFuture.

Military-to-Civilian Occupation Translator
Translate your military skills to civilian job requirements.

Employers Speak: Minnesota Workforce Needs
Find out what Minnesota employers are looking for in today's workers. Quotes from employers in several industries and regions of the state reveal what they want from new hires and the current workforce, and the skills and experience they need but are not finding, and ways to fill the gap.

O*NET Online
Search for occupations that use a specific tool or technology. Or explore occupations that match your skills.

Skills from Education Programs

Find courses in high school that will prepare you for college.

Search for majors and college programs by subject (career cluster).

FastTRAC is a training program that meets the common skills needs of businesses and individuals. It helps under-prepared adults to succeed in careers that pay a living wage.