Using the Department of Labor's O*NET Database in Teaching HRM


  • Daniel J. Koys DePaul University


Occupational Information Network (O*NET), Importance of HR tasks, SHRM curriculum guidelines


The tasks of non-HR managerial occupations in O*NET are used to show the importance of HR and to provide input to the content of the business school's HR course. The tasks of the HR occupations in O*NET (HR managers and specialists, Training and Development managers and specialists, Compensation and Benefits managers and specilists, and Labor Relations specialists) are applied to traditional HR concentration courses. Those occupation-related courses are validated against SHRM's curriculum guidelines. Data and tools freely available in O*NET are described to help HR faculty members integrate up-to-date information regarding career exploration, occupational outlooks, job descriptions, and pay ranges.

Author Biography

Daniel J. Koys, DePaul University

Dan Koys is a Professor of Human Resource Management at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. His research has been published in journals such as Personnel Psychology, Human Relations, Employe Responsibilities and Rights Journal, the Journal of Business Ethics, and Labor Law Journal. His current research interests are in how HR activities influence unit performance, how to treat employees with justice and fairness, and how to improve business school teaching and learning.




How to Cite

Koys, D. J. (2014). Using the Department of Labor’s O*NET Database in Teaching HRM. Journal of Human Resources Education, 7(3/4), 1–21. Retrieved from