The United States Department of Labor is looking for Emergency Management Directors to volunteer for the O*NET Data Collection Program.

O*NET stands for Occupational Information Network and is a database accessible by the public via the internet ( at no cost, which provides information about the skills, tasks, work context, and knowledge requirements of 900+ occupations in the United States. It replaces the 70-year-old Dictionary of Occupational Titles as the nation’s primary source of occupational information.

The U.S. Department of Labor believes the maintenance of this database plays an integral role in assuring the vitality of the American economy. It is used as an educational tool by many Universities. You may obtain more information about this program by visiting the U.S. Department of Labor’s website at

The objective of the O*NET program is to obtain representative samples of workers in each of these occupations and have them complete brief, objective questionnaires which will be used to populate the database with current and essential information.

The Department of Labor is making this request as it is now focusing on the occupation of Emergency Management Directors.

** Volunteers who are selected for this survey will receive a framed Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Labor, an O*NET desk clock, and $40 in cash.

Are you an Occupational Expert? Here is the criteria:

  1. Do you currently work in the U.S.?
  2. The description of this occupational classification (Emergency Management Director) is detailed below.  Does the work described fit either the work you’re doing now or have done in the past? (Your job title does not need to match, just the work described.)

Emergency Management Directors

Description: Plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.

  1. Do you have at least 5 years’ experience with this occupation and a professional certification or degree in this field?
  2. Experience = practicing the occupation but also includes those who have at least one year of practice who are now training, instructing or supervising those in the occupation .

If you said yes to the questions above, your assistance would be appreciated. Your participation in this effort is voluntary. Yet, participation by occupation experts is vital to the success of this important program.

If you would like to participate in the O*NET Data Collection Program, please contact Marye Pasick at