March 4, 2020
As it did five years ago, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has asked for the Academy’s help to update the DOL’s database of occupational requirements to be an actuary. The DOL is looking for Academy members currently living and working as actuary in the United States with five or more years’ experience to participate in providing information that will be used to identify the description of “actuary” for the O*NET Data Collection Program.
O*NET stands for Occupational Information Network and is an online database accessible to the public at no cost that 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 and is used as an educational tool by many universities.
The U.S. Department of Labor believes the maintenance of this database plays an integral role in assuring the vitality of the American economy. More information about this program is available on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website.
The objective of the O*NET program is to obtain representative groups of workers in each of these 900+ occupations and then randomly select some of those workers to complete brief, objective questionnaires that will be used to populate the occupational database. Those selected who submit completed questionnaires will receive a framed Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Department of Labor and $40 in cash. Your participation in this effort is entirely voluntary, but participation by occupation experts is vital to the success of this important classification program.
Please click here to give permission for the Academy to provide your contact information to the Occupational Information Network if you are willing to be a part of the pool of actuaries from which O*NET will randomly select those to participate.
D. Joeff Williams