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This image is the official logo of the Occupational Information Network, or O*NET.

At first glance, it's a peculiar acronym with an asterisk fixed between vowels and consonants. But, peering deeper into the term reveals that O*NET is a powerful set of variables serving to describe job details, worker characteristics, and skill requirements. 

Used by millions of individuals every year, and developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor, The Occupational Information Network (*NET) database contains hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors on almost 1,000 occupations covering the entire U.S. economy. Available to the public at no cost, this database is continually updated based on input from a broad set of workers in each occupation.

When new updates come out, developers and other customers are encouraged to incorporate these enhancements within their products, services, and research.

So, what's new in 2018? This year's release includes 158 technology skills and 45 tools related to 83 occupations. It includes 178 identifiable "hot technologies," and 215 alternative titles related to 98 occupations.

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