U.S. Department of Labor Dictionary of Occupational Titles Call for Participation

We are writing to request your assistance with an important program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) known as the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). The USDOL is gathering occupational information in an effort to better define worker and work characteristics such as knowledge, skills, abilities, activities, and work context for nearly 900 occupational categories in the U.S. economy. As the data is collected and published, it will be used by millions of employers, workers, educators, and students (http://online.onetcenter.org). Much of the information already is in use by agencies and organizations across the nation (http://www.doleta.gov/programs/onet/oina.cfm).

The O*NET program is seeking experts in the occupations of Bioinformatics Scientist, Bioinformatics Technician, and Biostatistician.  The last complete update of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles was conducted by USDOL in the late 1970s. Basic criteria includes that data be provided by individuals who have performed the occupation for at least one year, have a five or more years of experience in the notedoccupation, andhave performed in that same arena duringthe past six months. This can bepracticing, consulting, teaching, instructing, supervising, etc. A short description of the occupation currently being updated is listed below. Please use the description, not the title, to decide if you may be a good match:

Bioinformatics Scientists:  Conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. May design databases and develop algorithms for processing and analyzing genomic information, or other biological information.

Bioinformatics Technicians:  Apply principles and methods of bioinformatics to assist scientists in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. Apply bioinformatics tools to visualize, analyze, manipulate or interpret molecular data. May build and maintain databases for processing and analyzing genomic or other biological information.

Biostatisticians:  Develop and apply biostatistical theory and methods to the study of life sciences.

The Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. is asking for volunteers from our membership to assist in the collection of information about these occupations.  Please be assured that your decision regarding participation in O*NET will not impact your standing as a member of the Bioinformatics Organization, Inc..

RTI International (RTI), a nonprofit research firm, is assisting USDOL with the O*NET data collection effort.  Please send an e-mail indicating your interest to participate, including your experience, title, last name, first name, address 1, address 2, City, State, ZIP code, day time Phone number, and Bioinformatics Scientist, Bioinformatics Technician, and Biostatistician area of specialty to Ron Wandscher, Business Liaison, at rwandscher@onet.rti.org.  You can also call 877-233-7348 ext. 108.

By participating, you will contribute to a key resource providing our nation with continuously updated occupational information.  Thank you in advance for your time and effort.