Understanding the Contents of the Guide


Standard Occupational Title and Code
This section of the Guides identifies the standard occupational titles as defined in the Federal Standard Occupational Classification System (SOC). Most government and private sector employers recognize the SOC as a reliable source for describing the characteristics of an occupation and the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for successful performance.


Pay Band
This section of the Guide identifies the Pay Band(s) to which jobs in your occupation are assigned in the Commonwealth's salary structure and provides a link to current pay charts.


Standard Occupational Description
This section provides a brief description of the type of work generally performed by workers in a specific occupation.


Role Titles and Descriptions in the Commonwealth's Job Structure
In this section, you will learn about the specific state Career Group, Role Title(s) and Pay Band(s) where positions in your occupation are assigned. This information helps you identify "where you are" in terms of the typical career path.


Other Career Group(s) that may be of interest
This section of the Guide identifies Career Groups where related technical or managerial occupations can be found, and helps identify the additional skills that may be necessary for career advancement or a career change. For example, Electricians and Electronics Technicians, which are related occupations, are assigned to different Career Groups.


Skills, Knowledge, Abilities and Tasks
This section of the Guide describes the technical and functional skills generally required for your occupation by most employers and gives examples of work tasks that you may be expected to perform. Typically, you will not be required to have all of the skills listed to be a successful performer, and some of the tasks will not apply to every work environment.


This section of the Guide will help you decide if a certain career is right for you. This section describes the characteristics of an occupation and helps you match your own personal interests to that specific occupation. When you choose a job in an occupation that matches your own interests you have taken an important step in planning a successful and rewarding career.


Licensure, Registration, Or Certification Requirements
This section of the Guide identifies licensing, registration, or certification requirements and the organizations responsible for the credentialing process. You may not need a license to be successful in your chosen career. Licensure, registration, or certification usually depends upon laws governing the occupation and/or the preference of the employer. But even if it's not required for your specific occupation or job, you should consider the advantages of becoming certified or licensed.


Educational, Training and Learning Opportunities
This section describes the education and training that typically qualifies someone for employment and advancement in a specific occupation. It also provides sources of continuing educational, training, and learning opportunities that can help you develop a plan for advancing your career.


Commonwealth Competencies
This section identifies seven key competencies, or a set of behaviors, knowledge, skills, and abilities, that directly and positively impact the success of employees and the organization. Competencies can be observed and measured. When consistently demonstrated, competencies make employees particularly effective in their work. Competencies help lay out a road map to career success. You can use the Commonwealth Competencies to help improve your individual performance by adopting behaviors that make high performing employees successful in their jobs. In this way, you can use the Commonwealth Competencies for your further professional development.


Commonwealth Career Path
This section provides a "picture" and brief description of the typical career path for workers in a specific occupation within State Government. It shows that career advancement in the Commonwealth is not limited to moving "up" to the next highest role and pay band, changing positions, or to becoming a supervisor. That's because most roles describe a broad group of occupationally related positions that perform a range of work that requires increased knowledge and skills.


Additional Information
The Guide provides links to several reliable sources of information and/or direct assistance that can help you understand occupations, test your interest in a particular career, develop a career plan, and search for job opportunities.



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