Job analysis, job competencies, and job descriptions


Assignment Introduction


Job analysis, job competencies, and job descriptions form critical elements of employee recruiting, selection, and organizational staffing. We must understand the job, know its nature, and describe its competencies before we can announce the position and attract quality applicants. To get to this point, the HR professional must have the skills to conduct research, including employee and supervisor interviews. These interviews will contain valuable real-life information that will describe the job to be advertised and filled. For this assignment, you will be assisting our senior HR professional Kimberly by developing a position description.

Your Challenge

Use O*Net Online to develop a job description and competencies for any job of your choosing. The job should have five to seven competencies. Your job description and competency model should follow this example of a medical job description for a Physician Assistant:

Serves in the Occupational Medicine Program (OMP), Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) and other Occupational Health (OH) services and related matters.

Advises on Occupational Health (OH) program development, management, administration and evaluation. Formulates OH service policies and objectives as required. Advises on program requirements and procedures. Establishes criteria for OH program evaluations and assessments. Advises on the development, interpretation, and application of occupational health standards. Provides technical assistance on health conservation requirements, OH practices, and delivery of OH services that impact worker health as needed. Participates in epidemiological investigation of disease, illness, or accidents of particular importance to the OH program as required.

Plans, coordinates, and conducts OH program consultation reviews, visits, and special studies. Evaluate the effectiveness of OH programs. Analyzes and interprets data on OH programs. Resolve complex OH problems to improve OH clinical services, health education, and wellness. Researches trends and patterns. Reports on findings and conclusions, with recommendations as needed.

Reviews state and federal regulations on occupational health for organizational impact, recommending changes as needed. Develops new OH program evaluation methods and criteria. Develops standard procedures, model administrative documents, and informational material relating to the development and management of installation OH programs. Develops innovative and unique methods of problem solving and evaluation.


Department of the Army (n.d.) Army position description: Physician’s assistant. Retrieved from:

Assignment Instructions

Prepare a 1–2-page job description and competency model that follows the example given. Use O*Net Online to select the job you will describe, and include the following:

* Provide a description that includes knowledge of the content information and expertise associated with the work.

* Analyze what someone in this job would need to know and be able to do.

* Would they need to have special skills, training, licenses or degrees?

* Define tasks and technology skills that are aligned to the context of the environment in which the work is done.

* Does the description include details on what the main tasks and skills are?

* How does the work environment impact the work?

* Create descriptions of work activities that match the context of the work.

* Are the job elements described?

* Are they consistent with job framework, setting, or expectations?

* Develop a description of work that displays a clear connection to measurable elements of performance.

* How are things connected and do they make sense?

* Would a potential job applicant be able to read the description and understand the job expectations?