(ORPS III) Occupational Reinforcer Patterns

This edition contains Occupational Reinforcer Patterns (ORPs) for 185 occupations that cover a wide range of ability requirements. ORPs are designed for counseling use in conjunction with the Minnesota Importance Questionnaire (MIQ). An ORP describes the reinforcers available in a work environment for the satisfaction of workers' needs and values. Satisfaction is predicted for those individuals whose needs and values (as measured by the MIQ) correspond to the ORP for a given occupation; dissatisfaction is predicted for those whose needs and values do not correspond to the ORP. The Minnesota Job Description Questionnaire is the instrument used to create ORPs in ORPs III. The MJDQ can also be used to create ORPs locally.

Thirty-seven of the 185 ORPs included in ORPs III are new; two additional ORPs replace two previously published in earlier volumes of Occupational Reinforcer Patterns. Additionally, in contrast to the two previously published volumes, the 1986 volume presents the ORP profiles in a format similar to the format in which the MIQ is presented. This feature enhances the usefulness of the ORPs to the counselor in describing the correspondence--or lack thereof--between a client's needs and values and the reinforcer characteristics of specific occupations.

Each ORP is presented two ways: in a profile and in a table of summary statistics. On the ORP profile, 21 reinforcer scales are presented in six groups that represent reinforcer factors. These reinforcer factors are analogous, in describing the work environment, to the value scores on the MIQ that describe the individual’s work personality. The table of summary statistics presents data for the counselor or research worker who desires more precise information on the ratings of various reinforcers in each occupation. The scale values and their standard errors, which are used to plot the graphic profile, are included in this table, along with other data used to identify Highly Descriptive and Moderately Descriptive reinforcers.

Six Occupational Reinforcer Clusters are also listed in ORPs III. Clusters are groups of occupations that have similar ORPs. All 185 occupations have been assigned to one of the ORP clusters, which replace clusters used in the two earlier volumes of Occupational Reinforcer Patterns. The appropriate Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) code(s) and Occupational Aptitude Patterns (OAP) are also listed for each ORP, allowing the counselor to investigate other important characteristics of the occupation. Additionally, two indexes are provided to assist the counselor in using the ORPs in conjunction with the DOT. One index lists the ORPs by their DOT code, followed by their DOT title and ORP title. The second index lists the ORPs in alphabetical order by their DOT title, followed by their DOT code and ORP title.

Occupational Reinforcer Patterns III (Note: this PDF file is approximately 22 MB.)