Worker estimation of ability requirements of their jobs

Richard E. Desmond, David J. Weiss

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A modified version of the Minnesota Job Requirements Questionnaire (MJRQ), representing the GATB aptitudes, was used by workers in 11 selected jobs to rate the ability requirements of their jobs. Worker MJRQ ratings were compared with supervisor MJRQ ratings. Modified Occupational Ability Patterns (OAPs) derived from worker ratings were compared with OAPs based on supervisor ratings, OAPs from expert ratings in the DOT, and OAPs from the empirical GATB approach. Reliability of worker MJRQ ratings was comparable to that of supervisor ratings. Comparisons of mean ratings and variability of ratings of workers in a job category with workers in other jobs, and with supervisors rating the same job, showed construct validity for worker MJRQ ratings, as did intercorrelations of the worker ratings. OAPs derived from worker MJRQ ratings compared favorably with OAPs derived from supervisor MJRQ ratings, from the DOT, and from the GATB. Differences among workers on variables such as satisfaction, age and tenure did not significantly affect their MJRQ ratings. Implications of the worker MJRQ ratings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-27
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1975

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Funding Information:
IRequests for reprints should be addressed to: Richard E. Desmond, Rehabilitation Counseling Program, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260. This study was supported in part, by Research Grant 12-P-55192 from the Social and Rehabilitation Service, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.


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