University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Common Applications of Job Analysis

Organizations utilize job data obtained by job analysis to meet a variety of organizational objectives. Common applications of job analysis include:

  • Recruitment, selection, and placement of employees
  • New employee orientation and training
  • Performance management
  • Promotions and transfers
  • Job design
  • Job evaluation
  • Job enlargement
  • Job classification
  • Compensation (e.g., market-based pay)
  • Training and development/career development of staff
  • Manpower (staffing) planning
  • Utilization of staff
  • Plant safety
  • Writing or amending manuals and publications
  • Organizational design
  • Establishment of lines of responsibility
  • Establishment of organizational relationships
  • Union relationships (e.g., contract negotiations, grievances, etc.)
  • Compliance (e.g., meeting equal opportunity guideline