ORS is a new survey that will collect the following information for selected occupations:
The Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to update the occupational requirements data it uses to make disability determinations.
BLS will use the National Compensation Survey (NCS) platform because it already captures information about occupations similar to the data needed for the Social Security Administration's (SSA) disability programs.
BLS is developing a survey to collect data about occupational requirements under an interagency agreement with SSA.
Cognitive-based questions will ask about the complexity of job tasks; the level of job controls; the variability of tasks; and the nature and frequency of communication that is typical of the occupation.
BLS is collecting information for a limited number of occupations from sampled establishments. Most private industry businesses will be asked to provide data for no more than eight occupations, based on the total number of employees at the establishment.
No. ORS will not collect information regarding employer accommodations. To learn about how SSA uses work information in their disability determination process, see http://www.ssa.gov/disability/step4and5.htm#Q4_2=&a0=2
Yes. Small employers are an important part of the U.S. economy. We need to include establishments of all employment sizes in order for this study to be representative of all jobs in the national economy.
The scheduled release of ORS data has yet to be determined.
BLS plans to refresh a portion of the ORS database each year by collecting data from a new sample of establishments.
Survey methodology used in testing to date is available in the Occupational Requirements Survey Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 summary reports. Information about more recent survey design research is available in this paper presented at the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology 2013 Research Conference.
Call or e-mail the NCS information office at 202-691-6199 or Request for Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) Information.
You count! The quality of data produced by the BLS is a direct reflection of the quality of information and cooperation received from employers. Your participation in this test will help the BLS develop accurate survey questions. A letter (PDF) to participants from the Social Security Administration's Acting Commissioner, Carolyn W. Colvin, further explains why these data are important.
Yes! Your organization's participation and specific occupational information will be held in confidence to the fullest extent of the law. The BLS will use the information you provide for statistical purposes only in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002.
The person who responds to this survey should be able to answer questions about the duties, qualifications, physical and cognitive demands, and environmental conditions of your occupations. This person could be someone in human resources, a risk manager, or a supervisor.
A BLS economist will contact you to determine your preferred method for providing data and discuss which specific items will be included in the survey.
Job descriptions, if your company uses them, and current payroll information would allow for a more efficient and targeted interview.
Written job descriptions are helpful in understanding the duties and tasks of an occupation; however, we need to ask additional questions to obtain a complete assessment of the vocational preparation, physical and cognitive demands, and environmental conditions of each job.
The typical interview averages approximately one hour but may vary depending on the company size and the types of jobs that are discussed.
Last Modified Date: March 20, 2015