Standard Occupational Classification

Response to Comment on 2010 SOC:
Docket Number 08-0455

(part A) Docket No. 08-0455 requested a new detailed occupation for "Communications Managers." The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation, based on Classification Principle 1 which states that occupations are assigned to only one occupational category. The title "Communications Managers" is so broad it could fit into multiple SOC occupations, depending on the work performed.

(part B) Docket No. 08-0455 requested a new detailed occupation for "Case Supervisors." The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation, based on Classification Principle 4 which states that workers in major groups 13-0000 through 29-0000 are classified with the workers they supervise.

(part C) Docket No. 08-0455 requested changing the title for 43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants to "Administrative Assistants and Executive Secretaries." The rationale provided was that the term "Executive Secretaries" is somewhat antiquated. The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation because research indicates the term "Executive Secretaries" is still in use.

(part D) Docket No. 08-0455 requested a new detailed occupation for "Airfield Ground Crew Operations." The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation, based on Classification Principle 1 which states that occupations are assigned to only one occupational category. The SOCPC determined these workers are already covered in major group 53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations.

(part E) Docket No. 08-0455 requested three new detailed occupations: "Physical and Life Science Research Assistants," "QA Analysts," and "Banking Service Agents." The SOCPC did not accept these recommendations based on Classification Principle 1 which states that occupations are assigned to only one occupational category and Classification Principle 2 which states that occupations are classified based on work performed. Physical and Life Science Research Assistants are included in Physical and Life Science Technicians already covered in detail in the SOC. The SOCPC had insufficient information on the work performed to recommend accepting "QA Analysts" or "Banking Service Agents" as unique detailed occupations.

(part F) Docket No. 08-0455 contained comments thanking the SOCPC for accepting recommendations received regarding 13-1131 Fundraisers.

(part G) Docket No. 08-0455 requested changing the title for 43-9011 Computer Operators to "Data Processing Technicians and Computer Operators." The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation based on Classification Principle 2 which states that occupations are classified based on work performed. The title "Computer Operators" reflects common terminology used in the field. The term "technicians" should not be used in the title for this occupation to avoid any confusion resulting from its use elsewhere in the SOC structure.

(part H) Docket No. 08-0455 contained comments thanking the SOCPC for accepting recommendations received regarding the occupation 43-3099 Financial Clerks, All Other.

(part I) Docket No. 08-0455 requested changing the title for 13-1079 Human Resources Workers, All Other to "Human Resources Specialists, All Other." The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation because it is counter to the naming conventions used across the SOC structure. As a result of this discussion, the SOCPC investigated the likely coverage for the 2010 SOC occupation 13-1079 Human Resources Workers, All Other. The SOCPC recommended changing 13-1079 from a residual occupation to a detailed occupation, to reflect its actual coverage, 13-1075 Labor Relations Specialists.

(part J) Docket No. 08-0455 requested changing the title for 43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers to "Order Fillers, Stock and Inventory Clerks." The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation because the activities of stock clerks and inventory clerks are not sufficiently distinct to justify adding "inventory" to the title.

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Last Modified Date: March 12, 2009

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