Standard Occupational Classification

Response to Comment on 2010 SOC:
Docket Number 08-1146

(part A) Docket No. 08-1146 requested that apprentices and trainees have unique detailed occupations rather than being classified with the occupations for which they are being trained. The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation, based on Classification Principle 2 which states that occupations are classified based on work performed and on Classification Principle 9 on collectability. If the work performed is the same even though the level of complexity and/or supervision differs, the occupations should be classified the same. This is true for many occupations other than those that have trainees and apprentices, such as in the construction trades and production occupations.

(part B) Docket No. 08-1146 requested reclassifying 43-4051 Customer Service Representatives within the 2010 SOC structure to major group 41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations. The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation, based on Classification Principle 2 which states that occupations are classified based on work performed. Because the primary job duties of these workers are not sales-related, the SOCPC recommended against moving this occupation to major group 41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations.

(part C) Docket No. 08-1146 requested reclassifying 43-4151 Order Clerks within the 2010 SOC structure to major group 41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations. The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation, based on Classification Principle 2 which states that occupations are classified based on work performed. Because the primary job duties of these workers are not sales-related, the SOCPC recommended against moving this occupation to major group 41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations.

(part D) Docket No. 08-1146 requested modifying the definition for 41-9041 Telemarketers to specify that these workers engage in outbound calling to generate sales. The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation because this task is already covered by the existing definition.

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Last Modified Date: March 12, 2009

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