Standard Occupational Classification

Response to Comment on 2010 SOC:
Docket Number 08-1156

Docket No. 08-1156 requested modifying the SOC structure to accommodate combination occupations for individuals whose job duties are included in multiple SOC occupations. While the SOCPC recognized the coding challenge described, it did not accept this recommendation based on Classification Principle 1 which states that occupations are assigned to only one occupational category. In the May 22, 2008, Federal Register notice, the SOCPC published proposed coding guidelines to assist users in consistently assigning SOC codes and titles to survey responses and in other coding activities. Coding Guideline 2 states "When workers in a single job could be coded in more than one occupation, they should be coded in the occupation that requires the highest level of skill. If there is no measurable difference in skill requirements, workers should be coded in the occupation in which they spend the most time."

The commenter also requested a new major group, 24-0000, for support workers in the public sector. The SOCPC did not accept this suggestion, 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. Therefore, administrative support workers such as secretaries should be classified in "Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical and Executive" (43-6014) in both the public and private sectors.

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Last Modified Date: March 12, 2009

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