Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System Manual

- 2010 Version

This coding system is a must for government and business analysts

The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System Manual is available in a hard cover printed version and a Searchable CD-ROM.

The 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system is used by Federal statistical agencies to classify workers and jobs into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, analyzing, or disseminating data.

Users of occupational data include government program managers, industrial and labor relations practitioners, students considering career training, job seekers, career and employment counselors, educational institutions, and employers. Federal agencies use the SOC system to collect occupational data.

The implementation of the 2000 SOC meant that for the first time, all major occupational data sources produced by the Federal statistical system provided data that are comparable, greatly improving the usefulness of the data. The 2010 SOC continues to serve this purpose and has been revised to improve data collection and maintain currency.

The SOC is designed to reflect the current occupational structure of the United States; it classifies all occupations in which work is performed for pay or profit. The SOC covers all jobs in the national economy, including occupations in the public, private, and military sectors. All Federal agencies that publish occupational data for statistical purposes are required to use the SOC to increase data comparability across Federal programs. State and local government agencies are strongly encouraged to use this national system to promote a common language for categorizing and analyzing occupations.

To facilitate classification and presentation of data, the SOC is organized in a tiered system with four levels, ranging from major groups to detailed occupations. There are 23 major groups, broken into 97 minor groups. Each minor group is broken into broad groups, of which there are 461. There are, at the most specified level, 840 detailed occupations. Detailed occupations in the SOC with similar job duties, and in some cases skills, education, and/or training, are grouped together. Each worker is classified into only one of the 840 detailed occupations based on the tasks he or she performs.

Hard Cover Printed Version

Standard Occupational Classification Manual 2010

NTIS Order Number: PB2010-105544

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CD-ROM Version

NTIS Order Number: PB2010-500061

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