Today we ask about the 1,590 or 1,526 accumulation of occupations -- just how many of the jobs require medium exertion? Using the 2010 SOC codes that carved out 61 light, medium, and heavy occupations, both unskilled and skilled, to create food processing worker (51-3099), we have 1,526 DOT codes inside of 51-9199. Of that number, 897 require sedentary or light exertion. The sedentary unskilled range represents 52 occupations. The light unskilled range represents 390 DOT codes. The rest (455 occupations) are semi-skilled or skilled. That leaves 629 DOT codes requiring medium exertion or more.
We do have some good news. Labor continues to work on better data for the replacement to the DOT. BLS Data Finder now provides access to current data. We look for production AND worker AND medium to get the answer.
Occupational Requirements Survey
|Series Title||:||Civilian workers; % of production workers, all other; strength is medium work|
|Seasonality||:||Not Seasonally Adjusted|
|Survey Name||:||Occupational Requirements Survey|
|Measure Data Type||:||Percentage|
|Occupation||:||Production Workers, All Other|
|Class of Worker||:||All workers|
|Type of cases||:||Strength|
Annual 2016 - Annual 2016
Maximum Value: Annual 2016
Data Availability: 2016 - 2016