Friday, December 25, 2020

Updated Data Sets from Labor

The Department of Labor released two new data sets.  On November 17, 2020, the O*NET Center released the O*NET 25.1 database.  On December 22, 2020, BLS released the latest iteration of the Occupational Requirements Survey.  

What's New with the O*NET

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) went through eight updates in 2020.  O*NET released updated data and website in August (version 25.0).  The most recent update incorporated the 2019 taxonomy  to bring the O*NET in line with the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system.  

The SOC has 867 detailed occupations coming out of 459 broad occupations, 98 minor groups, and 23 major groups.  The SOC uses a six-digit designation, xx-xxxx.  The O*NET uses an eight-digit designation, xx-xxxx.xx.  The O*NET lists 722 SOC detailed occupations without a detailed O*NET classification.  The O*NET lists 52 SOC detailed occupations with detailed O*NET classification resulting in 149 detailed O*NET-SOC designations.  

The O*NET does not provide data, other than job numbers, for 19 military SOC, 24 "all other" SOC that do have data for a detailed O*NET-SOC, 50 "all other" SOC have detailed O*NET-SOC.  The 867 SOC results in 1,016 O*NET-SOC occupations with detailed data in 947 O*NET-SOC.  

The 2010 SOC had 840 occupations.  The 2010 O*NET SOC had 1,110 occupations.  The number of occupations described shrank in the 2018 SOC and the 2019 O*NET-SOC.

What's New with the ORS

The Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) is now on its fourth publication with the 2019 and 2020 datasets released this year.  The 2020 ORS provides data for all occupations, 22 major SOC groups, and 304 detailed SOC codes.  

The 2019 ORS provides data for all occupations, the 21 major SOC groups, and 204 detailed SOC.  

The 2020 dataset expanded the coverage to an array that exceeds the 2019 coverage.  That data presentation is not as broad as the 2018 dataset which had data for all occupations, 22 major SOC groups, and 397 detailed SOC.  The good news is that the data now conforms more closely to SSA's needs for the Occupational Information System, the eventual replacement for the DOT.  


Suggested Citation:

Lawrence Rohlfing, Updated Data Sets, California Social Security Attorney (December 25, 2020)

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