Monday, April 19, 2021

Surveillance Systems Monitor -- In Transition

Surveillance-system monitor remains a popular occupation among locational experts in response to a residual functional capacity for sedentary work involving occasional use of the hands for reaching, handling, and fingering.  In the 2010 SOC, labor placed surveillance-system monitor in the group of protective service workers, all other (33- 9099.00).  The O*NET still does.   The O*NET also places surveillance- system monitor in the occupational group of school bus monitors (33- 9094.00).   The O*NET reports 145,600 employees in both occupational groups.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook reports a combination of school bus monitors and protective service workers, all other as an OEWS hybrid with a 2019 employment estimate. 

School bus monitors and protective service workers, all other

This is an OEWS hybrid and the OEWS definition can be found by following the OEWS link below

· 2019 employment: 145,600

· May 2020 median annual wage: $31,960

·       Wages come from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program, click here for more OEWS data on this occupation

· Projected employment change, 2019–29:

·       Number of new jobs: 6,200

·       Growth rate: 4 percent (As fast as average)

·       Click here for additional projections detail

· Education and training:

·       Typical entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

·       Work experience in a related occupation: None

·       Typical on-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

· O*NET links:

·       33-9094.00 - School Bus Monitors

·       33-9099.00 - Protective Service Workers, All Other

·       33-9099.02 - Retail Loss Prevention Specialists


The Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) (as the successor data base to the OES) defines the hybrid group:

This occupation includes the 2018 SOC occupations 33-9094 School Bus Monitors and 33-9099 Protective Service Workers, All Other and the 2010 SOC occupation 33-9099 Protective Service Workers, All Other.

The OEWS reports employment:

Employment (1)

RSE (3)

Mean hourly

Mean annual
wage (2)

Wage RSE (3)


2.1 %

$ 17.38

$ 36,140

0.6 %


The OOH and OEWS make clear that the O*NET reports of occupations for both school bus monitors and protective service workers, all other, represents a duplication of a group of occupations and jobs in transition due to a change in the definitions and assignments of the SOC codes.  The 2018 SOC defines school bus monitors as:

Maintain order among students on a school bus. Duties include helping students safely board and exit and communicating behavioral problems. May perform pre trip and post trip inspections and prepare for and assist in emergency situations.

Illustrative examples: Bus Monitor

The 2018 SOC defines protective service workers, all other as:

All protective service workers not listed separately.

Illustrative examples: Warrant Server

Labor will break out the job numbers for school bus monitors from protective service workers, all other.  Hopefully, we will see that breakdown in the next data set.  Surveillance-system monitor does not fit the definition of the occupational group of bus monitors. It does fit the all other classification. Expect to see the number of jobs as a surveillance-system monitor continued to erode in the ability of people without statistical expertise to conflate job numbers either by equal distribution within an occupational group , equal distribution at the occupation-industry intersection, or some other methodology that does not take into account the existence of unskilled sedentary work as opposed to semi- skilled, skilled, light, medium, or heavy work. Heavy work is Deputy United States Marshall, classified by the DOT as requiring medium exertion.

If a vocational expert identifies surveillance-system monitor as an occupation in response to a sedentary exertional capacity with manipulative limitations but no limitation to simple or repetitive types of work, the representative must inquire diligently into the methodology used by the vocational expert to tease out the number of jobs. Experience is not enough. The vocational expert did not go around the nation with a clicker counting jobs. There is a statistical basis for estimating job numbers and the representative must demand that information.


Suggested Citation:

Lawrence Rohlfing, Surveillance Systems Monitor -- In Transition , California Social Security Attorney (April 19, 2021)

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