The Bureau of Labor Statistics has posted updates to the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system

The SOC Update page contains new information on the SOC revision process for 2018.          

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The 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system is a federal statistical standard approved for used by federal agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data.

All workers are classified into one of 867 detailed occupations, according to their occupational definition and similarity of job duties and skill sets.

For more information, you may also go to "How Do I Find my SOC Code?"


To see how SOC compares to Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes for selecting occupational training, or to the Military Occupational Classification (MOC) for crosswalking armed forces skill sets to civilian occupations, please see the O*NET Online crosswalks.


The SOC is part of the full O*NET (Occupational Network) coding system of occupational characteristics, detailed work activities, and skill levels.  SOC is also used in BLS's Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH).


See O*NET Online crosswalks for more information and search features.


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