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Emsi SOC

This article details the particulars of Emsi SOC codes, outlining where they differ from standard SOC and why.

Vintage: Emsi SOC 2019

Emsi follows OES’s SOC structure, since OES is our primary source of occupation data. As of Spring 2020, OES is using their own hybrid SOC 2019 classification in preparation for switching fully to SOC 2018 in Spring 2022. You can read more about that transition here.

During this transition, users may notice places where the classification differs from both SOC 2010 and SOC 2018. We recommend that users looking for a missing SOC code (or wondering where a new SOC code came from) check this cheat sheet.

Emsi SOC Particularities

As noted above, Emsi generally uses the flavor of SOC particular to the BLS’s OES dataset, since this is the primary source of our occupation data. Listed below are some common Gotchas where OES and Emsi differ from the standard SOC classification.

  • Emsi does not use SOC codes for military occupations due to lack of good data. Emsi uses one aggregate code, 55-9999, for all 20 military occupations in standard SOC codes.
  • Emsi uses a single aggregate code (25-1099) for all postsecondary teachers instead of the 38 detailed codes in standard SOC. This is due to lack of solid data. To read Emsi Data’s research on this topic, click here.
  • Emsi adds the code 99-9999 for “Unclassified Occupation” to the Extended Proprietors class of worker in industries where we cannot reliably estimate occupations due to lack of data.
  • Following OES, Emsi adds the code 25-3098 (Substitute Teachers).

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