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Transitioning to SOC 2018

The BLS’s Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) dataset is the foremost source of occupation data in the US. Emsi’s SOC structure almost entirely follows OES’s, so Emsi will be adopting SOC 2018 with OES.

Timeline

  • Spring 2020: BLS releases OES using hybrid SOC system
  • July 2020: Emsi releases 2020.3 datarun using OES’s hybrid SOC system
  • Spring 2022: BLS releases OES using SOC 2018 classification for the first time
  • July 2022: Emsi releases 2022.3 datarun using OES’s SOC 2018 classification

How OES Works

OES is a survey distributed to approximately 1.2 million businesses. Those businesses are divided in to six groups. It takes the BLS three years to collect responses from all 1.2 million businesses. OES is released annually, and each annual release is made up of the latest responses from each of the six groups of businesses in the 1.2 million business universe.

Transitioning OES to SOC 2018

Because OES is only completely refreshed every three years, it will take three years to switch it entirely from using the SOC 2010 classification to using SOC 2018. Until May 2021, OES will contain responses delivered in terms of both SOC 2010 and SOC 2018.

To match the two classifications for reporting purposes, OES “rolls up” detailed SOCs that are undergoing changes between the 2010 and 2018 classifications to less detailed SOCs that can span both classifications. Rolling up to levels of less detail enables OES to combine data from older panels that reported using SOC 2010 with newer panels that report in SOC 2018. Once all responses in the OES dataset have reported using the new classification, the data will be “rolled down” again to the most detailed level of SOC 2018.

2020.3 Datarun (7/2020)

In the 2020.3 datarun, Emsi is switching to OES’s hybrid SOC 2019 classification. As outlined above, the hybrid classification is designed by the BLS to span both the SOC 2010 and SOC 2018 classification systems. Among other changes, this means that users will have access to fewer SOC codes for the next few years, until OES “rolls down” again into SOC 2018 with full detail.

Summary of Hybrid 2019 SOC Changes

What follows is an outline of the major changes users can expect to see between SOC 2010 and the 2019 hybrid SOC classification that will be in use for the next two years.

Rollups

The following codes have been rolled up from more detailed levels to less detailed levels. Each group on the left has been rolled into the single bolded code on the right, e.g. 13-2051 and 13-2099 have been rolled into 13-2098.

2010 SOC 2010 Description 2019 SOC 2019 Description
13-2051 Financial Analysts 13-2098 Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other
13-2099 Financial Specialists, All Other
15-1132 Software Developers, Applications 15-1256 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers
15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software
15-1199 Computer Occupations, All Other 15-1299 Computer Occupations, All Other
43-9011 Computer Operators
25-4021 Librarians 25-4022 Librarians and Media Collections Specialists
25-9011 Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists
27-3021 Broadcast News Analysts 27-3023 News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists
27-3022 Reporters and Correspondents
27-3012 Public Address System and Other Announcers 27-3099 Media and Communication Workers, All Other
27-3099 Media and Communication Workers, All Other
29-2054 Respiratory Therapy Technicians 29-2098 Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other
29-2071 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
29-2099 Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other
31-1011 Home Health Aides 31-1128 Home Health and Personal Care Aides
39-9021 Personal Care Aides
35-3021 Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food 35-3023 Fast Food and Counter Workers
35-3022 Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
27-4013 Radio Operators 43-2099 Communications Equipment Operators, All Other
43-2099 Communications Equipment Operators, All Other
45-3011 Fishers and Related Fishing Workers 45-3031 Fishing and Hunting Workers
45-3021 Hunters and Trappers
47-5021 Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas 47-5097 Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas; and Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
47-5031 Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
47-5042 Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators 47-5098 Underground Mining Machine Operators and Extraction Workers, All Other
47-5049 Mining Machine Operators, All Other
47-5099 Extraction Workers, All Other
49-9093 Fabric Menders, Except Garment 49-9099 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other
49-9099 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other
51-9121 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders 51-9124 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
51-9122 Painters, Transportation Equipment
53-3022 Bus Drivers, School or Special Client 53-3058 Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
53-3041 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
53-4012 Locomotive Firers 53-4022 Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers
53-4021 Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
53-7033 Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining 47-5044 Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining
53-7111 Mine Shuttle Car Operators

Code or Name Changes

The following popular codes have undergone either name or SOC code switches (or both).

2010 SOC 2010 Description 2019 SOC 2019 Description
15-1141 Database Administrators 15-1245 Database Administrators and Architects
15-1134 Web Developers 15-1257 Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers
25-3098 Substitute Teachers 25-3031 Substitute Teachers, Short-Term
29-1062 Family and General Practitioners 29-1215 Family Medicine Physicians
29-1063 Internists, General 29-1216 General Internal Medicine Physicians
29-1069 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 29-1228 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
29-1067 Surgeons 29-1248 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
15-2098 Miscellaneous Mathematical Science Occupations 15-2098 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other
43-5031 Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers 43-5031 Public Safety Telecommunications
53-3033 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 53-3033 Light Truck Drivers
15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts 15-1211 Computer Systems Analysts
15-1122 Information Security Analysts 15-1212 Information Security Analysts
15-1111 Computer and Information Research Scientists 15-1221 Computer and Information Research Scientists
15-1152 Computer Network Support Specialists 15-1231 Computer Network Support Specialists
15-1151 Computer User Support Specialists 15-1232 Computer User Support Specialists
15-1143 Computer Network Architects 15-1241 Computer Network Architects
15-1142 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 15-1244 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
15-1131 Computer Programmers 15-1251 Computer Programmers
29-1061 Anesthesiologists 29-1211 Anesthesiologists
29-1064 Obstetricians and Gynecologists 29-1218 Obstetricians and Gynecologists
29-1065 Pediatricians, General 29-1221 Pediatricians, General
29-1066 Psychiatrists 29-1223 Psychiatrists
29-2021 Dental Hygienists 29-1292 Dental Hygienists

More Information

For a complete list of the changes between SOC 2010 and hybrid SOC 2019, see this spreadsheet.

For a complete list of the changes between SOC 2010 and hybrid SOC 2019, as well as the expected changes to SOC 2018, see this spreadsheet.

For more information on how OES will be transitioned to hybrid SOC 2019 and finally to SOC 2018, visit the BLS’s page.

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