The Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) is a survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) National Compensation Survey (NCS) program. The ORS gathers job-related information regarding physical demands, environmental conditions, mental and cognitive demands, and vocational preparation requirements.

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Preparation time to perform a job is 4 hours to 1 month for 30.3% of workers in 2017

11/29/2017

The preparation time to successfully perform a job was between 4 hours to 1 month for 30.3 percent of workers in 2017. For another 19.1 percent of workers, the required preparation time was between 2 to 4 years.
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PUBLICATIONS

  • Occupational group profiles (HTML) (PDF)
  • 2017 dataset (XLSX)
  • Standard errors (HTML)
  • Handbook of Methods (HTML) (PDF)
  • The Economics Daily (HTML)

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

  • Social Security Administration endorsement letter (PDF)

Visual aids
  • Environmental conditions

Information Sheet
  • June 2017 (HTML) (PDF)
  • October 2014 English version (PDF) Español version (PDF)

Overview flyer
  • June 2017 Web version (PDF) Print version (PDF)

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  • Information graphics (PDF)

ORS: Why it matters What is the ORS?

COLLECTION FORMS

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COLLECTION MANUAL

  • July 2017 (PDF)
  • May 2016 (PDF)
  • September 2015 (PDF)

RESEARCH

Collection
  • Assessing the Reliability of Conversational Interviewing, 2016 (PDF)
  • Response Rates for the Pre-production Test, 2016 (PDF)
  • Occupational Requirements Survey: results from a job observation pilot test, November 2016 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Using Calibration Training to Assess the Quality of Interviewer Performance, 2015 (HTML) (PDF)
  • ORS Pre-production Job Observation Report, November 2015 (HTML) (PDF)
  • ORS Pre-production Final Report, September 2015 (HTML) (PDF)
  • ORS Pre-production Collection Activities Report, June 2015 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Methodological Issues Related to ORS Data Collection
    • Executive Summary, January 2015 (PDF)
    • Full Report, February 2015 (PDF)
  • Fiscal Year 2014 Summary Report, 2014 (PDF)
  • Fiscal Year 2014 Test Plans, September 2013 (PDF)
  • Phase 3 Summary Report, 2013 (PDF)
  • Phase 2 Summary Report, 2013 (PDF)
  • Phase 1 Summary Report, 2013 (PDF)
  • Testing the Collection of Occupational Requirements Data, 2013 (PDF)

Data Review and Validation
  • Data Visualization Methods, 2016 (PDF)
  • Building Quality Assurance for the Occupational Requirements Survey, 2015 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Occupational Requirements Survey Data Review Process, 2015 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Validation of Estimates in the Occupational Requirements Survey, 2015 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Analysis of Approaches to Validating Data, 2014 (PDF)

Estimation and Validation
  • ORS Pre-production Estimation and Validation Report, September 2015 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Imputation Methodology, 2016 (PDF)
  • Variance Estimation, 2016 (PDF)
  • Estimation Processes Used in the Occupational Requirements Survey, 2015 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Estimation Considerations, 2014 (PDF)
  • The Occupational Requirements Survey: estimates from preproduction testing, November 2015 (HTML) (PDF)

Sample Design
  • Dynamics of Occupational Change, July 2016 (PDF)
  • Occupational Requirements Survey Sample Design, 2015 (HTML) (PDF)
  • Sample Design Evaluation, 2014 (PDF)


ORS Frequently Asked Questions

  • Current Population Survey—Labor force, employment, and unemployment statistics for persons with or without a disability. These are estimates for the nation as a whole; data are not available by state.
  • Occupational Employment Statistics—data on employment and wages for over 800 occupations and for about 400 nonfarm industries for the nation, plus occupational data for States and metropolitan areas.
  • Occupational Information Network (O*NET)—provides comprehensive occupational descriptions and data for use by job seekers, workforce development offices, human resources professionals, students, researchers, and others.
  • Occupational Information System Project—provides information from the Social Security Administration on the Occupational Information System.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook—provides data for 250 occupations, by nature of the work, working conditions, employment, job outlook and earnings, related occupations, sources of additional information, and training, other qualifications, and advancement.
  • National Compensation Survey—change over time in labor costs and level of average cost per hour worked, and comprehensive data on incidence and provisions of selected employee benefit plans.

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Contacts

The Office of Compensation Levels and Trends, Branch of Survey Information and Publications, will be glad to assist you with questions about any of the components of the Occupational Requirements Survey.

Ways to Contact BLS Directly

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Telephone: (202) 691-6199 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.)

Information and assistance is also available from any BLS regional office.

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