The Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) is under development by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) National Compensation Survey (NCS) program in association with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The ORS seeks to provide job characteristics data to help the SSA in their disability determination process. Specifically, the ORS will gather job-related information regarding physical demands, environmental conditions, and vocational preparation requirements.

 

Testing Activities

    BLS testing of the Occupational Requirements Survey includes:

      1. Evaluating whether the National Compensation Survey (NCS) can produce estimates of sufficient quantity and quality to meets the needs of the SSA;

      2. Determining survey design options and developing processes, protocols, aids, and collection procedures to meet SSA data needs; and

      3. Providing documentation to the SSA summarizing the work performed by the BLS, conclusions drawn, and recommendations for future data collection, testing, and research.

 

ORS Testing Information

  • Fiscal Year 2014 Test Plans (PDF)
  • Phase 3 Summary Report (PDF)
  • Phase 2 Summary Report (PDF)
  • Phase 1 Summary Report (PDF)
  • Article - Testing the Collection Requirements Data (PDF)
  • ORS Information Sheet - February 2014 (PDF)

 

ORS Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Testing the Collection of Occupational Requirements Data presented at the 2013 Joint Statistical Meetings.

 

Contact Us

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

Email: Contact us

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.

TDD

Information voice phone: (202) 691-5200 The Federal Relay Service: 1-800-877-8339

Write or Personal Visit

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