Errors in 2017 Occupational Requirements Survey estimates of training and prior work experience

BLS identified errors in the 2017 duration estimates of prior work experience, pre-employment training, and post-employment training. On June 29, 2018, BLS removed 667 estimates from the public database.

The Specific Vocational Preparation estimates reflect the preparation time the worker needs to develop the skills to perform the job. The job requirement categories that make up this preparation time included minimum education level (formal degree types), pre-employment training, prior work experience, and on-the-job (post-employment) training. The errors in duration estimates did not affect estimates of Specific Vocational Preparation, the presence of prior work experience, and pre- and post-employment training.

Table 1. Type and number of duration estimates affected as well as the number of published estimates
Estimate Text Estimate Code Number of suppressed estimates Number of published estimates

Days of pre-employment training, mean

101 24 18

Days of pre-employment training (10th Percentile)

102 1 56

Days of pre-employment training (25th Percentile)

103 6 39

Days of pre-employment training (50th Percentile - median)

104 15 22

Days of pre-employment training (75th Percentile)

105 16 14

Days of pre-employment training (90th Percentile)

106 10 18

Days of prior work experience (10th Percentile)

109 2 120

Days of prior work experience (50th Percentile - median)

111 2 161

Days of prior work experience (90th Percentile)

113 1 174

Days of post-employment training, mean

116 74 143

Days of post-employment training (10th Percentile)

117 211 9

Days of post-employment training (25th Percentile)

118 136 33

Days of post-employment training (50th Percentile - median)

119 59 53

Days of post-employment training (75th Percentile)

120 62 58

Days of post-employment training (90th Percentile)

121 48 81

Note: A file containing all published estimate codes in 2017 is available at download.bls.gov/pub/time.series/or/or.estimate.

In addition to removing estimates from the LABSTAT database, duration estimates in the following publications have also been removed.

  1. Occupational profiles (HTML) (PDF)
  2. 2017 estimate spreadsheet

For additional information on the Occupational Requirements Survey visit www.bls.gov/ors/.

 

Last Modified Date: July 5, 2018