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Occupational Requirements Survey

Welcome to the step-by-step guide on how to use the Occupational Requirements Survey one-screen query system

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) Occupational Requirements Survey program in association with the Social Security Administration (SSA) conducts an establishment-based survey. The ORS provides job-related information regarding physical demands; environmental conditions; education, training, and experience, as well as cognitive and mental requirements.

This tool lets users query the BLS databases for specific data series. For each survey and program, make a selection for each characteristic in the order listed. As you make your selection, the remaining characteristics will filter to show only choices where data are available. After choosing the series, click on "Add to selection." If you need more data series, repeat the steps of choosing the data series you need. After you've finished finding the data series you need, click on the "Get Data" button to retrieve the data, and an HTML table with data for the most recent 10 years will display. If you desire a different time period of format, you may modify the options on the data display page, or click on the "More Formatting Options" button for additional options on refining the data retrieval results. Note: Users may not retrieve more than 200 data series in one query.

1. Occupation Search Box

Type all or part of a search string in the search text box. The contents of the box will filter to show only those options that contain the search string.

2. Select Occupation

Click on one or more of the options shown to select Occupation. To select multiple options, hold the Ctrl/Command button, and click the desired options.

3. Select Requirement

Click on one or more of the options shown to select Requirement. To select multiple options, hold the Ctrl/Command button, and click the desired options.

4. Select Category

Click on one or more of the options shown to select Category. To select multiple options, hold the Ctrl/Command button, and click the desired options.

5. Select Estimate

Click on one or more of the options shown to select Estimate. To select multiple options, hold the Ctrl/Command button, and click the desired options.

6. Select Ownership

Click on the option shown to select Ownership.

7. Select Industry

Click on the option shown to select Industry.

8. Select Job Characteristic

Click on the option shown to select Job Characteristic.

9. Seasonal

Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that attempts to measure and remove the influences of predictable seasonal patterns from time series data. Seasonally adjusted data contain this type of adjustment to enable comparisons of data across any point in time. Not seasonally adjusted data have no such adjustment.

10. Add to selection

You must make a selection for each of the characteristics in the order listed. Once you have selected all of the characteristics, the "Add to selection" button becomes active. Click the "Add to selection" button to list the selected data series in the "Your selection" box. You can return to the characteristic boxes and make new selections to request additional data series. Click the "Get Data" button to retrieve all the selected data series.

11. Get Data

You must make a selection for each of the characteristics in the order listed. Once you have selected all of the characteristics, the "Get Data" button becomes active. Click to retrieve the data.

 

Last Modified Date: February 26, 2019