Implementing the 2018 SOC in the OES program

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program plans to begin implementation of the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system starting with data collection in November 2018. Implementation of the 2018 SOC in OES will use a process similar to the implementation of the 2010 SOC. OES estimates are calculated using data collected from six survey panels over three years. The May 2019 OES estimates, published in spring 2020, will be based on 4 panels of data collected using the OES implementation of the 2010 SOC and 2 panels of data using the 2018 SOC. The May 2020 estimates, published in spring of 2021 will be based on 2 panels of data collected using the 2010 SOC and 4 panels of data using the 2018 SOC. Because data is collected under two difference systems, estimates for 2019 and 2020 will be based a hybrid of the two classification systems. The first OES estimates based solely on the 2018 SOC would be the May 2021 OES data published in March or April 2022. OES is currently reviewing the 2018 SOC to determine the level of detail the program will use.

May 2019 estimates May 2020 estimates May 2021 estimates
Publication Date Spring 2020 Spring 2021 Spring 2022
2018 SOC 2 panels 4 panels All 6 panels
2010 SOC 4 panels 2 panels


Last Modified Date: January 24, 2018