Implementing the 2018 SOC in the OES program

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program plans to begin implementing the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system starting with data collection for the November 2018 panel.

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. Because data will be collected under two different systems, estimates for May 2019 and May 2020 will be based on a hybrid of the two classification systems.

  • The May 2019 OES estimates, to be 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, to be published in spring 2021, will be based on 2 panels of data collected using the 2010 SOC and 4 panels of data using the 2018 SOC.
  • The May 2021 estimates, to be published in spring 2022, will be the first OES estimates based solely on the 2018 SOC.

OES is currently reviewing the 2018 SOC to determine the level of detail the program will use.

 

Last Modified Date: April 11, 2018