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Handbook of Methods Occupational Requirements Survey Overview

Occupational Requirements Survey: Overview

The Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) is an establishment-based survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The ORS publishes job-related information regarding physical demands; environmental conditions; education, training, and experience; as well as cognitive and mental requirements. This Handbook of Methods corresponds to 2019–23 reference period estimates.

Quick Facts: Occupational Requirements Survey
Subject areas Job requirements
Key measures
  • Cognitive and mental requirements
  • Education, training, and experience
  • Environmental conditions
  • Physical demand
How the data are obtained Government agencies, Survey of businesses
Classification Occupation
Periodicity of data availability Annual
Geographic detail National
Scope Private sector, State and local government
Key products
Program webpage

Last Modified Date: September 29, 2020