Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) field economists are extensively trained and given detailed instructions on data collection techniques. They employ a variety of methods, including personal visits, mail, telephone, and email, to obtain data from Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) respondents. Field economists do not use paper or online questionnaires to collect these data; instead, they rely on a conversational interview and descriptive documents, such as task lists, to collect information on occupational requirements from respondents.
Field economists collect each sample over a 1-year period and perform the following activities:
For more detailed explanation of data collection process as well as examples of data coding scenarios refer to the ORS Collection Manuals.
All ORS-collected data and tabulated estimates are subject to the BLS confidentiality requirements that prevent the disclosure of establishment and respondent identifying information. ORS-collected data and tabulated estimates are used solely for statistical purposes. BLS has a strict confidentiality policy which ensures that the survey sample composition, lists of sampled establishments, responding establishments, and names of respondents will be kept confidential. In addition, the policy assures respondents that published figures will not reveal the identity of any specific establishment and will not allow the data of any specific responding establishment to be identified. Each published estimate is screened to ensure that it meets these confidentiality requirements.