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Handbook of Methods Occupational Requirements Survey Overview

Occupational Requirements Survey: Overview

The Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) is a survey of establishments in private industry and state and local government conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The ORS publishes information about job requirements, including physical demands; environmental conditions; education, training, and experience; as well as cognitive and mental requirements. This Handbook of Methods explains the process and concepts for the 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 Survey of businesses, Government agencies
Classification Occupation
Periodicity of data availability Annual
Geographic detail National
Scope State and local government, Private sector
Revision Information

Exhibit 7 has been updated.

Key products
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Last Modified Date: July 08, 2022