Occupational Requirements Survey

The Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) is a survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) National Compensation Survey (NCS) program. The ORS provides job-related information regarding physical demands; environmental conditions; education, training, and experience; as well as cognitive and mental requirements for jobs in the U.S. economy.


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Physical demands of civilian workers

Sedentary work strength level 26.6% in 2018 Historical Data

Light work strength level 26.6% in 2018 Historical Data

Medium work strength level 35.5% in 2018 Historical Data

Heavy work strength level 9.6% in 2018 Historical Data

Very heavy work strength level 1.7% in 2018 Historical Data

Environmental conditions of civilian workers

Quiet noise intensity level 15.9% in 2018 Historical Data

Moderate noise intensity level 75.1% in 2018 Historical Data

Loud noise intensity level 8.8% in 2018 Historical Data

Education, training, and experience of civilian workers

No minimum education requirement 31.5% in 2018 Historical Data

High school diploma requirement 40.7% in 2018 Historical Data

Associate's degree requirement 3.8% in 2018 Historical Data

Bachelor's degree requirement 17.9% in 2018 Historical Data

Master's degree requirement 2.3% in 2018 Historical Data

Professional degree requirement 0.9% in 2018 Historical Data

Doctorate degree requirement 0.5% in 2018 Historical Data

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News Releases

On-the-job training required for 76.8% of US workers in 2018


On-the-job training was required for 76.8 percent of U.S. workers in 2018. The average length of on-the-job training was about a month (34 days) and the median training time was about 14 days.


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Occupational requirements and benefits for nurses in the United States in 2018

In 2018, 41.5 percent of registered nurses were required to have a bachelor's degree, 31.1 percent were required to have a vocational associate's degree, and 20.0 percent were required to have an associate's degree. read more »