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Occupational Requirements Survey

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June 2017

What is the Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS)?

The ORS is a Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) survey that is conducted in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The ORS gathers information from employers regarding current job characteristics to aid the SSA in their disability determination process. This includes information on job duties as well as the education and training requirements of jobs.

How do I provide data?

A BLS economist will contact you to discuss the preferred method for providing data and review the specific items included in the survey. He or she will ask for information related to the following items for selected occupations:

  • Job duties, such as typical tasks employees perform related to critical job functions
  • Environmental conditions that workers may experience, such as work outdoors
  • Education, experience, and training required to perform the selected job

Will my information remain confidential?

Yes! Your organization’s participation and information will be held in confidence to the fullest extent of the law. The BLS uses the information you provide for statistical purposes only in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002.

Why should I participate?

You count! The information employers provide will help to better define jobs that exist in our national economy and the types of work someone may be able to do. The quality of data produced by the BLS is a direct reflection of the quality of information and cooperation received from employers. Your participation will help the BLS deliver accurate survey results.

Whom should I contact if I have additional questions?

In addition to the BLS economist who will contact you, please feel free to call or email the ORS information office in Washington, D.C., at 202.691.6199 or


Last Modified Date: August 18, 2017