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Occupational Requirements Survey

ORS Technical Notes

The Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) is conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The ORS is an establishment-based survey and provides job-related information about the physical demands; environmental conditions; education, training, and experience; as well as cognitive and mental requirements in the U.S. economy.

Estimates for detailed occupations and occupational groups are available through the public query tools and dataset (XLSX).

Sample size

The sample size for the current estimates is provided in the technical note of the news release.

Response rates

See household and establishment survey response rates for the percentage of the sample that responds to or participates in the ORS and BLS surveys.

Measures of reliability

To assist users in ascertaining the reliability of ORS estimates, standard errors are also available for each estimate. Standard errors provide users a measure of the precision of an estimate to ensure that it is within an acceptable range for their intended purpose.

Technical documentation

See the Handbook of Methods and collection manuals.