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Occupational Requirements Survey Sample Design

Gwyn R. Ferguson and Erin E. McNulty


The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is working with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to establish the Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS), an establishment survey that collects information on the vocational preparation and the cognitive and physical requirements of occupations in the U.S. economy, as well as the environmental conditions in which those occupations are performed. In preparation for the first ORS production sample, we studied several potential sample designs and assessed each for practicality and coverage of the population. In addition, we considered how and if the ORS sample might be coordinated with the sample of BLSs National Compensation Survey (NCS). In this paper, we evaluate each sample design option, describe the sample design that was selected for the first ORS production sample, and outline plans for monitoring the effectiveness of the selected sample design.