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Standard Occupational Classification

Docket Number 08‐1155 : Response to Comments on 2010 SOC : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

(part A) Docket No. 08-1155 requested creating a new broad group, 21-1030 "Human Services Practitioners," to include 21-1011 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors, 21-1014 Mental Health Counselors, 21-1015 Rehabilitation Counselors, 21-1091 Health Educators, and 21-1092 Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists. The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation to restructure the SOC because of the potential impact on other users. It is not clear why the 5 proposed occupations would be the only ones in this new broad group.

(part B) Docket No. 08-1155 requested changing the title of minor group 21-1000 to "Counselors, Social Workers, Community, and Human Service Specialists." The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation because the titles included in the minor group do not use the term "Human Service" often enough to justify including the term in the major group title.

(part C) Docket No. 08-1155 requested adding a new detailed occupation for "Human Service Practitioners." The SOCPC did not accept this recommendation based on Classification Principle 2 which states that occupations are classified based on work performed. Human Services Practitioners do not perform work that can be sufficiently distinguished from work performed in other Community and Social Service occupations. (See also Docket No. 08-646).

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Last Modified Date: March 12, 2009