Revising the Standard Occupational Classification Information about occupations employment levels and trends, pay and benefits, demographic characteristics, skills required, and many other items is widely used by individuals, businesses, researchers, educators, and public policy-makers. The Standard Occupational Classification or SOC helps ensure that occupational data produced across the Federal statistical system are comparable and can be used together in analysis.

To reflect changes in the economy and the nature of work, the SOC must be revised periodically. Input from the public is a key part of the revision process.

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