ERIC Number: ED412364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
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Observations Regarding a Revised Standard Occupational Classification System Using a Skills Based Concept.
McCage, Ronald D.; Olson, Chris M.
A study focused on defining what is needed to build an occupational classification system using a skills-based concept. A thorough analysis was conducted of all existing classification systems and the new Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) content model so recommendations made regarding the revisions of the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System would be in concert with the evolving DOT Content Model. The study borrowed heavily from "Observations Regarding the Development of Occupational/Skills Clusters" (McCage 1990). Indiana was used as a scenario to illustrate how labor market information is used to drive program and curricular decisions. The systems reviewed included the following: SOC; Occupational Employment Survey (OES); Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP); DOT; NOICC [National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee] Master Crosswalk; and Prototype Skills-Based Job Family Matrix. The study recommended that SOC become the system or framework for consolidating the OES survey-based matrix, OES survey occupational codes and titles, and the current census code. Elements in each of these could be condensed around the OES matrix titles to build one system with 3-4 levels of specification for some 600-700 occupational clusters organized under 12-14 major occupational families. The Prototype Skills-Based Job Family Matrix would be a good place to start for building an hierarchical framework for the SOC and DOT. (Contains 42 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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