What's in a name? BLS Planning Overhaul of Job Classifications for 2018.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) is planning a substantial overhaul of job classifications for 2018. Proposed changes to the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system - the official listing of occupations recognized by the U.S. Government - will finally recognize "new" jobs such as Project Manager, Public Relations Manager and Software Developer.
The BLS classifies workers into one of 840 detailed occupations, although the 2018 SOC will likely grow the number of jobs based on previous years. Utilized by Federal agencies to classify workers into occupational categories, the addition of new jobs under the SOC system can impact hiring, salary, and other employment decisions. The SOC system also determines which jobs are included in the BLS's Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). In order to earn a unique SOC code, the BLS requires professions to be trackable and growing. The lengthy regulatory process can often involve years of petitioning on behalf of the profession for a job classification code.
Some of the 2018 additions might be surprising since they aren't technically "new" occupations. Included in the 2018 proposed structure are Paramedic, Financial Risk Specialist, Data Scientist, Surgical Assistant and Acupuncturist.
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