Tuesday December 1, 2020


by Rabindra Singh

On November 17, 2020, O*NET released its 25.1 database by adding, removing and updating Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes.

The O*NET database is a primary source of occupational information. It contains a rich set of variables that describe work and worker characteristics, including skill requirements. The database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This information can be used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling, and a variety of human resources functions, such as developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning training with current workplace needs. O*NET is developed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

The O*NET 25.1 Database is a special release that incorporates the O*NET-SOC 2019 taxonomy structure. The O*NET-SOC 2019 Taxonomy structure has been revised based on the transition to the 2018 SOC. The O*NET 25.1 Database, which incorporates the new O*NET-SOC taxonomy, includes 1,016 occupational titles, 923 of which represent O*NET data-level occupations. The new O*NET-SOC 2019 structure also includes four cybersecurity-related new and emerging occupations. Attached below is the snapshot of the O*NET-SOC 2019 taxonomy structure.

Data from the O*NET 25.0 database (O*NET-SOC 2010) has been incorporated into the new O*NET-SOC 2019 taxonomy, including the new O*NET-SOC codes, titles, and descriptions. In the 25.1 release, taxonomy-related updates include:

  • Addition of 62 O*NET-SOC 2019 occupations
  • Update of O*NET-SOC codes, titles, and/or descriptions for 345 occupations
  • Addition and update of Task Statements for 127 occupations
  • Addition of Abilities, Skills, Work Activities, Knowledge, and Work Context data for 53 occupations
  • Addition of Work Styles data for 53 occupations
  • Addition of Job Zones data for 53 occupations
  • Addition and update of Detailed Work Activities (DWAs) and linkages for 127 occupations
  • Addition and update of Alternate Titles and Sample of Reported Titles for 127 occupations
  • Addition and update of Technology Skills and Tools Used for 98 occupations

Several general changes to the O*NET-SOC taxonomy were included as a result of changes made to the SOC taxonomy. Some of them are listed below:

  • A total of one hundred and fifty-seven (157) occupations were removed from the O*NET-SOC taxonomy. Notably, 15-1132.00 code used for Software Developers, Applications, and 15-1133.00 utilized for Software Developers, Applications, have been removed. Chart below lists some of the removed occupations:
O*NET-SOC 2010 CodeO*NET-SOC 2010 Title
11-2031.00Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
13-2051.00Financial Analysts
15-1132.00Software Developers, Applications
15-1133.00Software Developers, Systems Software
15-2091.00Mathematical Technicians
19-3031.00Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
19-4011.00Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
25-2052.00Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • A total of sixty-three (63) occupations were added to the taxonomy.
    • Fifty-one (51) SOC-level occupations were added by aggregating several 2010 SOC occupations, breaking out 2010 SOC occupations into two or more occupations, or incorporating brand-new occupations. Note that Software Developers, 15-1252, is a new addition to the list achieved by aggregating previously used 15-1132.00 and 15-1133.00 codes used for Software Developers, Applications, and Software Developers, Systems Software, respectively. Below chart below lists some newly included codes.
ONET-SOC 2019 CodeONET-SOC 2019 Title
11-2032.00Public Relations Managers
11-2033.00Fundraising Managers
11-3013.00Facilities Managers
11-9072.00 Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling
11-9179.00Personal Service Managers, All Other
13-1082.00Project Management Specialists
13-2022.00Appraisers of Personal and Business Property
13-2051.00Financial and Investment Analysts
13-2054.00Financial Risk Specialists
15-1252.00Software Developers
15-1255.00Web and Digital Interface Designers
15-2051.00Data Scientists

  • The following twelve (12) detailed occupations were added to the O*NET-SOC taxonomy through the addition of new and emerging occupations or by aggregating occupations removed from the taxonomy into a detailed occupation.
ONET-SOC 2019 CodeONET-SOC 2019 Title
11-3013.01Security Managers
13-1199.07Security Management Specialists
15-1299.02Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians
15-1299.04Penetration Testers
15-1299.05Information Security Engineers
15-1299.06Digital Forensics Analysts
15-1299.07Blockchain Engineers
17-3026.01Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists and Technicians
19-3039.03Clinical Neuropsychologists
29-2012.01Histology Technicians

  • Additionally, following thirteen (13) existing detailed 2010 O*NET-SOC occupations were added into the 2018 SOC taxonomy as 2018 SOC-level occupations.
ONET-SOC 2019 CodeONET-SOC 2019 Title
15-1243.00Database Architects
15-1253.00Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers
19-3034.00School Psychologists
19-4012.00Agricultural Technicians
19-4013.00Food Science Technicians
29-1222.00Physicians, Pathologists
29-1241.00Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
29-9093.00Surgical Assistants

  • Further, a number of code, title, and description changes were made based on changes to the 2018 SOC. For instance, Database Administrators will have a new code – 15-1242.00 in place of previously used 15-1141.00.
ONET-SOC 2019 CodeONET-SOC 2019 Title
11-3012.00Administrative Services Managers
11-3031.03Investment Fund Managers
11-3071.04Supply Chain Managers
11-9171.00Funeral Home Managers
11-9179.01Fitness and Wellness Coordinators
11-9179.02Spa Managers
13-1041.08Customs Brokers
13-1161.01Search Marketing Strategists
13-2023.00Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
15-1211.00Computer Systems Analysts
15-1211.01Health Informatics Specialists
15-1212.00Information Security Analysts
15-1221.00Computer and Information Research Scientists
15-1231.00Computer Network Support Specialists
15-1232.00Computer User Support Specialists
15-1241.00Computer Network Architects
15-1241.01Telecommunications Engineering Specialists
15-1242.00Database Administrators
15-1243.00Database Architects
15-1243.01Data Warehousing Specialists

Note that O*NET 25.1 Database has not yet been aligned with the Office of the Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) system utilized for foreign labor certification programs, including H-2A, H-2B, LCA, CW-1, Prevailing Wage and PERM labor certification applications. As such, old codes are getting populated when filing the LCA for H-1B Petitions and ETA Form 9141 for obtaining prevailing wage determinations.

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