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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics

Upcoming occupational and industry aggregations in the May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics estimates

The Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program will replace 21 detailed occupations found within the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) with 10 new aggregations of those occupations, beginning with May 2017 estimates published in 2018.

In addition, due to a sampling change, selected 4- and 5-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industries previously published by OES will no longer be published separately. Some of the 4-digit NAICS industries that are no longer being published separately will instead be published as OES-specific 4-digit industry aggregations.

New occupational aggregations

The new occupational aggregations are shown in table 1. In most cases, SOC detailed occupations will be aggregated to the SOC broad occupation level. The remaining aggregations will be combinations of detailed occupations that do not correspond to existing SOC broad occupations. These aggregations will use OES-specific codes and titles.

The new occupational aggregations are combinations of SOC occupations that are similar and where the survey does not have the information needed to distinguish between the occupations for accurate coding.

Table 1. New OES occupational aggregations

Beginning with the May 2017 OES estimates, the occupations in bold will replace the SOC 2010 detailed occupations listed below them.

13-1020Buyers and purchasing agents (SOC broad occupation)
13-1021 Buyers and purchasing agents, farm products
13-1022 Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products
13-1023 Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products
15-2090Miscellaneous mathematical science occupations (SOC broad occupation)
15-2091 Mathematical technicians
15-2099 Mathematical science occupations, all other
21-1018Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors (OES-specific code and title)
21-1011 Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors
21-1014 Mental health counselors
29-2010Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians (SOC broad occupation)
29-2011 Medical and clinical laboratory technologists
29-2012 Medical and clinical laboratory technicians
39-1010First-line supervisors of gaming workers (SOC broad occupation)
39-1011 Gaming supervisors
39-1012 Slot supervisors
39-7010Tour and travel guides (SOC broad occupation)
39-7011 Tour guides and escorts
39-7012 Travel guides
47-4090Miscellaneous construction and related workers (SOC broad occupation)
47-4091 Segmental pavers
47-4099 Construction and related workers, all other
51-2028Electrical, electronic, and electromechanical assemblers, except coil winders, tapers, and finishers (OES-specific code and title)
51-2022 Electrical and electronic equipment assemblers
51-2023 Electromechanical equipment assemblers
51-2098Assemblers and fabricators, all other, including team assemblers (OES-specific code and title)
51-2092 Team assemblers
51-2099 Assemblers and fabricators, all other
53-1048First-line supervisors of transportation and material moving workers, except aircraft cargo handling supervisors (OES-specific code and title)
53-1021 First-line supervisors of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand
53-1031 First-line supervisors of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

New industry aggregations

Selected 4-digit and 5-digit NAICS industries previously published by OES will no longer be published separately. Some of these industries will instead be published at their standard 3- and 4-digit NAICS industry levels respectively. Table 2 shows the 4-digit NAICS industries that will not be published separately, and instead will be published as part of the 3-digit NAICS industry. Table 3 shows the 5-digit NAICS industries that will not be published separately, and instead will be published as part of the 4-digit NAICS industry or as part of an OES-specific 4-digit industry aggregation.

Some of the previously published 4-digit industries that are no longer being published will instead be published at OES-specific 4-digit industry aggregations. Table 4 shows these OES-specific industry aggregations, along with their OES-specific industry codes and titles.

The May 2017 OES estimates will be published using the 2017 NAICS. All of the NAICS codes listed in tables 2, 3, and 4 are based on the 2017 NAICS.

The new industry aggregations will result in improved sampling efficiency by combining industries with similar staffing patterns (for example, grocery stores and specialty food stores).

Table 2

Industries that will no longer be published at the 4-digit NAICS level starting with the 2017 OES estimates. These industries will be published as part of the 3-digit NAICS. All industries are listed with their 2017 NAICS codes and titles.

327Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing
3271 Clay product and refractory manufacturing
3272 Glass and glass product manufacturing
3273 Cement and concrete product manufacturing
3274 Lime and gypsum product manufacturing
3279 Other nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing
452General merchandise stores
4522 Department stores
4523 General merchandise stores, including warehouse clubs and supercenters
484Truck transportation
4841 General freight trucking
4842 Specialized freight trucking
5173 Wired and wireless telecommunications carriers
5174 Satellite telecommunications
5179 Other telecommunications
523Securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities
5231 Securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage
5232 Securities and commodity exchanges
5239 Other financial investment activities
531Real estate
5311 Lessors of real estate
5312 Offices of real estate agents and brokers
5313 Activities related to real estate

Table 3

Industries that will no longer be published at the 5-digit NAICS level starting with the 2017 OES estimates. These industries will be published as part of the 4-digit NAICS or as part of an OES-specific 4-digit industry aggregation.

3370A1Furniture and related product manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only)
33711 Wood kitchen cabinet and countertop manufacturing
33712 Household and institutional furniture manufacturing
5614Business support services
56142 Telephone call centers
5615Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services
56151 Travel agencies

Table 4. New OES industry aggregations

Beginning with the May 2017 OES estimates, the industries shown in bold will contain one or more aggregations of the detailed industries listed below them. For industries with more than one aggregation, each aggregation is listed separately.

3250A1Chemical manufacturing (3251, 3252, 3253, and 3259 only)
3251 Basic chemical manufacturing
3252 Resin, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibers and filaments manufacturing
3253 Pesticide, fertilizer, and other agricultural chemical manufacturing
3259 Other chemical product and preparation manufacturing
3250A2Chemical manufacturing (3255 and 3256 only)
3255 Paint, coating, and adhesive manufacturing
3256 Soap, cleaning compound, and toilet preparation manufacturing
3320A1Fabricated metal product manufacturing (3321, 3322, 3325, 3326, and 3329 only)
3321 Forging and stamping
3322 Cutlery and handtool manufacturing
3325 Hardware manufacturing
3326 Spring and wire product manufacturing
3329 Other fabricated metal product manufacturing
3320A2Fabricated metal product manufacturing (3323 and 3324 only)
3323 Architectural and structural metals manufacturing
3324 Boiler, tank, and shipping container manufacturing
3330A1Machinery manufacturing (3331, 3332, 3334, and 3339 only)
3331 Agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing
3332 Industrial machinery manufacturing
3334 Ventilation, heating, air-conditioning, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturing
3339 Other general purpose machinery manufacturing
3370A1Furniture and related product manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only)
3371 Household and institutional furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing
3372 Office furniture (including fixtures) manufacturing
4230A1Merchant wholesalers, durable goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only)
4232 Furniture and home furnishing merchant wholesalers
4233 Lumber and other construction materials merchant wholesalers
4235 Metal and mineral (except petroleum) merchant wholesalers
4236 Household appliances and electrical and electronic goods merchant wholesalers
4237 Hardware, and plumbing and heating equipment and supplies merchant wholesalers
4239 Miscellaneous durable goods merchant wholesalers
4240A1Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods (4244 and 4248 only)
4244 Grocery and related product merchant wholesalers
4248 Beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers
4240A2Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods (4242 and 4246 only)
4242 Drugs and druggists' sundries merchant wholesalers
4246 Chemical and allied products merchant wholesalers
4240A3Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods (4241, 4247, and 4249 only)
4241 Paper and paper product merchant wholesalers
4247 Petroleum and petroleum products merchant wholesalers
4249 Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers
4450A1Food and beverage stores (4451 and 4452 only)
4451 Grocery stores
4452 Specialty food stores
4530A1Miscellaneous store retailers (4532 and 4533 only)
4532 Office supplies, stationery, and gift stores
4533 Used merchandise stores
5220A1Credit intermediation and related activities (5221 and 5223 only)
5221 Depository credit intermediation
5223 Activities related to credit intermediation
5320A1Rental and leasing services (5322, 5323, and 5324 only)
5322 Consumer goods rental
5323 General rental centers
5324 Commercial and industrial machinery and equipment rental and leasing


Last Modified Date: October 17, 2017