Appendix 3. Key to Incumbent Occupation Level Metadata

Each O*NET-SOC Code has detailed information associated with the O*NET data collection called Occupation Level Metadata. The name and explanation for each data value in the item column is presented below. The O*NET-SOC Level Sample Distribution Statistics, that are provided in the Percent column of the Occupation Level Metadata file, are unweighted percents. Therefore, these values do not represent the estimated distribution of the O*NET-SOC population.

O*NET-SOC Establishment Response Rate - The establishment response rate is the percentage of sampled eligible establishments for the occupation that agreed to participate.

O*NET-SOC Employee Response Rate - The employee response rate is the percentage of participating employees who returned questionnaires.

O*NET-SOC Eligible Expert Response Rate - The eligible expert response rate is the percentage of eligible employees who returned questionnaires.

O*NET-SOC Case Completeness Rate - The case completeness rate for an occupation refers the percentage of total returned questionnaires that were retained after editing and data cleaning.

Total Completes for O*NET-SOC – Total Completes refers to the total number of incumbents who completed one of the four questionnaire types.

Data Collection Mode - Incumbents had the option to complete the questionnaire either using a web-based survey or a paper survey. Valid responses are:

  • Paper
  • Web

How Long at Current Job - Incumbents indicated in the background questionnaire how long they had been in their current job. Valid responses are:

  • 10 years or more
  • 6-9 years
  • 1-5 years
  • <1 year
  • Missing

Industry Division (Major Group Codes (SIC) within Division in parentheses) - Each sampled establishment was assigned to one primary industry division in the sampling frame. The Major Industry Group Codes (SIC) within the Division are provided in parentheses. Valid responses are:

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing (01 - 09)
  • Mining (10 - 14)
  • Construction (15 - 17)
  • Manufacturing (20 - 39)
  • Transportation, Communication, Electric, Gas, and Sanitary Services (40 - 49)
  • Wholesale Trade (50 -51)
  • Retail Trade (52 - 59)
  • Financial, Insurance and Real Estate (60 - 67)
  • Services (70 - 89)
  • Public Administration (91 - 97)
  • Non-classifiable (99)

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector - Each sampled establishment was assigned to one type of economic activity sector in the sampling frame. Valid responses are:

  • Accommodation and food services
  • Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation
  • Construction
  • Education services
  • Finance and insurance
  • Health care and social assistance
  • Information
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Other services, except public administration
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Public administration
  • Real estate and rental and leasing
  • Retail trade
  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Unclassified
  • Utilities
  • Wholesale trade