Updated timeline for the 2018 SOC
Revising the SOC is a multi-year process, during which the SOC Policy Committee (SOCPC) formulates recommendations for revisions that are submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for consideration. For the 2018 revision, the SOCPC Committee began planning in early 2012, and expects to solicit public input through an initial Federal Register notice to be published by the end of calendar year 2013. This process will lead to a proposed revision that will be available for public comment through a second Federal Register notice in early 2015 and publication of the final 2018 SOC codes, titles, and definitions in early 2017.
The revision schedule is designed to minimize disruption to data providers, producers, and users by promoting simultaneous adoption of revised occupational and industry classification systems for those data series that use both. Given the multiple interdependent programs that rely on the SOC, this is best accomplished by timing revisions of the SOC for the years following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) revisions, which occur for years ending in 2 and 7. The next such year is 2018, which has the additional benefit of coinciding with the beginning year of the American Community Survey 5-year set of surveys that bracket the 2020 Decennial Census. Thus, OMB intends to consider revisions of the SOC for 2018 and every 10 years thereafter.
|1st Federal Register notice soliciting public input
|SOCPC reviews public input, Federal agency input, and conducts own research; develops recommendations to OMB
|2nd Federal Register notice requesting comments on SOCPC recommendations
||Late 2014 or early 2015
|SOCPC reviews comments and develops final recommendations to OMB
|OMB reviews SOCPC recommendations
|3rd Federal Register notice announcing the final 2018 SOC structure, and occupation codes and titles
|SOCPC completes occupational definitions and SOC Manual
|OMB publishes 2018 SOC Manual
|Federal statistical agencies implement 2018 SOC
How you can help
The bulk of the information the SOCPC will use in developing recommendations to OMB is likely to come from the comments received in response to the Federal Register notices. Thus, the SOCPC encourages potential commenters to carefully review the information provided in “Input Requested by the SOC Policy Committee,” which is a section of “Revising the Standard Occupational Classification,” a larger document that more fully describes the history and structure of the SOC.
All comments should be submitted as responses to the Federal Register notices, using the submittal procedures described in the notices. This will ensure comments and recommendations are included on the dockets that the SOC Policy Committee will review.
The SOCPC encourages those interested in commenting, as well as others interested in the SOC, to monitor the SOC revision process on this website. To sign up to receive email notifications when this page is updated with new information on the SOC revision process for 2018, enter your email address in the “Subscribe to Standard Occupational Classification Update” box on the left-side menu of this page.