Understand the public data and
InfoSurf’s solution here.
Jobs with the same in skills & knowledge are grouped together so you can see your options.
//Understand The Data//
The SOC system gets us a core of deep profiles based on an occupation’s class, as well as class characteristics like typical education and wages. Occupation classes — names like Accountants and Auditors, Actors, or Foresters — are composed of a pile of jobs that the BLS determines have essentially the same skills & knowledge to perform.
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Occupation Classes: SOC vs O*Net
By the same, I mean skills & knowledge that appear to have the same components, methods and discipline knowledge required to perform the job. That means someone can move among jobs contained in the SOC class of jobs once they perform one of those jobs in the class.
By essentially, I mean that sometimes occupations in the same class begin to change such that the BLS can start categorizing differences at some meaningful level. When that happens, an O*Net refinement of a SOC is created and maintained. An O*Net refinement, however, doesn’t yield some averaging like wage information.
Even within O*Net subclasses of a SOC class, the job overlap is so high that one could presume that qualifying for one job within a SOC or O*Net class means qualifying for other jobs within the same class is very likely.
One caveat to that is when looking at classes with the words “Other” or “All Other”. In order to count as much as possible, we frequently create a miscellaneous class to house the objects that are more different than we’d like. Like us, the BLS also makes some of these miscellaneous classes.
In this case, if one can get a second opinion with a local employment office or a worker recruiter to check. That said, almost always there still is a very high level of overlap, so ask the question and see what happens!
Jobs: Titles vs. Classes, SOC vs. O*Net
If you examine the contents of any SOC or O*Net Occupation Class, you will find a list of different jobs, or titles, as they are referred to in the systems. Each class, whether SOC or O*Net will be composed of a list of titles. Titles are what employers call a specific job when they write and post a job description. Often class names look like the most common title, but rest assured, each classes houses a lot of different titles, aka different jobs.
The entire compendium of titles is searchable on the O*Net systems, however, only some of the titles show as a browsable list anywhere.
Example: O*Net breaks down the SOC class Accountants and Auditors.
This SOC class has 17 most common titles which include a mixture from the two O*Net classes among a much larger set of titles that compose that class.
- Accountants class has 67 titles in the master list
- Auditors class has 42
Typical Education for this SOC class is a Bachelor, but varies a bit. O*Net reports the following about its refinements:
- 42% of Accountants have a Bachelor’s, 39% Some College
- 48% of Auditors have a Bachelor’s, 43% a Master’s
“Sample of related job titles” is at the top of all O*Net profiles. Profiles don’t contain all the titles in each class, whether SOC or O*Net. However, the full master list of titles is indexed by O*Net sites, so you can search for them and find the right class.
Example: “Silviculturists” are a title from the SOC and O*Net class of Foresters. However, it wasn’t among the most common for several versions of the downloadable data sets from the SOC system.
Accessing Title Data
The list of most common titles (around 7K) and the list of common titles (around 61K) are both downloadable, but not browsable. The O*Net system indexes the master list, however. You can search to see where a title you have in mind sits in the occupation classes.
For any title you want, type the name of that title in the O*Net search bar and you will be presented with a list of possible matches that include profiles that title is a part of. If you are curious about the lists, as a whole, you can download them.
- The master titles list comes from the O*Net data center.
- The most common titles list comes from the SOC data center.
Dive even deeper into O*Nets explanation of it’s content model.
//Understand InfoSurf Solutions//
InfoSurf has more than one option to faster, easier lists of related jobs.
To make finding jobs with the same skills & knowledge fast and easy, Job Title Surfer shows the most common job titles alongside their occupation class with the typical education and wage among other common data points.
Right up front, you see all that information rather than needing to dive into each profile to get the same information.
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For advisors, career coaches and guidance counselors, we extend the searching capability with Career-Education Triangulator excel tool.
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The other InfoSurf Career Exploration books complement and broaden the groups of related jobs.
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