OCC_CPS8 reports the four-digit Census occupational code for the respondent's main job.
Researchers who would like broader occupational categories may wish to use OCC2_CPS8, which collapses occupation data into fewer, broader categories.
OCC_CPS8 was drawn from the final CPS interview, conducted 2-5 months before the ATUS interview. Occupation information for the respondent's main job was also collected at the time of the ATUS interview. See OCC for four-digit Census occupational categories (and OCC2for general categories).
If a respondent has another (second) job, OCC_OJ_CPS8 reports the occupation information for that job using the same four-digit Census categories as OCC_CPS8. OCC2_OJ_CPS8 reports occupation information for the second job using the broader categories. Information on the respondent's second job was not collected at the time of the ATUS interview.
From 2003-2010, CPS occupation codes follow the Census Bureau's 2002 Occupational Classification System. In 2011-2019, CPS occupation codes follow the Census Bureau's 2010 Occupational Classification System. From 2020 forward, CPS occupations were classified using the 2018 Occupational Classification System.
- CPS Civilians 15+ who: were currently employed; or had worked previously and were looking for work; or were not currently in the labor force but had worked previously.