The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will begin using the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system on July 1, 2022, in place of the 2010 SOC system. Since September 1999, the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program has used the SOC system to classify occupational wage information. The SOC provides a common language for categorizing occupations and serves as the framework for information being gathered through the Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network (O*NET). 

OFLC’s National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC) will host a webinar on the implementation of the 2018 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 1 to 3 pm ET. During the webinar, the NPWC will present background and an implementation timeline, and will review how the new classification will affect Prevailing Wage Determinations. This event will be recorded and all materials will be placed on the Prevailing Wage tab of the OFLC’s website for future access.

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