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BLS Releases Latest Data; Cites Use of 2010 SOC and 2012 NAICS; Identifies a Number of New Health Care- and IT-Related Occupations
Apr 4, 2013

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the latest data from the Occupational Employment Statistics program which provides employment and wage estimates by area and by industry for wage and salary workers in 22 major occupational groups and 821 detailed occupations. In addition, national employment and wage estimates for 94 minor occupational groups and 458 broad occupations are available for the first time.

  • With the release of these May 2012 estimates, OES data are based on the 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system for the first time. Information about the 2010 SOC is available at

  • The May 2012 OES estimates are the first to be produced using the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Information about the 2012 NAICS is available at

Twenty-four newly defined occupations are included in this release. Computer network support specialists was the largest, with employment of 167,980 in May 2012. The highest paid new occupation was nurse anesthetists, with an annual mean wage of $154,390. (Along with a number of health-care related occupations and IT-related occupations, please note the initial appearance of solar photovoltaic installers, wind turbine service technicians, food processing workers, and transportation security screeners.

Click here for the news release and OES table access.