Washington, D.C.-The U.S. Department of Labor has rejected a petition that would recognize metrology job descriptions in its proposed 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System. The U.S. Department of Labor’s SOC provides formal recognition of job descriptions which are the basis for its Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) used by educators and counselors to inform students about career opportunities. If the SOC does not include metrology job descriptions, neither will the OOH. The SOC is updated once every 10 years.

Proposed 2010 SOC changes may be found here.

The proposed changes to the 2010 SOC have a comment period of May 23 through July 21, 2008. Comments of protest can be sent to the U.S. Department of Labor at soc@omb.eop.gov