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SOC Standard Occupational Classification

If you have looked at the pages on this site that list the specific frameworks for the four different Occupational Completion Points then you would have seen these SOC code notations.

"The 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system is used by Federal statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data. All workers are classified into one of 840 detailed occupations according to their occupational definition. To facilitate classification, detailed occupations are combined to form 461 broad occupations, 97 minor groups, and 23 major groups. Detailed occupations in the SOC with similar job duties, and in some cases skills, education, and/or training, are grouped together. General questions concerning the SOC may be sent by email or faxed to 202-691-6444."

"2010 SOC System." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 12 July 2013.

Below are links to O*NET summaries for the different occupational classifications specified in the frameworks for the Commercial Art Technology program. This is a good starting point for you to begin to understand the different employment opportunities and requirements that you will be working towards in this program.

From my perspective this information should be looked at, understood and noted. The pages these links connect to are good for an overall appreciation of our industry. They are a good blueprint to what skills you should be developing. They are, however, of very little use in actually securing employment.

One of the characteristics of employment in this field is the varied work situations. Commercial Artist and Graphic Designer have some of the highest rates of self employment of all professions. One of the traits of this profession is the wide range of duties different employment settings offer. So as a perspective employee your best hope of employment is to offer the widest range of skills at the highest level you can demonstrate and be open to the widest range of opportunities.

I often tell my students that even in the worst employment market they are just looking for one job! Local employment markets, personal networking, experience, being in the right place at the right time with the right skills, are all factors that will effect your chances of securing meaningful employment. There is no single path to employment but every path is paved with knowledge and hard work.

Desktop Publishing Assistant – 450 Hours – SOC Code 43-9031

Design Technician – 450 Hours – SOC Code 27-1029

Illustrator – 300 Hours – SOC Code 27-1024

Print Media Artist – 300 Hours – SOC Code 27-1024


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