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Occupation/Occupational History   #060501
Protocol Release Date

October 30, 2009

Description of Protocol

This protocol includes several questions about the respondent’s current job, including the job title, industry, activities, when the job was started, hours spent working each week, and normal hours of the day worked. Occupation and industry entries are coded using the Standardized Occupational Classification System (SOC) and the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The respondent is asked a number of questions about his longest held job, including name of occupation, industry, types of activities performed, and length of time worked.

As an alternative, the respondent is asked specific details about every job he/she has had for 6 months or longer since he/she was 16 years old. Information obtained about each job includes: the name of the company, job title, when the job started and stopped, address of the company, whether it was full-time, part-time, or seasonal work, type of business, main activities on the job, chemicals and materials handled, and tools and equipment used.

Specific Instructions
Protocol Text

Note: in many situations a complete occupational history is not feasible, so the current occupation and longest held job are the primary measure. A complete occupational history should be captured for investigations of chronic diseases or work-related injuries.

(Current job(s))

SP = sample person

1. How many hours did {you/SP} work last week at all jobs or businesses?

|___|___|___|
ENTER NUMBER OF HOURS

77777
[ ]
REFUSED
99999
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

2. {Do you/Does SP} usually work 35 hours or more per week in total at all jobs or businesses?

1
[ ]
YES
2
[ ]
NO
7
[ ]
REFUSED
9
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

3. For whom did {you/SP} work at {your/his/her} main job or business? (What is the name of the company, business, organization or employer?) IF MORE THAN 1 JOB, PROBE FOR MAIN JOB.

         [ ]___________________________________

ENTER NAME OF EMPLOYER

7-77
[ ]
REFUSED
9-99
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

4. What kind of business or industry is this? (For example: a TV or radio station, retail shoe store, state labor department, farm.)

         [ ]___________________________________

ENTER NAME OF BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY

7-77
[ ]
REFUSED
9-99
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

5. What kind of work {were you/was SP} doing? (For example: farming, mail clerk, computer specialist, machine operator, welder, mechanic.)

         [ ]___________________________________

ENTER NAME OF OCCUPATION

7-77
[ ]
REFUSED
9-99
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

6. What were {your/SP’s} most important activities on this job? (For example: sells cars, keeps account books, operates printing press.)

         [ ]___________________________________

ENTER NAME OF DUTIES

7-77
[ ]
REFUSED
9-99
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

7. Which of the following best describes the hours {you/SP} usually {work/works} at {your/his/her} main job or business?

INTERVIEWER INSTRUCTION: IF THE RESPONDENT SAYS "FLEXTIME", ETC., PROBE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE SHIFT THAT IS WORKED ACTUALLY FALLS IN A DAY, EVENING, NIGHT, OR ROTATING SHIFT CATEGORY BEFORE CODING IT AS "ANOTHER SCHEDULE."

HELP AVAILABLE:
Standard Shift Definitions are:
A regular daytime schedule: this is work anytime between 6am and 6pm.
A regular evening shift: this is work anytime between 2pm and midnight.
A regular night shift: this is work anytime between 9pm and 8am.
A rotating shift: a work shift that changes periodically from days to evenings or nights.
Another schedule includes: a split shift (consisting of two distinct work periods each day), an irregular schedule arranged by the employer, or any other schedule.
1
[ ]
A regular daytime schedule
2
[ ]
A regular evening shift
3
[ ]
A regular night shift
4
[ ]
A rotating shift
5
[ ]
Another schedule
7
[ ]
REFUSED
9
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

8. About how long {have you/has SP} worked for{EMPLOYER} as a(n) {OCCUPATION}?

|___|___|___|
ENTER NUMBER (OF DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS OR YEARS)

777777
[ ]
REFUSED
999999
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

ENTER UNIT

1
[ ]
DAYS
2
[ ]
WEEKS
3
[ ]
MONTHS
4
[ ]
YEARS
7
[ ]
REFUSED
9
[ ]
DON’T KNOW (Longest Held Job)

9. Thinking of all the paid jobs {you/SP} ever had, what kind of work {were you/was s/he} doing the longest? (For example, electrical engineer, stock clerk, typist, farmer.)

___________________________________
ENTER OCCUPATION
or

3
[ ]
ARMED FORCES (Go to 11)
4
[ ]
NEVER WORKED (END OF SECTION)
7
[ ]
REFUSED (Go to 11)
9
[ ]
DON’T KNOW (Go to 11)

10. What kind of business or industry {did you/did SP} work in for the longest period of time as a (DISPLAY LONGEST OCCUPATION)? (For example, a TV or radio station, retail shoe store, state labor department, farm, plastics manufacturer.)

_______________________________
ENTER DESCRIPTION FOR KIND OF BUSINESS/INDUSTRY

7
[ ]
REFUSED
9
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

11. What were {your/SP’s} most important activities on this job or business? (For example: sells cars, keeps account books, operates printing press.)

___________________________________
ENTER NAME OF DUTIES

7
[ ]
REFUSED
9
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

12. About how long did {you/SP} work at that job or business?

|___|___|___|
ENTER NUMBER (OF DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS OR YEARS)

7777
[ ]
REFUSED
9999
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

ENTER UNIT

1
[ ]
DAYS
2
[ ]
WEEKS
3
[ ]
MONTHS
4
[ ]
YEARS
7
[ ]
REFUSED
9
[ ]
DON’T KNOW

(Occupational History)

1. Now I would like to ask you some questions about (your/your _______’s) work history.

Since the age 16, did (you/your _______) ever work for six months or more? We are interested in every job, part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid, that (you/he/she) held for 6 months or longer.

1
[ ]
YES
2
[ ]
NO, HOUSEWIFE ..... (END SECTION)
3
[ ]
NO, NEVER WORKED (END SECTION)
8
[ ]
DON’T KNOW (END SECTION)

INTRO: Let’s begin by listing only the employer name, job title, and years worked at each job. Also, please include any jobs held while in the military, those that (you/he/she) may have done at home, or elsewhere for extra income, and volunteer work at which (you/he/she) spent more than 5 hours per week. If (you/he/she) held more than one job at a company, we would like to talk about each job separately.

COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL WORKSHEET

Now, I’ll ask you questions about each of your jobs.

[INTERVIEWER: YOU MAY WANT TO READ THE FOLLOWING IF MORE THAN 5 JOBS]

(THIS SECTION ABOUT (YOUR/HER/HIS) WORK HISTORY IS VERY IMPORTANT SO IT MIGHT BE SOMEWHAT LONG. ONCE WE GET THROUGH IT, THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW GOES FAIRLY QUCKLY. IF YOU GET TIRED, WE CAN STOP AND RESUME AT ANOTHER TIME.)

ASK A-E FOR EACH JOB AND RECORD RESPONSES IN OCCUPATIONAL HISTORY CHART. USE CONTINUATION SHEETS IF NECESSARY. THEN GO BACK TO FIRST JOB AND ASK F-I.

JOB # A. What was the name of the company where (you/he/she) (first/next) worked for 6 months or longer? B. What was the job title of the (first/next) job (you/your _______) held at this company? C. In what year did (you/he/she) start and stop working at this job?
01    

Start ___________

YEAR

End ____________

YEAR

02    

Start ___________

YEAR

End ____________

YEAR

03    

Start ___________

YEAR

End ____________

YEAR

04    

Start ___________

YEAR

End ____________

YEAR

05    

Start ___________

YEAR

End ____________

YEAR

06    

Start ___________

YEAR

End ____________

YEAR


D. What was the location of this company? E. Was this a full-time or part-time job? (IF UNCLEAR, ASK: Was it year-round or not?)

AFTER EACH JOB, ASK: Did (you/he/she) have any other jobs with (EMPLOYER)? IF YES, FILL OUT NEXT LINE(S) ON GRID FOR OTHER JOB(S) WITH THAT EMPLOYER BEGINNING WITH Q.2B IF NO, CONTINUE WITH NEXT EMPLOYER AT Q.2A. WHEN ALL EMPLOYERS AND JOBS ARE LISTED, CONTINUE WITH Q.1E.

Address:

________________________

City/State:

_______________________

1
[ ]
FULL-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
2
[ ]
PART-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
3
[ ]
FULL-TIME (SEASONAL)
4
[ ]
PART-TIME (SEASONAL)

Address:

________________________

City/State:

_______________________

1
[ ]
FULL-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
2
[ ]
PART-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
3
[ ]
FULL-TIME (SEASONAL)
4
[ ]
PART-TIME (SEASONAL)

Address:

________________________

City/State:

_______________________

1
[ ]
FULL-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
2
[ ]
PART-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
3
[ ]
FULL-TIME (SEASONAL)
4
[ ]
PART-TIME (SEASONAL)

Address:

________________________

City/State:

_______________________

1
[ ]
FULL-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
2
[ ]
PART-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
3
[ ]
FULL-TIME (SEASONAL)
4
[ ]
PART-TIME (SEASONAL)

Address:

________________________

City/State:

_______________________

1
[ ]
FULL-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
2
[ ]
PART-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
3
[ ]
FULL-TIME (SEASONAL)
4
[ ]
PART-TIME (SEASONAL)

Address:

________________________

City/State:

_______________________

1
[ ]
FULL-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
2
[ ]
PART-TIME (YEAR-ROUND)
3
[ ]
FULL-TIME (SEASONAL)
4
[ ]
PART-TIME (SEASONAL)

AFTER COMPLETING A-E FOR ALL JOBS, ASK F-I, BEGINNING WITH THE FIRST JOB. Thinking about this job . . .

JOB # F. What did they make, or what service did they provide? (ENTER RESPONSE VERBATIM AND CIRCLE APPROPRIATE CODE.) What type of business was it?

MA = MANUFACTURER
R = RETAILER
W = WHOLESALER
S = SERVICE PROVIDER
C = CONSTRUCTION
MI = MINING
F = FARMING/ FISHING/ FORESTRY
G = GOVERNMENT
O = OTHER

G. What were (your/your _____’s) main activities or duties for this job? H. What kinds of chemicals or materials did (you/he/she) handle in that job? I. What kinds of tools and equipment did (you/he/she) use?
01 What type of business was it?

         [ ] MA

         [ ] R

         [ ] W

         [ ] S

         [ ] C

         [ ] MI

         [ ] F

         [ ] G

         [ ] O

     
02 What type of business was it?

         [ ] MA

         [ ] R

         [ ] W

         [ ] S

         [ ] C

         [ ] MI

         [ ] F

         [ ] G

         [ ] O

     
03 What type of business was it?

         [ ] MA

         [ ] R

         [ ] W

         [ ] S

         [ ] C

         [ ] MI

         [ ] F

         [ ] G

         [ ] O

     
04 What type of business was it?

         [ ] MA

         [ ] R

         [ ] W

         [ ] S

         [ ] C

         [ ] MI

         [ ] F

         [ ] G

         [ ] O

     

BOX 1

INTERVIEWER:

WHO PROVIDED MOST OF THE RESPONSES IN THIS SECTION?

1
[ ]
SUBJECT
2
[ ]
PROXY
3
[ ]
EQUALLY

Note: the following job titles are occupations of interest for this protocol. Depending on the purpose of the study the occupations of interest will differ.

List of the 45 job titles associated with this occupational section:

AIRCRAFT MECHANIC
BARBER OR HAIRDRESSER
BUS DRIVER
BARTENDER
BRICK, BLOCK, AND STONE MASON
BUTCHER/MEAT CUTTER
CARPENTER
DRY CLEANER/LAUNDERER
ELECTRICIAN/REPAIRER OF TRANSFORMERS, ELECTRICAL, OR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
FIRE FIGHTER
FISHERMAN
GENERAL FARM WORKER OR FIELD CROP AND VEGETABLE WORKER
GARDENER OR GROUNDSKEEPER
FARMER/RANCHER
GAS STATION ATTENDANT
REPAIRER OF INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY
JANITOR
KNITTER OR WEAVER
KITCHEN WORKER/DISHWASHER
LABORER
MACHINIST, WOODWORKER, OR METAL WORKER
MAIL CARRIER
MECHANIC
MANAGER, EXECUTIVE, OR SUPERVISOR
NURSE
CONSTRUCTION, INDUSTRIAL OR MAINTENANCE PAINTER
POLICE OFFICER OR DETECTIVE
PACKAGING OR FILLING MACHINE OPERATOR OR TENDER AND NOT A GROCERY STORE BAGGER
PRODUCTION INSPECTOR, CHECKER, OR EXAMINER
SECRETARY
SHOEMAKER/REPAIRER
SHEET METAL WORKER
STEEL WORKER
TRAFFIC, SHIPPING AND RECEIVING CLERK; STOCK AND INVENTORY CLERK; FREIGHT, STOCK, AND MATERIAL MOVER; OR WORKED WITH MATERIAL MOVING EQUIPMENT
DROVE A TRUCK OR TRACTOR TRAILER
TEACHER
TOOL AND DIE WORKER
TAXICAB/LIMO DRIVER
WAITER/WAITRESS
WELDER, CUTTER, OR BURNER
ROOFER
CONCRETE
INSULATE
PLUMBER
CABINET MAKER

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