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Resources for Implementing Changes to the IPEDS Human Resources (HR) Survey Component Due to Updated 2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System

The IPEDS HR survey component uses the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system to assist institutions in classifying employees for IPEDS reporting purposes. The SOC is a system used by Federal statistical agencies to classify workers and jobs into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, analyzing, or disseminating data. In 2010, an updated version of the SOC system ( was released. Consequently, the IPEDS HR survey was revised to incorporate the 2010 SOC information. The new IPEDS occupational categories are effective with 2012-13 Human Resources reporting.

The resources available from this page are intended to assist institutions, systems, and state agencies with the transition to the new occupational categories.

Resources for implementation: Tools:
  • SOC Browse Tool New!
    Browse the entire SOC to see codes, titles, descriptions, and corresponding IPEDS occupational categories.
  • Resource provided by CUPA-HR:
    CUPA-HR has developed a resource that may assist institutions and keyholders. The position description spreadsheets are publicly available on the CUPA-HR website and provide suggestions for mapping administrator and professional positions to SOC codes and corresponding IPEDS categories.
2010 SOC Resources:
  • 2010 SOC Home Page
  • 2010 SOC Definitions
    • PDF
    • Excel (click on downloadable materials)
  • 2010 SOC Principles and Guidelines
    • Classification Principles these principles form the basis on which the SOC system is structured
    • Coding Guidelines these guidelines are intended to assist users in consistently assigning SOC codes and titles to survey responses and in other coding activities
  • 2010 SOC and Coding Structure
    The classification and coding structure describe the four-level tiered system and how the system is structured.
  • 2010 SOC Direct Match Title File (DMTF) (click on downloadable materials)
    This file, which is updated periodically, lists associated job titles for detailed SOC occupations.
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