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Resources for Implementing Changes to the IPEDS Human Resources (HR) Survey Component Due to Updated 2018 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 2018, an updated version of the SOC system ( was released. Consequently, the IPEDS HR survey was revised to incorporate the 2018 SOC information.

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

  • 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.
  • 2018 SOC Home Page
  • 2018 SOC Definitions
    • ( PDF, 1319 KB)
    • ( Excel, 141 KB)
  • 2018 SOC Principles and Guidelines (PDF, 550 KB)
    • 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
  • 2018 SOC and Coding Structure (PDF, 703 KB)
    The classification and coding structure describe the four-level tiered system and how the system is structured.
  • 2018 SOC Direct Match Title File (DMTF) (Excel, 204 KB)
    This file, which is updated periodically, lists associated job titles for detailed SOC occupations.