MEPS Occupation Codes Condensing Rules
Beginning with FY2010

Code Range
1 0010 – 0950 Management, Business, and Financial Operations Occupations
2 1005 – 3540 Professional and Related Occupations
3 3600 – 4650 Service Occupations
4 4700 – 4965 Sales and Related Occupations
5 5000 – 5940 Office and Administrative Support Occupations
6 6005 – 6130 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
7 6200 – 7630 Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance Occupations
8 7700 – 9750 Production, Transportation, and Material Moving Occupations
9 9840 Military Specific Occupations
10 9920 Not in Labor Force
11 9990 Unclassifiable Occupation

MEPS uses the 4-digit Census occupation and industry coding systems developed for the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey.

For industry coding, MEPS uses the 2007 4-digit Census industry codes. Descriptions of the 4-digit Census industry codes can be found at the following link:

For occupation coding, MEPS uses the 2010 4-digit Census occupation codes. Descriptions of the 4-digit Census occupation codes can be found at the following link:

See for more information on the Census coding systems used by MEPS.

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