Data Dictionary: ACS 2006 -- 2008 (3-Year Estimates)
you are here: choose a survey survey data set table details
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Table: B24060. Occupation By Class Of Worker For The Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over [234]
Universe: Universe: Civilian employed population 16 years and over
Table Details
B24060. Occupation By Class Of Worker For The Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over
Universe: Universe: Civilian employed population 16 years and over
Variable Label
B24060001
B24060002
B24060003
B24060004
B24060005
B24060006
B24060007
B24060008
B24060009
B24060010
B24060011
B24060012
B24060013
B24060014
B24060015
B24060016
B24060017
B24060018
B24060019
B24060020
B24060021
B24060022
B24060023
B24060024
B24060025
B24060026
B24060027
B24060028
B24060029
B24060030
B24060031
B24060032
B24060033
B24060034
B24060035
B24060036
B24060037
B24060038
B24060039
B24060040
B24060041
B24060042
B24060043
B24060044
B24060045
B24060046
B24060047
B24060048
B24060049
B24060050
B24060051
B24060052
B24060053
B24060054
B24060055
B24060056
B24060057
B24060058
B24060059
B24060060
B24060061
B24060062
B24060063
B24060064
B24060065
B24060066
B24060067
B24060068
B24060069
B24060070
B24060071
B24060072
B24060073
B24060074
B24060075
B24060076
B24060077
B24060078
B24060079
B24060080
B24060081
B24060082
B24060083
B24060084
B24060085
B24060086
B24060087
B24060088
B24060089
B24060090
B24060091
B24060092
B24060093
B24060094
B24060095
B24060096
B24060097
B24060098
B24060099
B24060100
B24060101
B24060102
B24060103
B24060104
B24060105
B24060106
B24060107
B24060108
B24060109
B24060110
B24060111
B24060112
B24060113
B24060114
B24060115
B24060116
B24060117
B24060118
B24060119
B24060120
B24060121
B24060122
B24060123
B24060124
B24060125
B24060126
B24060127
B24060128
B24060129
B24060130
B24060131
B24060132
B24060133
B24060134
B24060135
B24060136
B24060137
B24060138
B24060139
B24060140
B24060141
B24060142
B24060143
B24060144
B24060145
B24060146
B24060147
B24060148
B24060149
B24060150
B24060151
B24060152
B24060153
B24060154
B24060155
B24060156
B24060157
B24060158
B24060159
B24060160
B24060161
B24060162
B24060163
B24060164
B24060165
B24060166
B24060167
B24060168
B24060169
B24060170
B24060171
B24060172
B24060173
B24060174
B24060175
B24060176
B24060177
B24060178
B24060179
B24060180
B24060181
B24060182
B24060183
B24060184
B24060185
B24060186
B24060187
B24060188
B24060189
B24060190
B24060191
B24060192
B24060193
B24060194
B24060195
B24060196
B24060197
B24060198
B24060199
B24060200
B24060201
B24060202
B24060203
B24060204
B24060205
B24060206
B24060207
B24060208
B24060209
B24060210
B24060211
B24060212
B24060213
B24060214
B24060215
B24060216
B24060217
B24060218
B24060219
B24060220
B24060221
B24060222
B24060223
B24060224
B24060225
B24060226
B24060227
B24060228
B24060229
B24060230
B24060231
B24060232
B24060233
B24060234
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2006-2008 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Occupation
The data on occupation were derived from answers to Questions 44 and 45. Written responses to the occupation questions are coded using the occupational classification system developed for the 2000 census and modified in 2002. This system consists of 509 specific occupational categories, for employed people, including military, arranged into 23 major occupational groups. This classification was developed based on the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Manual: 2000, published by the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget. Some occupation groups are related closely to certain industries. Operators of transportation equipment, farm operators and workers, and healthcare providers account for major portions of their respective industries of transportation, agriculture, and health care. However, the industry categories include people in other occupations. For example, people employed in agriculture include truck drivers and bookkeepers; people employed in the transportation industry include mechanics, freight handlers, and payroll clerks; and people employed in the health care profession include janitors, security guards, and secretaries.
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2006-2008 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Class of Worker
The data on class of worker were derived from answers to Question 40. The information on class of worker refers to the same job as a respondent's industry and occupation and categorizes people according to the type of ownership of the employing organization. The class of worker categories are defined as follows:
Private wage and salary workers
Includes people who worked for wages, salary, commission, tips, pay-in-kind, or piece rates for a private for-profit employer or a private not-for-profit, tax-exempt or charitable organization. Self-employed people whose business was incorporated are included with private wage and salary workers because they are paid employees of their own companies.

ACS tabulations present data separately for these subcategories: "Employee of private company workers," "Private not-for-profit wage and salary workers," and "Self-employed in own incorporated business workers."
Government workers
Includes people who were employees of any local, state, or federal governmental unit, regardless of the activity of the particular agency. For ACS tabulations, the data are presented separately for the three levels of government.

Employees of foreign governments, the United Nations, or other formal international organizations controlled by governments were classified as "federal government workers."

The government categories include all government workers, though government workers may work in different industries. For example, people who work in a public elementary school or city owned bus line are coded as local government class of workers.
Self-employed in own not incorporated business workers
Includes people who worked for profit or fees in their own unincorporated business, profession, or trade, or who operated a farm.

Unpaid family workers
Includes people who worked without pay in a business or on a farm operated by a relative.
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2006-2008 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Civilian Employed
This term is defined exactly the same as the term "employed" above.
Excerpt from: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey 2006-2008 Summary File: Technical Documentation.
 
Age
The data on age were derived from answers to Question 4. The age classification is based on the age of the person in complete years at the time of interview. Both age and date of birth are used in combination to calculate the most accurate age at the time of the interview. Inconsistently reported and missing values are assigned or imputed based on the values of other variables for that person, from other people in the household, or from people in other households ("hot deck" imputation). Data on age are used to determine the applicability of other questions for a particular individual and to classify other characteristics in tabulations. Age data are needed to interpret most social and economic characteristics used to plan and analyze programs and policies. Therefore, age data are tabulated by many different age groupings, such as 5-year age groups.
Median Age
The median age is the age that divides the population into two equal-size groups. Half of the population is older than the median age and half is younger. Median age is based on a standard distribution of the population by single years of age and is shown to the nearest tenth of a year. (See the sections on "Standard Distributions" and "Medians" under "Derived Measures.")
Age Dependency Ratio
The age dependency ratio is derived by dividing the combined under-18 and 65-and-over populations by the 18-to-64 population and multiplying by 100.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio
The old-age dependency ratio is derived by dividing the population 65 years and over by the 18-to-64 population and multiplying by 100.
Child Dependency Ratio
The child dependency ratio is derived by dividing the population under 18 years by the 18-to-64 population, and multiplying by 100.
Limitation of the Data
Caution should be taken when comparing population in age groups across time. The entire population continually ages into older age groups over time and babies fill in the youngest age group. Therefore, the population of a certain age is made up of a completely different group of people in 2000 and 2008. Since populations occasionally experience booms/increases and busts/decreases in births, deaths, or migration (for example, the postwar Baby Boom from 1946-1964), one should not necessarily expect that the population in an age group in Census 2000 should be similar in size or proportion to the population in the same age group in the 2008 ACS. For example, Baby Boomers were age 36 to 54 in Census 2000 while they were age 44 to 62 in the 2008 ACS. Therefore, the age group 55 to 59 would show a considerable increase in population when comparing Census 2000 data with the 2008 ACS data. Beginning in 2006, the population in group quarters (GQ) is included in the ACS. Some types of GQ populations have age distributions that are very different from the household population. The inclusion of the GQ population could therefore have a noticeable impact on the age distribution. This is particularly true for areas with a substantial GQ population.
Question/Concept History
The 1996-2002 American Community Survey question asked for month, day, and year of birth before age. Since 2003, the American Community Survey question asked for age, followed by month, day, and year of birth. In 2008, an additional instruction was provided with the age and date of birth question on the American Community Survey questionnaire to report babies as age 0 when the child was less than 1 year old. The addition of this instruction occurred after 2005 National Census Test results indicated increased accuracy of age reporting for babies less than one year old.