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Measure: Occupation/Occupational History   #060500


Questions about the respondent’s current occupation and longest-held job. If appropriate, a complete work history is obtained.


Occupation relates to a person’s socioeconomic status and health. Descriptive data about the name of employer, occupation, common activities, hours worked, and length of time at the job are associated with potential health risks of the occupation.

Standardized industry and occupational codes can be used to compare findings with other studies.

Longest-held job and occupational history provide historical information about previous or long-term occupations that may have led to injury or exposed the respondent to hazardous chemicals that could lead to chronic health conditions.



Environmental Exposures, National Center for Health Statistics, NCHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, National Cancer Institute, NCI, work history, current job, occupation, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NHANES, Study of Brain Tumors in Adults

Measure Release Date: May 31, 2016

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