1-23: Simple occupation code (see OCC for industry codes)
98: Not ascertained
99: Don't know
In 2010, for sample adults aged 18 years or older who worked at some point in the past 12 months and whose current or most recent main job was not the job they held the longest, OCCUPLH2 reports the 2-digit detailed occupation recode for the sample adult's longest-held job. Beginning in 2015, OCCUPLH2 reports the 2-digit detailed industry recode for the sample adult's longest held job for sample adults aged 18 years and older whose current, main job is not their longest held.
Beginning in 2010, the occupation code is based on the 2010 version of the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC). OCCUPLH2 is part of the NHIS Occupational Health Supplement.
A list of all original occupational codes is available in the OCC variable. For more information on all of the occupation and industrial schemes that were used in previous NHIS surveys, please refer to the "User Note on Occupation and Industry Variables." Please see the "Universe" tab for more detailed information on changes in the universe across survey samples.
Analysts may be interested in viewing the variables INDSLH1, INDSLH2 and OCCUPLH1, which contain information regarding the sample adult's industry codes and detailed occupation codes in regards to their longest held job.
Please see the Comparability and Universe tabs for more information on how this variable was constructed.
There are slight changes in the universe over time that may affect comparability. Specifically, in 2010, the universe retains sample adults age 18 and older who are not currently employed but who have worked in the past 12 months. In 2015, the universe excludes those sample adults who are not currently employed. To compare the two years, analysts may want to limit their analyses to sample adults aged 18+ who are currently employed and whose current, main job is not their longest held.
- 2010: Sample adults aged 18 and older who have worked within the past 12 months and whose current or most recent job is not their longest held job.
- 2015: Sample adults 18+ whose current job is NOT the job they held the longest
- 2010, 2015
- 2010, 2015 : SAMPWEIGHT