Dictionary Of Occupational Titles
Appendix A: Revisions from the 4th Edition DOT
REVISIONS FROM THE 4TH EDITION DOT
In this revised edition of the Dictionary of Occupational
Titles (DOT), several format and content changes were made in
an effort to make this DOT easier to use.
The most noticeable change in this revised DOT is that a profile
has been appended to each definition. This profile contains the
following selected occupational analysis characteristics: GOE
Code; Strength rating; R, M, and L of GED; and SVP. (A detailed
explanation of these characteristics can be found in Appendix
C.) The last item in the trailer, the Date of Last Update
(DLU), is the date of the most recent material gathered in
support of that occupation. The date ``1977'' indicates that
the occupation has not been studied since the publication of the
fourth edition DOT in 1977. This entry allows the reader to
identify the currency of each definition. It also identifies
``new'' definitions in the DOT or alerts the reader to
previously published and recently updated definitions.
A new division has been added to the DOT classification
structure, Division 03 COMPUTER-RELATED OCCUPATIONS, and under
it there have been added five new Occupational Groups to reflect
a reorganization of the DOT taxonomy to bring all of the
computer-related occupations together. The five Occupational
Groups are as follows:
030 OCCUPATIONS IN SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND PROGRAMMING
031 OCCUPATIONS IN DATA COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKS
032 OCCUPATIONS IN COMPUTER SYSTEMS USER SUPPORT
033 OCCUPATIONS IN COMPUTER SYSTEMS TECHNICAL SUPPORT
039 COMPUTER-RELATED OCCUPATIONS, N.E.C.
Additionally, when an updated occupational definition in this
DOT contains a reference to the title of another occupation, the
DOT code of the referenced occupation is listed, following the
referenced DOT title. Within the definitions and the indexes,
Undefined Related (UR) titles will now be shown in initial
capital letters instead of all captial letters to avoid
confusion between Base and UR Titles.
Also, additional appendices have been added to the revised DOT.
In this revised DOT, Appendix A is new. Appendix B was the
Appendix in the 1977 DOT. Appendix C, mentioned above, explains
the components of the definition trailer, Appendix D explains
how to use the DOT for job placement, and Appendix E explains
how to submit information concerning occupations not found in
the DOT. (Appendix D and Appendix E were sections in the front
of the 1977 DOT).
The fourth edition DOT Industry Designations have been revised
and reduced from 220 to 140 Industry Designations to more
closely reflect the Standard Industrial Classification system.
And finally, to facilitate its use, the Alphabetical Index of
Occupational Titles appears as the last section in the DOT.