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d_j1soc10 First job: SOC 2010

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Standard Occupational Classification 2010 (SOC2010) of first job after leaving full-time education. Full 4-digit version for Special Licence release only. The classification is coded post-field using the respondent’s description of the job. In the first two waves of Understanding Society the description was first coded to the code frame of SOC 2000. From Wave 3 onward, job descriptions were first coded to the code frame of SOC 2010 and the code for earlier versions of the classification was computed from a look-up file.



Value labelValueAbsolute frequencyRelative frequency
Chief executives and senior officials111510.0%
Production managers and directors in manufacturing1121180.04%
Production managers and directors in construction112270.01%
Financial managers and directors1131140.03%
Marketing and sales directors113210.0%
Purchasing managers and directors113320.0%
Human resource managers and directors113520.0%
Information technology and telecommunications directors113620.0%
Functional managers and directors n.e.c.113980.02%
Financial institution managers and directors1150150.03%
Managers and directors in transport and distribution116170.01%
Managers and directors in storage and warehousing1162110.02%
Officers in armed forces1171220.05%
Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services117310.0%
Health services and public health managers and directors118140.01%
Social services managers and directors118410.0%
Managers and directors in retail and wholesale1190720.15%
Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture121160.01%
Managers and proprietors in forestry, fishing and related services121310.0%
Hotel and accommodation managers and proprietors1221200.04%
Restaurant and catering establishment managers and proprietors1223250.05%
Publicans and managers of licensed premises1224120.03%
Leisure and sports managers1225160.03%
Residential, day and domiciliary care managers and proprietors124230.01%
Property, housing and estate managers125180.02%
Garage managers and proprietors125210.0%
Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors125320.0%
Shopkeepers and proprietors - wholesale and retail1254620.13%
Managers and proprietors in other services n.e.c.1259190.04%
Chemical scientists2111470.1%
Biological scientists and biochemists2112440.09%
Physical scientists2113200.04%
Social and humanities scientists2114100.02%
Natural and social science professionals n.e.c.2119500.11%
Civil engineers2121240.05%
Mechanical engineers2122170.04%
Electrical engineers212370.01%
Electronics engineers212470.01%
Design and development engineers2126240.05%
Production and process engineers2127230.05%
Engineering professionals n.e.c.2129240.05%
IT specialist managers2133120.03%
IT project and programme managers213410.0%
IT business analysts, architects and systems designers2135190.04%
Programmers and software development professionals21361150.24%
Web design and development professionals2137140.03%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals n.e.c.2139250.05%
Conservation professionals214150.01%
Environment professionals214290.02%
Research and development managers215030.01%
Medical practitioners22111270.27%
Ophthalmic opticians2214100.02%
Dental practitioners2215160.03%
Medical radiographers2217140.03%
Health professionals n.e.c.2219150.03%
Occupational therapists2222190.04%
Speech and language therapists2223100.02%
Therapy professionals n.e.c.222990.02%
Higher education teaching professionals2311250.05%
Further education teaching professionals2312270.06%
Secondary education teaching professionals23143000.64%
Primary and nursery education teaching professionals23152930.62%
Special needs education teaching professionals231660.01%
Senior professionals of educational establishments231790.02%
Education advisers and school inspectors231850.01%
Teaching and other educational professionals n.e.c.2319610.13%
Barristers and judges241280.02%
Legal professionals n.e.c.2419280.06%
Chartered and certified accountants2421690.15%
Management consultants and business analysts2423130.03%
Business and financial project management professionals2424100.02%
Actuaries, economists and statisticians2425150.03%
Business and related research professionals2426480.1%
Business, research and administrative professionals n.e.c.242910.0%
Town planning officers243250.01%
Quantity surveyors2433310.07%
Chartered surveyors2434380.08%
Construction project managers and related professionals243650.01%
Social workers2442330.07%
Probation officers244340.01%
Archivists and curators245260.01%
Quality control and planning engineers246150.01%
Quality assurance and regulatory professionals246230.01%
Environmental health professionals246350.01%
Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors2471390.08%
Public relations professionals2472130.03%
Advertising accounts managers and creative directors247310.0%
Laboratory technicians31111720.37%
Electrical and electronics technicians311290.02%
Engineering technicians3113310.07%
Building and civil engineering technicians311460.01%
Quality assurance technicians311570.01%
Planning, process and production technicians311650.01%
Science, engineering and production technicians n.e.c.3119230.05%
Architectural and town planning technicians3121270.06%
IT operations technicians3131380.08%
IT user support technicians3132260.06%
Dispensing opticians321640.01%
Pharmaceutical technicians3217100.02%
Medical and dental technicians3218220.05%
Health associate professionals n.e.c.3219110.02%
Youth and community workers3231210.04%
Child and early years officers323340.01%
Housing officers3234100.02%
Welfare and housing associate professionals n.e.c.3239210.04%
NCOs and other ranks33112020.43%
Police officers (sergeant and below)3312430.09%
Fire service officers (watch manager and below)331310.0%
Protective service associate professionals n.e.c.331960.01%
Authors, writers and translators3412240.05%
Actors, entertainers and presenters3413300.06%
Dancers and choreographers341440.01%
Arts officers, producers and directors3416240.05%
Photographers, audio-visual and broadcasting equipment operators3417620.13%
Graphic designers3421590.13%
Product, clothing and related designers3422480.1%
Sports players3441270.06%
Sports coaches, instructors and officials3442420.09%
Fitness instructors3443150.03%
Air traffic controllers351150.01%
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers351220.0%
Ship and hovercraft officers3513190.04%
Legal associate professionals3520160.03%
Estimators, valuers and assessors3531200.04%
Insurance underwriters3533140.03%
Finance and investment analysts and advisers3534260.06%
Taxation experts353560.01%
Importers and exporters353680.02%
Financial and accounting technicians353710.0%
Financial accounts managers353840.01%
Business and related associate professionals n.e.c.3539390.08%
Buyers and procurement officers3541190.04%
Business sales executives3542690.15%
Marketing associate professionals3543680.14%
Estate agents and auctioneers3544220.05%
Sales accounts and business development managers3545280.06%
Conference and exhibition managers and organisers3546130.03%
Conservation and environmental associate professionals355050.01%
Public services associate professionals3561170.04%
Human resources and industrial relations officers3562360.08%
Vocational and industrial trainers and instructors3563320.07%
Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists356490.02%
Inspectors of standards and regulations3565120.03%
Health and safety officers356710.0%
National government administrative occupations41122660.57%
Local government administrative occupations4113890.19%
Officers of non-governmental organisations4114110.02%
Credit controllers4121130.03%
Book-keepers, payroll managers and wages clerks41224590.98%
Bank and post office clerks41234650.99%
Finance officers412440.01%
Financial administrative occupations n.e.c.41291170.25%
Records clerks and assistants41311510.32%
Pensions and insurance clerks and assistants41321400.3%
Stock control clerks and assistants4133840.18%
Transport and distribution clerks and assistants4134420.09%
Library clerks and assistants4135350.07%
Human resources administrative occupations4138220.05%
Sales administrators4151340.07%
Other administrative occupations n.e.c.41598831.88%
Office managers4161130.03%
Office supervisors416210.0%
Medical secretaries4211160.03%
Legal secretaries4212380.08%
School secretaries421370.01%
Company secretaries4214100.02%
Personal assistants and other secretaries42153580.76%
Typists and related keyboard occupations42173700.79%
Horticultural trades5112270.06%
Gardeners and landscape gardeners5113710.15%
Groundsmen and greenkeepers5114120.03%
Agricultural and fishing trades n.e.c.5119220.05%
Smiths and forge workers521190.02%
Moulders, core makers and die casters521260.01%
Sheet metal workers5213430.09%
Metal plate workers, and riveters5214180.04%
Welding trades5215730.16%
Pipe fitters521690.02%
Metal machining setters and setter-operators5221320.07%
Tool makers, tool fitters and markers-out5222510.11%
Metal working production and maintenance fitters52232940.62%
Precision instrument makers and repairers5224200.04%
Air-conditioning and refrigeration engineers522560.01%
Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians52312530.54%
Vehicle body builders and repairers5232430.09%
Vehicle paint technicians523490.02%
Aircraft maintenance and related trades5235370.08%
Boat and ship builders and repairers5236280.06%
Rail and rolling stock builders and repairers523790.02%
Electricians and electrical fitters52412210.47%
Telecommunications engineers5242580.12%
TV, video and audio engineers5244200.04%
IT engineers5245140.03%
Electrical and electronic trades n.e.c.5249530.11%
Skilled metal, electrical and electronic trades supervisors525050.01%
Steel erectors531150.01%
Bricklayers and masons5312680.14%
Roofers, roof tilers and slaters5313120.03%
Plumbers and heating and ventilating engineers53141240.26%
Carpenters and joiners53152250.48%
Glaziers, window fabricators and fitters5316240.05%
Construction and building trades n.e.c.5319780.17%
Floorers and wall tilers5322180.04%
Painters and decorators53231160.25%
Weavers and knitters5411280.06%
Footwear and leather working trades5413640.14%
Tailors and dressmakers5414820.17%
Textiles, garments and related trades n.e.c.5419200.04%
Pre-press technicians5421180.04%
Print finishing and binding workers5423350.07%
Bakers and flour confectioners5432590.13%
Fishmongers and poultry dressers5433140.03%
Catering and bar managers5436330.07%
Glass and ceramics makers, decorators and finishers5441350.07%
Furniture makers and other craft woodworkers5442470.1%
Other skilled trades n.e.c.5449520.11%
Nursery nurses and assistants61211750.37%
Childminders and related occupations61221200.25%
Teaching assistants6125710.15%
Educational support assistants6126190.04%
Veterinary nurses6131170.04%
Animal care services occupations n.e.c.6139660.14%
Nursing auxiliaries and assistants6141790.17%
Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics)614250.01%
Dental nurses6143710.15%
Houseparents and residential wardens6144200.04%
Care workers and home carers61452950.63%
Care escorts614710.0%
Undertakers, mortuary and crematorium assistants614820.0%
Sports and leisure assistants6211650.14%
Travel agents6212880.19%
Air travel assistants621480.02%
Rail travel assistants621560.01%
Leisure and travel service occupations n.e.c.6219180.04%
Hairdressers and barbers62214160.88%
Beauticians and related occupations6222360.08%
Housekeepers and related occupations623190.02%
Cleaning and housekeeping managers and supervisors624070.01%
Sales and retail assistants711120594.37%
Retail cashiers and check-out operators71123190.68%
Telephone salespersons7113500.11%
Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants7114800.17%
Vehicle and parts salespersons and advisers7115320.07%
Collector salespersons and credit agents7121130.03%
Debt, rent and other cash collectors7122100.02%
Roundspersons and van salespersons7123490.1%
Market and street traders and assistants7124390.08%
Merchandisers and window dressers7125310.07%
Sales related occupations n.e.c.7129330.07%
Sales supervisors7130430.09%
Call and contact centre occupations7211830.18%
Communication operators7214260.06%
Market research interviewers7215160.03%
Customer service occupations n.e.c.72191120.24%
Customer service managers and supervisors722080.02%
Food, drink and tobacco process operatives81111820.39%
Glass and ceramics process operatives8112160.03%
Textile process operatives81131260.27%
Chemical and related process operatives8114420.09%
Rubber process operatives811540.01%
Plastics process operatives8116210.04%
Metal making and treating process operatives8117130.03%
Process operatives n.e.c.811970.01%
Paper and wood machine operatives8121740.16%
Coal mine operatives8122430.09%
Quarry workers and related operatives8123110.02%
Energy plant operatives812490.02%
Metal working machine operatives8125590.13%
Water and sewerage plant operatives812660.01%
Printing machine assistants8127270.06%
Plant and machine operatives n.e.c.8129320.07%
Assemblers (electrical and electronic products)8131580.12%
Assemblers (vehicles and metal goods)8132350.07%
Routine inspectors and testers8133740.16%
Weighers, graders and sorters8134240.05%
Tyre, exhaust and windscreen fitters8135300.06%
Sewing machinists81373700.79%
Assemblers and routine operatives n.e.c.8139800.17%
Scaffolders, stagers and riggers814160.01%
Road construction operatives8142110.02%
Rail construction and maintenance operatives814320.0%
Construction operatives n.e.c.8149150.03%
Large goods vehicle drivers8211160.03%
Van drivers8212430.09%
Bus and coach drivers821340.01%
Taxi and cab drivers and chauffeurs8214110.02%
Driving instructors821520.0%
Crane drivers822150.01%
Fork-lift truck drivers8222230.05%
Agricultural machinery drivers822340.01%
Mobile machine drivers and operatives n.e.c.822990.02%
Train and tram drivers823130.01%
Marine and waterways transport operatives8232170.04%
Air transport operatives823360.01%
Rail transport operatives8234140.03%
Other drivers and transport operatives n.e.c.823930.01%
Farm workers91112730.58%
Forestry workers9112170.04%
Fishing and other elementary agriculture occupations n.e.c.9119640.14%
Elementary construction occupations91202130.45%
Industrial cleaning process occupations9132190.04%
Packers, bottlers, canners and fillers91342510.53%
Elementary process plant occupations n.e.c.91394821.02%
Postal workers, mail sorters, messengers and couriers92111410.3%
Elementary administration occupations n.e.c.92195231.11%
Window cleaners9231130.03%
Street cleaners923210.0%
Cleaners and domestics92332440.52%
Launderers, dry cleaners and pressers9234630.13%
Refuse and salvage occupations9235110.02%
Vehicle valeters and cleaners9236220.05%
Elementary cleaning occupations n.e.c.923930.01%
Security guards and related occupations9241340.07%
Parking and civil enforcement occupations924250.01%
School midday and crossing patrol occupations9244260.06%
Elementary security occupations n.e.c.9249110.02%
Shelf fillers9251860.18%
Elementary sales occupations n.e.c.925960.01%
Elementary storage occupations92603320.71%
Hospital porters927170.01%
Kitchen and catering assistants92724981.06%
Waiters and waitresses92733850.82%
Bar staff92741930.41%
Leisure and theme park attendants9275430.09%
Other elementary services occupations n.e.c.9279530.11%

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