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Locator Record

Title: Occupation (OCQ )
Contact Number: 1-866-441-NCHS
Years of Content: 1999 - 2000
First Published: January, 2008
Revised: NA
Access Constraints: None
Use Constraints: None
Geographic Coverage: National
Subject:Occupation
Record Source: NHANES 1999 - 2000
Survey Methodology: NHANES 1999 - 2000 is a stratified multistage probability sample of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the U.S.
Medium: NHANES Web site; SAS transport files

Component Description

The Occupation Questionnaire Section (prefix OCQ; questions OCQ130 to
OCD480) contains personal interview data on employment and variables
relating to the work environment.

Eligible Sample

The OCQ Questionnaire was administered to Sample Persons 12+ years of age. Sample Persons aged 12-15 years were only asked a single question (OCQ130) that collected data on the average hours worked per week. For minors, questions were answered via a proxy respondent, generally a parent or guardian. Survey respondents 16 years of age and older were asked the full series of Occupation-related questions (OCQ150-OCQ450). If in addition survey respondents were ages 16-59 and had a history of medical provider diagnosis of asthma (MCQ010=1) then they were eligible for the "Asthma Job" series of questions (OCQ470G-OCD480). Note that military occupations are not permissible entries for NHANES current job data because the survey samples solely the civilian, non-institutionalized U.S. population. Military occupation codes are, however, valid entries for both the longest or "asthma job" data.

Data Processing and Editing

A subject’s questionnaire interview responses were entered into a pentop computer and then uploaded into a computerized database in the same manner as other sections of the Sample Person Questionnaire. The data was then edited for completeness, consistency, and illogical values. Industry and occupation text data were then coded by trained nosologists using NCHS standards (DVS-NCHS, 1997 a, b). For public release, recoded variables for industry and occupation groups were constructed, closely following the pattern established for reporting industry and occupation groups in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey ( NHANES III). These Occupation and Industry Groups and their 3-digit source codes are listed in Appendix B.

Analytic Notes

In general, analysts are advised to carefully review question wording in the OCQ codebook to make sure they understand the definitions employed for Occupation-related variables. Many OCQ questions need to be considered as an integral part of data collection for other Questionnaire sections (AUQ, HIQ, SMQ) and Exam or Laboratory Components (AU, Lab 7-Latex). Appendix A lists a SAS™ program to provide value labels for the Industry and Occupation groups designated for the Sample Person’s Current, Longest, and "Asthma" jobs.

Current Job Information:

The primary focus of the OCQ Questionnaire is data collection for the Sample Person’s work within the previous week, i.e. the respondent’s Current Job. The Sample Person’s Current Job is defined as the main paid job worked within the last week, including work on a family farm. When an individual currently worked multiple jobs, the Sample Person was asked to designate a main job for the interview.

Data collected included:

Longest Job Information:

By design, the survey collected data on both industry and occupation for a subject’s Current and "Asthma" job, but only data on occupation was collected for the subject’s Longest job. Therefore industry information is not available for the Sample Person’s designated Longest Job. Some industry information is available in instances where the Longest Job is the same as the Current Job, or was the armed forces (OCD390G=2 or 3). Also, in some instances industry for the Longest job can be inferred from the Sample Person’s longest occupation. Previous survey research has shown a moderate correlation exists between a respondent’s Current and Longest reported jobs (Burnettand Crouse, 1989). The variable OCD390 contains the Occupation Group Code Data for the Longest Job and OCD395 contains data on the duration of the Longest Job in months.

"Asthma" Job Information:

For respondents reporting a diagnosis of asthma (MCQ010=1), the industry and occupation designation for the specific job held when the asthma began were captured. This employment history may be, but is not necessarily related to the onset of a Sample Person’s asthma. OCQ470G, the "gate" question for this series, records whether this "Asthma" Job was the same as the respondent’s Current or Longest job, or if the respondent was not working at that time. If the respondent was working, but not with either the Current or Longest designated job, the variables OCD470 and OCD480 record the pertinent Industry and Occupation Group Code information.

Data on Workplace Tobacco Smoke Exposure:

Data for exposure to workplace tobacco smoke is collected only for the Sample Person’s Current Job. Exposure to tobacco smoke is defined as whether the respondent can smell tobacco smoke at work. OCQ290G records (categorically) whether the sample person was exposed to tobacco smoke at work . If there is a history of workplace tobacco smoke exposure OCQ290Q records the number of hours/day the sample person was exposed. Note that a value of "0" in OCQ290Q signifies that workplace exposure to tobacco smoke occurred, but was less than one hour per day. Workplace tobacco smoke exposure data is logically related to SMQ Questionnaire data.

Data on the Use of Personal Protective Equipment at Work:

This is the question series OCQ300 to OCQ330e, which asked about data only for the Participant’s Current Job. Data is collected on whether the Sample Person has ever used protective equipment at work, including the use of respirators, hearing protection, or protective glove use. The data on latex protective glove use is designed to be analyzed with Lab 7 Latex-specific IGE antibody data.

Workplace Noise Exposure History:

For the NHANES Survey, workplace noise exposure is defined as on-the-job
noise so loud that the Sample Person has to speak in a raised voice to be heard. Data analysts should be aware that the Sample Person’s history of hearing disorders as well as the Sample Person’s exposure history for non-occupational loud noise (i.e. from firearms, power tools or loud music), as well as the non-occupational use of hearing protection is located in the AUQ questionnaire segment.

Lifetime Work Noise Exposures:

Data on lifetime exposure to loud job noise for greater than 3 months is collected
in OCQ340 and OCQ420, which must be combined for any overall analysis
(OCQ340 collects this data for the currently employed; OCQ420 collects the
data for Sample Persons not currently employed).

Workplace Noise in Current Job:

For the Sample Person’s Current Job, OCQ350 collects data on the presence or absence of job noise exposure, and OCQ360 collects the average number of hours/week. The use of hearing protection devices on the Sample Person’s Current Job is collected in OCQ310B.

Noise Exposure in the Sample Person’s Longest Job:

For the Sample Person’s Longest Job, exposure to loud job noise for greater than 3 months is collected in the series OCQ430, OCQ440 and OCQ450 (presence/absence of exposure; hours/day exposed; and whether protective hearing devices were worn, respectively). The duration of the Sample Person’s Longest Job is recorded in OCD395.

Other Notes:

No detailed job history information for adolescents aged 12-15 years was
collected in NHANES; only the average work hours/week was collected
(OCQ130).

OCQ280 asks Sample Persons whether Health Insurance is offered at the individual’s Current Job. This question was placed in the OCQ Questionnaire to facilitate the interviewing process, and is analytically a part of the Health Insurance Questionnaire (HIQ) segment.

A detailed review and discussion of previous Occupational data for previous NHANES surveys, as well as other National Center for Health Statistics Surveys is available (Wagener, 1993).

NCHS Research Data Center

Analyses requiring additional detail of occupation or industry coding than those publicly released are restricted because of the confidentiality of NHANES data. Proposals for such analyses must be submitted to the NHCS Research Data Center (RDC) for review and approval.

References

Codebook and Frequencies

SEQN - Respondent sequence number

Variable Name:
SEQN
SAS Label:
Respondent sequence number
English Text:
Respondent sequence number
Target:
Both males and females 12 YEARS - 150 YEARS

OCQ130 - Average hours/week of paid/unpaid work

Variable Name:
OCQ130
SAS Label:
Average hours/week of paid/unpaid work
English Text:
The next question is about work at a job or business. On the average, how many hours per week does {SP} work in a paid or unpaid job? Would you say . . .
Target:
Both males and females 12 YEARS - 15 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 5 or fewer hours, 65 65
2 6 to 9 hours, 22 87
3 10 to 14 hours, 22 109
4 15 to 19 hours, 16 125
5 20 to 24 hours, or 10 135
6 25 or more hours? 5 140
7 None 1105 1245
77 Refused 0 1245
99 Don't know 2 1247
. Missing 6048 7295

OCQ140 - Check Item

Variable Name:
OCQ140
SAS Label:
Check Item
English Text:
English Instructions:
IF SP AGE >= 16, CONTINUE. OTHERWISE GO TO END OF SECTION.
Target:
Both males and females 0 YEARS - 150 YEARS

OCQ150 - Type of work done last week

Variable Name:
OCQ150
SAS Label:
Type of work done last week
English Text:
(SP Interview Version) In this part of the survey I will ask you questions about {your/SP's} work experience. Which of the following {were you/was SP} doing last week . . . (Family Interview Version) The next questions are about {your/NON-SP HEAD'S/NON- SP SPOUSE'S} current job or business. Which of the following {were you/was} {NON-SP HEAD/NON-SP SPOUSE} doing last week . . .
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Working at a job or business, 3003 3003 OCQ180
2 With a job or business but not at work, 129 3132
3 Looking for work, or 127 3259
4 Not working at a job or business? 2776 6035 OCQ380
7 Refused 5 6040
9 Don't know 1 6041
. Missing 1254 7295

OCQ160 - Worked at all last week?

Variable Name:
OCQ160
SAS Label:
Worked at all last week?
English Text:
(SP Interview Version) Did {you/SP} do any work at a job or business at all last week [include unpaid work in a family farm or business]? (Family Interview Version) Did {you/NON-SP HEAD/NON-SP SPOUSE} do any work at a job or business at all last week ( include unpaid work in a family farm or business)?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 41 41 OCQ180
2 No 216 257 OCQ170
7 Refused 4 261 OCQ390G
9 Don't know 1 262 OCQ390G
. Missing 7033 7295

OCQ170 - Check Item

Variable Name:
OCQ170
SAS Label:
Check Item
English Text:
English Instructions:
BOX 0B. CHECK ITEM OCQ170: IF OCQ150 IS CODED '2', GO TO OCQ210. OTHERWISE, GO TO OCQ380 (Family Interview Version) BOX 5. CHECK ITEM DMQ170: IF OCQ150 IS CODED '2', CONTINUE. OTHERWISE, GO TO BOX 7.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS

OCQ180 - Hours worked last week at all jobs

Variable Name:
OCQ180
SAS Label:
Hours worked last week at all jobs
English Text:
How many hours did {you/SP} work last week at all jobs or businesses?
English Instructions:
ENTER NUMBER OF HOURS
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
1 to 168
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 105 Range of Values 3043 3043
77777 Refused 0 3043
99999 Don't know 1 3044
. Missing 4251 7295

OCQ190 - Check Item

Variable Name:
OCQ190
SAS Label:
Check Item
English Text:
English Instructions:
BOX 0C. CHECK ITEM OCQ190: IF OCQ150 IS "LOOKING" (CODE 3), GO TO OCQ390G. OTHERWISE, CONTINUE WITH BOX 1.
Target:
Both males and females 0 YEARS - 150 YEARS

OCQ200 - Check Item

Variable Name:
OCQ200
SAS Label:
Check Item
English Text:
English Instructions:
BOX 1. CHECK ITEM OCQ200: IF HOURS IN OCQ180 <= 34, OR REFUSED (CODE 77777), OR DON'T KNOW (CODE 99999), CONTINUE. OTHERWISE, GO TO OCQ230.
Target:
Both males and females 0 YEARS - 150 YEARS

OCQ210 - Usually work 35 or more hours per week

Variable Name:
OCQ210
SAS Label:
Usually work 35 or more hours per week
English Text:
{Do you/Does SP} usually work 35 hours or more per week in total at all jobs or businesses?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 300 300
2 No 644 944
7 Refused 0 944
9 Don't know 0 944
. Missing 6351 7295

OCD230 - Industry group code: current job

Variable Name:
OCD230
SAS Label:
Industry group code: current job
English Text:
What kind of business or industry is this? (For example: TV and radio management, retail shoe store, state labor department, farm.)
English Instructions:
See List of Industry Group Codes in OCQ Documentation, Appendix A.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 98 Range of Values 3132 3132
. Missing 4163 7295

OCD240 - Occupation group code: current job

Variable Name:
OCD240
SAS Label:
Occupation group code: current job
English Text:
(SP Interview Version) What kind of work {were you/was SP} doing? (For example: farming, mail clerk, computer specialist.) (Family Interview Version) What kind of work {were/was} {you/NON-SP HEAD/NON-SP SPOUSE} doing? (For example: farming, mail clerk, computer specialist.)
English Instructions:
See List of Occupation Group Codes in OCQ Documentation, Appendix A.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 98 Range of Values 3132 3132
. Missing 4163 7295

OCQ260 - Description of job/work situation

Variable Name:
OCQ260
SAS Label:
Description of job/work situation
English Text:
Looking at the card, which of these best describes this job or work situation?
English Instructions:
(SP Interview Version) ASK IF NOT CLEAR. HAND CARD OCQ1. (Family Interview Version) ASK IF NOT CLEAR: HAND CARD DMQ1
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 An employee of a private company, business, or individual for wages, salary, or commission. 2510 2510
2 A federal government employee 61 2571
3 A state government employee 136 2707
4 A local government employee 152 2859
5 Self-employed in own business, professional practice or farm. 244 3103
6 Working without pay in family business or farm 7 3110
77 Refused 0 3110
99 Don't know 22 3132
. Missing 4163 7295

OCD270 - Number of months working in the main job

Variable Name:
OCD270
SAS Label:
Number of months working in the main job
English Text:
About how long {have you/has SP} worked for {EMPLOYER} as a(n) {OCCUPATION}?
English Instructions:
NUMBER OF MONTHS.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 720 Range of Values 2997 2997
0 Less than 1 month 129 3126
77777 Refused 0 3126
99999 Don't know 0 3126
. Missing 4169 7295

OCQ280 - Health insurance offered at main job

Variable Name:
OCQ280
SAS Label:
Health insurance offered at main job
English Text:
Was health insurance offered to {you/SP} through this job or business?
English Instructions:
CAPI INSTRUCTIONS: DISPLAY AS LEFT HEADER "EMPLOYER:" AND EMPLOYER FROM OCQ.220. DISPLAY AS LEFT HEADER "OCCUPATION:" AND OCCUPATION FROM OCQ.240.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1739 1739
2 No 1379 3118
7 Refused 1 3119
9 Don't know 13 3132
. Missing 4163 7295

OCQ290G - Smell tobacco smoke at work

Variable Name:
OCQ290G
SAS Label:
Smell tobacco smoke at work
English Text:
The next questions are about conditions {you/SP} may experience and equipment {you/he/she} may use at {EMPLOYER} as a(n) {OCCUPATION}. At this job or business, how many hours per day can {you/SP} smell the smoke from other people's cigarettes, cigars, and/or pipes?
English Instructions:
GATE QUESTION
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Enter number 695 695
2 Never 2427 3122
7 Refused 0 3122
9 Don't know 10 3132
. Missing 4163 7295

OCQ290Q - # Hrs/day smell tobacco smoke at work

Variable Name:
OCQ290Q
SAS Label:
# Hrs/day smell tobacco smoke at work
English Text:
The next questions are about conditions {you/SP} may experience and equipment {you/he/she} may use at {EMPLOYER} as a(n) {OCCUPATION}. At this job or business, how many hours per day can {you/SP} smell the smoke from other people's cigarettes, cigars, and/or pipes?
English Instructions:
ENTER NUMBER OF HOURS. IF NUMBER OF HOURS IS LESS THAN ONE, ENTER ZERO.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
0 to 24
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
0 to 20 Range of Values 694 694
7777 Refused 0 694
9999 Don't know 1 695
. Missing 6600 7295

OCQ300 - Ever wear protective equipment at work

Variable Name:
OCQ300
SAS Label:
Ever wear protective equipment at work
English Text:
In this job, {do you/does SP} ever wear protective equipment?
English Instructions:
CAPI INSTRUCTIONS: DISPLAY AS LEFT HEADER "OCCUPATION:" AND OCCUPATION FROM OCQ.240.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1123 1123
2 No 2009 3132 OCQ340
7 Refused 0 3132 OCQ340
9 Don't know 0 3132 OCQ340
. Missing 4163 7295

OCQ310a - Ever wear respirator at work

Variable Name:
OCQ310a
SAS Label:
Ever wear respirator at work
English Text:
{Do you/Does SP} ever wear . . .a respirator?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 160 160
2 No 962 1122
7 Refused 0 1122
9 Don't know 1 1123
. Missing 6172 7295

OCQ310b - Hearing protection used, current job?

Variable Name:
OCQ310b
SAS Label:
Hearing protection used, current job?
English Text:
[(Do you/Does SP) ever wear]... protective hearing devices?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 361 361
2 No 762 1123
7 Refused 0 1123
9 Don't know 0 1123
. Missing 6172 7295

OCQ310c - Ever wear protective gloves at work

Variable Name:
OCQ310c
SAS Label:
Ever wear protective gloves at work
English Text:
[(Do you/Does SP) ever wear]... protective gloves other than those for cold weather (protective gloves include special gloves to protect your hands against chemicals, cuts, tears, punctures, heat, flame, subzero cold, biological or body fluids)?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 906 906
2 No 217 1123
7 Refused 0 1123
9 Don't know 0 1123
. Missing 6172 7295

OCQ320 - Check Item

Variable Name:
OCQ320
SAS Label:
Check Item
English Text:
English Instructions:
BOX 2. CHECK ITEM OCQ320: IF YES (CODE 1) TO OCQ310c (GLOVES), CONTINUE. OTHERWISE, GO TO OCQ340.
Target:
Both males and females 0 YEARS - 150 YEARS

OCQ330a - Protective gloves of latex rubber

Variable Name:
OCQ330a
SAS Label:
Protective gloves of latex rubber
English Text:
Are these gloves made of . . .
English Instructions:
READ OPTIONS. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Latex rubber, 458 458
7 Refused 0 458
9 Don't know 4 462
. Missing 6833 7295

OCQ330b - Protective gloves of leather

Variable Name:
OCQ330b
SAS Label:
Protective gloves of leather
English Text:
Are these gloves made of . . .
English Instructions:
READ OPTIONS. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
2 Leather, 253 253
. Missing 7042 7295

OCQ330c - Protective gloves of vinyl

Variable Name:
OCQ330c
SAS Label:
Protective gloves of vinyl
English Text:
Are these gloves made of . . .
English Instructions:
READ OPTIONS. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
3 Vinyl, 75 75
. Missing 7220 7295

OCQ330d - Protective gloves of cloth

Variable Name:
OCQ330d
SAS Label:
Protective gloves of cloth
English Text:
Are these gloves made of . . .
English Instructions:
READ OPTIONS. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
4 Cloth, or 223 223
. Missing 7072 7295

OCQ330e - Protective gloves of something else

Variable Name:
OCQ330e
SAS Label:
Protective gloves of something else
English Text:
Are these gloves made of . . .
English Instructions:
READ OPTIONS. CODE ALL THAT APPLY.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
5 Something else? 75 75
. Missing 7220 7295

OCQ340 - Loud job noise, ever exposed, 3 months?

Variable Name:
OCQ340
SAS Label:
Loud job noise, ever exposed, 3 months?
English Text:
Thinking of all the jobs {you have/SP has} ever had, {have you/has s/he} ever been exposed to loud noise at work for at least three months? By loud noise I mean noise so loud that {you/s/he} had to speak in a raised voice to be heard?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 908 908
2 No 2224 3132 OCQ390G
7 Refused 0 3132 OCQ390G
9 Don't know 0 3132 OCQ390G
. Missing 4163 7295

OCQ350 - Currently exposed to loud noise at work

Variable Name:
OCQ350
SAS Label:
Currently exposed to loud noise at work
English Text:
At {your/SP's} job as a(n) {OCCUPATION} for {EMPLOYER}, {are you/is s/he} currently exposed to loud noise? [By loud noise I mean noise so loud that {you/s/he} {have/has} to speak in a raised voice to be heard?]
English Instructions:
CAPI INSTRUCTIONS: DISPLAY AS LEFT HEADER "EMPLOYER:" AND EMPLOYER FROM OCQ.220. DISPLAY AS LEFT HEADER "OCCUPATION:" AND OCCUPATION FROM OCQ.240.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 477 477
2 No 431 908 OCQ390G
7 Refused 0 908 OCQ390G
9 Don't know 0 908 OCQ390G
. Missing 6387 7295

OCQ360 - Avg # hours loud noise exposure now

Variable Name:
OCQ360
SAS Label:
Avg # hours loud noise exposure now
English Text:
On average, for how many hours per day {are you/is SP} currently exposed to this loud noise?
English Instructions:
IF LESS THAN 1 HOUR, ENTER 1. ENTER NUMBER OF HOURS.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
1 to 24
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 24 Range of Values 475 475
7777 Refused 0 475
9999 Don't know 2 477
. Missing 6818 7295

OCQ370 - Check Item

Variable Name:
OCQ370
SAS Label:
Check Item
English Text:
English Instructions:
BOX 3. CHECK ITEM OCQ370: GO TO OCQ390G
Target:
Both males and females 0 YEARS - 150 YEARS

OCQ380 - Main reason did not work last week

Variable Name:
OCQ380
SAS Label:
Main reason did not work last week
English Text:
(SP Interview Version) What is the main reason {you/SP} did not work last week? (Family Interview Version) What is the main reason {you/NON-SP HEAD/NON-SP SPOUSE} did not work last week?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Taking care of house or family 520 520
2 Going to school 466 986
3 Retired 1130 2116
4 Unable to work for health reasons 195 2311
5 On layoff 52 2363
6 Disabled 259 2622
7 Other 263 2885
77 Refused 1 2886
99 Don't know 1 2887
. Missing 4408 7295

OCQ390G - Kind of work you have done the longest

Variable Name:
OCQ390G
SAS Label:
Kind of work you have done the longest
English Text:
Thinking of all the paid jobs or businesses {you/SP} ever had, what kind of work {were you/was s/he} doing the longest? (For example, electrical engineer, stock clerk, typist, farmer.)
English Instructions:
GATE QUESTION
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Enter occupation 3408 3408
2 Same as current occupation 1990 5398 OCQ460
3 Armed forces 46 5444
4 Never worked 555 5999 End of Section
7 Refused 15 6014
9 Don't know 10 6024
. Missing 1271 7295

OCD390 - Occupation group code: longest job

Variable Name:
OCD390
SAS Label:
Occupation group code: longest job
English Text:
Thinking of all the paid jobs or businesses {you/SP} ever had, what kind of work {were you/was s/he} doing the longest? (For example, electrical engineer, stock clerk, typist, farmer.)
English Instructions:
See List of Occupation Group Codes in OCQ Documentation, Appendix A.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 98 Range of Values 3408 3408
. Missing 3887 7295

OCD395 - Duration of longest job (months)

Variable Name:
OCD395
SAS Label:
Duration of longest job (months)
English Text:
About how long did {you/SP} work at that job or business?
English Instructions:
NUMBER OF MONTHS.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
1 to 999
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 720 Range of Values 3408 3408
0 Less than 1 month 38 3446
77777 Refused 13 3459
99999 Don't know 20 3479
. Missing 3816 7295

OCQ400 - Check Item

Variable Name:
OCQ400
SAS Label:
Check Item
English Text:
English Instructions:
BOX 4. CHECK ITEM OCQ400: IF SP CURRENTLY WORKING (CODE 1 OR CODE 2 IN OCQ150), CONTINUE WITH BOX 4A. IF SP NOT CURRENTLY WORKING (CODE 3, 4, 7, OR 9 IN OCQ150), GO TO OCQ420.
Target:
Both males and females 0 YEARS - 150 YEARS

OCQ410 - Check Item

Variable Name:
OCQ410
SAS Label:
Check Item
English Text:
English Instructions:
BOX 4A. CHECK ITEM OCQ410: IF 'YES' (CODE 1) IN OCQ340, GO TO OCQ430. OTHERWISE, GO TO BOX 5.
Target:
Both males and females 0 YEARS - 150 YEARS

OCQ420 - Loud job noise, ever exposed, 3 months?

Variable Name:
OCQ420
SAS Label:
Loud job noise, ever exposed, 3 months?
English Text:
Thinking of all the previous jobs {you have/SP has} ever had, {have you/has s/he} ever been exposed to loud noise at work for at least three months? [By loud noise I mean noise so loud that {you/s/he} had to speak in a raised voice to be heard?]
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 600 600
2 No 1707 2307 OCQ460
7 Refused 6 2313 OCQ460
9 Don't know 10 2323 OCQ460
. Missing 4972 7295

OCQ430 - Loud job noise: 3 months on longest job?

Variable Name:
OCQ430
SAS Label:
Loud job noise: 3 months on longest job?
English Text:
Remembering the kind of work {you/SP} did the longest, that is, as a(n) {KIND OF WORK DOING THE LONGEST}, {were you/was s/he} ever exposed to loud noise in that job for at least three months? [By loud noise I mean noise so loud that {you/s/he} had to speak in a raised voice to be heard?]
English Instructions:
CAPI INSTRUCTIONS: DISPLAY AS LEFT HEADER "LONGEST OCCUPATION:" AND NAME OF OCCUPATION FROM OCQ.390.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 723 723
2 No 286 1009 OCQ460
7 Refused 1 1010 OCQ460
9 Don't know 0 1010 OCQ460
. Missing 6285 7295

OCQ440 - # hours/day constant loud noise on job

Variable Name:
OCQ440
SAS Label:
# hours/day constant loud noise on job
English Text:
On average, for how many hours per day {were you/was SP} exposed to loud noise in that job?
English Instructions:
IF LESS THAN 1 HOUR, ENTER 1. ENTER NUMBER OF HOURS.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Hard Edits:
1 to 24
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 24 Range of Values 720 720
7777 Refused 0 720
9999 Don't know 3 723
. Missing 6572 7295

OCQ450 - Wear ear protection during work

Variable Name:
OCQ450
SAS Label:
Wear ear protection during work
English Text:
Did {you/SP} ever wear protective hearing devices while {you were/s/he was} exposed to loud noise in that job?
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 280 280
2 No 440 720
7 Refused 0 720
9 Don't know 3 723
. Missing 6572 7295

OCQ460 - Check Item

Variable Name:
OCQ460
SAS Label:
Check Item
English Text:
English Instructions:
BOX 5. CHECK ITEM OCQ.460: IF SP AGE <= 59 AND ASTHMA REPORTED AS CONDITION (CODE 1 IN MCQ.010, CONTINUE. OTHERWISE, GO TO END OF SECTION.
Target:
Both males and females 0 YEARS - 150 YEARS

OCQ470G - Kind of job held when had asthma

Variable Name:
OCQ470G
SAS Label:
Kind of job held when had asthma
English Text:
Earlier I recorded that {you have/SP has} been told by a doctor that {you/s/he} had asthma. When {you/SP} first developed symptoms of asthma, what kind of work {were you/was s/he} doing? (For example, electrical engineer, stock clerk, typist, farmer.)
English Instructions:
GATE QUESTION
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 59 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Enter occupation 45 45
2 Same as current occupation 50 95 End of Section
3 Same as longest occupation 16 111 OCD480
4 Not working at that time 309 420 End of Section
7 Refused 1 421 End of Section
9 Don't know 1 422 End of Section
. Missing 6873 7295

OCD470 - Occupation group code: job asthma began

Variable Name:
OCD470
SAS Label:
Occupation group code: job asthma began
English Text:
Earlier I recorded that {you have/SP has} been told by a doctor that {you/s/he} had asthma. When {you/SP} first developed symptoms of asthma, what kind of work {were you/was s/he} doing? (For example, electrical engineer, stock clerk, typist, farmer.)
English Instructions:
See List of Occupation Group Codes in OCQ Documentation, Appendix A.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 59 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 41 Range of Values 45 45
. Missing 7250 7295

OCD480 - Industry group code: job asthma began

Variable Name:
OCD480
SAS Label:
Industry group code: job asthma began
English Text:
What kind of business or industry was that? (For example, TV and radio manufacturing, retail shoe store, farm.)
English Instructions:
See List of Industry Group Codes in OCQ Documentation, Appendix A.
Target:
Both males and females 16 YEARS - 59 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 45 Range of Values 61 61
. Missing 7234 7295

Appendix A

SAS™ program to provide value labels for the Industry and Occupation groups designated for the Sample Person’s current, longest, and “asthma” jobs.

(Note: “Mfg.” is an abbreviation for “Manufacturing”)

PROC FORMAT;
VALUE IGROUP
1='Agriculture production'
2='Agricultural services, forestry, and fishing'
3='Mining'
4='Construction'
5='Mfg.-Food and kindred products'
6='Mfg.-Textile mill products'
7='Mfg.-Apparel and other finished textile products'
8='Mfg.-Paper products, printing, publishing, and allied industries'
9='Mfg.-Chemicals, petroleum, and coal products'
10='Mfg.-Rubber, plastics, and leather products'
11='Mfg.-Lumber and wood products, including furniture'
12='Mfg.-Metal industries'
13='Mfg.-Machinery, except electrical'
14='Mfg.-Electrical machinery, equipment, and supplies'
15='Mfg.-Transportation equipment'
16='Mfg.-Miscellaneous and not specified manufacturing industries'
17='Trucking service'
18='Transportation, except trucking'
19='Communications'
20='Utilities'
21='Wholesale Trade, Durable goods'
22='Wholesale Trade, Non-durable and not specified goods'
23='Retail-Department stores'
24='Retail-Food stores'
25='Retail-Vehicle dealers, supply and service stores'
26='Retail-Apparel and accessory stores'
27='Retail-Eating and drinking places'
28='Other Retail trade'
29='Banking and other finance'
30='Insurance and real estate'
31='Business services'
32='Repair services'
33='Private households'
34='Lodging places'
35='Personal services, except private households and lodging'
36='Entertainment and recreation services'
37='Offices of health practitioners'
38='Hospitals'
39='Health services, n. e. c.'
40='Educational services'
41='Social services'
42='Other professional and related services'
43='Justice, public order, and safety'
44='Public administration, except justice, public order, safety'
45='Military & national security'
98='Blank but applicable';

VALUE OGROUP 1='Executive, administrators, and managers'
2='Management related occupations'
3='Engineers, architects and scientists'
4='Health diagnosing, assessing and treating occupations'
5='Teachers'
6='Writers, artists, entertainers, and athletes'
7='Other professional specialty occupations'
8='Technicians and related support occupations'
9='Supervisors and proprietors, sales occupations'
10='Sales representatives, finance, business, & commodities ex. retail'
11='Sales workers, retail and personal services'
12='Secretaries, stenographers, and typists'
13='Information clerks'
14='Records processing occupations'
15='Material recording, scheduling, and distributing clerks'
16='Miscellaneous administrative support occupations'
17='Private household occupations'
18='Protective service occupations'
19='Waiters and waitresses'
20='Cooks'
21='Miscellaneous food preparation and service occupations'
22='Health service occupations'
23='Cleaning and building service occupations'
24='Personal service occupations'
25='Farm operators, managers, and supervisors'
26='Farm and nursery workers'
27='Related agricultural, forestry, and fishing occupations'
28='Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics and repairers'
29='Other mechanics and repairers'
30='Construction trades'
31='Extractive and precision production occupations'
32='Textile, apparel, and furnishings machine operators'
33='Machine operators, assorted materials'
34='Fabricators, assemblers, inspectors, and samplers'
35='Motor vehicle operators'
36='Other transportation and material moving occupations'
37='Construction laborers'
38='Laborers, except construction'
39='Freight, stock, and material movers, hand'
40='Other helpers, equipment cleaners, hand packagers and laborers'
41='Military occupations'
98='Blank but applicable';
RUN:

Appendix B

NHANES 1999-2000 Industry & Occupation Groups
Industry Groups Industry Group Title NCHS Industry Classification Source Codes1,2
1 Agriculture production 10-12
2 Agricultural services, forestry, and fishing 20,30-32
3 Mining 40-42,50
4 Construction 60
5 Mfg.3 -Food and kindred products 100-102,110-112,120-122,130
6 Mfg.-Textile mill products 132,140-142,150
7 Mfg.-Apparel and other finished textile products 151,152
8 Mfg.-Paper products, printing, publishing, and allied industries 160-162,171,172
9 Mfg.-Chemicals, petroleum, and coal products 180-182,190-192,200,201
10 Mfg.-Rubber, plastics, and leather products 210-212,220-222
11 Mfg.-Lumber and wood products, including furniture 230-232,241,242
12 Mfg.-Metal industries 270-272, 280-282,290-292,300,301
13 Mfg.-Machinery, except electrical 310-312,320-322,331,332
14 Mfg.-Electrical machinery, equipment, and supplies 340-342, 350
15 Mfg.-Transportation equipment 351,352,360-362,370
16 Mfg.-Miscellaneous and not specified manufacturing industries 250-252, 261, 262, 371, 372, 380, 381,390-392
17 Trucking service 410
18 Transportation, except trucking 400-402,411,412,420-422,432
19 Communications 440-442
20 Utilities 450-452,470-472
21 Wholesale Trade, Durable goods 500-502, 510-512,521,530-532
22 Wholesale Trade, Non-durable and not specified goods 540-542, 550-552, 560-562, 571
23 Retail-Department stores 591
24 Retail-Food stores 601,602,610,611
25 Retail-Vehicle dealers, supply and service stores 612,620-622
26 Retail-Apparel and accessory stores 623, 630
27 Retail-Eating and drinking places 641
28 Other Retail trade 580-582, 590, 592, 600, 631-633, 640, 642, 650-652,
660-663, 670-672, 681, 682, 691
29 Banking and other finance 700-702, 710
30 Insurance and real estate 711,712
31 Business services 721, 722, 731, 732, 740, 741, 742, 750
32 Repair services 751-752, 760
33 Private households 761
34 Lodging places 762, 770
35 Personal services, except private households and lodging 771, 772, 780-782, 790,791
36 Entertainment and recreation services 800-802,810
37 Offices of health practitioners 812, 820-822, 830
38 Hospitals 831
39 Health services, n. e. c. 832, 840
40 Educational services 842, 850-852, 860
41 Social services 861-863, 870, 871
42 Other professional and related services 841, 872, 873, 880-882, 890-893
43 Justice, public order, and safety 910
44 Public administration, except justice, public order, safety 900, 901, 921, 922, 930-932
45 Military & national security 940-942,950-952,960
Occupation Groups Occupation Group Title NCHS Occupational Classification Source Codes1,2
1 Executive, administrators, and managers 3-9,13-19,21,22
2 Management related occupations 23-29,33-37
3 Engineers, architects and scientists 43-49, 53-59, 63-69, 73-79, 83
4 Health diagnosing, assessing and treating occupations 84-89,95-99,103-106
5 Teachers 113-119,123-129,133-139,143-149,153-159
6 Writers, artists, entertainers, and athletes 183-189,193-195, 197-199
7 Other professional specialty occupations 163-169,173-179
8 Technicians and related support occupations 203-208, 213-218, 223-229, 233-235
9 Supervisors and proprietors, sales occupations 243
10 Sales representatives, finance, business, & commodities ex. Retail 253-259
11 Sales workers, retail and personal services 263-269, 274-278, 283-285
12 Secretaries, stenographers, and typists 313-315
13 Information clerks 316-319, 323
14 Records processing occupations 325-329, 335-339, 343, 344
15 Material recording, scheduling, and distributing clerks 359, 363-366, 368, 373, 374
16 Miscellaneous administrative support occupations 303-309,345-348,353-357, 375-379, 383-387, 389
17 Private household occupations 403-407, 466
18 Protective service occupations 413-418, 423-427
19 Waiters and waitresses 435
20 Cooks 436
21 Miscellaneous food preparation and service occupations 433,434,438,439,443,444
22 Health service occupations 445-447
23 Cleaning and building service occupations 448,449,453-455
24 Personal service occupations 456-459,461-465, 467-469
25 Farm operators, managers, and supervisors 473-477
26 Farm and nursery workers 479,483,484
27 Related agricultural, forestry, and fishing occupations 485-489,494-499
28 Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics and repairers 505-509, 514-517
29 Other mechanics and repairers 503, 518, 519, 523, 525-527, 529, 533-536, 538, 539, 543, 544, 547, 549
30 Construction trades 553-558, 563-567, 569, 573, 575-577, 579, 583-585, 587-589, 593-599
31 Extractive and precision production occupations 613-617, 628, 634-637, 639, 643-647, 649, 653-659, 666-669, 674-679, 683, 684, 686-689, 693-696, 699
32 Textile, apparel, and furnishings machine operators 738,739,743-745,747-749
33 Machine operators, assorted materials 703-709, 713-715, 717, 719, 723-729, 733-737, 753-759, 763-766, 768-769, 773-774, 777, 779
34 Fabricators, assemblers, inspectors, and samplers 783-787, 789, 793, 795-799
35 Motor vehicle operators 803, 804, 806, 808, 809, 813, 814
36 Other transportation and material moving occupations 823-826, 828, 829, 833, 834, 843-845, 848, 849, 853, 855, 856, 859
37 Construction laborers 869
38 Laborers, except construction 889
39 Freight, stock, and material movers, hand 875-878,883
40 Other helpers, equipment cleaners, hand packagers, laborers 864-868, 874, 885, 887, 888
41 Military occupations 903-905

 

1 Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics. Instruction Manual Part 19: Industry and Occupation Coding for Death Certificates. U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, Maryland, 1997.
2 Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics. Instruction Manual Part 19b: Alphabetical Index of Industries and Occupations, 1998. U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, Maryland, 1997.
3 The abbreviation “Mfg.” Stands for Manufacturing.

Notes:

The above industry and occupation group codes were applied to the recoded group variables OCD230, OCD240, OCD390, OCD470, and OCD480. This schema for occupation and industry groupings closely follows, and is directly comparable to the pattern used in NHANES III. NHANES1999+, unlike NHANES III, has grouped codes for military occupations and military service as an industry designation. NHANES1999+ is a survey of the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population, therefore by definition these military industry and occupation codes cannot apply to current job data. The codes are, however, pertinent to subject responses for the longest occupation, and the job when asthma began.