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National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Sector Profiles

Based on the 2010 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) – Occupational Health Supplement (OHS)

The National Occupational Research Agenda is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices. Unveiled in 1996, NORA has become a research framework for NIOSH and the nation, which allows NIOSH to build partnerships with industry sectors (e.g. construction, manufacturing, services, etc.) in an effort to stimulate research and improve workplace safety. NIOSH and industry sector-specific stakeholders work together to identify the most critical issues in workplace safety and health and then set goals for how to address these issues.

The profiles linked below present the NHIS-OHS data by NORA sector to provide industries with an overview of the prevalence of common workplace exposures and commonly work-related health conditions among their workforce.  Results are categorized by industry and/or occupation subgroups within each sector profile based on the preferences/requests of the sector leadership.  These subgroups are defined by U.S. Census Bureau Industry and Occupation Codes. Some of these subgroups are included in the public use NHIS dataset (Available at, but others are only available through the National Center for Health Statistics Research Data Center (See The minimum sample size for the industry and occupation subgroups presented in these profiles is 5 respondents.

 NORA Sector Profiles

Agriculture iconAgriculture, Forestry and Fishing

Construction  iconConstruction

Health iconHealthcare and Social Assistance

Manufacturing iconManufacturing

Services iconServices

safety iconPublic Safety

Transportation iconTransportation, Warehousing, and Utilities

Trade iconWholesale and Retail Trade

Mining and oil iconGas extraction iconMining and Oil and Gas Extraction*

Comparison of all NORA Industry Sectors

*The Oil and Gas Extraction Sector is included with the Mining Sector due to a small sample size.

Click here for a description of the analytic methods used to create the sector profiles.

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