I was recently asked where Vocational Experts get their information from?
How can they cite exact numbers for jobs? How do they know what any job requires. Are they just making this up?
Well no, they are not making it up as they go along.
There a number of treaties, surveys, and sources that Vocational Experts use when answering questions as a Social Security disability hearing. Here are some of them:
- The Dictionary of Occupational Titles.
- Selected Characteristics of Occupations.
- Job surveys performed by the Vocational Expert.
- Services Vocational Experts sign up for which provide job titles, requirements and national and regional job numbers.
If you are working with a lawyer, he or she probably has at least some of these and can verify the skill level, exertional and non-exertional requirements of a jobs the Vocational Expert testified about.