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It’s even a challenge to have project management recognized as an occupation.
It can be a tough sell to persuade a government agency, one that is responsible for maintaining a National Occupational Classification system, to add project management to their Standard Occupational Classification. My PMI Chapter has tried lobbying officials in the past without success. We are planning to conduct a PM Sector Study so as to gather evidence-based data required by government analysts.
In Canada, in order to create a new NOC code there needs to be enough data available. As a result researchers need to do a complete and thorough review of all the data, statistics and qualitative findings. Sources of information could include data gathered from occupational experts, employers, educators, associations, etc.. In Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada-HRSDC also makes use of statistics from Statistics Canada’s Census. The classification structure does not evolve through lobbying for specific or desired goals of individuals or groups. All of the changes that are made are evidence-based and must be an accurate reflection of occupations in the pan-Canadian labour market so that the occupational code rests on a solid and reliable foundation.
A possible success story?
UK Study – Project Manager – Revision of the Standard Occupational Classification
Project Management occupations are listed in the following PDF.
The revision of the Standard Occupational Classification 2000 by Peter Elias and Margaret Birch, Published: 24 June 2010
In Canada we have the National Occupational Classification 2006
The NOC 2006 is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada. It is used daily by thousands of people to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Division of Occupational Employment Statistics:
The 2010 Standard Occupational Classification System – Contains links to major groups, the complete hierarchical structure, broad occupational definitions, and detailed occupational definitions.