Table 3-1
Major sources of data on the U.S. labor force
 
Data source Data collection agency   Data years   Major topics Respondent   Coverage
 
Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics   Through
2010
  Employment status Employing organizations   All full-time and part-time wage and salary workers in non-farm industries. Does not cover self-employed, unincorporated firms, household workers, or unpaid family workers.
Occupation
Salary
Industry
Employer location (national, state, metropolitan statistical area)
 
Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT)—comprises Survey of Doctorate Recipients, National Survey of College Graduates, National Survey of Recent College Graduates National Science Foundation, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics   Through
2008
  Employment status Individuals   Individuals with bachelor's degree or higher in S&E or S&E-related field, or with non-S&E bachelor's but working in S&E or S&E-related occupation.
Occupation
Job characteristics (work activities, technical expertise)
Salary
Detailed educational history
Demographic characteristics
 
American Community Survey (ACS) Department of Commerce, Census Bureau   Through
2009
  Employment status Households   U.S. population
Occupation
First bachelor's degree field
Educational attainment
Demographic characteristics
 
Current Population Survey (CPS) Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics   Through
2010
  Employment status Households   U.S. population
Occupation
Educational attainment
Demographic characteristics
 

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012