National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) have jointly submitted more than 75 industry job titles and descriptions to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The information was submitted to ensure that the recreational boating industry is better represented in existing government job data. In 2015, BLS had asked the industry to provide updates to their Standards of Occupational Classification (SOC)—a published database that covers all American occupations.
Over the last several months, many NMMA members helped with this submission by filling out job surveys on their organizations. The data received was analyzed, cross-referenced and organized to meet SOC standards. The agency will now review the submission, with the goal to include these jobs in their next update to the comprehensive SOC database.