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Federal Occupations Toolkit
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White Collar Occupations – A position is considered white collar, even if it requires physical work, if its primary duty requires knowledge or experience of an administrative, clerical, scientific, artistic, or technical nature not related to trade, craft, or manual-labor work. White collar occupations of a similar nature are grouped into series, which in turn are grouped into occupational groups. For example, an individual involved in procurement of supplies and services may hold a position as a Contract Specialist, which is in the 1102 - Contracting Series, and is part of the 1100 - Business and Industry Group.

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Trade, Craft, and Labor Occupations – If a position clearly requires trades, craft, or laboring experience and knowledge as a requirement for the performance of its primary duty, and this requirement is paramount, the position is in a trade, craft, or labor occupation regardless of its organizational location or the nature of the activity in which it exists. Trade, Craft, and Labor Occupations of a similar nature are grouped into occupational families. For example, a person who installs and maintains electronic controls may hold the position 2606 - Electronic Industrial Controls Mechanic, which is in the 2600 - Electronic Equipment Installation and Maintenance Family.