Social Security Administration job classifications: Unskilled, Semi-Skilled and Skilled Work
Anyone who is attempting to get Social Security Disability needs to understand that their ability to work depends upon the type of employment that they are qualified to do.
The Social Security Administration divides work into three separate categories. These classifications include: unskilled labor, semi-skilled labor and skilled labor. In determining if you are disabled, the Social Security Administration will review your relevant work skills and past jobs to determine what jobs you may qualify to do in the future.
Unskilled labor is any type of work that can be completed with little or no prior acquired skills. This will include job tasks that are simple enough to be learned in thirty days or less. Unskilled jobs will not provide transferable job skills and will require very little vocational training or preparation. Examples of unskilled labor can include
Semi-skilled labor will be more complex than unskilled labor but will still require very few skills to complete relatively simple tasks. Semi-skilled jobs may require more than thirty days to learn and may require additional training to work with co-workers, data and management. These jobs could include paying close attention to machines, and work processes. A semi-skilled worker may also need dexterity, coordination and the ability to perform repetitive tasks. Examples of semi-skilled work may include:
Skilled jobs will be much more complex than unskilled or semi-skilled labor. Skilled labor will require an individual to think, process information, make precise measurements, Work well with data, facts, and abstract ideas. A skilled job can be extremely complex and require years of training or education.
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Why are these job qualifications important to you if you are applying for Social Security Disability Benefits? Because if you are applying for Social Security Disability Benefits, you will need to prove that you are unable to work any type of job available in the current economy. If the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines you can not perform the job you performed in the past due to your physical and mental health conditions, the Social Security Administration will use a process called the sequential evaluation process to evaluate your ability to a new job. Your jobs skills, education and past relevant work history will all help determine if you can be trained to do other types of jobs.
Under the Sequential Evaluation process the Social Security Administration will review the types of jobs you have done in the past and if you have any job skills which can transfer to a new occupation or job. If the Social Security Administration decides given your age, job skills and educational background, you could be retrained for new employment and make more than $980 gross per month than they will determine you are not disabled.
If the Social Security Administration decides that given your physical or mental health conditions, your age, education, transferable job skills and work history, you are unable to perform a new job, they will determine that you are disabled.