Distinct occupational category

Synonyms:
distinct role

A distinct occupational category or role title recognised at a national or organisational level.

Examples

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) have developed the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). ‘Evaluator’ is not a specific occupation. The classification ‘224412’ includes the specialisations Foreign Policy Officer, Policy Analyst and Policy Advisor and in New Zealand this also includes a specialisation ‘Research and Evaluation Analyst’. This specialisation is organised as follows:

2 PROFESSIONALS

22 Business, Human Resource and Marketing Professionals

224 Information and Organisation Professionals

2244 Intelligence and Policy Analysts

224412 Policy Analysts

In its most recent review, new occupations were added “where a minimum size guideline of 300 full-time employees in Australia and/or 100 full-time employees in New Zealand was satisfied”. Under these criteria, Bungee Jump Master was identified as a specific occupation.

Advice for using this method

  • Individuals can choose to identify themselves as an ‘evaluator’ on official forms (e.g., Census, tax forms, immigration).
  • Organisations can be thoughtful about the job titles they give roles that involve evaluation
  • Evaluation societies and associations can advocate for their relevant Government bodies to include ‘evaluator’ as a distinct occupation in official classifications of occupations.

Sources

Peersman G, Rogers P (2017). Pathways to advance professionalisation within the context of the Australasian Evaluation Society. Melbourne: ANZSOG/BetterEvaluation. Retrieved from: https://www.betterevaluation.org/en/resources/pathways-advance-professio...

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