Dictionary of occupational titles. compared

408/477 29 Jan 90 23:33:39
From:   Kirsten Emmott
To:     James Mcdonel
Subj:   equal pay
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 > How about backing up the original assertion to which I made
 > this response, i.e., that women are NOT paid the same for
 > equal work.  It's just another silly myth that has been
 > unabashed published in the media many times with no one
 
        You could look at:
      Pink Collar Workers
(inside the world of women's work)
by Louise Kapp Howe
Avon Books, 1977
ISBN 0-380-01924-8
 
This is a bit out of date, but here's an interesting quote.
"The federal government's -Dictionary of Occupational Titles- ...considered 
the world's most comprehensive source of job information ... used by a wide 
range of public and private emlployment specialists...the basis on which many 
large organizations evaluate job prerequisites, career ladder criteri and place 
in the classification AND COMPENSATION hierarchies...all in all, multimillion 
dokllar dicisions affecting millions of workers' lives are said to be made with 
the help of DOT ratings.   "
   (Jobs are rated from one to 8 on the scale of complexity in 3 categories; 
data, people and things.  E.G. a surgeon's job is rated 101.  "Just about the 
lowest possible rating is an 878, here is an example:
FOSTER MOTHER (DOMESTIC SERVANT)...878.  Rears childen in own home as members 
of family.  Oversees activities, regulating diet, rest periods, recreation, and 
sleeping time,.  Instructs children in good personal and health habits.  
Bathes, dresses and undresses young children.  Washes and irons clothing.  
Accompanies children on outings and walks. 
 Takes disciplinary action when children misbehave...., May work under 
supervision of welfare agency.  May prepare periodic reports concerninc 
progress and behaviour of children for welfare agency.
   Ranking almost but not quite as low as foster mother was the following 
occupational title, which received a slightly higher 874:
 
HORSE PUSHER (agric.)...874.  Feeds, waters and otherwise tends horses en route 
by train.
 (to be continued)


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 * Origin: PSG Vancouver (Opus 1:153/4)


409/477 29 Jan 90 23:46:27
From:   Kirsten Emmott
To:     James Mcdonel
Subj:   Re: IN THE NEWS
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DOT (part 2)
... the ratings were perfectly consistent  with theDOT scoring of a 
whole series of jobs traditionally filled by women...
CHILD CARE ATTENDANT, 878... "house parent, special school counselor, cares for 
groups of children in government institutions..."
  rated the same as
PARKING LOT ATTENDANT, 878...."..parks automobiles for customers in parking 
lot...."
 
NURSERY SCHOOL TEACHER, 878-- "organises and leads activities of children, 
maintains discipline..."
much less complex than
MARINE MAMMAL HANDLER, 328-- "signals or cues trained marine mammals..."
 
NURSE, PRACTICAL, 878-- "cares for patients and children in private homes, 
hospitals..."
 only slightly less complex than
OFFAL MAN, POULTRY, 877-- "shovels ice into chicken offal container."
 
NURSE, MIDWIFE, 378
nearly as skilled as
HOTEL CLERK, 368
 
HOMEMAKER (cross references MAID, GENERAL), 878
nearly as skilled as
DOG POUND ATTENDANT, 874
 
and so on. Yes, I know that these aren't exactly the same job;  but they are 
rate the same, and that means, for a good many employers, they are paid the 
same. 

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 * Origin: PSG Vancouver (Opus 1:153/4)