Group III Occupations:

THE OCCUPATIONS in this Group are those concerned primarily with the organization and efficient functioning of government and of commercial enterprises. This Group includes a very large number of occupations: executives of government, industry, and business are here, and most of the so-called white collar occupations. Table 15.1 gives an extensive list. There are occupations in this Group at every Level.

Reference to tables in Chapter 12 (especially 12.1, 12.3, 12.5, and 12.8) gives some indication of the range of scores on intelligence and other tests for this Group. Various occupations in the Group have mean intelligence test scores ranging from -1.5 S.D. to +2.5 S.D. There have been several reports of the use of A-V Study of Values with this Group; they agree in assigning low Aesthetic and high Economic values to occupations classified here, but there are discrepancies in other value scores from one particular occupation to another. There is no general pattern on the few MMPI scores available, but these occupations tend to be associated with M-F scores for men somewhat towards the masculine range.

The MORS includes ratings of over 100 occupations in this Group. These can be tabulated and expressed in terms of an approximate median rating. A very regular pattern appears: good academic ability is required at upper Levels, and then this requirement is regularly lowered; clerical ability seems to be next in importance, followed closely by social ability, and these, too, decrease regularly from Level 1 to Level 6. Mechanical ability is practically irrelevant, but physical agility, of no importance at Level 1, becomes increasingly important with decreasing Level until it reaches a rating between B and C for Level 6.


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