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Note: Codebooks contain frequency data from the private data release. For some variables, these differ from the frequencies in the public release. Variables that differ between the public and private versions include "(not available on public release)" as part of the variable description, or a note indicating the difference between the public and private versions.

Current Job Aspirations

xjb10yr         What kind of work would respondent like to do in 10 years? 
xinr10          1970 Census detailed industry code for preferred job
xocr10          1970 Census detailed occupation code for preferred job
xcwr10          Class of worker code for preferred job 10 years from now 
xinmr10         1970 Major industry code for preferred job 
xocmr10         1970 Major occupation code for preferred job
xocsr10u        1970 Duncan SEI score for preferred job 
xocpr10u        1970 Siegel prestige score for preferred job 
xocer10         1970 Occupational education score for preferred job 
xocir10         1970 Occupational income score for preferred job 
xwrch10         What chance will sibling respondent do preferred job? 
xwrchr1,xwrchr2 Reasons for sibling respondent's response to WRCH10

xjb10yr: If you were free to choose, what kind of work would you like to be doing 10 years from now?

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 45
Revisions: Updated 3/97     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED OR NONSAMPLE 3394 3252 6646
-1 DON'T KNOW 120 165 285
1 Same job 427 238 665
2 Not working 46 70 116
3 Housework 0 67 67
4 Different job 450 549 999

xinr10: 1970 Census detailed industry code for preferred job 10 years from now.

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 19b, 45, 45a
Revisions: Updated 3/97     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED OR NONSAMPLE 3429 3310 6739
-2 166 302 468
-1 DON'T KNOW 23 52 75
017 - 937 1970 INDUSTRY CODES 819 677 1496
Note: See Appendix E for Coding of 1975 and 1977 industry,
occupation and class of worker.

xocr10: 1970 Census detailed occupation code for preferred job 10 years from now.

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 19, 45
Revisions: Updated 3/97     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED OR NONSAMPLE 3419 3280 6699
-2 166 302 468
-1 DON'T KNOW 2 4 6
001 - 984 1970 OCCUPATION CODES 850 755 1605
Note: See Appendix E for Coding of 1975 and 1977 industry,
occupation and class of worker.

xcwr10: Class of worker code for preferred job 10 years from now.

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 19c, 45, 45b
Revisions: Updated 3/97     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED OR NONSAMPLE 3402 3258 6660
-2 166 302 468
-1 DON'T KNOW 5 4 9
1 Work for someone else 520 619 1139
4 Self-employed 344 158 502
Note: This class of worker code is more general than that used
for other variables.

See Appendix E for Coding of 1975 and 1977 industry,
occupation and class of worker.

xinmr10: 1970 Major industry code for preferred job 10 years from now.

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 19b, 45, 45a
Revisions: Updated 6/95, 3/97     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED OR NONSAMPLE 3429 3310 6739
-2 166 302 468
-1 DON'T KNOW 23 52 75
1 Agriculture, Forestry, And Fisheries 95 25 120
2 Mining 1 0 1
3 Construction 68 4 72
4 Manufacturing 151 58 209
5 Transportation, Communications, And Other Public Utilities 45 15 60
6 Wholesale And Retail Trade 124 126 250
7 Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate 51 41 92
8 Business And Repair Services 45 21 66
9 Personal Services 17 23 40
10 Entertainment And Recreation Services 16 6 22
11 Public Administration 60 17 77
12 Professional And Related Services 146 341 487
Note: In all releases prior to 6/95, major industry variables
had codes "10" and "12" condensed into "10".
See Appendix E - COR569 for Correction of error in major
industry codes or Change Notice #1.

xocmr10: 1970 Major occupation code for preferred job 10 years from now.

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 19, 45
Revisions: Updated 3/96, 3/97     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED, NONSAMPLE OR MILITARY OCCUPATION 3428 3284 6712
-2 166 302 468
1 Professional, Technical & Specialty: Self-Employed & w/o Pay 65 51 116
2 Professional, Technical & Specialty: Salaried & N.A. 161 240 401
3 Executives, Administrators & Managers: Salaried & N.A. 121 32 153
4 Executives, Administrators & Managers: Self-Employed & w/o Pay 112 42 154
5 Sales: Not Retail Trade 53 24 77
6 Sales: Retail Trade 12 29 41
7 Administrator Support, Including Clerical 22 205 227
8 Precision Production, Craftsmen, Repair: Manufacturing 50 5 55
9 Precision Production, Craftsmen, Repair: Construction 33 0 33
10 Precision Production, Craftsmen, Repair: All Other & N.A. 54 23 77
11 Operators & Fabricators: Manufacturing 18 10 28
12 Operators & Fabricators: All Other & N.A. 30 5 35
13 Service Occupations 20 69 89
14 Handlers, Equipment Cleaners, Helpers/Laborers: Manufacturing 2 2 4
15 Handlers, Equipment Cleaners, Helpers/Laborers: All Other & N.A. 10 5 15
16 Farm Operators & Managers 76 11 87
17 Farm Workers & Related Occupations 4 2 6
Note: This code divides occupation into broad categories derived from
occupation, industry and class of worker. (Group II occupation is the
name used for this variables in the OCG II codebooks.)

On 3/96 replaced 12 category variable with 17 category variable.
See Change Notice #3 for for more details and See Change Notice #6
for 3/97 update.

See Appendix E - COR713 and MEMO133 for creation of major industry,
major occupation, status, and prestige.

xocsr10u: 1970 Duncan SEI score for preferred job 10 years from now.

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 19, 45
Revisions: Replacement 11/95; Updated 3/96, 3/97, 9/00      Archived variable: xocsr10

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED, NONSAMPLE OR MILITARY OCCUPATION 3426 3280 6706
-2 166 302 468
-1 DON'T KNOW 2 4 6
041 - 960 1970 DUNCAN SEI 843 755 1598
Note: See Change Notice #21 for information about the 9/00 update.
See Appendix E - COR713 and MEMO133 for creation of major industry,
major occupation, status, and prestige.

xocpr10u: 1970 Siegel prestige score for preferred job 10 years from now.

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 19, 45
Revisions: Replacement 11/95; Updated 3/96, 3/97, 9/00      Archived variable: xocpr10

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED, NONSAMPLE OR MILITARY OCCUPATION 3426 3280 6706
-2 166 302 468
-1 DON'T KNOW 2 4 6
144 - 812 1970 NORC/SIEGEL PRESTIGE 843 755 1598
Note: See Change Notice #21 for information about the 9/00 update.
See Appendix E - COR713 and MEMO133 for creation of major industry,
major occupation, status, and prestige.

xocer10: 1970 Occupational education score for preferred job 10 years from now.

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 19, 45
Revisions: Added 9/00     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED, NONSAMPLE OR MILITARY OCCUPATION 3426 3280 6706
-2 166 302 468
-1 DON'T KNOW 2 4 6
0008 - 0995 1970 Education Score 843 755 1598
Note: There is an implied decimal point one place to the left of
the right most digit.

The 1970-basis occupational education score is the percentage of persons
in the 1970 Census in an occupation/industry/class-of-worker category
who completed one year of college or more. See Appendix P--cor638 and
cor713 for details, and a recommended transformation of this variable
is described in MEMO133.

xocir10: 1970 Occupational income score for preferred job 10 years from now.

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 19, 45
Revisions: Added 9/00     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED, NONSAMPLE OR MILITARY OCCUPATION 3426 3280 6706
-2 166 302 468
-1 DON'T KNOW 2 4 6
0002 - 0877 1970 Income Score 843 755 1598
Note: There is an implied decimal point one place to the left of
the right most digit.

The 1970-basis occupational education score is the percentage of persons
in the 1970 Census in an occupation/industry/class-of-worker category
who completed one year of college or more. See Appendix P--cor638 and
cor713 for details, and a recommended transformation of this variable
is described in MEMO133

xwrch10: How good is the chance you will be doing what you want to do 10 years from now?

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 45, 46
Revisions: Updated 3/97     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED OR NONSAMPLE 3395 3252 6647
-2 120 165 285
-1 DON'T KNOW 24 56 80
1 Good 665 607 1272
2 Depends 50 76 126
3 Not so good 183 185 368

xwrchr1: First reason sibling respondent thinks his/her chances are the way they are for what sibling respondent wants to do 10 years from now.

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 47
Revisions: Updated 3/97     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED OR NONSAMPLE 3395 3253 6648
-2 120 165 285
-1 DON'T KNOW 15 22 37
0 Other answers 2 2 4
1 I'll be doing that because I want to be doing that 182 203 385
2 May change my mind as far as what I want to do ALLOW 2 10 12
10 Other factors will allow it 22 9 31
11 Family considerations will allow it 6 89 95
12 Financial/economic situation will allow it 55 56 111
13 Future demand for services will allow it 131 57 188
14 Job security will allow it--restricted to respondent's job 91 32 123
15 Educational background will allow it--formal, academic education 17 32 49
16 I will be able to do it because I am competent ('am good at it', experience) 96 66 162
17 Personal qualities will allow it (confidence, aggressiveness, age) 42 25 67
18 Vocational training, licensing will allow it 9 17 26
19 Health will allow it 10 13 23
20 Connections, knowing the right people will allow it 2 4 6
21 Geographic location of residence will allow it 4 1 5
29 No reason (allow)--not further specified PREVENT 0 2 2
30 Other factors will prevent it 18 16 34
31 Family considerations will prevent it 12 23 35
32 Financial/economic situation will prevent it 63 33 96
33 Lack of future demand for services will prevent it 15 28 43
34 Lack of job security will prevent it--restricted to respondent's job 3 0 3
35 Educational background will prevent it--formal, academic education 23 31 54
36 I won't be able to do it because I am not competent 3 9 12
37 Personal qualities will prevent it (handicap) 28 28 56
38 Vocational training, licensing will prevent it 4 10 14
39 Poor health will prevent it 10 1 11
40 Lack of connections will prevent it 0 1 1
41 Geographic location of residence will prevent it 3 7 10
50 Depends on other factors 8 9 17
51 Depends on family considerations 2 21 23
52 Depends on financial/economic situation 17 9 26
53 Depends on future demand for services 10 9 19
54 Depends on job security--restricted to respondent's job 2 6 8
55 Depends upon whether my educational background will prevent it or not--formal academic education 3 8 11
56 Depends if I am competent or not 0 1 1
57 Depends on personal qualities 0 13 13
58 Depends on vocational training, licensing 2 8 10
59 Depends on health 8 4 12
60 Depends on if meet right people 1 0 1
61 Depends on geographic location of residence 1 8 9

xwrchr2: Second reason sibling respondent thinks his/her chances are the way they are for what sibling respondent wants to do 10 years from now.

Data source: Sibling Respondent      Collected in: 1977      Mode: phone
Source variables: 47
Revisions: Updated 3/97     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
-3 NOT ASCERTAINED OR NONSAMPLE 3395 3253 6648
-2 824 830 1654
-1 DON'T KNOW 15 22 37
0 Other answers 0 1 1
1 I'll be doing that because I want to be doing that 54 49 103
2 May change my mind as far as what I want to do ALLOW 1 0 1
10 Other factors will allow it 2 0 2
11 Family considerations will allow it 3 34 37
12 Financial/economic situation will allow it 9 16 25
13 Future demand for services will allow it 30 14 44
14 Job security will allow it--restricted to respondent's job 12 5 17
15 Educational background will allow it--formal, academic education 5 9 14
16 I will be able to do it because I am competent ('am good at it', experience) 26 29 55
17 Personal qualities will allow it (confidence, aggressiveness, age) 15 11 26
18 Vocational training, licensing will allow it 2 2 4
19 Health will allow it 6 4 10
20 Connections, knowing the right people will allow it 1 4 5
21 Geographic location of residence will allow it 1 0 1
30 Other factors will prevent it 2 0 2
31 Family considerations will prevent it 7 6 13
32 Financial/economic situation will prevent it 10 9 19
33 Lack of future demand for services will prevent it 0 3 3
35 Educational background will prevent it--formal, academic education 6 9 15
36 I won't be able to do it because I am not competent 1 1 2
37 Personal qualities will prevent it (handicap) 3 8 11
38 Vocational training, licensing will prevent it 1 4 5
41 Geographic location of residence will prevent it 1 2 3
50 Depends on other factors 1 0 1
51 Depends on family considerations 1 6 7
52 Depends on financial/economic situation 2 1 3
53 Depends on future demand for services 0 1 1
54 Depends on job security--restricted to respondent's job 0 1 1
55 Depends upon whether my educational background will prevent it or not--formal academic education 1 2 3
57 Depends on personal qualities 0 1 1
58 Depends on vocational training, licensing 0 1 1
59 Depends on health 0 2 2
61 Depends on geographic location of residence 0 1 1

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