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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.

Phone: Job Aspirations in 1975 for 1990

rf001ja-rf020ja     In 1975 what kind of work did R think they
                    would be doing today (1992/93)?  This
                    includes 1970 and 1990 occupation coding
                    from the 9/99 update as described
                    in Change Notice #19.

rf001ja: In 1975, what did the respondent want to be doing today?

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 2 1 3
-1 DON'T KNOW 47 263 310
1 WORKING 3563 3025 6588
2 RETIRED, UNSPECIFIED 320 191 511
3 KEEPING HOUSE, CARING FOR FAMILY 0 709 709
4 SEMI-RETIRED, UNSPECIFIED 4 3 7
5 NOT WORKING, PURSUING HOBBIES 8 37 45
6 NOT WORKING, TRAVELING 7 79 86
7 NOT WORKING, VOLUNTEERING 1 58 59
8 NOT WORKING, UNSPECIFIED 8 59 67
9 ATTENDING SCHOOL 1 9 10
10 OTHER 19 79 98
Note: 28 people said "not working" to initial question but gave "work"
for a response to a subsequent open-ended question. These
individuals skipped the remaining questions in the series and will
appear with the NA code in the remaining variables.

rfu02jae: 1970 Census detailed industry code for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, RFU33JCE
Revisions: Replacement 9/99      Archived variable: rf002jae

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 441 835 1276
-2 417 1488 1905
-1 DON'T KNOW 47 118 165
017 - 937 1970 INDUSTRY CODES 3075 2072 5147
Note: See Change Notice #19 for difference between updated and
original variables. Original variables used prior to the
9/99 update are retained in a separate module - archvd57_94.

See Appendix E on occupational coding and variable construction.

rfu03jaf: 1970 Census detailed occupation code for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, RFU34JCE
Revisions: Replacement 9/99      Archived variable: rf003jaf

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 442 834 1276
-2 417 1488 1905
-1 DON'T KNOW 40 58 98
001 - 984 1970 OCCUPATION CODES 3081 2133 5214
Note: See Change Notice #19 for difference between updated and
original variables. Original variables used prior to the
9/99 update are retained in a separate module - archvd57_94.

See Appendix E on occupational coding and variable construction.

rf004jag: In 1975, would the type of work respondent would like to be doing today be working for self or for someone else?

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, aa21, RFU07JCE

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 476 905 1381
-2 417 1488 1905
-1 DON'T KNOW 0 1 1
1 SELF 531 280 811
2 SOMEONE ELSE 2556 1839 4395
Note: Class of worker was not obtained in a very detailed way for the
aspiration question. Therefore, when the respondent replied "same
job as 1975" or "same job as 1992" those replies have been
condensed into this code which is the only information we have for
individuals who did not want the same jobs.

See Change Notice #19 for difference between updated and
original variables. Original variables used prior to the
9/99 update are retained in a separate module - archvd57_94.

See Appendix E on occupational coding and variable construction.

rfu05jag: 1970 Major industry code for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, RFU33JCE, RFU34JCE
Revisions: Replacement 9/99      Archived variable: rf005jag

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 441 835 1276
-2 417 1488 1905
-1 DON'T KNOW 47 118 165
1 Agriculture, Forestry, And Fisheries 176 52 228
2 Mining 12 1 13
3 Construction 236 20 256
4 Manufacturing 956 218 1174
5 Transportation, Communications, And Other Public Utilities 225 69 294
6 Wholesale And Retail Trade 354 287 641
7 Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate 185 128 313
8 Business And Repair Services 119 53 172
9 Personal Services 33 79 112
10 Entertainment And Recreation Services 22 19 41
11 Public Administration 224 69 293
12 Professional And Related Services 533 1077 1610
Note: See Change Notice #19 for difference between updated and original
variables. Original variables used prior to the 9/99 update are
retained in a separate module - archvd57_94.

See Appendix E - COR 713 for Creation of major industry, major
occupation, status, and prestige.

rfu06jah: 1970 Major occupation code for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, aa21, RFU33JCE, RFU34JCE, RFU07JCE
Revisions: Replacement 9/99      Archived variable: rf006jah

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 442 834 1276
-2 422 1489 1911
-1 DON'T KNOW 40 58 98
1 Professional, Technical & Specialty: Self-Employed & w/o Pay 81 76 157
2 Professional, Technical & Specialty: Salaried & N.A. 768 690 1458
3 Executives, Administrators & Managers: Salaried & N.A. 534 171 705
4 Executives, Administrators & Managers: Self-Employed & w/o Pay 169 69 238
5 Sales: Not Retail Trade 196 35 231
6 Sales: Retail Trade 43 37 80
7 Administrator Support, Including Clerical 143 649 792
8 Precision Production, Craftsmen, Repair: Manufacturing 219 17 236
9 Precision Production, Craftsmen, Repair: Construction 140 1 141
10 Precision Production, Craftsmen, Repair: All Other & N.A. 159 19 178
11 Operators & Fabricators: Manufacturing 199 57 256
12 Operators & Fabricators: All Other & N.A. 112 20 132
13 Service Occupations 101 239 340
14 Handlers, Equipment Cleaners, Helpers/Laborers: Manufacturing 20 2 22
15 Handlers, Equipment Cleaners, Helpers/Laborers: All Other & N.A. 34 11 45
16 Farm Operators & Managers 145 28 173
17 Farm Workers & Related Occupations 13 11 24
Note: See Change Notice #19 for difference between updated and original
variables. Original variables used prior to the 9/99 update are
retained in a separate module - archvd57_94.

See Appendix E - COR 713 for Creation of major industry, major
occupation, status, and prestige.

rfa07jah: 1970 Occupational Education Score for the kind of work respondent wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, aa21, RFU33JCE, RFU34JCE, RFU07JCE
Revisions: Added 9/99; Updated 12/99, 9/00     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 442 834 1276
-2 422 1489 1911
-1 DON'T KNOW 40 58 98
0016 - 0995 1970 EDUCATION SCORE 3076 2132 5208
Note: See Change Notice #21 for information about 9/00 update.

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 E--
COR638 and COR713 for details, and a recommended
transformation of this variable is described in MEMO133.

rfb07jah: 1970 Occupational Income Score for the kind of work respondent wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, aa21, RFU33JCE, RFU34JCE, RFU07JCE
Revisions: Added 9/99; Updated 12/99, 9/00     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 442 834 1276
-2 422 1489 1911
-1 DON'T KNOW 40 58 98
0002 - 0877 1970 INCOME SCORE 3076 2132 5208
Note: See Change Notice #21 for information about 9/00 update.

There is an implied decimal point one place to the left of
the right most digit.

The 1970-basis occupational income score is the
percentage of persons in the 1970 Census in an occupation/
industry/class-of-worker category whose income was
at least $10,000 in 1969. See Appendix E--
COR638 and COR713 for details, and a recommended
transformation of this variable is described in MEMO133.

rfu07jah: 1970 Duncan SEI score for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, aa21, RFU33JCE, RFU34JCE, RFU07JCE
Revisions: Replacement 9/99; Updated 9/00      Archived variable: rf007jah

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 442 834 1276
-2 422 1489 1911
-1 DON'T KNOW 40 58 98
038 - 960 1970 DUNCAN SEI SCORES 3076 2132 5208
Note: See Change Notice #21 for information about 9/00 update.

See Change Notice #19 for difference between updated and original
variables. Original variables used prior to the 9/99 update are
retained in a separate module - archvd57_94.

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

rfu08jah: 1970 Siegel prestige score for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, aa21, RFU33JCE, RFU34JCE, RFU07JCE
Revisions: Replacement 9/99; Updated 9/00      Archived variable: rf008jah

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 442 834 1276
-2 422 1489 1911
-1 DON'T KNOW 40 58 98
141 - 812 1970 SIEGEL PRESTIGE SCORES 3076 2132 5208
Note: See Change Notice #21 for information about 9/00 update.

See Change Notice #19 for difference between updated and original
variables. Original variables used prior to the 4/99 update are
retained in a separate module - archvd57_94.

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

rfu09jag: 1970 MSEI2 occupational status score for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, RFU34JCE
Revisions: Replacement 9/99      Archived variable: rf009jag

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 442 834 1276
-2 422 1489 1911
-1 DON'T KNOW 40 58 98
1162 - 8865 1970 MSEI2 SCORES 3076 2132 5208
Note: See Change Notice #19 for difference between updated and original
variables. Original variables used prior to the 4/99 update are
retained in a separate module - archvd57_94.

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

rfu10jag: 1970 TSEI2 occupational status score for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, RFU34JCE
Revisions: Replacement 9/99      Archived variable: rf010jag

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 442 834 1276
-2 422 1489 1911
-1 DON'T KNOW 40 58 98
1398 - 9045 1970 TSEI2 SCORES 3076 2132 5208
Note: See Change Notice #19 for difference between updated and original
variables. Original variables used prior to the 4/99 update are
retained in a separate module - archvd57_94.

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

rf011jaf: 1990 Census detailed industry code for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, RFU33JCE
Revisions: Added 9/99     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 441 835 1276
-2 417 1488 1905
-1 DON'T KNOW 47 118 165
010 - 960 1990 INDUSTRY CODE 3075 2072 5147
Note: See Appendix E on occupation coding and variable construction.

rf012jag: 1990 Census detailed occupation code for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, RFU34JCE
Revisions: Added 9/99     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 442 834 1276
-2 417 1488 1905
-1 DON'T KNOW 39 58 97
003 - 905 1990 OCCUPATION CODE 3082 2133 5215
Note: See Appendix E on occupation coding and variable construction.

rf013jaf: 1990 Major industry code for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, RFU33JCE
Revisions: Added 9/99     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 DON'T KNOW, REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 488 953 1441
-2 417 1488 1905
1 Agriculture, Forestry, And Fisheries 177 53 230
2 Mining 12 1 13
3 Construction 238 21 259
4 Manufacturing 955 218 1173
5 Transportation, Communications, And Other Public Utilities 257 73 330
6 Wholesale And Retail Trade 354 287 641
7 Finance, Insurance, And Real Estate 183 127 310
8 Business And Repair Services 95 51 146
9 Personal Services 33 72 105
10 Entertainment And Recreation Services 24 19 43
11 Public Administration 184 68 252
12 Professional And Related Services 553 1079 1632
13 Active Duty Military 10 3 13
Note: The 1990 Major Industry categories are selected
to resemble the 1970 categories, but individual
industries which may have changed category between
1970 and 1990 (for example, US Postal Service)
keep their 1990 major industry designation. No
attempt was made to reconcile these cases.

See Appendix E - COR681 for detailed coding instructions.

rf014jag: 1990 Major occupation code for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, aa21, RFU07JCE, RFU33JCE, RFU34JCE
Revisions: Added 9/99; Updated 9/00     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 DON'T KNOW, REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 481 892 1373
-2 417 1488 1905
1 Professional, Technical & Specialty: Self-Employed & w/o Pay 70 72 142
2 Professional, Technical & Specialty: Salaried & N.A. 680 708 1388
3 Executives, Administrators & Managers: Salaried & N.A. 522 147 669
4 Executives, Administrators & Managers: Self-Employed & w/o Pay 122 37 159
5 Sales: Not Retail Trade 245 49 294
6 Sales: Retail Trade 110 104 214
7 Administrator Support, Including Clerical 135 653 788
8 Precision Production, Craftsmen, Repair: Manufacturing 231 18 249
9 Precision Production, Craftsmen, Repair: Construction 145 0 145
10 Precision Production, Craftsmen, Repair: All Other & N.A. 162 8 170
11 Operators & Fabricators: Manufacturing 209 56 265
12 Operators & Fabricators: All Other & N.A. 129 20 149
13 Service Occupations 105 200 305
14 Handlers, Equipment Cleaners, Helpers/Laborers: Manufacturing 15 8 23
15 Handlers, Equipment Cleaners, Helpers/Laborers: All Other & N.A. 19 8 27
16 Farm Operators & Managers 148 30 178
17 Farm Workers & Related Occupations 29 14 43
18 Military Occupations 6 1 7
Note: See Change Notice #21 for information about the 9/00 update.

The 1990 Major Occupation categories are selected
to resemble the 1970 categories, but individual
occupations which may have changed category
between 1970 and 1990 (for example, Actors and
Directors) keep their 1990 major industry
designation. No attempt was made to reconcile
these cases. The large number of such cases makes
direct comparison between 1970 and 1990 Major
Occupation categories unadvisable. For a list of
all such individual changes, see Kubitschek 1986
(Center for Demography Working Paper 86-6).

See Appendix E - COR681 for detailed coding instructions.

Consistent with 1990 Census procedures, civilian occupation codes
were assigned to military personnel if they described civilian
occupational activities. Therefore, it is possible to assign a code
for those individuals on this variable.

Individuals in the military who only described military occupations
were assigned the military occupation codes and coded military
on this variable.

rf015jag: 1989 Nakao-Treas Prestige Rating for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, RFU34JCE
Revisions: Added 9/99     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 442 834 1276
-2 417 1488 1905
-1 DON'T KNOW 39 58 97
126 - 946 1990 PRESTIGE RATING 3076 2132 5208
996 MILITARY OCCUPATION, NO PRESTIGE ASSIGNED 6 1 7
Note: There is an implied decimal point one place to the left of the
right most digit.

The 1989 Nakao-Treas Prestige Rating is the
percentage of respondents in the 1989 NORC General
Social Survey who ranked an occupation in category 5
or above on a 9-point scale. See Appendix E--COR 683
for details and a recommended transformation of this
variable.

rf016jag: 1990 Occupational Education Score for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, aa21, RFU07JCE, RFU33JCE, RFU34JCE
Revisions: Added 9/99; Updated 12/99, 9/00     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 DON'T KNOW, REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 481 892 1373
-2 423 1489 1912
0000 - 0999 1990 Education score 3076 2132 5208
Note: See Change Notice #21 for information about 9/00 update.

There is an implied decimal point one place to the left of
the right most digit.

The 1990-basis occupational education score is the
percentage of persons in the 1990 Census in an occupation/
industry/class-of-worker category who completed
one year of college or more. See Appendix E--
COR 639 and COR 684 for details, and a recommended
transformation of this variable.

Consistent with 1990 Census procedures, civilian occupation codes
were assigned to military personnel if they described civilian
occupational activities. Therefore, it is possible to assign a code
for those individuals on this variable.

Individuals in the military who only described military occupations
were assigned the military occupation codes and coded inappropriate
on this variable.

rf017jag: 1990 Occupational Earnings Score for the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today.

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa05, aa07, aa09, aa17, aa21, RFU07JCE, RFU33JCE, RFU34JCE
Revisions: Added 9/99; Updated 12/99, 9/00     

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 DON'T KNOW, REFUSED, NOT ASCERTAINED 481 892 1373
-2 423 1489 1912
0037 - 0876 TOTAL EARNINGS SCORE 3076 2132 5208
Note: See Change Notice #21 for information about 9/00 update.

There is an implied decimal point one place to the left of
the right most digit.

The 1990-basis occupational earnings score is the
percentage of persons in the 1990 Census in an occupation/
industry/class-of-worker category who earned
at least $14.30 per hour in 1989. See Appendix
E--COR 639 and COR 684 for details, and a recommended
transformation of this variable.

Consistent with 1990 Census procedures, civilian occupation codes
were assigned to military personnel if they described civilian
occupational activities. Therefore, it is possible to assign a code
for those individuals on this variable.

Individuals in the military who only described military occupations
were assigned the military occupation codes and coded inappropriate
on this variable.

VARIABLE NAME RF018 IS NOT USED IN THIS RELEASE.

rf019jac: Was the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today the same kind of work the respondent was doing in 1975?

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa01, aa03, aa03, aa07

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED/NOT ASCERTAINED 17 32 49
-2 417 1488 1905
-1 DON'T KNOW 228 384 612
1 YES 2636 1501 4137
2 NO 682 1108 1790

rf020jac: Was the kind of work respondent had wanted in 1975 to be doing today the same kind of work the respondent is doing today?

Data source: Graduate Respondent      Collected in: 1992-93      Mode: phone
Source variables: aa03, aa07, aa09

Frequencies
Value Label Male Female Total
. System missing - NR 1011 813 1824
-3 REFUSED/NOT ASCERTAINED 246 415 661
-2 417 1488 1905
-1 DON'T KNOW 8 14 22
1 YES 2479 1593 4072
2 NO 830 1003 1833

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