Job Groups

What are Job Groups? 

Workforce Planning Job Groups are groups of job classes that are linked by a common purpose, skill set, or education or certification requirement. They allow us to more precisely identify the availability for that type of work. They also provide skill-related groups that can be used for workforce planning and study. The Workforce Planning job groups are used for all enterprise affirmative action reporting.

In 2013, 26 standard job groups were identified for executive branch use. Agencies provided review, feedback, and trial planning using these new groups. To enable reporting and collaboration across the executive branch, all affirmative action data reports generated by the OFM State HR Division will use these 26 standard job groups.

Job groups in the Professional category have been subdivided into skill set and subject groups. Since half the executive branch workforce falls in this Professional group, this allows more targeted analysis and action for affirmative action and other workforce planning.

Job Group


Office and Clerical


Occupations in which workers are responsible for internal and external communication, recording and retrieval of data and/or information and other paperwork required in an office. Includes: bookkeepers, messengers, clerk-typist, stenographers, court transcribers, hearing reporters, statistical clerks, dispatchers, license distributors, payroll clerks, office machine and computer operators, telephone operators, legal assistants, sales workers, cashiers, toll collectors, and kindred workers.

Officials and Administrators

Occupations in which employees set broad policies, exercise overall responsibility for execution of these policies, or direct individual departments or special phases of the agency's operations. Includes: department heads, bureau chiefs, division chiefs, directors, deputy directors, controllers, superintendents, and kindred workers.


Occupations in which workers perform some of the duties of a professional or technician in a supportive role, which usually require less formal training and/or experience normally required for professional or technical status. Such positions may fall within an identified pattern of staff development and promotion under a "New Careers" concept. Included: research assistants, medical aides, child support workers, policy auxiliary welfare service aides, recreation assistants, homemakers aides, home health aides, library assistants and clerks, and kindred workers.


Occupations which require specialized and theoretical knowledge which is usually acquired through college training or through work experience and other training which provides comparable knowledge. Includes: personnel and labor relations workers, social workers, doctors, psychologists, registered nurses, economists, dietitians, lawyers, systems analysts, accountants, engineers, employment and vocational rehabilitation counselors, teachers or instructors, librarians, management analysts, surveyors and mapping scientists, and kindred workers.

Administrative: Work in support of the business of the agency. May include grant administration and/or consultation to outside businesses or industries. (Administrative market segment)

Auditor: Requires auditor license or similar knowledge & experience (Finance market segment)

Budget and Accounting: Requires some level of education in accounting or economics (Finance market segment)

Claims Adjudicator: Handles claims for benefits (Insurance market segment)

Communications and Marketing: Provide information for the purposes of public relations or sales of a program (Marketing and Communication market segment)

Engineering: Requires engineering degree or similar knowledge & experience (Engineering market segment)

Human Resources: Human resource and labor relations jobs (Human Resources market segment)

Insurance Business Services: Requires expertise/specialization in areas relating to the administration or oversight of an insurance program. Includes actuaries. (Insurance market segment)

Investigator: Investigates a complaint of malfeasance or misconduct, responding to an allegation (Licensing, Regulation, and Safety market segment)

IT: Develops and maintains information technology systems, hardware, or software (Information Technology Services market segment)

Legal: Provides legal services requiring a law degree or similar knowledge & experience (Legal market segment)

Licensing and Regulation: Administration of licenses/certifications and regulatory review of programs and/or license holders (Licensing, Regulation, and Safety market segment)

Medical: Provides medical services requiring medical (physical) licensing or certification - doctors, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, etc. Does not include social workers. (Public Health and Medical Sciences market segment)

Natural Resources: Foresters, land managers, environmental/natural resource planners, outreach, and specialists, etc. Note: Jobs requiring a Masters or PhD in science or Forestry are grouped under Science. Jobs requiring a degree in engineering or architecture are grouped under Engineering. (Natural Resources/Sciences market segment)

Public Health: Work that is for the purposes of public health but typically doesn’t require direct delivery of medical services. Often does not require medical certification/licensure. May include science skill requirements and/or public health expertise. (Public Health and Medical Sciences market segment)

Safety: Jobs that assure public safety, often in a workplace setting, but separate from homeland security. (Licensing, Regulation, and Safety market segment)

Science: Work includes study and evaluation of data, with resulting decisions, often including statistical analysis. Typically requires a Master’s degree or above in a scientific area. (No market segment match)

Social Services: Counselors, clergy, probation & correctional treatment specialists, vocational rehab counselors and other non-medical personnel who provide aid to citizens challenged by disability, age, unemployment, probation, etc. Includes licensed social workers. Also those who are part of an organization's social service program such as program managers, regulators reviewing only the State of WA's program, etc. (Social Services market segment)

Tax Professional: Work related to setting and collecting tax revenues. Requires specialized tax knowledge. May be financially or legally based. (Finance market segment)

Protective Service Workers

Occupations in which workers are entrusted with public safety, security and protection from destructive forces. Includes: police patrol officers, firefighters, guards, deputy sheriffs, bailiffs, correctional officers, detectives, marshals, harbor patrol officers, game and fish wardens, park rangers (except maintenance), and kindred workers. Also includes those with managerial oversight of such workers.


Occupations in which workers perform duties which result in or contribute to the comfort, convenience, hygiene or safety of the general public or which contribute to the upkeep and care of buildings, facilities or grounds of public property. Workers in this group may operate machinery. Includes: chauffeurs, laundry and dry cleaning operatives, truck drivers, bus drivers, garage laborers, custodial employees, gardeners and groundskeepers, refuse collectors, construction laborers, park rangers (maintenance), farm workers (except managers), craft apprentices/trainees/helpers, and kindred workers.

Skilled Craft Workers

Occupations in which workers perform jobs which require special manual skill and a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the process involved in the work which is acquired through on-the-job training and experience or through apprenticeship or other formal training programs. Includes: mechanics and repairers electricians, heavy equipment operators, stationary engineers, skilled machining occupations, carpenters, compositors and typesetters, power plant operators, water and sewage treatment plant operators, and kindred workers.


Occupations which require a combination of basic scientific or technical knowledge and manual skill which can be obtained through specialized post-secondary school education or through equivalent on-the-job training. Technician jobs typically require some form of certification or training. Includes: drafters, survey and mapping technicians, licensed practical nurses, photographers, radio operators, technical illustrators, highway technicians, technicians (medical, dental, electronic, physical sciences), inspectors (production or processing inspectors, testers and weighers), and kindred workers.

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Friday, April 21, 2023
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