The vocational expert (VE) at your hearing is working from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles, or DOT.

DOT is a comprehensive resource, providing general descriptions of most of the jobs that are available in the United States. DOT also provides the VE with the requirements typically necessary to work at each job title, including:

  • Educational background
  • Physical demands
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Typical length of training period


The VE will compare your work history to the corresponding listings in DOT to determine how much skill and exertion was necessary to successfully perform your past jobs.

Even if you are working with a Sarpy County disability attorney, you’ll want to keep track of the job titles and descriptions the vocational expert selects from DOT to ensure that you agree with the selection. DOT descriptions don’t always line up with a claimant’s experience. If you find this is the case for you, explaining the difference may effectively counter the VE’s assessment.As part of your prehearing preparation we will review your work history and job duties and review the vocational expert's description of your past work.

Does the process of applying for or appealing a Social Security disability claim leave you feeling overwhelmed? The Sarpy County disability attorneys at Cuddigan Law may be able to help. Get the process back on track with a no-cost case evaluation. Call 402-933-5405 or email [email protected] today. Also, be sure to ask for our free report, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case.

Timothy J. Cuddigan (Founder - Retired)
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