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Classification Structure

For all “Staff” and “Non-Student Wage” positions, Virginia Tech utilizes the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Classification Structure. The structure consists of seven Occupational Families. The Occupational Families are divided into Career Groups which are further categorized by Roles.

Occupational Family 

A broad grouping of jobs that share similar vocational characteristics.

Career Group 

A sub-group of an Occupational Family. A Career Group identifies a specific occupational field common to the labor market.


Describes a broad group of occupationally related positions that represent different levels of work or career progression within a Career Group.


Stands for the Standard Occupational Classification system which is used to classify jobs into occupational categories. Jobs are classified into one of over 820 occupations according to their occupational definition. Each broad occupation group includes detailed occupation(s) requiring similar job duties, skills, education, or experience.

Work Title

A specific title used by an agency to describe a specific position. It is very important that the work title be reflective of the responsibilities of the position.

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