Deciphering Occupation Codes Appended to the 1950 Census in One Step
Stephen P. Morse, PhD
Joel D. Weintraub, PhD
The codes that appear in columns C (see picture below) of the 1950 U.S. Census
have been summarized from the 1950 Census Bureau publication
"1950 Census of Population: Classified Index of Occupations and Industries'"
These codes were put on the census pages well after the
enumeration was done, and therefore provide no additional information. However, sometimes
knowing the code can help you determine the occupation in cases where the quality of the
microfilm is poor or the handwriting of the enumerator is difficult to read.
The transcribed version of these codes was provided by Tom Lynch.
1950 census column C
© Stephen P. Morse & Joel D. Weintraub, 2014