11 - Occupation

2011 Compendium categories in blue are activities with MET values supported in published literature.
2011 Compendium categories in red are estimated MET values.

*References can be downloaded from the references page.


1993 Compendium 2000 Compendium 2011 Compendium Occupation
Codes METs Codes METs Codes METs Description
        11003
2.3
active workstation, treadmill desk, walking
        11006
3.0
airline flight attendant
11010 4.0 11010 4.0 11010 4.0 bakery, general, moderate effort
. . 11015 2.5 11015 2.0 bakery, light effort
11020 2.3 11020 2.3 11020 2.3 bookbinding
11030 6.0 11030 6.0 11030 6.0 building road, driving heavy machinery
11035 2.0 11035 2.0 11035 2.0 building road, directing traffic, standing
        11038
2.5
carpentry, general, light effort
11040 3.5 11040 3.5 11040 4.3
carpentry, general, moderate effort
        11042
7.0
carpentry, general, heavy or vigorous effort
11050 8.0 11050 8.0 11050 8.0 carrying heavy loads (e.g., bricks, tools)
11060 8.0 11060 8.0 11060 8.0 carrying moderate loads up stairs, moving boxes 25-49 lbs
11070 2.5 11070 2.5 11070 4.0
chambermaid, hotel housekeeper, making bed, cleaning bathroom, pushing cart
11080 6.5 11080 6.5 11080 5.3 coal mining, drilling coal, rock
11090 6.5 11090 6.5 11090 5.0
coal mining, erecting supports
11100 6.0 11100 6.0 11100 5.5
coal mining, general
11110 7.0 11110 7.0 11110 6.3
coal mining, shoveling coal
        11115
2.5
cook, chef
11120 5.5 11120 5.5 11120 4.0 construction, outside, remodeling, new structures (e.g., roof repair, miscellaneous
. . 11121 3.0

custodial work, light effort (e.g., cleaning sink and toilet, dusting, vacuuming, light cleaning)
. . 11122 2.5

custodial work - cleaning sink and toilet, light effort
(Included in code 11125)
. . 11123 2.5

custodial work - dusting, light effort
(Included in code 11125)
. . 11124 4.0

custodial work – feathering arena floor, moderate effort
(Included in code 11126)
. . 11125 3.5 11125 2.3
custodial work, light effort (e.g., cleaning sink and toilet, dusting, vacuuming, light cleaning)
. . 11126 3.5 11126 3.8
custodial work, moderate effort (e.g., electric buffer, feathering arena floors, mopping, taking out trash, vacuuming)
. . 11127 3.0

custodial work - take out trash, moderate effort
(Included in code 11126)
. . 11128 2.5

custodial work - vacuuming, light effort
(Included in code 11125)
. . 11129 3.0

custodial work - vacuuming, moderate effort
(Included in code 11126)
        11128
2.0
driving delivery truck, taxi, shuttle bus, school bus
11130 3.5 11130 3.5 11130 3.3 electrical work (e.g., hook up wire, tapping-splicing)
        11135
1.8
engineer (e.g., mechanical or electrical)
11140 8.0 11140 8.0

farming, baling hay, cleaning barn, poultry work, vigorous effort
(Included in code 11145)
        11145
7.8 farming, vigorous effort (e.g., baling hay, cleaning barn)
        11146
4.8 farming, moderate effort (e.g., feeding animals, chasing cattle by walking and/or horseback, spreading manure, harvesting crops)
        11147
2.0
farming, light effort (e.g., cleaning animal sheds, preparing animal feed)
11150 3.5 11150 3.5

farming, chasing cattle, non-strenuous(walking), moderate effort
(Included in code 11146)
. . 11151 4.0

farming, chasing cattle or other livestock on horseback, moderate effort
(Included in code 11146)
. . 11152 2.0

farming, chasing cattle or other livestock, driving, light effort
(Included in code 11147)
11160 2.5 11160 2.5

farming, driving harvester, cutting hay, irrigation work
11170 2.5 11170 2.5 11170
2.8
farming, driving tasks (e.g., driving tractor or harvester)
11180 4.0 11180 4.0 11180 3.5 farming, feeding small animals
11190 4.5 11190 4.5 11190 4.3 farming, feeding cattle, horses
. . 11191 4.5 11191 4.3 farming, hauling water for animals, general hauling water
. . 11191 6.0 11192 4.5 farming, taking care of animals (e.g., grooming, brushing, shearing sheep, assisting with birthing, medical care, branding), general
        11195
3.8
farming, rice, planting, grain milling activities
11200 8.0 11200 8.0

farming, forking straw bales, vigorous effort
(Included in code 11145)
11210 3.0 11210 3.0 11210 3.5 farming, milking by hand, cleaning pails, moderate effort
11220 1.5 11220 1.5 11220 1.3 farming, milking by machine, light effort
11230 5.5 11230 5.5

farming, shoveling grain, moderate effort
(Included in code 11146)
11240 12.0 11240 12.0 11240 8.0 fire fighter, general
         11244 6.8 fire fighter, rescue victim, automobile accident, using pike pole
11245 11.0 11245 11.0 11245 8.0 fire fighter, raising and climbing ladder with full gear, simulated fire suppression
11246 8.0 11246 8.0 11246 9.0 fire fighter, hauling hoses on ground, carrying/hoisting equipment, breaking down walls, wearing full gear
        11247
3.5
fishing, commercial, light effort
        11248
5.0
fishing, commercial, moderate effort
        11249
7.0
fishing, commercial, vigorous effort
11250 17.0 11250 17.0 11250 17.5 forestry, ax chopping, very fast, 1.25 kg axe, 51 blows/min, extremely vigorous effort
11260 5.0 11260 5.0 11260 5.0 forestry, ax chopping, slow, 1.25 kg axe, 19 blows/min, moderate effort
        11262
8.0
forestry, ax chopping, fast, 1.25 kg axe, 35 blows/min, vigorous effort
        11264
4.5
forestry, moderate effort (e.g., sawing wood with power saw, weeding, hoeing)
        11266
8.0
forestry, vigorous effort (e.g., barking, felling, or trimming trees, carrying or stacking logs, felling trees, planting seeds, sawing lumber by hand )
11270 7.0 11270 7.0

forestry, barking trees
(Included in code 11266)
11280 11.0 11280 11.0

forestry, carrying logs
(Included in code 11266)
11290 8.0 11290 8.0

forestry, felling trees
(Included in code 11266)
11300 8.0 11300 8.0

forestry,general
(Included in code 11266)
11310 5.0 11310 5.0

forestry,hoeing
(Included in code 11264)
11320 6.0 11320 6.0

forestry, planting by hand
(Included in code 11266)
11330 7.0 11330 7.0

forestry, sawing by hand
(Included in code 11266)
11340 4.5 11340 4.5

forestry, sawing, power
(Included in code 11264)
11350 9.0 11350 9.0

forestry, trimming trees
(Included in code 11266)
11360 4.0 11360 4.0

forestry, weeding
(Included in code 11264)
11370 4.5 11370 4.5 11370 4.5 furriery
        11375
4.0
garbage collector, walking, dumping bins into truck
        11378
1.8
hairstylist (e.g., plaiting hair, manicure, make-up artist)
11380 6.0 11380 6.0 11380 7.3 horse grooming, including feeding, cleaning stalls, bathing, brushing, clipping, longeing and exercising horses.
        11381
4.3
horse, feeding, watering, cleaning stalls, implied walking and lifting loads
11390 8.0 11390 8.0 11390 7.3 horse racing, galloping
11400 6.5 11400 6.5 11400 5.8 horse racing, trotting
11410 2.6 11410 2.6 11410 3.8 horse racing, walking
        11413
3.0
kitchen maid
        11415
4.0
lawn keeper, yard work, general
        11418
3.3
laundry worker
11420 3.5 11420 3.5 11420 3.0 locksmith
11430 2.5 11430 2.5 11430 3.0 machine tooling (e.g., machining, working sheet metal, machine fitter, operating lathe, welding) light-to-moderate effort
11440 3.0 11440 3.0

machine tooling, operating lathe
(Included in code 11430)
11450 5.0 11450 5.0 11450 5.0  machine tooling, operating punch press, moderate effort
11460 4.0 11460 4.0

machine tooling, tapping and drilling
(Included in code 11430)
11470 3.0 11470 3.0

machine tooling, welding
(Included in code 11430)
        11472 1.8 manager, property
        11475
2.8 manual or unskilled labor, general, light effort
        11476
4.5
manual or unskilled labor, general, moderate effort
        11477
6.5
manual or unskilled labor, general, vigorous effort
11480 7.0 11480 7.0 11480 4.3 masonry, concrete, moderate effort
        11482
2.5 masonry, concrete, light effort
11485 4.0 11485 4.0 11485 4.0 massage therapist, standing
11490 7.0 11490 7.5 11490 7.5 moving, carrying or pushing heavy objects, 75 lbs or more, only active time (e.g., desks, moving van work)
. . 11495 12.0 11495 12.0 skindiving or SCUBA diving as a frogman, Navy Seal
11500 2.5 11500 2.5 11500 2.5 operating heavy duty equipment, automated, not driving
11510 4.5 11510 4.5 11510 4.5 orange grove work, picking fruit
        11514 3.3 painting,house, furniture, moderate effort
        11516
3.0 plumbing activities
11520 2.3 11520 2.3 11520 2.0 printing, paper industry worker, standing
11525 2.5 11525 2.5 11525 2.5 police, directing traffic, standing
11526 2.0 11526 2.0 11526 2.5 police, driving a squad car, sitting
11527 1.3 11527 1.3 11527 1.3 police, riding in a squad car, sitting
11528 8.0 11528 4.0 11528 4.0 police, making an arrest, standing
        11529
2.3
postal carrier, walking to deliver mail
11530 2.5 11530 2.5 11530 2.0 shoe repair, general
11540 8.5 11540 8.5 11540 7.8 shoveling, digging ditches
11550 9.0 11550 9.0 11550 8.8 shoveling, more than 16 pounds/minute, deep digging, vigorous effort
11560 6.0 11560 6.0 11560 5.0 shoveling, less than 10 pounds/minute, moderate effort
11570 7.0 11570 7.0 11570 6.5 shoveling, 10 to 15 pounds/minute, vigorous effort
11580 1.5 11580 1.5 11580 1.5 sitting tasks, light effort (e.g., office work, chemistry lab work, computer work, light assembly repair, watch repair, reading, desk work)
11585 1.5 11585 1.5 11585 1.5 sitting meetings, light effort, general, and/or with talking involved (e.g., eating at a business meeting)
11590 2.5 11590 2.5 11590 2.5 sitting tasks, moderate effort (e.g., pushing heavy levers, riding mower/forklift, crane operation)
         11593 2.8 sitting, teaching stretching or yoga, or light effort exercise class
11600 2.5 11600 2.3 11600 3.0
standing tasks, light effort (e.g., bartending, store clerk, assembling, filing, duplicating, librarian, putting up a Christmas tree, standing and talking at work, changing clothes when teaching physical education,standing)
11610 3.0 11610 3.0 11610 3.0 standing, light/moderate effort (e.g., assemble/repair heavy parts, welding,stocking parts,auto repair,standing, packing boxes, nursing patient care)
. . 11615 4.0 11615 4.5 standing, moderate effort, lifting items continuously, 10 – 20 lbs, with limited walking or resting
11620 3.5 11620 3.5 11620 3.5 standing, moderate effort, intermittent lifting 50 lbs, hitch/twisting ropes
11630 4.0 11630 4.0 11630 4.5 standing, moderate/heavy tasks (e.g., lifting more than 50 lbs, masonry, painting, paper hanging)
11640 5.0 11640 5.0

steel mill, fettling
(Included in code 11708)
11650 5.5 11650 5.5

steel mill, forging
(Included in code 11708)
11660 8.0 11660 8.0

steel mill, hand rolling
(Included in code 11710)
11670 8.0 11670 8.0

steel mill, merchant mill rolling
(Included in code 11710)
11680 11.0 11680 11.0

steel mill, removing slag
(Included in code 11710)
11690 7.5 11690 7.5

steel mill, tending furnace
(Included in code 11710)
11700 5.5 11700 5.5     steel mill, tipping molds
(Included in code 11708)
         11708 5.3 steel mill, moderate effort (e.g., fettling, forging, tipping molds)
11710 8.0 11710 8.0 11710 8.3 steel mill, vigorous effort (e.g., hand rolling, merchant mill rolling, removing slag, tending furnace)
11720 2.5 11720 2.5 11720 2.3 tailoring, cutting fabric
11730 2.5 11730 2.5 11730 2.5 tailoring, general
11740 2.0 11740 2.0 11740 1.8 tailoring, hand sewing
11750 2.5 11750 2.5 11750 2.5 tailoring, machine sewing
11760 4.0 11760 4.0 11760 3.5 tailoring, pressing
         11763 2.0 tailoring, weaving, light effort (e.g., finishing operations, washing, dyeing, inspecting cloth, counting yards, paperwork)
. . 11765 3.5 11765 4.0 tailoring, weaving, moderate effort (e.g., spinning and weaving operations, delivering boxes of yam to spinners, loading of warp bean, pinwinding, conewinding, warping, cloth cutting)
11766 6.5 11766 6.5 11766 6.5 truck driving, loading and unloading truck, tying down load, standing, walking and carrying heavy loads
11770 1.5 11770 1.5 11770 1.3 typing, electric, manual or computer
11780 6.0 11780 6.0 11780 6.3 using heavy power tools such as pneumatic tools (e.g., jackhammers, drills)
11790 8.0 11790 8.0 11790 8.0 using heavy tools (not power) such as shovel, pick, tunnel bar, spade
11791 2.0 11791 2.0 11791 2.0 walking on job, less than 2.0 mph, very slow speed, in office or lab area
11792 3.5 11792 3.3 11792 3.5 walking on job, 3.0 mph, in office, moderate speed, not carrying anything
11793 4.0 11793 3.8 11793 4.3 walking on job, 3.5 mph, in office, brisk speed, not carrying anything
11795 3.0 11795 3.0 11795 3.5 walking on job, 2.5 mph, slow speed and carrying light objects less than 25 pounds
. . 11796 3.0 11796 3.0 walking, gathering things at work, ready to leave
         11797   3.8
walking, 2.5 mph, slow speed, carrying heavy objects more than 25 lbs
11800 4.0 11800 4.0 11800 4.5 walking, 3.0 mph, moderately and carrying light objects less than 25 lbs
. . 11805 4.0 11805 3.5 walking, pushing a wheelchair
11810 4.5 11810 4.5 11810 4.8 walking, 3.5 mph, briskly and carrying objects less than 25 pounds
11820 5.0 11820 5.0 11820 5.0 walking or walk downstairs or standing, carrying objects about 25 to 49 pounds
11830 6.5 11830 6.5 11830 6.5 walking or walk downstairs or standing, carrying objects about 50 to 74 pounds
11840 7.5 11840 7.5 11840 7.5 walking or walk downstairs or standing, carrying objects about 75 to 99 pounds
11850 8.5 11850 8.5 11850 8.5 walking or walk downstairs or standing, carrying objects about 100 pounds or over
11870 3.0 11870 3.0 11870 3.0 working in scene shop, theater actor, backstage employee
. . 11875 4.0

teach physical education, exercise, sports classes (non-sport play)
(Retired code)
. . 11875 6.5

teach physical education, exercise, sports classes (participate in the class)
(Retired code)