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Metabolic Equivalent (MET) Values for Activities in American Time Use Survey (ATUS)

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Table 4: Summary MET values for Occupation
Major CategoryATUS Occupational Code (TRDTOCC1)CPS Occupational CodeSummary MET value
05 Working and Work Related Activities1 Management0010 - 04301.73
05 Working and Work Related Activities2 Business and Financial0500 - 09501.67
05 Working and Work Related Activities3 Computer and Mathematical1000 - 12401.58
05 Working and Work Related Activities4 Architecture and Engineering1300 - 15601.64
05 Working and Work Related Activities5 Life, Physical, and Social Science1600 - 19602.00
05 Working and Work Related Activities6 Community and Social Services2000 - 20602.08
05 Working and Work Related Activities7 Legal2100 - 21501.50
05 Working and Work Related Activities8 Education, Training, and Library2200 - 25502.50
05 Working and Work Related Activities9 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, Media2600 - 29602.13
05 Working and Work Related Activities10 Healthcare Practitioner and Technical3000 - 35402.22
05 Working and Work Related Activities11 Healthcare Support3600 - 36502.83
05 Working and Work Related Activities12 Protective Service3700 - 39502.56
05 Working and Work Related Activities13 Food Preparation and Serving Related4000 - 41602.58
05 Working and Work Related Activities14 Bldg & Grounds Cleaning, Maintenance4200 - 42503.58
05 Working and Work Related Activities15 Personal Care and Service4300 - 46502.53
05 Working and Work Related Activities16 Sales and Related Occupations4700 - 49602.00
05 Working and Work Related Activities17 Office and Administrative Support5000 - 59301.83
05 Working and Work Related Activities18 Farming, Fishing, and Forestry6000 - 61303.67
05 Working and Work Related Activities19 Construction and Extraction6200 - 69404.29
05 Working and Work Related Activities20 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair7000 - 76203.19
05 Working and Work Related Activities21 Production7700 - 89602.69
05 Working and Work Related Activities22 Transportation9000 - 97502.67

Notes:

  • No attempt was made to assign MET codes to the original ATUS work related variables since type of occupation was not indicated when work activities were identified. Instead, the user should link Major Category 05 Working and Work Related Tasks with the related ATUS occupational code and the CPS occupational code to estimate summary MET values, as summarized in the Table.
  • CPS: Current Population Survey.
  • MET: metabolic equivalent. 1 MET is defined as the energy to lie/sit quietly. It is equivalent to a metabolic rate of consuming 3.5 mL O2/kg/minute.

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Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014