What is an EEO Category?

The following is a basic description of EEO job categories used at Sam Houston State University.

Professionals – Occupations which require specialized and theoretical knowledge which is usually acquired through college training or through work experience and other training which provides comparable knowledge. Can include accountants and auditors, architects, artists, chemists, designers, editors, engineers, lawyers, registered professional nurses, personnel and labor relations specialists, physical scientists, physicians, social scientists, and workers in similar fields.

Clerical - Includes all clerical-type work, regardless of level of difficulty, where the activities are predominantly non-manual, though some manual work not directly involved with altering or transporting the products is included. Can include bookkeepers, clerks and office helpers, office machine operators (including computer), shipping and receiving clerks, stenographers, typists and secretaries, telephone operators, legal assistants, and workers in similar fields.

Tech/Paraprofessionals – Occupations which require a combination of basic scientific or technical knowledge and manual skill which can be obtained through specialized post-secondary school education or through equivalent on-the-job training. Can include computer programmers; drafters; licensed, practical or vocational nurses; photographers; radio operators; scientific assistants; technical illustrators; technicians (medical, dental, electronic, physical science); and workers in similar fields.

Skilled Craft Workers - Manual workers of relatively high skill level having a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the processes involved in their work. Exercise considerable independent judgment and usually receive an extensive period of training. Can include the building trades, mechanics and repairers, skilled machining occupations, electricians, painters (construction and maintenance), motion picture projectionists, decorating occupations, and workers in similar fields.

Service/Maintenance – Occupations in which workers perform duties which result in or contribute to the comfort, convenience, hygiene or safety of the general public or which contribute to the upkeep and care of buildings, facilities or grounds of public property. Workers in this group may operate machinery. Can include garage laborers, custodial employees, groundskeepers, refuse collectors, construction workers, and workers in similar fields.