Definition - What does Vocational Factors mean?
Vocational factors refer to the combination of a person's skills, educational background, work history, and age. These are considered factors in determining whether the person is eligible for Social Security Disability benefits provided by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA). These factors are important for an adjudicator who oversees an individual's application for Social Security Disability benefits and must decide whether to approve or reject the application.
Justipedia explains Vocational Factors
The combination of all the factors that might affect an individual's ability to seek further employment as a result of disability are called vocational factors. Before providing disability benefits to an individual, the SSA checks whether a person is able to carry out any sort of work activity. Assessing vocational factors is part of the five-step procedure the SSA uses to determine whether an individual qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits. Factors like age, education, and skills significantly affect a disabled person's chances of gaining meaningful employment. As a result, they are taken into consideration in the approval process.