Sedentary Work

Definition - What does Sedentary Work mean?

Sedentary work, in the context of Social Security, refers to any job that involves lifting no more than ten pounds at a time. This is work that may involve occasional standing, walking, and carrying of lightweight articles but is mostly performed while sitting down.

Justipedia explains Sedentary Work

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) only provides Social Security disability benefits to claimants who are unable to perform both the work that they did in the past and other types of jobs. The SSA's classifications for determining the physical exertion requirement of a particular job are as follows: sedentary, light, medium, heavy, and very heavy.

The SSA classifies work that is performed while sitting and does not require lifting more than 10 pounds at a time as sedentary. They may involve occasional standing, walking, and lifting or carrying lightweight articles like files, small tools etc. In order to be approved for Social Security disability benefits by the SSA, a claimant needs to prove their inability to perform sedentary work.

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