Semi-Skilled Work

Definition - What does Semi-Skilled Work mean?

Semi-skilled work refers to any kind of work that requires some amount of skill but does not involve completing complex duties. Semi-skilled work generally requires an individual to remain alert and pay close attention to details. It is one of the three classifications of occupation used by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine the skills of a claimant applying for Social Security disability benefits.

Justipedia explains Semi-Skilled 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. In order to determine an individual's ability to perform work, the SSA evaluates the work skills of the individual. Work that does not require an individual to perform complex job functions but does require some amount of skill is considered semi-skilled work by the SSA. Semi-skilled work does not require an individual to have professional-level training and can usually be learned within 3 to 6 months. Jobs that require an individual to move hands and legs quickly, in order to do repetitive tasks, are also considered to be semi-skilled.

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