Vocational Testimony and the DOT

During a hearing, the vocational expert will sometimes testify as to matters not covered by the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) and/or at variance with the DOT. An ALJ is required to ensure that the vocational expert’s testimony is consistent with the DOT, and if not, such conflicts must be resolved. SSR 00-4p “emphasizes that before relying upon VE…evidence to support a disability determination or decision, our adjudicators must identify and obtain a reasonable explanation for any conflicts between occupational evidence by VEs…and information in the DOT…and explain in the…decision how any conflict that has been identified was resolved.”

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