This Guide is addressed to persons interested in becoming a vocational expert with the Office of Adjudication and Review of the Social Security Becoming a Vocational Expert with the Social Seciurity AdministationAdministration.  The introduction presents an overview of the history of the SS program, the court proceedings, and the decision-making process an administrative judge uses to make the decision to determine whether a person is or is not disabled. The Guide shows ways for reviewing the case file to acquire a vocational profile of the claimant, responding to hypothetical questions from the ALJ, addressing questions from attorneys in cross examination, and presenting to the court vocational testimony regarding the past work, work alternatives and the numbers of jobs in the American economy. This Guide was prepared by vocational experts who have years of experience serving as vocational experts and regularly appear in Social Security proceedings.

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The Authors

Gerald K Well, Ph.D. and Asheley D Wells, MS, CRC both have extensive experience in the rehabilitation counseling field. Dr Wells is the owner of Wells & Associates and has worked in this field for over 30 years. Ms Wells is his daughter and has worked in the field for 9 years. These professionals have written books about the job they do each week. They know what it takes to be a successful rehabilitation counselor and they are sharing that knowledge through their books. (

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