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How does Social Security determine sedentary work requirements?

Social Security assesses the claimant's physical and/or mental limitations by considering the information on their Residual Functional Capacity Questionnaire (RFC) and/or Mental Capacity Assessment and then determines what kind of basic work activities they can perform.

Note: A disability claimant must prove to Social Security that they cannot perform their past job or any other job in the national economy.
Social Security Job Classifications:

Sedentary work is limited to:

  • lifting no more that 10 pounds at one time, or
  • occasionally carrying small items such as files or small tools, for no longer than a total of 2 hours in any workday, and
  • sitting for approximately 6 hours in an 8-hour workday, and
  • standing for a total of 2 hours in an 8-hour work day is often necessary
  • some walking, and
  • some standing may be required.