Applicants must meet the Basic Requirement AND Minimum qualifications for each grade they wish to be considered for.
Economist, GS-0110: A) Degree: Degree in economics, which included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus;
B) Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Statistician (Economic), GS-1530: A) Degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc. Credit toward meeting statistical course requirements should be given for courses in which 50 percent of the course content appears to be statistical methods, e.g., courses that included studies in research methods in psychology or economics such as tests and measurements or business cycles, or courses in methods of processing mass statistical data such as tabulating methods or electronic data processing.
B) A combination of education and experience - courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement above, applicants must also meet the minimum qualifications to be considered:
In addition to the basic requirements applicants must have one year of specialized experience to the next lower grade, GS-12, in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience is defined as work that demonstrates:
(1) Extensive professional knowledge and background of economic theory or statistics to collect, analyze and interpret information and economic patterns, and a mastery of wage survey collection concepts, techniques and procedures.
(2) A mastery of compensation survey programs and prevalent practices in the areas of wage and salary administration, occupational job requirements, employee benefits, employee relations and organizational design.
(3) Knowledge of interviewing, interpersonal communication, and negotiating techniques to maximize the level of participation from sophisticated and high level corporate or governmental officials.
For additional information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management Operating Manual for Qualification Standards, Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions. Individual Occupation Requirements for Economist Series GS-110. Individual Occupation Requirement for Statistician Series GS-1530.