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Careers Qualifications Economist Series, 0110

 
Economist Series, 0110
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    The following requirements are prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management External link and used to determine minimum qualifications.

    Individual Occupational Requirements  

    Basic Requirements

    1. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.


    2. OR

    3. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Evaluation of Experience
    Examples of qualifying experience include:

    1. individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation;
    2. supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or
    3. teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.

    Experience in related fields that did not involve the use and understanding of economic principles and theories may not be used as qualifying experience for these positions. Special attention on this point should be given to certain types of work that may or may not have provided professional economic experience. The following examples of work require special care in such determinations:

    1. economic statistics;
    2. industrial surveys;
    3. management of individual business enterprises, including farms;
    4. industrial planning;
    5. writing or editorial work in economic subjects; and
    6. financial market analysis.


    Experience and education requirements for GS-7 and above
    In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown in the table below.


    GRADE/
    POSITIONS

    EDUCATION

    SPECIALIZED
    EXPERIENCE

    GS-7

    1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement

    1 year equivalent to at least GS-5

    GS-9

    2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree

    1 year equivalent to at least GS-7

    GS-11

    3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

    1 year equivalent to at least GS-9

    GS-12
    and
    above

     

    1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level

    NOTE: Education and experience may be combined for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.