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Economist / Statistician (Economics) – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor
Job ID: 581435Start Date: 03/28/2022End Date: 04/19/2022
Applicants must meet the Basic Requirement AND Minimum qualifications for each grade they wish to be considered for.
Economist, GS-0110: A) Degree in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting or calculus. OR B) A combination of education and experience – courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Statistician (Economics), 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. OR 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 the Basic Requirement:
GS-7: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-5.
GS-9: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7.
GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-9.
GS-12: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-11.
Specialized experience should include a thorough range of complex economic professional work. Some examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
GS-7: Sampling, collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data; applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
GS-9: Individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or 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 thesis in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.
GS-11: Reflects knowledge of theoretical economic principles in order to process queries; experience analyzing and disseminating economic/statistical program data to inquirers; experience in applying standard practices and techniques to the solicitation of data and reports in accordance with survey requirements.
GS-12: Develops and implements solutions to improve accuracy and efficiency of survey collection strategies, systems technology, processing systems and procedures. Develops techniques and procedures for resolving data quality issues, especially for critical firms. Evaluates reported data for consistency within the company and for conformance to the standards for each BLS program. Reviews and responds to technical questions from national, regional, and state staff concerning processing methods and issues.
GS-7: 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.
Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Class standing — Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed.
Grade-point average (G.P.A.) — Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B+” or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
Election to membership in an approved national scholastic honor society. GS-9: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree.
GS-11:3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
There is no educational substitution at the GS-12.
Combination of Education and Experience:
GS-7: An appropriate combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.
GS-9: An appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
GS-11: An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.).
There is no educational substitution at the GS-12.
Education must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this position.
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.
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