The following requirements are prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management and used to determine minimum qualifications.

Individual Occupational Requirements

Series definition:
This series covers positions that manage, supervise, lead, or perform scientific work of a mathematical, statistical, or actuarial nature. This series is applicable when the work of the position:
 

  • is covered by two or more professional series in the Mathematical Sciences Group, 1500, and no one professional series predominates; or

  • is not covered by any one professional series in the Mathematical Sciences Group, but is closely related to work in the Mathematical Sciences Group, 1500.



Note: This qualification standard applies to positions under the General Schedule (GS) pay system and other white collar non-GS pay plans.

Basic Requirements:
 

  1. Degree: Mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science. The degree must be in a major field of study (at least at the baccalaureate level) that is appropriate for the position. or

  2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major field of study as shown in paragraph A above, plus additional education or appropriate experience.
GRADE EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
GENERAL SPECIALIZED
GS-1
All positions
None None None
GS-2
All positions
High school graduation
or equivalent
3 months None
GS-3
Clerk-Steno
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All other positions
High school graduation
or equivalent
-----------------
1 year above high school
6 months None
GS-4
All positions
2 years above high school 1 year None
GS-5
Clerk-Steno
---------------
All other positions

4 years above high school
(except Reporting Stenographer)

2 years
---------------
none

None
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1 year equivalent to at least GS-4

GS-6 and
above
All positions
Generally, not applicable None 1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level


NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable

This page was last updated on August 18, 2020