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Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualification Standards

Technical Information Services Series, 1412

Individual Occupational Requirements

Basic Requirements:

Education (for GS-5 positions): A full 4-year course of study that meets all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with major study in the subject-matter field of the position to be filled.

or

Experience (for GS-5 positions): Four years of experience that provided a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, and terminology of a discipline or subject-matter field; an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field; and where appropriate, ability to read and comprehend nontechnical material in one or more foreign languages. Such experience must have been equivalent to that which would have been gained through a 4-year college curriculum.

or

A combination of education and experience as described above.

Additional Requirements for Positions at GS-7 and Above

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants for positions at grades GS-7 and above must have the amounts of education and/or experience required for the grade level as shown in the following table.

GradeEducationExperience
GS-7 1 full year of graduate level education related to the position or superior academic achievement 1 year equivalent to at least GS-5
GS-9 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree, e.g., LL.B. or J.D., related to the position 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7
GS-11 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) related to the position 1 year equivalent to at least GS-9
GS-12 and above None 1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level

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

Evaluation of Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-7 and above):

Experience must have demonstrated the ability to perform, supervise, or direct one or more of the functional areas of work covered by this series; to understand the concepts, theories, new developments, and co-relationship of information in related fields; and to maintain up-to-date information on the state of the art. For positions where foreign language proficiency is needed, applicants must be able to read and/or translate material in the appropriate specialized subject-matter field.

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