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Economics Research Assistant

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  • This position is located in the Office of Economics and Analytics, Washington, DC.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
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  • The incumbent will serve as an economics research assistant. In this capacity, the incumbent assists with gathering, reviewing, and analyzing statistical and economic data. The incumbent assists senior staff with formulating clear statements of relevant problems/issues and developing a hypothesis or work plan for collecting relevant statistical data and other information. The incumbent assists in researching the availability and reliability of data sources, and in downloading and preparing data for analysis, which may include working with very large data sets. The incumbent aids senior economists by summarizing data as appropriate, by clearly presenting the data collected on charts, graphs, maps, and other data visualization methods using appropriate software tools and programs, and by assisting in drafting memoranda and research notes. The incumbent assists with managing electronic files related to its data collection activities and prepares administrative reports detailing changes and developments in various proceedings. Incumbent uses various automated systems and software (such as STATA, SAS, and Arc GIS, database, and project management software or similar tools) to collect, compile, organize, represent and otherwise manipulate data, including automating its tabulation, and to prepare reports on various data as requested. The incumbent performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

  • Not required

Supervisory status
  • No

Promotion Potential
  • 07

Job family (Series)


Conditions of Employment

  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable.Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.US Citizenship.Education-Transcripts RequiredMust submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.
  • Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.


  • Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  

  • GS-7 Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service or qualified education. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:

  • Assisting with collecting/analyzing economic data using computer software (e.g., STATA or SAS, ArcGIS, database and/or project management software; Programming languages such as Visual Basic, C++ or Python); Presenting data in different forms such as charts, graphs, or reports, or utilizing other visualization methods; Analyzing facts and information and summarizing this material for use in decision memorandums and orders.

  • OR

  • Have successfully completed one full year of graduate education in economics, business, statistics, finance, or similar field of study, transcripts required.

  • College Transcript: If you are qualifying based on positive education, please provide a copy of your college transcript. You may provide an official or unofficial (photocopy) transcript with your application but MUST provide an original prior to appointment if selected for the position. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

  • NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:
  • Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit

  • PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.