Computer scientists in the Federal service develop new and improved concepts, principles, and techniques that will advance the body of knowledge of computer science and adapt and apply advanced computer science methods and techniques to solve complex computer processing requirements.
This series includes professional positions which primarily involve the application of, or research into, computer science methods and techniques to store, manipulate, transform or present information by means of computer systems.
Duties of computer science positions may overlap with closely related series such as the Computer Engineering, Mathematics, and Administrative Work in the Information Technology Group. A position is included in the Computer Science Series when professional computer science knowledge is the paramount requirement for performing the duties of the position.
The federal government employs close to 7,000 computer scientists of which several work overseas. The Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force employ 5,229 civilians followed by the Department of Defense with 329 and the Department of Health and Human Services with 259. Most cabinet level agencies including the Department of Transportation and a few large independent agencies such as NASA employ computer scientists.
There are currently 64 job announcements for computer scientists open in the Mathematics & Statistics Occupation Group. Several with multiple vacancies at locations nationwide and overseas. You will discover many opportunities in this field for you to explore.
Typical functions performed by Computer Scientists include development of software systems using a knowledge of techniques, procedures, and processes such as operating system theory, data structures, computer system architecture, Software engineering, and computer communications.
They also develop computer graphics systems using a knowledge of graphic display systems, general purpose graphics languages, and optimization techniques involving preprocessors graphical algorithms, memory management methods, and high-speed communication links and the development of high-speed computing systems and real time data acquisition systems.
Applicant must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully perform the duties of the position.
The job announcement will outline the specific qualifications for each position of interest.
If substituting education for experience at the GG-07 level, you must possess a bachelor’s degree in computer science or bachelor’s degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus.
If substituting or combining education for experience, transcripts MUST be provided. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.
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Dennis V. Damp is a retired federal manager, business owner, career counselor and veteran. Damp’s The Book of U.S. Government Jobs was awarded “Best Career” title by the Benjamin Franklin Awards Committee. Damp is the author of 28 books, a recognized employment expert, and a retired federal manager with 35 years of service. He worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and held numerous supervisory and management positions and was responsible for recruiting, rating and interviewing applicants, outreach and hiring. His last government position was technical operations manager at the Pittsburgh International Airport’s air traffic control tower.