checking data (alphaspirit/

OPM’s new ‘data scientist’ job title aims to boost recruitment

As the field of “data science” continues to grow in the workforce, the Office of Personnel Management is seeking to keep up with the pace and has issued guidance on how agencies can incorporate and recognize the field into federal agencies.

Data scientists “are defined as practitioners with sufficient knowledge in the areas of business needs, domain knowledge, analytical skills, and software and systems engineering to manage the end-to-end data processes in the data life cycle,” according to new guidance.

OPM is giving agency human resources officers details on how they can classify the position for their own agencies. 

Their work involves data analysis, analytical applications, big data engineering, algorithms, domain expertise (e.g., data cleansing, data management, analytics, visualization and engineering), statistics and machine learning.

Data science work can be found in epidemiology, actuarial science, operations research, statistics, and information technology among other roles.

The OPM is working with the Office of Management and Budget and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council to explore data scientist work in the federal government further.

Reader comments

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

Will this require a specific educational background, such as the Computer Scientist requirement for differential and integral calculus? I couldn't locate any specifics on OPMs web site so it's hard to know how this change will affect recruiting and pay.

Fri, Aug 23, 2019

This is a great thing, my office deals with big data analytics and finding the right talent has been nearly impossible. Previous comment about this being information management, I challenge you to work in a complex HPC/Hadoop and write efficient Embarrassingly parallel code and algorithms.

Wed, Jul 3, 2019

A clique term for information management. what is next management analysts who examine the inept performance of managers who utilize their positions to their benefits financially at the expense of hard working employees.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above