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Job opening: Recent Graduate - IT Specialist (Applications Software)

Salary: $68 405 - 88 926 per year
Published at: Apr 03 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
ITSPEC (APPSW) vacancies will be filled under the Department of Labor (DOL) Recent Graduates program in the excepted service. DOL Recent Graduate appointments are one-year. The entire duration of the program constitutes a trial period. Upon successful completion of the program, and at the agency's discretion, appointees may be converted to term or permanent positions in the competitive service.


The BLS headquarters is currently located in Washington, D.C. but is in the process of relocating within the National Capital Area to the Suitland Federal Center in Suitland, Maryland. If selected for this position, your assigned duty station will be Washington, D.C with the option to telework from an approved telework site within the locality pay area of Washington, D.C./Baltimore/Arlington while future headquarters is being built. Upon completion of the new headquarters offices in Suitland, MD, you will be required to report onsite to the Suitland Federal Center for some portion of each pay period after receiving notification to do so. Vacant positions are located in DOL, BLS, Office of Technology and Survey Processing (OTSP). BLS measures labor market activity, working conditions, price changes, and productivity in the U.S. economy to support public and private decision making. OTSP provides IT support to all aspects of BLS data development initiatives.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Subject to a trial period throughout the duration of the Recent Graduate program.
  • Appointees must sign a DOL Pathways Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement.
  • Appointments expire at the end of the one-year service period unless the participant is selected and approved for conversion to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.


Applicants must demonstrate proof of meeting one of the below minimum qualification requirements, that is, either the requirements specified in Education or the requirements specified in Experience and Specialized Experience as follows: Education Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree. Degree must be in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management OR the degree provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems, or networks. OR Experience IT-related Experience; experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate. Experience must have demonstrated each of the four competencies listed below. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. An experience indicator at this level includes planning, prioritizing, and organizing one's own work. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services. An experience indicator at this level includes orally presenting information and ideas in an understandable manner. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. An experience indicator at this level includes orally presenting technical information in an effective, professional, and understandable manner in formal settings; engaging in discussions and sharing of information with co-workers or team members. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations. An experience indicator at this level includes resolving simple or routine situations that impact one's own work; gathering and applying information from standard materials or sources; investigating and collecting needed information to outline a proposed solution to a simple problem; utilizing various sources to conduct research to acquire information sufficient to support decisions and problem resolution recommendations; gathering and analyzing facts and drawing logical conclusions. AND Specialized Experience Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-07, in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as the following: IT applications software experience that resulted in the development of an application. This level of experience must have been demonstrated by writing and/or testing code using C++, C#, Java, .NET, or Python.


To be eligible for an appointment, you must meet requirements A. or B.

A. Completed (or will complete by the end of Spring 2024) all requirements for an associate, bachelor, master, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years;


B. Was released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where the applicant is a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of his/her degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than six years have transpired since the applicant completed the requirements for a degree or certification. You must submit an academic transcript from your academic institution showing the date that you most recently completed the academic requirements described above. See the Required Documents section of this announcement.

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum coursework requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.


  • Address Bureau of Labor Statistics 200 Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20210 US
  • Name: Kyle Zagorski
  • Phone: 202-693-7668
  • Email: [email protected]


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