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Education and Experience Requirements

The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for Visual Information Specialist positions. Click here for information on how experience and education may be combined.

Grade

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General

Specialized

GS-5

4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in commercial art, fine arts, art history, industrial design, architecture, drafting, interior design, photography, visual communication, or other fields related to the position. Some positions may also require subject-matter knowledge of medicine, science, or technical equipment. Advanced training in a vocational school, technical institute, or art institute above the high school level in one of the fields listed above is creditable as general experience on a month-for-month basis.

3 years, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4

None

GS-7

1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement

None

1 year equivalent to at least GS-5

GS-9

Master's or equivalent graduate degree

Or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree

Or LL.B. or J.D., if related

None

1 year equivalent to at least GS-7

GS-11

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

Or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree

Or LL.M., if related

None

1 year equivalent to at least GS-9

GS-12 and above

None

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.

Undergraduate Education: One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in an accredited college or university.

Graduate Education: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts shown in the table meets the requirements for positions at GS-7 through GS-11. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1-year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

General Experience: Experience that demonstrated the skills and creativity needed to use the tools or equipment associated with the work. Because talent and creative ability are vital to successful work performance, samples of work or other suitable evidence of technical competence may be required. Unpaid experience that is pertinent should be credited based upon its relevance to the work of the particular position to be filled. To be qualifying, the work must have involved visual communication of information or the application of the principles of artistic design.

Specialized Experience: Experience in the actual type of work for which application is made. Unpaid experience is creditable, provided the work done was of a quality level and demonstrated the ability required for the position. This includes planning the preparation and use of photographs, illustrations, drawings, and other art work, charts, diagrams, dioramas, maps, slides, overlays, and other kinds of visual material for use in communicating information through visual means.

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