Series established August 9, 1977
Incumbents in this parenthetical specialty plan, organize and conduct complicated economic studies involving assessment of the cost, supply, demand, utilization and trend of a variety of resources, for program planning and funding purposes. Incumbents also provide expert consultative services on the feasibility, impact, or potential of a variety of State operations, projects or proposals. Research Program Specialists (Economics) advise management, departmental staff, legislative bodies, governmental entities, commissions and agencies on research findings.
Experience and education which provides the ability to independently and successfully direct and perform complex research of economic resources; and all of the requirements specified in the Research Program Specialist (General) class.
The pertinent experience specified in the Research Program Specialist I (General) means one year of experience equivalent to Research Analyst II (Economics).
The pertinent experience specified in the Research Program Specialist II (General) means one year of experience equivalent to Research Program Specialist I (Economics).
Knowledge of: Principles and concepts of economics as applied in a research and statistical setting; economic research methods and techniques; application of computerized models to research data; statistical and other methods used in the analysis and projection of data; survey methods and analytical techniques; operations research methods; cost-benefits analysis; trend analysis procedures.
Ability to: Communicate effectively to individuals and groups related to the area of economic research; analyze and make recommendations; plan and carry out economic research projects; prepare and present technical reports; determine economic effects of various projects; develop computer models.
Demonstrated ability to act independently; initiative; flexibility; and tact.
Experience performing economic-related duties; graduation from college with a major in economics.