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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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"I'm going to be asking more people around the country -- more inventors and entrepreneurs and visionaries -- to sign up to serve. We've got to have the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges…We all have a stake in government success -- because the government is us."
- President Barack Obama, "Presenting the 21st Century Management Agenda;" July 8, 2013

What is the PMF STEM track?

In 2012, President Obama directed Federal agencies to close the skills gap for mission critical occupations, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Beginning with the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Class of 2014, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will leverage the strong reputation of the PMF Program to pilot a new track to address this skills gap. The PMF STEM track will help identify and train future STEM leaders for the Federal Government.

For more information on the benefits of the PMF Program, visit the Opportunity.


Those interested in applying for the PMF STEM track will meet, or have met within the previous two years of the opening date of the application announcement, all advanced degree requirements for one of the approved STEM degrees listed below. For more detailed information on eligibility, please visit Become A PMF.

* NOTE: Eligible applicants may apply for either the PMF Program or PMF STEM track.


During the 2014 application cycle (conducted October 1-15, 2013), only select advanced degrees (masters, doctorate, or professional) were eligible for the new STEM track pilot. The following list identifies the STEM degrees solicited for the 2014 PMF STEM track pilot, along with sample Job Series/Occupational Groups.

  1. Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering (Job Series: 0861, Aerospace Engineering)
  2. Aeronautics/Astronautics (Job Series: 0861, Aerospace Engineering)
  3. Aerospace Engineering (Job Series: 0861, Aerospace Engineering)
  4. Animal Sciences (Job Series:  0487, Animal Science)
  5. Astronomy/Space Science (Job Series: 1330, Astronomy & Space Science)
  6. Astrophysics (Job Series: 1330, Astronomy & Space Science)
  7. Biohazardous Threats/Emerging Diseases (600, 700, 800, & 1300 Groups)
  8. Biology/Biological Sciences (Job Series:  0400, Biological Sciences)
  9. Biomedical Engineering (Job Series:  0858, Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering)
  10. Biostatistics (Job Series:  1530, Statistician (Medical))
  11. Chemical Engineering (Job Series:  0893, Chemical Engineering)
  12. Chemistry (Job Series:  1320, Chemistry)
  13. Computer Engineering (Job Series:  0854, Computer Engineering)
  14. Computer Science (to qualify, submitted transcripts must demonstrate at least 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science which addresses theoretical foundations and practical applications of computer science and essential mathematical and statistical techniques); (Job Series:  1550, Computer Science)
  15. Cyber Security/Information Security (Job Series:  2210, Information Technology Management)
  16. Earth/Planetary Science (Job Series:  0400, Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Group and 1300, Physical Science Group )
  17. Electrical Engineering (Job Series: 0850, Electrical Engineering)
  18. Epidemiology (Job Series:  0690, Industrial Hygiene Series; 0701, Veterinary Medical Science; and 0400, Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Group)
  19. Food Science (Job Series:  1382, Food Technology Series and 1863, Food Inspection Series)
  20. Geology/Geological Engineering (Job Series:  1350, Geology)
  21. Geophysics (Job Series:  1313, Geophysics)
  22. Geospatial Analysis/Geographic Information Systems (Job Series:  0150, Geography Series)
  23. Materials/Structural Engineering (Job Series:  0806, Materials Engineering)
  24. Mathematics (Job Series:  1500, Mathematical Sciences Group)
  25. Mechanical Engineering (Job Series:  0830, Mechanical Engineering)
  26. Medicine (Job Series:  0600, Medical, Hospital, Dental, and Public Health Group; 0701, Veterinary Medical Science Series; and 0704, Animal Health Technician Series)
  27. Meteorology (Job Series:  1340, Meteorology)
  28. Microbiology (Job Series:  0403, Microbiology)
  29. Neurosciences (Job Series:  0600, Medical and Healthcare Group)
  30. Nuclear Engineering (Job Series:  0840, Nuclear Engineering)
  31. Nutrition/Nutritional Biology (Job Series:  0400, Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Group)
  32. Oceanography (Job Series:  1360, Oceanography)
  33. Pharmacology (Job Series:  0405, Pharmacology)
  34. Physics (Job Series:  1310, Physics)
  35. Population Biology (Job Series:  0400, Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Group)
  36. Public Health (Job Series:  0685, Public Health Program Specialist Series)
  37. Research Psychology (Job Series:  0180, Psychology Series; Research Guide)
  38. Resource Economics (Job Series:  0110, Economist Series)
  39. Statistics (Job Series:  1530, Statistics)
  40. Toxicology (Job Series:  0415, Toxicology)
  41. Veterinary Medicine (Job Series: 0701, Veterinary Medical Science Series)

NOTE:  The Job Series/Occupational Groups identified above may not be all inclusive. Federal agencies should follow qualification standards needed for the position.

The Future

Upon completion of the PMF STEM track, Fellows will play key roles in addressing important national challenges, including:

  • Managing research and development programs
  • Performing world class, cutting edge science and engineering research and development
  • Developing technically-informed policies and regulations
  • Responding to natural and man-made disasters
  • Leading the federal science and technology enterprise

PMF STEM Finalists

Once Class of 2014 PMF STEM Finalists are announced, they are only eligible for STEM positions.  PMF Finalists are not eligible for PMF STEM appointment opportunities.

PMF STEM Finalists can search by "Appointment Type" when viewing appointment opportunities in the PMF TAS. Agencies can use the Appointment Opportunities Templage to ensure the opportunity is advertised for PMF Finalists vs. PMF STEM Finalists.

STEM positions are those positions advertising a specific Job Series or Occupational Group as shown above in the list of STEM disciplines recruited for the 2014 PMF STEM Pilot. Agencies should work with their Human Resources (HR) staff to determine if the position is a STEM position. Typically a STEM position has a positive education requirement that the HR staff should confirm before interviewing and making STEM appointment offers.

UPDATED: 07-17-2014