D-1. The Office of Personnel Management requires all scientists and engineers in the occupational series below be assigned a functional code. This information is used by the National Science Foundation and others to study the composition of the workforce engaged in certain kinds of activities. The functional codes consist of functional categories plus a miscellaneous "Other - Not Elsewhere Classified" category. Under the demo project, the appropriate code is shown in the designated block on the Benchmark Position Description Cover Sheet.
D-2. Occupational Series Which Require OPM Functional Codes
020 Community Planning
101 Social Science
140 Manpower Research and Analysis
190 General Anthropology
401 General Biological Science
406 Agricultural Extension
434 Plant Pathology
435 Plant Physiology
436 Plant Protection and Quarantine
454 Range Conservation
457 Soil Conservation
470 Soil Science
475 Agriculture Management
480 General Fish and Wildlife Administration
482 Fishery Biology
485 Wildlife Refuge Management
486 Wildlife Biology
487 Animal Science
493 Home Economics
601 General Health Science
602 Medical Officer
630 Dietitian and Nutritionist
631 Occupational Therapist
633 Physical Therapist
635 Corrective Therapist
637 Manual Arts Therapist
638 Recreation/Creative Arts/Therapist
639 Educational Therapist
644 Medical Technologist
665 Speech Pathology and Audiology
680 Dental Officer
690 Industrial Hygiene
696 Consumer Safety
701 Veterinary Medical Science
801 General Engineering
803 Safety Engineering
804 Fire Prevention Engineering
806 Materials Engineering
807 Landscape Architecture
810 Civil Engineering
819 Environmental Engineering
830 Mechanical Engineering
840 Nuclear Engineering
850 Electrical Engineering
854 Computer Engineering
855 Electronics Engineering
858 Biomedical Engineering
861 Aerospace Engineering
871 Naval Architecture
880 Mine Engineering
881 Petroleum Engineering
890 Agricultural Engineering
892 Ceramic Engineering
893 Chemical Engineering
894 Welding Engineering
896 Industrial Engineering
1220 Patent Administration
1221 Patent Advisor
1223 Patent Classifying
1224 Patent Examining
1225 Patent Interference Examining
1226 Design Patent Examining
1301 General Physical Science
1306 Health Physics
1330 Astronomy and Space Science
1373 Land Surveying
1380 Forest Products Technology
1382 Food Technology
1384 Textile Technology
1386 Photographic Technology
1515 Operations Research
1529 Mathematical Statistician
1550 Computer Science
D-3. OPM Functional Codes, Categories and Definitions
Code - Category: Category Definition
11 - Research: Systematic, critical, intensive investigation directed toward the development of new or fuller scientific knowledge of the subject studied. It may be with or without reference to a specific application. The work involves theoretical, taxonomic, and experimental investigations or simulation of experiments and conditions to: (1) Determine the nature, magnitude, and inter-relationships of natural and social phenomena and processes; (2) Create or develop theoretical or experimental means of investigating such phenomena or processes; and (3) Develop the principles, criteria, methods, and a body of data of general applicability for use by others. Excluded from this category is work concerned primarily with the administration and monitoring of research contracts and research grants.
12 - Research Contract and Grant Administration: The administration and monitoring and grant of research contracts and research grants.
13 - Development: Systematic application of scientific knowledge directed toward the creation of new or substantially improved equipment, materials, instrumentation, devices, systems mathematical modals, processes, techniques, and procedures which will perform a useful function or be suitable for a particular duty. The work involves such activities as: (1) Establishing requirements for technical objectives and characteristics; (2) Devising and evaluating concepts for design approaches: criteria, parameters, characteristics and interrelationships; (3) Experimenting, investigating, and testing to produce new data, mathematical modals, or methods to test concepts, formulate design criteria, and measure and predict natural and social phenomena and performance; (4) Designing and developing prototypes, breadboards, and engineering modals including the direction of their fabrication as required; (5) Developing standards and test plans to assure reliability; and (6) Managing specific developments being executed in-house or under contract. Development, like research, advances the state of art, but it is further characterized by the creation of specific end-items in the form of equipment or equipment systems ("hardware" development) and/or methodologies, mathematical modals, procedures and techniques ("software" development).
14 - Test and Evaluation: The testing of equipment, materials, devices, components, systems and methodologies under controlled conditions and the systematic evaluation of test data to determine the degree of compliance of the test item with predetermined criteria and requirements. This work is characterized by the development and application of test plans to be carried out in-house or under contract or grant utilizing one or more of the following kinds of tests: physical measurement techniques; controlled laboratory, shop, and field (demonstration) trials; and simulated environmental techniques. This category includes: (1) Development testing to determine the suitability of the test item for use in its environment; (2) Production and post-production testing to determine operational readiness; (3) Testing in regulatory programs to determine compliance with laws, regulations and standards; and (4) Testing in the social sciences using demonstration or experimental and control groups to determine the effectiveness of new methodologies or practices.
21 - Design: The planning synthesis, and portrayals for purposes of fabrication or construction of structures, equipment, materials, facilities, devices, and processes which will perform a useful function or be suitable for a certain duty. The work involves such activities as: (1) Investigating, analyzing, and determining needs and design considerations; (2) Planning, synthesizing and proportioning the structure or mechanism so that the result is achieved with safety and economy; (3) Preparing design criteria, detailed designs, specifications, cost estimates, and operating instructions; and (4) Reviewing and evaluating design proposals and designs prepared by others including the management of architectural and engineering contracts. For present purposes, design in a research and development organization is the application of the known state of the art in the form of standard guidelines and references to prepare the detailed working plans and data required for fabrication, assembly, and production.
22 - Construction: The original erection, repair and improvement of structures that provide shelter for people and activities, support transportation systems, and control natural resources. The work involves surveillance and control of construction operations carried out in-house or under Federal grants, contracts, or loans through such activities as: (1) Conducting site surveys; (2) Reviewing and interpreting project plans and specifications; (3) Making cost analyses and estimates; (4) Layering out and scheduling operations; (5) Investigating materials, methods, and construction problems; (6) Negotiating with utilities, contractors, and agencies involved; and (7) Inspecting work in progress and completed work and final acceptance of completed work.
23 - Production: The fabrication and manufacture of structures, equipment, materials, machines and devices. The work involves surveillance and control of production operations carried out in-house or under contract through such activities as: (1) Planning, directing, controlling, inspecting and evaluating production processes, equipment and facilities; (2) Refining designs to adapt them to production facilities and processes; and (3) Devising, applying and monitoring procedures to measure and assure quality.
24 - Installation, operations and maintenance: The installing, assembling, integrating, and assuring of the proper technical operation and functioning of systems, facilities, machinery, and equipment. The work involves such activities as: (1) Analyzing operating and environmental conditions in order to provide design inputs and feedbacks and modifying designs as necessary to adapt them to actual environments; (2) Developing and determining logistic requirements, documentation, technical plans, procedures, controls and instructions; (3) Equipping, supplying, and commissioning facilities; (4) Analyzing performance and cost data and developing actual performance and cost data requirements; (5) Integrating equipment installation and operating schedules; (6) Managing on site an operating facility such as a power plant, test range, mission control center, irrigation station, data acquisition station, or flight control station; and (7) Managing installation, operations or maintenance contracts.
31 - Data collection, processing and analysis: This category includes the collection, processing, and analysis of general purpose scientific data describing natural and social phenomena. General and purpose scientific data include newly gathered statistics, observations, instrument readings, measurements, specimens, and other facts obtained from such activities as statistical and field surveys, exploration, laboratory analyses, photogrammetry, and compilations of operating records for use by others. The work involves such activities as: (1) Determining data needs and data processing requirements; (2) Planning, directing, and evaluating collection activities performed in-house or under contract; (3) Designing overall processing plans and systems to handle, control, operate, manipulate, reduce, store, check and retrieve data; (4) Analyzing raw and processed data for validity and subject-matter interpretation; (5) Providing analytic services such as chemical analyses; (6) Forecasting and projecting data and conditions; and (7) Summarizing and presenting data for general use. Excluded from this category are collection and analysis of data only for research and development projects and internal operating or administrative purposes such as policy formulation and planning.
32 - Scientific and technical information: The processing and dissemination of published and unpublished technical documents and information on work in progress and completed work to facilitate information. The work involves developing and implementing information systems through such activities as: (1) Providing for the selection, acquisition, compilation, exchange, and storage of scientific and technical information; (2) Cataloging, abstracting, and indexing information for retrieval and dissemination; (3) Providing reference, literature search and bibliographic services for information users; (4) Interpreting, evaluating, and briefing on the significance and relevance of information; (5) Disseminating information through briefings, technical publications, and other communications media; and (6) Classifying and declassifying technical information where use must be controlled in the national interest.
41 - Standards and specifications: The preparation and determination of mandatory and/or specifications voluntary standards including rules, regulations, and codes. These standards are for purposes of: (1) Government regulation and (2) The assuring of the acceptability, quality, and/or standardization of products, materials, and parts as required for design, production, purchasing, logistics, and documentation. The work involves the development of performance criteria, test and inspection methods, and data for the application of the standards to technological products and services.
42 - Regulatory enforcement and licensing: The application and enforcement of laws, rules, regulations, orders, and governmental agreements through inspection, investigation, surveillance, licensing, certification, and similar activities. The work includes such activities as: (1) Licensing power plants and radio stations; (2) Enforcing plant or animal disease eradication programs; (3) Examining applications for patents; (4) Inspecting operations for compliance with requirements; (5) Approving utility rates and services; (6) Investigating aircraft accidents; (7) Allocating radio frequencies; and (8) Determining compliance with engineering aspects of Federal tax laws.
51 - Natural Resource Operations: The development and utilization of Federally owned and trust lands and natural resources for the operations purposes of bringing current use into balance with natural processes of renewal to assure sustained yields to meet present and future public needs. Natural resources include land, air, and water and their related products or uses, such as soil, minerals, forage, wildlife's power, and recreation. The work involves implementing programs and projects to inventory, classify, utilize, improve, conserve, regulate, protect, sell, lease, exchange, or market natural resources. Resource operations as defined here are concerned with managing and conserving the land and resources in a specified geographic area.
81 - Clinical practice, counseling, and ancillary medical services: The provision of direct clinical and related services to patients and clients including examining, testing, diagnosis, treatment, therapy, casework, counseling, and disability evaluation, related patient care.
91 - Planning: The study and projection of present and future needs and the formulation of alternative policies and ways of meeting these needs for the utilization of: land, natural, social, industrial, material and manpower resources; physical facilities; and social and economic services and programs. The work involves (1) Gathering, compiling, analyzing and evaluating data; (2) Projecting needs and establishing goals; (3) Developing single or alternative plans, policies, programs, and recommendations and measures of their economic, social, and political costs, benefits, and feasibility; and (4) Reevaluating progress to assure that plan objectives are realized in putting the plans into effect. This category includes physical, economic, and social planning for land population centers and missions, policy, and program planning.
92 - Management: The direction and control of scientific and engineering programs in any one or combination of functions in a line or staff capacity with responsibilities that have a direct and substantial effect on the organizations and programs managed. The work involves decisions, actions, and recommendations that establish the basic content and character of the programs directed in terms of program objectives and priorities, program initiation and content, funding, and allocation of organizational resources. This category is not intended to cover those primarily engaged in the supervision or monitoring of work carried out through contracts and grants or in contracts and grants administration. Such positions are to be coded to the appropriate function.
93 - Teaching and training: The teaching of scientific and technical subjects: the education and training of scientific and technical personnel in-house and through programs consisting of fellowships, traineeships, and training grants; and the development of curricula and training materials and aids.
94 - Technical assistance and consulting: The provision of scientific and technical expert assistance, consultation, and advice to other scientific personnel; foreign governments; government agencies at the Federal, State, or local level; private industry; organized groups, and individuals. The work involves advising upon and promoting application of the results of research and specialized program knowledge.
99 - Other - Not elsewhere classified: This category is to be used for: (1) Positions with highly specialized activities which are not classified or covered in any of the other categories; (2) Positions of such generalized nature that a primary function cannot be identified; and (3) Trainee positions for which functional assignments have not been made.