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IRS Careers: Opportunities in Research, Analysis

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With an IRS career, the possibilities are endless. Just check out the career paths for Research within the IRS.

Operations Research Analysts

As an Operations Research Analyst, you will integrate IRS procedural and systems knowledge with theoretical operations methodologies to improve managerial and tax administration tools. You will:

  • Apply economic, mathematical and statistical analysis
  • Perform a variety of studies focused on IRS operations, related taxpayer behavior and projected impact upon overall burden, compliance and service

Specific requirements include a bachelor's degree in Operations Research, or a similar degree that includes at least 24 semester hours of math and statistics.

Economists

As an economist you will plan, develop, and monitor studies by using tax and information return data in conjunction with demographic and economic data. You will:

  • Make projections, forecast data and create computer-based models
  • Write and review complex research planning and implementation documents
  • Resolve complex data anomalies to ensure acceptable levels of data quality
  • Prepare research reports
  • Analyze and examine data using statistical software.

Specific requirements include 21 semester hours in economics, and 3 semester hours in accounting, statistics or calculus.

Mathematical Statisticians and Statisticians

As a Statistician, you will design, plan and implement data samples, research sampling and non-sampling errors, and review outliers. Statisticians also develop weighting and estimation programs. These research professionals:

  • Work with internal and external customers to design research projects
  • Author reports
  • Recommend and apply data analysis, tools and statistical software
  • Develop research measures
  • Evaluate research project proposals
Specific requirements include :
  • Mathematical Statistician - 24 semester hours in math and statistics of which at least 12 hours must be in math, and 6 hours in statistics.
  • Statistician - 15 hours in math and statistics of which at least 6 hours must be in math.


Computer Research Analysts

As a Computer Research Analyst, you will serve as an application specialist in the use of analytical and quantitative software. This means you will play a critical role in guiding colleagues concerning the optimal design and use of current technology in data acquisition, database design and data disposition. You will:

  • Work as a research project consultant in developing unique computer-based models
  • Serve as a classroom instructor and on-the-job coach during initial training and implementation stages of new research technology
  • Review research analysis and reports

Specific requirements include a major in computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research or engineering. However, coursework and/or job experience in development and /or application of computer programs and systems will be accepted.

Policy Analysts

As a Policy Analyst, you will plan and coordinate research initiatives to review and revise tax administration practices, programs and policies. Tasks include:

  • Working with project teams to revise tax administration policy
  • Identifying and communicating existing trends
  • Authoring and presenting research reports

Specific requirements include a major in accounting, business, marketing, psychology, public administration or social sciences, or relevant coursework and/or appropriate job experience.

Program Analysts

As a Program Analyst, you will serve as an IRS specialist in operational areas and tax law. You will work with internal and external customers to research project objectives. Tasks include:

  • Negotiating research project objectives
  • Gathering tax return data and information for projects
  • Editing research reports

Specific requirements include a major in accounting, business, marketing, psychology, public administration or social sciences, or relevant coursework and/or appropriate job experience.

Program Evaluation and Risk Analysts

As a Program Evaluation and Risk Analyst, you will work on teams to assess programs that contribute to the IRS strategic mission. You will also provide IRS senior executives with policy recommendations. The position requires graduate-level or equivalent work experience and starts at the GS-9 level.

Specific requirements include a major in accounting, business, marketing, psychology, public administration or social sciences, or relevant coursework and/or appropriate job experience.

Artificial Intelligence Analysts

As an Artificial Intelligence Specialist, you will apply artificial intelligence techniques and other advanced computing skills to solve IRS business problems using neural networks, data mining, encryption, agent-based modeling, expert systems, text generation and natural language, and sophisticated Web applications.

Specific requirements include a major in computer science, information systems, systems management, mathematics or operations research, with knowledge of the principles and techniques of artificial intelligence.

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