Federal Employment Portal - Desired Skills

We've listed the soft and technical skills that government organizations are looking for below. Check the social media links to learn about open job opportunities.

Soft Skills

Critical Thinking and Strategic Planning

Ability to learn, explain, articulate and incorporate an enterprise-wide perspective and understand and/or control the components that support an organization, project or program in meeting priorities.

Oral and Written Communication

Ability to explain thoughts and ideas in a persuasive, clear and succinct manner verbally, non-verbally, and in written communication; experienced in public speaking.

Emotional Intelligence and Interpersonal Skills

Ability to be aware of and control one’s emotions, be empathetic and judicious in interpersonal relationships.

Project Management

Ability to lead self and others in the development and execution of a plan to successfully meet milestones that support a strategic end goal; ability to be results driven with emphasis on accountability and decisiveness.

Conflict Resolution, Cooperativeness, and Adaptability

Ability to lead change with emphasis on creativity, innovation, flexibility and resiliency.

Customer Service

Ability to understand and value the role of a customer and provide support through information, assistance and creating trust; focused on how a product or service is delivered and what one does to meet or exceed expectations.


Ability lead change and lead self and others to meet strategic goals; ability to leverage diversity, develop others, and emphasize creativity, innovation, flexibility and resiliency.


Ability to be honest, of moral character and influence others to be so as well. 

Initiative, Work Ethic, and a Sense of Urgency

Ability to balance competing priorities well, take responsibility and to believe in principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous.

Lifelong Learner

Ability, desire and continuous action to obtain and complete education and/or other experiences that aim to improve one’s knowledge, skills and abilities.

Technical Skills

Data Analytics

Understanding of the tools available and processes associated with inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information to form conclusions and support decision-making.

Electronics, Cyber, Software/Networks/Systems, Structures/Mechanical Systems, Propulsion, Systems Integration, Manufacturing and Safety (Engineering)

Electronics: Knowledge in the areas of electrical, electronic sensors and equipment fundamentals and applications to include but not limited to radiofrequency, spectrum management, electro-optical, infrared, lasers, radar, electromagnetic phenomenology, and its implications for microwave and millimeter-wave system design, data buses, antenna and aperture design, communications and navigation systems.

Cyber: Knowledge in the application of anti-tamper processes and technology, development and implementation of cryptographic systems security architecture; cybersecurity risk assessments including vulnerability analysis, testing, risk mitigation, remediation, secure coding practices, trusted systems and networks, secure architectures, and penetration testing/response team tools and techniques.

Software/Networks/Systems: Includes knowledge in the areas of software and integrated computer system architectures; communications and networks, software and systems integration processes; fault tolerance, redundancy management, and high integrity design techniques; computer system hardware and software criticality identification; computer system performance (i.e., timing/sizing/speed) requirements; application of processor technologies; single/multi-core architectures; operating systems; partitioning mechanizations; data-channel technologies; and open-system concepts.

Systems Integration: Knowledge to develop a Systems Engineering plan to address the technical strategy of the development efforts. Employ procedures, methods, and tools for measuring technical progress and assesses the effectiveness of plans and solutions. Fundamental knowledge in design, development, integration, test, and sustainment and effective integration of systems including but not limited to flight management systems, mission computers, controls and displays, data buses, air data systems, attitude heading and reference systems, navigation sources, radar altimeters, transponders, voice/data radios, radars, electronic warfare, vehicle management systems, and diagnostics systems.

Structures/Mechanical Systems: Knowledge in the areas of structural Loads, structural dynamic stability, static strength at the limit and ultimate loads, as well as sufficient design allowable, materials, and processes. Corrosion prevention and control of structures, ensuring material selection processes utilize validated and consistent material property data and mature and repeatable processes are utilized during the manufacturing/production of aircraft structural components. Mechanical systems knowledge in the areas of design and operation of the hydraulic/pneumatic system, Environmental Control Systems, fuel system, fire protection, landing gear, auxiliary power, aerial refueling, electric power/wire, analytical models involving thermal fluid flow.

Propulsion: Knowledge of propulsion systems to ensure systems deliver required thrust or shaft power for given fuel flow, weight, and engine architecture, deliver consistent and reliable starting, smooth and responsive accelerations and decelerations, stable thrust at a given power setting, and freedom from stalls, flameouts, and combustion instabilities. Also knowledge in the area of propulsion system structural requirements including strength, durability, and damage tolerance.

Manufacturing: Knowledge necessary to apply sound quality practices to ensure a robust design and manufacturing processes that consistently result in products meeting design requirements to include methods and processes to manage supply chain requirements and performance; design, development, implementation, and evaluation of manufacturing processes (including the facilities, tooling, people, etc.) to efficiently and effectively produce products meeting design requirements; and analysis of proposed manufacturing costs to determine the reasonableness and the development of independent manufacturing cost estimates using mathematical models and tools.

Safety: Knowledge to integrate technical processes, application of engineering and management principles, criteria, and technique to help programs identify their design-related hazards and devise ways to mitigate the risks associated with them; includes the implementation of a Risk Acceptance (RA) process for any residual risk to achieve acceptable mishap risk, within the constraints of operational effectiveness and suitability, time, and cost, throughout all phases of the system life cycle.

Logistics (Supply-Chain Management)

Technical skill includes the ability to embrace all the concerns associated with the material support of a DoD system throughout its entire life cycle. The individual will be required to manage those areas of logistics management relating to DoD acquisition activities and sustainment.

Business Management (Program Management, Finance, Accounting, Contracting, Economics, Human Resources)

Training in the planning, decision making, problem-solving, communication, delegation and time management techniques that support the successful operation of a business and achieve desired outcomes.

Test & Evaluation

Technical skills include the ability to identify levels of system performance, provide data supportive of trade-off analysis, reduce risks, and resolve deficiencies. The individual will be required to identify what, how, where, and when T&E must be conducted in support of an acquisition of a system.

Security Across Various Platform

Secure networking across platforms involves securing the application traffic as it traverses the network. It should encompass these areas: Perimeter security protects the network applications from outside attack, through technologies such as firewall and intrusion detection; Communications security provides data confidentiality, integrity, and nonrepudiation, typically through the use of Secure Sockets Layer or IPsec virtual private networks (VPN). Secure networking extends this by protecting the underlying infrastructure from attack. Platform security ensures that each device is available to perform its intended function and doesn't become the network's single point of failure. The network security plan should include antivirus checking and host-based intrusion detection, along with endpoint compliance, to ensure that security policies check user devices for required security software.

Enterprise Architecture

Training in the application of analysis, design, planning, and implementation of comprehensive approaches to develop and execute a strategy to reach current and future goals.

Microsoft Office Suite

Experience working in a set of productivity tools to include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Teams, etc.

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