Areas of expertise (AOEs) are the specific subject matter, technical, or professional knowledge and skills required for successful Extension work in individual jobs or job groups. They are above and beyond the core competencies. To be successful in a given job, Extension professionals must have a foundation of the appropriate core competencies and a blend of unique AOEs. While some Extension work is highly specialized, most requires expertise in several AOEs.
The AOEs will be developed later through ongoing work with Extension Administration, program areas, and professionals. Based on initial research, the AOEs would likely include some of the following:
- Extension teaching
- Information technology
- Management and supervision
- Program planning, development, and evaluation
- Subject matter expertise
- Volunteer management