The Skill Rating (Base Rating from the Attribute added to any skill pluses) can be used to gauge how competent a character is in a specific skill:
2-5 is a Novice employee, a raw recruit or an inexperienced beginner. Part-time employees, like the teen who flips burgers at a fast food joint, are Novices, as are interns.
6-10 is Skilled, someone employable in a field at an entry level. Telemarketers and Tech Support employees are typically Skilled, as are people just graduating college with a Bachelor’s degree.
11-15 is a Professional, possessing a post-graduate degree or equivalent in on-the-job experience. Your general physician is a Professional, as are the vast majority of movie sergeants.
16-20 is Accomplished, a standout in the field, cited and respected by their peers, but typically unknown to the general public. Writers of specialized books (such as textbooks or reference works) are usually Accomplished.
21-25 is World Class, one of the best in the world. (As the name implies.) Olympic athletes, for example.
26-30 is Grand Master, “The Best There is at What I Do”. Grand Masters are luminaries in their field. Physicist Stephen Hawking, as a real-world example.
31+ is Legendary, one of the best who’s ever lived. Legendary figures are those who dominate history. Their works live on long after they die and their names become synonymous with their field of expertise. Shakespeare, Robin Hood, Einstein: these are all Legendary figures.
The Skill Ratings are normed against the Challenge Rating chart, which gives basic guidelines for how difficult a Skill Challenge is. The next post will cover Challenge Ratings.