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State of California Jobs by Occupational Class

The State of California classifies jobs by the following occupational categories. This article lists the occupational classes along with the 3 most common jobs in each group. The number in the parentheses after each category and job title is the current number of advertised vacancies, as of April 8, 2019.

State of California job-seekers can search by occupational category from the CalCareers website. Click on Advanced Job Search then select the group from the Job Categories drop-down menu.

Image of the advanced search box on CalCareers

The categories listed below are the Job Categories applicants are able to search by. When you search by Job Category you will see the vacancies that are currently being advertised and open for State Application (STD 678) submissions. When you use this type of search, you will see vacancies for numerous but related job classifications. Some occupational categories have only a few classifications, and some have dozens.

The number of advertised vacancies is constantly changing. Everyday new jobs are posted, and others reach their final filing date and are closed. The vacancies and amount of advertised positions listed below are a snapshot of what was posted at the time this article was written.

However, we feel this information is valuable to job-seekers, because it is indicative of the current and future hiring needs of the State of California. In other words, the job classifications listed below with the highest vacancy rates are likely to have similar rates going forward.

State of California Job Categories

🔷 Architecture and Engineering (96 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Transportation Engineer (9)
Civil Transportation Engineer (8)
Industrial Senior Safety Engineer (7)

🔷 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media (14 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Information Officer-Specialist (5)
Support Services Assistant-Interpreter (4)
Emergency Notification Controller (2)

🔷 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance (209 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Custodian-Correctional Facility (102)
Custodian (31)
Highway Maintenance Leadworker (10)

🔷 Business and Financial (639 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Associate Governmental Program Analyst (136)
Staff Services Analyst (91)
Staff Services Manager I (44)

🔷 Community and Social Service (96 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Clinical Social Worker (30)
Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (13)
Correctional Counselor II (7)

🔷 Computer and Mathematical (229 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Information Technology Specialist I (77)
Information Technology Associate (35)
Information Technology Specialist II (34)

🔷 Construction and Extraction (102 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Caltrans Equipment Operator II (25)
Caltrans Highway Maintenance Leadworker (10)
Caltrans Highway Maintenance Worker (7)

🔷 Education, Training and Library (36 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Librarian (8)
Teacher-High School (5)
Library Technical Assistant (4)

🔷 Farming, Fishing and Forestry (71 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Agricultural Technician I (54)
Agricultural Technician II (6)
Livestock Inspector (2)

🔷 Food Preparation and Serving (38 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Correctional Supervising Cook (10)
Food Service Technician I (7)
Food Administrator I (5)

🔷 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical (720 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Registered Nurse (89)
Staff Psychiatrist (78)
Physician & Surgeon (75)

🔷 Healthcare Support (105 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Medical Assistant (52)
Certified Nursing Assistant (36)
Dental Assistant (6)

🔷 Installation, Maintenance and Repair (66 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Telecommunications Technician (12)
Senior Telecommunications Technician (5)
Maintenance Mechanic (5)

🔷 Legal (80 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Deputy Attorney General III (18)
Attorney III (14)
Attorney (10)

🔷 Life, Physical and Social Science (273 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Psychologist (55)
Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid (27)
Environmental Scientist (22)

🔷 Management (317 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Supervising Registered Nurse II (25)
Staff Services Manager III (23)
Manager I-DMV (16)

🔷 Military (0 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

🔷 Office and Administrative Support (439 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Office Technician-Typing (100)
Motor Vehicle Representative (78)
Program Technician II (24)

🔷 Personal Care and Service (6 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Activity Coordinator (3)
Conservationist II (2)
Counselor (1)

🔷 Production (42 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Stationary Engineer (6)
Agriculture Program Supervisor I (4)
Industrial Supervisor (4)

🔷 Protective Services (117 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Investigator (26)
Special Investigator (11)
Special Agent (8)

🔷 Sales (18 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Senior Workers’ Compensation Insurance Representative
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Representative (4)
Lottery Ticket Sales Representative (2)

🔷 Transportation and Material Moving (64 Total Vacancies For Job Category)

Caltrans Equipment Operator II (25)
Maintenance Aide (11)
Caltrans Equipment Operator I (6)

We at the California Job Blog hope this article accomplishes 2 things for those looking for California state jobs. First, we hope that it sheds some light on the most common types of jobs the State has to offer. By knowing the types of job openings that appear the most frequently, candidates can navigate the State's hiring process more efficiently by taking exams for the classifications that will open them up to the greatest number of employment opportunities.

All hiring in the State of California is merit-based, which means candidates must first pass an exam before they're eligible to apply for vacant positions.

We also hope to show candidates a more efficient way to search for jobs. There are thousands of great State of California jobs available, however they are not always easy for job-seekers to find. Searching by occupational category is a great tool that can be used to narrow down their job search.

For more information about the most popular California State jobs, check out our article The 10 Most Common Jobs with the State of California.

Thank you for reading!

Related Articles:

Overview of The State of California Hiring Process
Veterans' Preference
Merit-Based Hiring


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