Recent College Graduates

The Employment Development Department (EDD) has many opportunities for recent graduates. Depending on your major and experience, you may qualify for a number of opportunities with the department.

Careers with the EDD

The EDD focuses on four major program areas. Understanding these areas will help you understand the various career paths that exist. The EDD is responsible for the state programs involving unemployment insurance, disability insurance, payroll tax collection, and job training/workforce services. This is a very wide variety of programs and services, and like any large organization, the EDD also has internal programs such as business support, information technology, legal, public relations, internal auditing, and administrative positions to support our programs.

We hire many graduates for the following fields:

Accounting and Auditing

The EDD is the state’s largest tax collection agency and economic stabilizer in times of high unemployment. The EDD provides education, assistance and tax enforcement to promote fair competition, safeguard workers' rights and maximize voluntary compliance with our tax system. Because of our unique role, we have many accounting and auditing positions available.

Positions Available
Classification Locations Final Filing Date
Accountant I (Specialist) Statewide Continuous Testing
Accountant Trainee Statewide Continuous Testing
Auditor I Statewide Continuous Testing
Tax Compliance Representative Statewide Continuous Testing
Staff Management Auditor Statewide Testing in April*

*Dates are subject to change. Information provided by the EDD’s Human Resources Division (HRSD).

CPA Certification Program

We provide the following for auditors who take and pass the CPA exam:

  • Paid time off to take the exam.
  • A bonus of up to $3,600.
  • The general audit experience required to get your CPA license.
  • Review and approval of your audit hours and a recommendation for licensure by our CPA Certification Internal Review Committee (subject to program requirements).

Once you get your license, we offer in-house training courses that count toward your Continuing Professional Education (CPE).

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Business Administration

The EDD is a large organization with nearly 8,000 employees and over 200 offices. Being such a large organization requires that we have business leaders to ensure the continued operation of our programs and services. We have many classifications and positions that students with business administration backgrounds may be interested in.

Positions Available
Classification Locations Final Filing Date
Staff Services Analyst Statewide Continuous Testing
Tax Compliance Representative Statewide Continuous Testing
Program Technician Statewide Limited Testing
Labor Relations Analyst Statewide Testing in April*

*Dates are subject to change. Information provided by the EDD’s Human Resources Division (HRSD).

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Customer Service

Everything we do here at the EDD revolves around customer service. We are a service organization that is here to help the people of California. We have many positions that offer the ability to work with people and experience the satisfaction of helping people.

Positions Available
Classification Locations Final Filing Date
Employment Program Representative Statewide Continuous Testing
Disability Insurance Program Representative Statewide Continuous Testing
Tax Compliance Representative Statewide Continuous Testing

*Dates are subject to change. Information provided by the EDD’s Human Resources Division (HRSD).

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Human Resources

Being such a large organization the department has many Human Resource positions in various different capacities. Positions can exist in recruitment, civil service testing, hiring, position allocation, payroll, employee benefits, management and staff training and development, labor relations, health and safety, workers’ compensation, employee assistance, and reasonable accommodations.

Positions Available
Classification Locations Final Filing Date
Labor Relations Analyst Statewide Continuous Testing
Personnel Specialist Statewide Continuous Testing
Staff Services Analyst Statewide Continuous Testing

*Dates are subject to change. Information provided by the EDD’s Human Resources Division (HRSD).

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Public Policy & Law

Policy decisions impact our department daily. We need people that can decipher these laws and regulations into actionable items. We hire many analysts to determine how policy, laws and regulations effect how our department conducts business.

Positions Available
Classification Locations Final Filing Date
Staff Services Analyst Statewide Continuous Testing
Staff Counsel Statewide Continuous Testing

*Dates are subject to change. Information provided by the EDD’s Human Resources Division (HRSD).

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Economics & Statistics

The Labor Market Information Division of the EDD is responsible for reporting on California’s economic health. In order for the division to provide accurate data to business leaders, government officials and the news media they require people with an understanding of Economics and Statistical methodology.

Positions Available
Classification Locations Final Filing Date
Research Analyst I Primarily Sacramento Limited Testing

*Dates are subject to change. Information provided by the EDD’s Human Resources Division (HRSD).

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Criminal Justice

The department has a team of investigators to track down and prevent fraud in our various programs. The department’s investigators work on everything from Unemployment/Disability Insurance fraud to Tax Fraud.

Positions Available
Classification Locations Final Filing Date
Investigator Statewide Continuous Testing

*Dates are subject to change. Information provided by the EDD’s Human Resources Division (HRSD).

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Information Technology

Maintaining millions of records every year is not easy. We have an entire branch of Information Technology professionals that ensure the department’s data is safe, secure and accessible to each one of our offices.

Positions Available
Classification Locations Final Filing Date
Assistant Information Systems Analyst Statewide Continuous Testing
Associate Information Systems Analyst Statewide Continuous Testing
Systems Software Specialist I (Technical) Statewide Continuous Testing

*Dates are subject to change. Information provided by the EDD’s Human Resources Division (HRSD).

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General/Other

Some classifications do not fall into any of the other areas or are used in multiple areas for many different roles. These are the General classifications that our department hires. Other state departments and agencies are also very likely to hire for these classifications.

Positions Available
Classification Locations Final Filing Date
Office Assistant Statewide Continuous Testing
Office Technician Statewide Continuous Testing
Program Technician Statewide Continuous Testing
Staff Services Analyst Statewide Continuous Testing

*Dates are subject to change. Information provided by the EDD’s Human Resources Division (HRSD).

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Ready to Apply

Now that you have a brief overview of the many classifications we hire for and know what you want to pursue, are ready to apply. Please read the detailed instructions on our How to Apply page for more information.