Department of Industrial Relations Careers

Join the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). DIR is a diverse, fast-paced and innovative agency. We have careers in many different fields.

Hiring Now!

Join us for a Career Fair.


Field Inspector

Protect workers and help employers by inspecting workplaces for safety and health hazards as a Safety Engineer or Industrial Hygienist. 
How to become a Cal/OSHA Field Inspector.


Deputy Labor Commissioner

Prevent wage theft and workplace retaliation by conducting investigations or handling cases as a hearing officer. Read more about opportunities at the Labor Commissioner’s Office



Be part of some of the most innovative labor laws and workplace protections in the country. Help defend citations and investigations. 
Attorney I-IV positions are posted online.

Join Our Team

Learn more about DIR in this video from
Director Katie S. Hagen


Our mission includes improving working conditions in California, ensuring benefits for injured workers and enforcing labor laws to prevent wage theft and help law-abiding employers with unfair competition.

Many DIR team members use bilingual skills and work with diverse communities. Our mission impacts all workers in California, especially low-wage workers.

Why work for us?

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  • We invest in our team. DIR offers team members recognition, career development and upward mobility programs.
  • Many positions have telework and alternate work schedules.
  • We offer generous retirement and health benefits, competitive salaries and opportunities for advancement.
  • We work where you live. Headquartered in downtown Oakland, DIR has over 50 offices located throughout California in 17 counties (Imperial, Kern, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego,  San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Shasta, Sonoma and Stanislaus)

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Career Opportunities

DIR is looking for talented and passionate team members who can help us achieve our mission. With so many career options available, you can choose your path to success in different areas. Explore this alphabetical list below.

To view all current openings, visit CalCareers list of DIR careers now hiring

Find a Career at DIR

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Benefits of Working with DIR

Our Values

Our Core Values are essential to everything we do. DIR values accountability, integrity, compassion, diversity, service and innovation.

A Workplace for All

At DIR, we cultivate a diverse and inclusive work environment that is reflective of the people we serve. We actively encourage a workplace in which all employees are respected and valued, can contribute their full and unique talents and are recognized for their contributions to DIR.

Team members have the opportunity to participate in groups such as our monthly Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Disability Advisory Committee meetings, events and more to help support our diverse work environment.

Health, Wellness and Career Benefits

We invest in our team by offering a benefits package and professional development opportunities. Additional information on benefits can be found on CalHR’s website.

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life
  • Group Legal
  • Long Term Care
  • Long Term Disability
  • State Disability
  • Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Professional Development Days
  • Employee Wellness
  • Bilingual Pay Differential
  • Relocation Reimbursement
  • Commute Subsidy
  • CalPERS Retirement
  • 401K & 457(b) Plans

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Who We Are

DIR includes divisions, boards, commissions and programs that work towards our mission. Our work involves enforcing California’s labor laws and workplace requirements, administering programs for injured workers and advancing opportunities for profitable employment. Read below about the four primary divisions that make up our department.



Cal/OSHA protects and improves the health and safety of workers in California by conducting on-site visits, investigating workplace hazards and complaints and developing corrective action plans to prevent future accidents and hazards. Cal/OSHA creates publications and educational materials, consults with employers to help them meet requirements, engages the community through multilingual outreach and more.



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The Labor Commissioner’s Office (LCO) determines, investigates, and enforces some of the most advanced labor laws in the country covering wages, overtime, breaks, retaliation, public works, sick leave and vacation pay, workers' compensation insurance coverage, child labor, cash pay, unlicensed contractors and more. LCO also protect workers from retaliation, combats wage theft, resolves wage claims for unpaid wage disputes, helps workers that experience immigration-related threats at work and educates workers on their rights.



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The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) makes sure injured workers receive the benefits they are entitled to for work-related injuries and illnesses. This involves giving information and assistance to the public, monitoring the administration of workers compensation claims and providing administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes related to claims for workers' compensation benefits. 




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The Division of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) helps employers build their workforce by creating apprenticeship programs that allow workers to earn while they learn the skills for a career. Apprenticeships are a viable career pathway for a skilled workforce. Consultants travel around the state to work with employers and assist with the development of apprenticeship programs.


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Apply Now

The application process includes three steps:

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Career Fairs

Join us at an upcoming career fair to learn about working for DIR, current job openings, the examination process and why we are a destination employer. 

February 22nd, 2023: UC Davis Winter Internship and Career Fair
  • In-person, 10:00am-2:00pm
March 3rd, 2023: Cal Poly Pomona Spring Career Fair 2023
  • In-person, 10:30am-2:00pm
March 15th, 2023: CSU Long Beach 2023 Spring Job & Internship Fair
  • In-person, 12:00pm-4:00pm
April 13th, 2023: CSU Long Beach 2023 Just-In-Time Job & Internship Fair
  • In-person, 12:00pm-4:00pm

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Stay Connected

Recruitment questions? - 1-800 564-0771

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June 2022