The State Worker

Talks focused on thinning California’s state scientific job classifications - to 132

For years, state officials have talked about consolidating and updating government’s 4,500 or so job classifications. Doing so would make it simpler for outsiders to apply for state civil service jobs and it would afford more mobility for employees in the system.

Experts and insiders agree that cutting the number of state job classifications would improve government by deepening the state’s pool of job candidates for hiring and promotion. Our last State Worker column highlighted some of the obstacles to reforming the system, but one little corner of the government appears to be making progress: the state scientists’ union.

The 3,000-member California Association of Professional Scientists has been pressing to change the system for years. Chris Voight, the union’s executive director, said recently that talks with the Brown administration have been moving in the right direction. He sent along this table, which we ran by the state’s Human Resources Department, to show how many state scientist classfications the two sides are talking about combining or abolishing.

CAPS Class Consolidation Fact Sheet