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Getting started with CalSTRS

General Information

To start your career at CalSTRS, you must first establish a CalCareer Account.

Your CalCareer account becomes your personal job search repository where you will create and store your state application and supporting documents.

Once your account is created, you will need to take and pass an open exam for the job classification(s) for which you meet minimum qualifications.

View all current CalSTRS job openings and online exam information.

  • To take an exam, click on the bulletin for the exam.
    • Read the bulletin carefully to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications.
    • Follow the detailed exam instructions and complete the exam.
    • You will be immediately notified of your exam results. If you are successful in the exam, the classification will appear in the Eligibilities tab of your CalCareer Account.
  • You can now apply for CalSTRS vacancies by following the instructions of the Job Announcement posting.
    • Review the details of the announcement carefully which will include completing and submitting a state application.
      • Your application will also appear in the Eligibilities tab under My Application Templates.
    • Be sure to complete all application requirements prior to submission on or before the final filing date.

Pro-tip: to receive notification about CalSTRS career opportunities as they are posted, create an E‑Notify within your CalCareer Account to State Teachers Retirement System.

Benefits and salary

CalSTRS offers a competitive pay schedule and a work-life-balance for all its employees. The State of California offers a comprehensive benefits package.

  • Medical benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance.
  • Paid holidays and a defined benefit retirement program.
  • More than two weeks of vacation after a year of service.
  • Health insurance in retirement.
  • You may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Types of careers at CalSTRS

Pursue your career goals in one of our many business areas, with openings ranging from entry-level positions to opportunities for experienced leaders:

Business area Types of openings
Administrative Services Procurement and business services
Audit Services Internal and external auditing
Benefits and Services Benefit analysis, customer and account services
Financial Services Financial Planning/Reporting and Accounting
General Counsel Legal services
Human Resources Talent management and training
Investments Trading and asset management
Public Affairs Research and public affairs
Project Management Project facilitation and change management
Technology Services IT services and help desk support

Ready to get started? View our current job openings.

Careers in CalSTRS Investments

The Investments branch plays an important role at CalSTRS and helps to sustain nearly $200 billion, making us the nation’s second largest public pension fund. You can be a part of this important effort by working in one of the careers below:

Classification Exam type Final filing date
Investment Officer l Open Continuous
Investment Officer ll Open Continuous
Investment Officer lll Open Continuous
Associate Portfolio Manager Open Continuous
Portfolio Manager Open Continuous
Investment Director Open Continuous

Ready to get started? View our current job openings.

Careers in the CalSTRS Contact Center

The CalSTRS Contact Center is the first point of contact to help our more than 949,000 members: teachers and educators. Want to learn why you should join our contact center?

Ready to get started? View our current job openings.