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Research Data Series Class Consolidation


The Research Data Series is a streamlined series that incorporates 37 previously existing classifications into one generalized series. This includes Research Analyst I & II (general and parentheticals), Research Program Specialist I, II & III (general and parentheticals), and Research Manager I, II, & III (general and parentheticals). Additionally, a footnote 24 has been added to the Operations Research Specialist III. The new specification includes the current expected work with the addition of data analytics to help capture new emerging technologies applicable to the research fields. The new classification specification provides departments more flexibility to utilize the classifications in areas that were not previously defined but still require the expertise of research methodologies.


This new classification series does not impose structural changes or combining of levels. These classification changes include a title change and broadening upward career paths. The majority of incumbents will only experience a title change. It is expected that the individuals who reside in current parenthetical classifications will be affected by the title change and a class code change. All incumbents will maintain their salaries after placement into the new classifications as a result of the board resolution.


CalHR worked with 15 state departmental Human Resources professionals and Research subject matter experts who represented every parenthetical area of the old classifications to assure that all existing research areas were included.


CalHR also discussed the concept with the Association of California State Supervisors, and met with Service Employee International Union Local 1000.


  • Greater clarity in the workplace, of what is required to qualify for a job in a research related field and to advance a career in state service.
  • Greater clarity and ease in applying for jobs.
  • Greater clarity of reporting relationships and managerial roles.
  • Elimination of multiple examinations for the same level with a different area of expertise.
  • Improved state ability to recruit, hire and retain the best qualified job candidates.
  • Modernized job descriptions that reflect current jobs and the skills and experience needed to do them.
  • Flexibility for the state to adapt to research related field advances and change, including such work as data analytics. 

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  Updated: 7/27/2018
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