Careers at GIA
With a reach that spans the globe, GIA is a non-profit institute dedicated to protecting consumers by ensuring their trust in gems and jewellery through cutting-edge gemmological research, rigorous education programmes and industry-leading laboratory services. We have helped shape the gem industry, protected millions of consumers and taught generations of jewellers and gemmologists all over the world since 1931.
With more than 3,500 employees, GIA is a place of diversity, innovation, creativity and engagement. Whether you are passionate about science, history, design, education, cutting-edge technology or bringing your corporate expertise to advance our mission, GIA has a place for you. Join one of the world’s most colourful and brilliant industries with an organisation that serves the public good by bringing knowledge and objectivity to gems and jewellery.
GIA offers competitive salaries and exceptional benefits as well as training opportunities to employees all over the globe.
What We Do
Explore a Career in Corporate
Comprising marketing, human resources, legal, business development, information technology and more, our corporate teams promote and protect GIA, caring for employees within the organisation as well as communicating GIA’s mission and services abroad. Departments such as marketing and business development present GIA’s voice and brand while ensuring that news of crucial services and educational programmes reach the people who need them. Our IT personnel not only ensures GIA’s smooth technological functioning on a day-to-day basis but also helps the institute to develop cutting-edge capabilities on our websites and more. Our global headquarters is in Carlsbad, California, but we have corporate staff in our offices across the globe.
Explore a Career in Education
Part of fulfilling our mission to serve the public means training the next generation of knowledgeable, ethical industry professionals. Our gemmology courses (many of which can be taken online) and our jewellery design and bench jewellery courses, are known industry-wide for their comprehensiveness and practical, hands-on approach. That is why we seek out instructors who not only bring passion and knowledge but also years of industry experience to the classroom. We’ve taught hundreds of thousands of students on campus and online, and are proud to have over 150,000 active alumni.
Explore a Career in IT
GIA has a long history of innovation. Our IT teams utilise technology - blockchain, artificial intelligence/machine learning, cloud computing, cybersecurity and more – to develop and protect the cutting-edge capabilities that keep GIA ahead of the curve and support our consumer protection mission. We are looking for creative, curious and talented professionals to work with some of the latest technologies to help shape the future of the global gem and jewellery industry and our Institute. We are committed to providing our employees with a collaborative and innovative environment where they can thrive.
Types of career: application services, business intelligence, data analytics, information security, information technology, infrastructure operations, project management, agile methodology, business relationship management, web development.
Explore a Career in Gemstone Grading
GIA’s diamond and coloured stone grading reports are respected industry-wide for their accuracy, reliability and consistency. These reports include information on the identity, quality grade, potential treatments, and origin and traceability information of diamonds, pearls and coloured stones. These quality assessments are made according to each stone’s internationally recognised gemmology standards, many of which were created by GIA.
Explore a Career in Research
Since our founding, we’ve pioneered research that helps set industry standards and kept our consumers informed about technological disruptions such as new gemstone treatments and laboratory-grown gems. Our quarterly research publication — Gems & Gemology — which is free online to the public, covers the most pressing and fascinating topics in gemmology today and informs academics worldwide. Our researchers also develop instruments that are accurate, reliable and cutting-edge and used by gem professionals — retailers, wholesalers, scientists — around the globe.