Careers at GIA

With a reach that spans the globe — GIA is a nonprofit institute dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry through cutting edge gemological research and rigorous education programs. We have shaped the gem industry, protected millions of consumers and taught generations of jewelers and gemologists all over the world since 1931. 

Comprising over 3,000 employees in 13 countries, GIA is a place of diversity, innovation, creativity and engagement. Whether you are passionate about science, history, design, education, IT or a corporate career, GIA has a place for you. Join one of the world’s most colorful and brilliant industries with an organization that serves the public good by bringing knowledge and objectivity to gems and jewelry.

GIA offers competitive salaries and exceptional benefits as well as training opportunities to employees all over the globe.

What We Do

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Research

Research fuels our laboratory services and empowers us to better serve the jewelry-buying public.

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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 gemology 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.

Types of careers: engineer (electrical, mechanical, software), identification, instrument development, research associate, research scientist

Research

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Laboratory

GIA’s gem grading reports give consumers confidence about the quality of the gems or jewelry they are buying.

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Explore a Career in Gemstone Grading

GIA’s diamond and colored 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 colored stones. These quality assessments are made according to each stone’s internationally-recognized gemology standards, many of which were created by GIA.

Types of careers: client services, diamond grader, gemologist, lab operations, operational analytics, pre/post lab grading services

Laboratory

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Education

As the world’s foremost gemology school, it is our goal to inspire and educate the next generation of industry leaders.

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Explore a Career in Education

Part of fulfilling our mission to serve the public means raising up the next generation of knowledgeable, ethical industry professionals. Our gemology courses (many of which can be taken online) and our jewelry design and bench jewelry 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.

Types of careers: admissions, alumni relations, education services, guest services, instructor, learning design & development, library services, student affairs

Education

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Corporate

GIA’s corporate teams work seamlessly with research, education and the laboratory to help the organization connect with the public.

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Explore a Career in Corporate

Comprising of marketing, human resources, legal, business development, information technology and more, our corporate teams promote and protect GIA, caring for employees within the organization as well as communicating GIA’s mission and services abroad. Departments like marketing and business development present GIA’s voice and brand while ensuring that news of crucial services and educational programs reach the people who need them. Our IT personnel not only ensures GIA’s smooth technological function on a day-to-day basis but also helps the institute 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.

Types of careers: accounting, application services, business development, business intelligence, business operations, data analytics, data privacy & compliance, DevOps, facilities management, finance, planning & analysis, human resources, information security, information technology, infrastructure operations, legal, marketing, project management, security, web development, Workday HCM

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