Categories and Levels

  • A Job Category defines the type of work performed, as opposed to the occupation or subject matter. The three categories are: 1) Operational & Technical, 2) Professional, 3) Supervisory & Managerial. A job function can include more than one type of work, so within Purchasing, you could have jobs in both professional and supervisory & managerial categories.

  • The Job Level reflects the amount of responsibility, impact, and scope that a job has. We have determined the appropriate number of levels within each category per job function by looking at market survey data and working with subject matter experts for that function and family. For example, a Buyer in the Professional job category could be a level 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 professional. In the Operational & Technical category, there are 3 levels, and for Supervisory Managerial, there are a total of 6. Establishing the appropriate number of levels based on category facilitates comparison of UCSC jobs with comparable jobs in market salary surveys. At the same time, not all UCSC job functions will require the full number of levels. The number of levels in UCSC's Career Tracks job structure for each function is dependent on how the work is currently organized at UCSC.

UC Categories and Levels