Irvine has been a destination for house hunters and transplants for years due to the year-round good weather, lack of LA style traffic, and variety of dining and cultural activities. But one of the biggest draws to the area is the booming job market. Irvine is home to some major drivers of the OC economy, and they bring a large number of career seekers to our fair city every year. If you are making the journey to the area in search of work, try one of these top employers in Irvine. 

University of California, Irvine

UC Irvine is easily the biggest employer in town, with more than 16,000 people on the payroll. This major research university is among the top public universities in the country, often referred to as a “public Ivy League” school. Between the UCI Medical Center, the UCI Arboretum, the UC Natural Reserve System, and the main campus itself, this local branch of the University of California system has produced seven Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, and Jon Lovitz. Go Anteaters! Zot!

Irvine Company

The very company that gave our beautiful city its name. The Irvine Company has been around since the 1860s after being founded by James Irvine. What started as the Irvine Family Ranch blossomed over the years into this amazing planned community, designed by the Irvine Company. This real estate behemoth is one of the most respected private real estate companies in the country, and their investment portfolio includes more than 85 million square feet of property. More than 3500 Irvine residents work for the Irvine Company. 


Broadcom is a major player in the tech world. They are a producer of semiconductor and infrastructure software products with a global reach. The company is based in the Silicon Valley in San Jose, but they employ more than 15,000 Irvine residents at their local campus. Broadcom sits at number 150 on the Fortune 500 list of the largest US corporations. 

Parker Hannifin

If you are into engineering, Parker Hannifin is the ideal workplace. They specialize in motion and control technologies and develop hydraulic systems and…. Ok, to be completely honest, we’re not sure what they do. But they design and produce parts that go into space! They are involved in technologies that are used in planes, rockets, cars, space shuttles, and more. And while the intricacies of Parker’s products may give us a headache, the 7,600+ local people they employ know what’s up.

There are plenty of jobs to go around in Irvine, and these mega hiring heros are helping keep our local economy humming. Do you love where you work? Tell us about it on Facebook or Instagram. And keep following our blog here for more Irvine opportunities.