Government Jobs - Health & Human Services (HHS)

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)


Federal Civil Service | Government Jobs & Employment with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  HHS is actively hiring new people for civil service jobs at locations across the United States (all 50 states). Civil service job opportunities exist across a broad spectrum of skills and duties. 

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    Duties and Responsibilities - HHS Mission:  "HHS primary role is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services." 

    HHS Operating Divisions:  "HHS has 11 operating divisions, including eight agencies in the U.S. Public Health Service and three human services agencies."  

    • Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
    • Administration for Community Living (ACL)
    • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – PHS component
    • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) – PHS component
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
    • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
    • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
    • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – PHS component
    • Indian Health Service (IHS) – PHS component
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH) – PHS component
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – PHS component  

    Hiring Needs within the Department of Health and Human Services.  HHS employees work in numerous types of jobs. The primary categories of careers and types of jobs currently available with HHS include:

    • Child and Family Program Specialists 
    • Head Start Program Specialist 
    • Management Analysts
    • Health Scientists
    • Health Administrators 
    • Physicians 
    • Attorneys
    • Biologists
    • Chemists
    • Consumer Safety Officers
    • Engineers
    • Information Technology
    • Medical Officers
    • Microbiologists
    • Pharmacists
    • Pharmacologists
    • Statisticians
      • Supervisory Management 
      • Aging and Disability Program Coordinators 
      • Health Insurance Specialists
      • Management Analysts
      • Actuaries 
      • Administrative Officers 
      • Public Health Program Specialist
      • Purchasing Agents
      • Human Resources Specialists
      • Public Affairs Specialists 
      • Medical Officers
      • Nurses
      • Dentists 
      • Optometrists
      • Pharmacists
      • Physical Rehabilitation Professionals
      • Physician Assistants  

        Applications from the public are now being accepted. In most instances, U.S. citizenship is required.  HHS career opportunities feature competitive starting salaries and the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours, and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle.   

          Benefits for Department of Health & Human Services Employees.  "Employee satisfaction at HHS has been growing steadily since 2014, making it one of the best places to work in the federal government." Excellent pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the HHS. Government employment offers numerous benefits and special programs.  Federal civil servants receive a salary that is competitive with those in private industry. The federal government offers civil service employees a portable retirement plan with government matching contributions. In addition, federal civil servants receive affordable insurance plans for health, dental, vision, and life.   

          Employment Requirements.  All applicants must meet the certain conditions of employment to be eligible for employment with HHS. These employment requirements include:

          • U.S. citizenship and age verification
          • Successfully passing a federal background investigation (if required) 

          In-depth Information about civil service career opportunities with the Department of Health & Human Services.  For more in-depth information about HHS and a current list of employment opportunities go to:   also  HHS Careers.    


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          1. Knowing how to find those position vacancies for which you are best qualified and most likely to be hired. 
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          4. Knowing how to create a "high-scoring" federal resume (federal resumes are very different from corporate resumes.)
          5. Knowing which "Key Words" to use in your resume and application package.
          6. Knowing how to correctly answer "Supplemental Questions" required for many position applications. 
          7. Knowing how to "ace" a federal job interview - it helps to know what to expect and how to prepare so you outshine the other candidates. 

          Categories of Federal Civil Service Occupations and Nonappropriated Funds (NAF) Jobs.

          View a detailed list of the major categories of civilian jobs for the federal government. This list includes the federal occupational groups and the specific series within each group. 

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          Note: Photos courtesy of the HHS' website public domain photo downloads.