Public health jobs have never been more important than they are today, but they are still largely in the realm of speculation.
The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Human Resources Office, which administers the federal job posting system, says the agency is not currently accepting new applications for public health roles.
Instead, it has opened a job search portal for health-related jobs.
But that is just the beginning.
The agency has begun to recruit for positions that are still open in the field.
The NSF is accepting applications for the following positions: Associate Professor of Public Health (Public Health Sciences) (University of Colorado-Denver), Public Health Specialist (PublicHealthAssociates.org), Public Affairs Specialist (NHS.gov), Clinical Nurse Practitioner (Nurses.gov) In other words, it’s still very much in the dark about the future of the field of public health.
“The number of applicants that we’re getting for the Public Health career openings that we are doing is really small,” said Katherine Hittner, the NSF’s associate director for human resources, in an interview with FourFourSecond.
“We’re not taking anyone on.”
In the meantime, however, the agency has also begun to roll out an online job board.
The site, called NSFCare, allows applicants to fill out a profile, ask questions, and share their qualifications with other applicants.
The profile, which is not yet public, includes the NSFs job description, the location, and the general subject matter of the position.
The application is open to anyone who has applied to a job at the NSFS, including applicants who have been hired.
NSFcare’s profile, though, is not for the most technical types of jobs.
It only asks applicants if they have a college degree or equivalent.
Hitt, the director of the NSFE’s Human Resources office, says that the NSFCs goal is to provide job seekers with information that they can use to make an informed decision about their future.
“It’s really about understanding what skills you’re looking for and how many people you’re interviewing for,” she said.
“If you’re in the Public health field, that information is critical.”
If you would like to apply for a public health job, you can do so here.
The Public Health Career Board is a collaborative effort of NSF, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other federal agencies.
The job board has already had some success with its recruitment efforts.
In 2015, the Human Resources Department hired more than 2,400 new applicants for public education positions.
But Hitt says that NSF should be more proactive in hiring for the field in the future.
The agencies’ efforts to hire more and better candidates for public positions are just beginning.
“You can’t really do a whole lot to recruit if you don’t have an understanding of the job,” she says.
For now, the job boards job listing and the online job search site provide information that applicants can use as they decide what they want to do with their lives.
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