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What’s What: Want your work to be part of the solution? Many states are hiring contact tracers now.
Amava Take: If you are looking for interesting, challenging and vital work, contact tracing might be something to consider. As the economy reopens all over the country, there is an urgent need for people trained to identify people infected with coronavirus and trace anyone they have had contact with them who could have been exposed.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?
Organized people with excellent communication skills are sought after to fill these positions. Applicants for contact tracer positions don’t need a background in health care. An interest in public health is excellent, but not necessary.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Recognize that you may be talking with people who are not comfortable being asked personal questions and develop a sensitive and respectful way of getting the answers you need to serve the public interest.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
It will vary depending upon the municipality, but typically regular hours either part-time or full-time.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?
It is great to join a team combatting one of the greatest global challenges of our generation.
How would you describe the hard parts?
It can be difficult to persuade people to self-quarantine at times and sometimes people are reluctant to share information.
What surprised you the most about the experience?
Most people are so appreciative of the work I do. I thought they would be annoyed.
Special Requirements: At least a high school diploma. You can start the currently free training immediately. It takes about five hours and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion.
Finding a Position: There is a national clearing house for contact tracing jobs and information. This article identifies state agencies that are hiring. Wherever you live, check with your local and state health departments to see if they are hiring. Some states have engaged staffing companies to help fill the positions. If you are interested and qualified, you can ask about project management positions as well.