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Why a Career at HHS?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the government’s principal agency for protecting the health and well-being of all Americans. Our employees are individuals who are willing and able to accept the tremendous responsibility of upholding the mission of the agency. Examples of some agencies within the HHS family are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

At HHS, we offer you a rewarding career focused on improving the quality of life for millions of people by serving on the frontlines of the newest developments in health research, care, and technologies. Your service could take the form of:

NIH employees demonstrate lab work to students
Employees of the National Institutes of Health show some of the work they do in the lab to students.
  • Ensuring access to high-quality health care
  • Helping parents find affordable child care
  • Ensuring that America's food supply is safe
  • Researching the latest drugs and treatments for a host of infectious diseases
  • Pushing the boundaries of how we diagnose and treat mental health diseases

HHS employs individuals from diverse social and academic backgrounds into a full range of career fields and positions including doctors, nurses, biologists, social and physical scientists, economists, computer specialists, budget analysts, administrative and clerical specialists, and epidemiologists.

Are you ready to step up to our challenge to take on a rewarding career that can change lives for the better? We are looking for innovators and leaders, who love a challenge and want to inspire others and make a positive impact. Come join us and help us continue the amazing work that our family of agencies does every day to ensure that all Americans are well. Bring your expertise to us and have a chance to impact not only America, but the world with your work.

Where to Work

Learn more about the Staff and Operating Divisions responsible for implementing and managing HHS programs in Washington, DC, and across our 10 regional offices.
Access a comprehensive list of jobs available in the entire family of HHS agencies and learn more about employment with the U.S. federal government.


The Pathways Programs for students and recent graduates offers clear paths to Federal internships, career opportunities, and training and career development.

About Human Resources

Learn more about the Office of Human Resources (OHR), which provides strategic leadership in development and assessment of HHS' human resources program and policies.
Content created by Office of Human Resources (OHR)
Content last reviewed on December 1, 2017