Contact tracing involves identifying people that have come into contact with a person infected with a virus, such as Covid-19, in an effort to prevent the virus from spreading further.
How to Become a Contact Tracer:
1. Enroll in a course.
Across the country, public health departments have launched contact tracing plans and are hiring thousands of people to take up the role of contact tracer, also known as a case investigator.
Although you do not require a tertiary qualification to become a contract tracer, arming yourself with knowledge about contact tracing is a great way to augment your CV and attract the attention of employers.
Johns Hopkins University is offering a free 5-hour course on the subject via Coursera. During the course, you will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2, how contact tracing is done, and strategies to overcome various stumbling blocks in the role.
*Note: To become a contact tracer in the state of New York, candidates must have professional public health experience and complete the contact tracing course on Coursera.
2. Update your CV.
If you haven't updated your CV in a while, be sure to check out these resources on how to write a CV and cover letter that will get you an interview. You can also read our contact tracer job description.
- How to write a CV.
- How to write a chronological CV.
- How to write a functional CV.
- How to write a combination/hybrid CV.
- How to write a cover letter [with examples].
3. Find out who's hiring contact tracers.
In your web browser, type "[your state] contact tracing jobs" or check with your local and state health departments to see if they are hiring. We have also put together a handy list, below.
Where to Find Contact Tracer Jobs:
What do I need to become a contact tracer?
- High school diploma or GED.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Good listening skills.
- Computer skills.
- Cultural sensitivity.
- Complete a contact tracing course (state-dependent).
How is contact tracing done for Covid-19?
The local health department provides the contact details of confirmed Covid-19 patients to contact tracing firms. Contact tracers interview these individuals over the phone, asking them to recall all the people they have come into contact with during the time they were infectious. These close contacts are then notified and advised to self-quarantine for 14 days while monitoring themselves for any signs of illness.
Where can I find contact tracer jobs?
You can find contact tracer jobs on job search sites like LinkedIn and ZipRecruiter. See our list of resources above.
How much are contact tracers paid?
Contract tracers are paid between $12 and $35 per hour or $35,000 and $65,000 per year.