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Indian Health Service

An IHS Health Professions Career

Opportunity. Adventure. Purpose.

Uncompromising values, unique perspectives, high expectations and a commitment to patriotic and public service lead many transitioning military veterans to choose the Indian Health Service (IHS).

At IHS, you’ll find professional rewards and personal fulfillment providing care to 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives — in some of the most beautiful areas of the country.  

IHS offers a choice of three options for health professionals to practice their specific discipline: working as a federal civil service employee, as an Officer in the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service (USPHS) or directly for a Tribal or Urban Indian program. Each option offers career flexibility, competitive salaries and benefits and ample opportunity for advancement.

Our health care professionals work in interdisciplinary teams, providing patient-centered care to culturally rich populations with proud traditions and unique heritages to share. You’ll enjoy a structured but flexible work schedule and have ample opportunities for amazing outdoor recreational pursuits offered through IHS’ 12 geographic Areas.

Join Our Team

Provide the highest standards of care and support Native communities in a direct and meaningful way. We’re hiring Physicians, Pharmacists, Dentists, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and other health care professionals.

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The policy of the IHS is to provide absolute preference to qualified American Indian applicants and employees who are suitable for federal employment in filling vacancies within the IHS. IHS is an equal opportunity employer. While IHS policy gives priority selection to qualified American Indian/Alaska Native candidates, veteran preference is also a determining factor.

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