With unemployment reaching levels that rival the Great Depression it's nice to know that the state of New York has 17,000 job openings that need to be filled. Some of these jobs pay as much as $50,000 a year and you can work from home.

This goal is for the state to hire about 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 people in an area of New York. So there will be more contact tracers hired Downstate than Upstate.

So what do you do as a contact tracer? According to the CDC website, "In contact tracing, public health staff work with a patient to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious. Public health staff then warn these exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible."

This is obviously an important job in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, not only here in New York, but all over the U.S.

To apply to be a contact tracer you must have a high school diploma or equivalency degree and you'll need good communication skills. You'll be contacting potentially infected individuals and you'll need to have a good "bedside manner". Also, a computer and a mobile phone are required.

In addition to contact tracers, the state is also hiring Supervisors and Community Contact Specialists. According to the article at www.nyup.com. Supervisors are required to have a bachelor’s degree and a nursing license, Specialists also need a bachelor’s and some kind of experience in social services.

Full time and part-time positions are available.

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