While we at VA often highlight career options for transitioning military personnel and Veterans, did you know that we also have a number of vacant positions that are open to the public?

As long as you’re a U.S. citizen, you can apply to jobs that are considered “open to the public.” Anyone, including current federal employees or those eligible for a different hiring path, can apply to these jobs.

Right now, over 3,000 vacant positions across VA are open to the public. Let’s take a look at some of the jobs you can apply for to begin your VA career.

  1. Chiropractors

A VA chiropractor makes adjustments to the body to restore joint and related soft tissue function. As with all of our treatments, this approach to health care is holistic, stressing the patient’s overall well-being. You may combine your care with other forms of treatment depending on the patient’s specific needs.

  1. Dermatologists

Our dermatologists meet with and treat Veterans in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics. In addition to performing minor procedures, you’ll also answer patient questions and educate Veterans and their caregivers about different treatments and therapies.

  1. Medical Records Technicians

Responsible for the overall quality and completeness of clinical documentation, medical records technicians are skilled in classifying data from patient health records in our medical centers and care facilities. A core aspect of this job is examining patient records with an eye toward improving documentation processes.

  1. Medical Support Assistants

Medical support assistants are tasked with receiving and indexing health and administrative information. They use a variety of data systems to schedule patients for appointments, including interpreting and verifying provider orders in accordance with our scheduling guidelines.

  1. Nurses

One of several positions with a regular, ongoing need is that of nurses, who play a crucial role in Veterans’ long-term, holistic health. You’ll collaborate across disciplines and treatment settings with medical teams and other community resources to help coordinate the full spectrum of patient care.

  1. Optometrists

At VA, an optometrist oversees clinical eye exams and may prescribe optical or electronic devices to help Veterans. As a trained eye care specialist, you may also perform diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative procedures to manage vision problems and performance.

  1. Physicians

Physicians of all disciplines are a long-term need at VA, with countless positions open across our more than 1,200 facilities. Our variety of care environments, research prospects and educational support gives you limitless room to grow and advance in your career.

  1. Police Officer

If you want to help Veterans but don’t have health care experience, you may be interested in a VA law enforcement career. VA police officers have varied duties that benefit not only Veterans but also the communities they live in, serving as an active federal police force in and around our facilities.

  1. Psychologists

At VA, we understand the unique challenges Veterans face when returning home and transitioning back to civilian life. Our staff psychologists expertly tailor treatment plans that meet patients where they are, ease their symptoms and help them achieve wholeness.

  1. Social workers

Social work at VA focuses on recovery, coordinating care that empowers Veterans and their families to take charge of their well-being and pursue fuller lives. From counseling and emergency services to telemedicine, our social workers do what it takes to help Veterans reclaim their mental and emotional freedom.

Which jobs are open to the public?

When you begin your search on USA Jobs, select the “Open to the public” filter. Your results will display all available jobs.

You can also look inside each individual job announcement. In the “This job is open to…” section, you’ll find that a job open to the public will display the “public” icon, which looks like three small figures in white against a circle of blue.

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All these roles, and others like them, are important to VA and the Veterans we serve. Browse these job listings and more as your first step toward a career at VA.

NOTE: Positions listed in this post were open at the time of publication. All current available positions are listed at USAJobs.gov.

By VA Careers

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Published on Feb. 4, 2022

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  1. Annette L. Bullard February 13, 2022 at 8:03 am

    People’s that has negative to say about the VA is a problem to themselves and other.

  2. Darrel Hornsby February 11, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    I’ve noticed in the past year, there is a shortage of qualified doctors, my concern is the veterans care could be compromised. Hopefully the VA will get this resolved . I have used VA health care exclusively for the past 14 years. I am completely satisfied. The VA Pharmacy is second to none.

  3. Richard Dougherty February 7, 2022 at 3:46 am

    I am a massotherapist, have practiced in Ohio, Wisconsin and California. Certified in massage, also trained in NMT, Positional Release techniques and studies Barnes Myofacil Release..all an adjunct treatment to Chiropractic. In Brasil but wanting to come home to Flirida panhandle…might my services be needed?

    Richard Dougherty

  4. Alan Bombria February 6, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Don’t do it. The VA sucks for veterans and employees alike. You will regret working for th federal government almost immediately. Unless you’re just in it for benefits. Then you’re part of the problem.

    • Annette L. Bullard February 13, 2022 at 8:00 am

      I will not say it suck. That is bad publicity need they give you an opportunity to be. Part of it work force.. to say such you were part of the problems. Please understand I am a Vetram and I think that any employees who work for the Veternam should be thankful for that opportunity . I will love to work for the veteran I am a vet myself 71Lemma (Administrative clerk. I am a team player.

      • Shawnale Wear February 16, 2022 at 4:59 pm

        I’m 2nd generation Veteran in a large family of 3 generations of. After I earned my civilian Airframe and Powerplant licence in 1987 it was such a struggle as a female to find a job in the San Francisco Bay Area I decided to play music. I have been blessed with my father’s or mother’s trait Attention Deficit Disorder left untreated …so now I’m confused and am needing a job but I m having trouble writing a resume with a round life that never fit into a square hole . nevermind…I’m only 64 ….it’s my fault.

  5. Bennie Hartfield February 6, 2022 at 11:53 am


  6. VJ February 6, 2022 at 11:49 am

    No comments

  7. Melvin Jerome Cobbs February 6, 2022 at 10:35 am

    I’m looking for work.

  8. Melvin Jerome Cobbs February 6, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Yes I’m interested in a new career.

  9. Jim Volstad February 6, 2022 at 10:13 am

    It was 26+ years ago this weekend, that I was more dead than alive. While stationed at Fort Knox KY, I was hit head-on by a drunk driver as I was driving back to the the Post. I spent 4 months in the hospital learning how to walk again.

    Today I am retired from the Army and from my civilian profession. In my free time, I am a VA Volunteer.

  10. Jewel Joseph tucker February 6, 2022 at 9:14 am

    I’m 75 and 70 percent disabled,is there anything I could do?

  11. Margi L February 6, 2022 at 8:45 am

    We are in desperate need of Respiratory Therapists at the VA. These positions are open to the public and should be included in your information. During this on-going pandemic Respiratory Therapists are a vital part of the ICU team as well as in-patient care. We manage the ventilators, CPAPs and HFNCs.

  12. Willie Flagh February 6, 2022 at 12:50 am

    The process is too cumbersome. It should be streamlined.

  13. Carlos Jackson February 5, 2022 at 11:50 pm


    • Sw February 10, 2022 at 2:50 pm

      I going to help you! You deserve a job there!
      Ok, so first thing you need to know is cater your resume to the job. DO NOT use a blanket resume for every job. Nope, it is very time consuming in the beginning but once you have a job in the VA transferring will be easier. So put the time in.
      Cater evet resume by using keywords in the announcement in your resume. You cannot blame HR either. Because at first the whole process computerized. If you don’t have the words you won’t make it past the computer. Then it filters done into a document that HR gets. This is when a person combs through it and makes sure you qualify. Then it gets on the desk of the hiring manager.
      By that time it is down to a few names.
      I hope this helps.

  14. Melinda February 5, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Any woman over the age of 40 should give this hiring a miss. I was discriminated against at my VA because of my age and I got NOTHING from remediation. As a matter of fact Caitlyn Gearhart in HR still has never sent me a letter formally telling me I wasn’t hired. Two jobs I was more qualified for over the candidates who got hired. I was VRA eligible but gearhart made me go through competitive hiring!!
    I can run circles around the current MSA’s that are working there, they have no clue how to type a professional letter (I’ve seen spelling errors) and none of them know how to align the letter on the paper to do a proper “z fold” so the name shows through the window on the envelope. I honestly don’t think they could possibly type out an envelope (non’window) if they had to. I’m lucky I’ve gotten the letters they have mailed to me. As a matter of fact lately the MSA’s can’t be bother to send letters reminding me of my appointments!

  15. Ernie Howe February 4, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Here is the VA trying to accomplish the #1 Mission at the VA. PROTECT THE SYSTEM & EXPAND. #2 Misson at the VA. Make sure those statistics are skewed enough to accomplish #1. And #3 Mission at the VA. Accomplish #’s 1 & 2 so we can protect at get awarded those Bonuses & Prmotions.
    Veterans are just a tool used to keep an OUT OF CONTROL & inept Govt medical system with 2nd & 3rd rate doctors who can’t make it in the REAL WORLD, so they hide under liability protection of the govt. & to keep govt union employees in a great benefit job!
    If VA Healthcare is so great, call Medicare & try to find out why VA Care doesn’t meet the minimum requirements of Medicare? Because if it did, we could use our Parts A,B,D Medicare & throw the VA a single finger salute! By not meeting Medicare veterans are FUNNELED into a corrupt, uncaring, out of control systemwide politicians on both sides are AFRAID OF!
    Best Care Available *ss!

  16. Annette Bullard February 4, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    I been trying to landed a position with VA .

  17. Nicholas Hickling February 4, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Honestly, I’m quite sick of civilians working in the VA. For one, we have thousands of vets on the streets that could be employed and two 9 out of 10 civilians are soo out of touch with the needs of most vets namely ones with PTSD. The VA isn’t a normal hospital and shouldn’t be cared for like one. We usually get under qualified practitioners like residential doctors or “therapists” that are really just social workers. I know they must mean well but we deserve the best of the best not what the government can get for the lowest price.

  18. Roger Sample February 4, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    I am retired from the VA as a Fire Protection Specialist. I am interested in working part time in the Safety Department. I have been involved in several zero life safety Joint Commission Surveys.

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