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People often associate healthcare with a few widely-known professions; however, there are opportunities in healthcare that focus on art, the environment, business, data and informatics, and more! Over the next several years, healthcare occupations will grow faster than any other field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Healthcare is a popular interest area for CLA students, and is one of the top industries that our graduates pursue. Many occupations in healthcare require advanced degrees, so early exploration is key to finding your fit.

Science careers span multiple disciplines, including space sciences, earth sciences, life sciences, chemistry and physics. Science professionals can be found in most sectors and industries, including government, healthcare, and education. Opportunities and advancement potential will vary based on your level of education, so it is important to think about whether an advanced degree will be necessary to achieve your career goals.

Career Information

There are a variety of roles in healthcare and science. To find your fit in healthcare, consider questions like:

  • Are you interested in the health of individuals, or the health of communities/public?
  • Do you want to be in a clinical setting, treating and diagnosing patients?
  • How long do you want to be in school?
  • Are you interested in research and finding discoveries that impact the treatment of disease?
  • Would you like to be in the healthcare industry, but not delivering care?

For careers in healthcare and science, consider what type of role may be a good fit for you and how you can not only gain experience related to your field or setting of interest, but also gain skills for the particular job role you would like to occupy.

 
Job Titles & Descriptions

O*NET, a free online database, provides career information including job duties, salary, and job growth information for hundreds of careers. Explore healthcare and science careers using sources like the Pre-Health Student Resource Center, CLA Pre-Health, Career Cornerstone Center, CAPE, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CAREERwise Education.

Healthcare Job Opportunities

Below is a small sampling of organizations that have recruited CLA students, and/or where CLA alumni have found positions. For a more comprehensive list of job openings, search GoldPASS

Entry-Level

  • Medical Scribe, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Home Health Aide, ACR Homes
  • Clinical Review Technician, Prime Therapeutics
  • Health Information Coordinator, Woodwinds Health Campus
  • Scheduling Coordinator, Community Dental Care
  • Public Health Associate, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention  
  • Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk
  • Health Science Specialist/Research Coordinator, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Campus-Based VISTA, AmeriCorps VISTA College Health Corps
  • Anesthesia Technician, Sanford Health

Experienced (advanced degree noted)

  • Community Outreach Coordinator, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (MPH)
  • Physician, Health Partners (MD)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Community Health Center (PsyD)
  • Business Director, Loyola University Medical Center (MHA)
  • Owner, Patent Illustrator (MDI)
  • Health Services Research Director, Minnesota Department of Health (MPH)
  • Pediatric Dentist, The Dental Specialists (DDS)
  • Project Officer, US Department of Health & Human Services (MPH)
  • Clinical Support Analyst, Scripps Health (MS, Health Care Informatics)
  • Assistant Clinical Data Analyst, University of Minnesota (MPH)
  • Physical Therapist, Fairview Health Services (DPT)
Science Job Opportunities

Below is a small sampling of organizations that have recruited CLA students, and/or where CLA alumni have found positions. For a more comprehensive list of job openings, search GoldPASS.

Entry-Level

  • Associate Sample Coordinator, Laboratory Staffing, Inc.
  • Microbiologist, Vascular Solutions, Inc.
  • Environmental Stack Testing Technician, Interpoll Laboratories, Inc.
  • Chemist, Bostik, Inc.
  • Research Specialist, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
  • Laboratory Technician, Russell Tobin & Associates        
  • Associate Biomedical Scientist, AtriCure, Inc.
  • Geologist, Basin Geologic Consulting, Inc.
  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
  • Environmental Consultant, Earth Services & Abatement (ESA), Inc.
  • Assistant Scientist, UMN Medical Center
  • Project Manager, Pace Analytical
  • Field Research Supervisor, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Experienced (advanced degree noted)

  • Associate Scientist, Pfizer (MS Chemistry)
  • Clastic Reservoir Geologist, Badley Ashton (MS Geological Sciences)
  • Water Quality Specialist, Houston Engineering, Inc. (MS Biology)
Job Search, Professional Organizations & Networking Websites
Prepare for this Career Field

Seek out opportunities, such as those listed below, to develop the 10 core career competencies. Analytical & Critical Thinking, Oral & Written Communication, Ethical Reasoning & Decision Making, Teamwork & Leadership, and Engaging Diversity are especially valued in the Healthcare & Science fields.

Gain Research Experience
Undergraduate research is valuable for anyone pursuing an advanced degree, especially in the sciences. There are many ways to participate in research at the University of Minnesota, so be sure to explore them all.

Pursue Internships
Determine what type of experience would be most beneficial for the path you plan to pursue. Read about different types of experience through the Pre-Health Student Resource Center. For a more comprehensive list of job openings, search GoldPASS, a free database of internship, volunteer, and job postings for UMN students. 

  • Medical Scribe, Elite Medical Scribes
  • Sports Medicine Intern, University of Minnesota
  • Direct Care Professional, ACR Homes
  • Volunteer Coordination Intern, Minnesota AIDS Project
  • Public Policy Intern, Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
  • Health Disparities and Cancer Research Intern, UMN Program in Health Disparities Research
  • Research Intern, Marshfield Clinic
  • Community Health Ambassador, Second Harvest Heartland
  • Clinical Cardiology Research Intern, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
  • Environmental Health Intern, Hennepin County Public Health Department
  • Adolescent Injury Prevention Intern, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Plant Community Ecology Intern, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
  • Research & Development Intern, AtriCure, Inc.
  • Project Intern, Clean Energy Resource Teams
  • Microbiology Technician, Land O'Lakes, Inc.  
  • Research & Development Intern, St. Jude Medical

Talk to Professionals
Networking can help you explore a career field; start by doing informational interviews with people who are in organizations that are of interest to you. Find professionals by utilizing the “professional networking” tab on GoldPASS, using the LinkedIn Alumni Tool, and getting connected to professional organizations.

Join a Student Group
Get involved with a Student Group. Student groups can often help connect you to shadowing, volunteer and research opportunities related to your interests.

Take Courses
There is not one major or minor that will prepare you for health care, as there are many pathways into this profession. If you are interested in science, you may want to consider one of CLA’s STEM majors. Below is information about undergraduate and graduate coursework related to this field. These lists are not all-inclusive.

Volunteer
The Center for Community-Engaged Learning has advising staff that will help you get connected to one of the 300+ community organizations that match your interests. HECUA is a program that offers off-campus study that addresses some of the most important issues of our time. Semester-long HECUA programs incorporate classroom studies, an internship, and field work.

Advice From Employers

“Healthcare is a very large area so it is important to flesh out where you see your fit. It is different from traditional business settings and is very values driven so it is important to find your passion. Never stop learning. Establish a mentor and network of professionals. Most direct care patient roles require a specific degree from an accredited school and/or a specific certification/license.” -Allina Health, representative

“Volunteer and internship/clinical experience is very valuable. Use your network. Especially in our clinical roles, we hire many entry level professionals from the students who impressed us during their clinical rotations.” -Allina Health, representative