Explore Healthcare Careers

Healthcare is a broad and evolving field. As an undergraduate student, exploring options and gaining experience in health and non-health settings can give you confidence in finding your place in healthcare.

Do your own research to analyze careers, utilize resources, practice networking (i.e., attending career fairs, informational interviews with professionals in the field, etc.), and reflect on yourself, your goals, and what you need in your career. Making exploring fun and useful for you! 

Consider Healthcare Careers According to What Matters to You

If you enjoy ... working toward a healthier world ... communicating, teaching and human interactions ... working with technology, research and data ... diagnosing and treating patients ... promoting wellness and maintaining patient health
  • Climatologist
  • Disaster and Emergency Specialist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Health Equity Director
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Infection Preventionist
  • Global Health Consultant
  • Occupational Health and Safety Expert
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Community Health Promoter
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Healthcare Marketing and Communication Specialist
  • Medical Sales Representative
  • Nonprofit Executive Director
  • Public Health Educator
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Public Health Nutritionist
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Chiropractor
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dietitian and Nutritionist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Health Coach
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Biostatistician
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Clinical Research Coordinator    
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Health Information Manager
  • Health Systems Analyst
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist   
  • Medical Researcher
  • Medical Technology Researcher and Developer    
  • Natural Science Manager
  • Audiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Veterinarian

Consider Your Role in Healthcare

CLA alumni have pursued an array of health functions that align with their interests, values, skills, and strengths, as a way to explore the possibilities in healthcare while a student and alumni. The career areas presented here breakdown healthcare functions based on the type of work you may prefer to do. You can have experience and interest in one or more of these areas throughout your career. 

  • Direct Patient Care: refers to any position where you are in contact with a patient and helping them, utilizing your medical-related knowledge and skills. 
  • Health Administration/Business: refers to any field involving leadership, management, and administration of public health systems, hospitals,  hospital networks, and healthcare systems.
  • Industry: refers to positions related to fields like research, working in a lab, and quality assurance. 
  • Public Health: Public health "promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.” (American Public Health Association)

Explore CLA's Resources

  • "Healthcare & Science" is one of the eight most common broad career fields CLA graduates pursue. Sign up for this career field's enewsletter.
  • Use the MyCareerManagement tool to recommend next steps in your career development.