What Can I Do With a Major In Human Physiology?

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Learn more about the human physiology major. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and human physiology majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include a thorough knowledge of the functions of the human body, laboratory experience, verbal and written communication skills, and ability to work independently and as part of a team

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IRE" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.

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Alumni Career Examples 

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Healthcare & Science

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required


  • Research Associate, Hennepin County Medical Center (through Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation)
  • Emergency Department Specialist, UMN Medical Center Fairview
  • Anatomy Bequest Lab Technician, UMN Medical School
  • R&D Intern, AtriCure, Inc.
  • Lab Technician, Anatomy Bequest Program at UMN Medical School
  • Pharmacy Technician, Target
  • Athletic Medicine Intern, University of Minnesota - Athletic Medicine
  • Young Adult Representative, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Certified Nursing Assistant, Brookdale
  • Sports Medicine Intern, University of Minnesota
  • Medical Scribe, EPPA
  • Clinical Office Assistant, North Memorial Medical Center
  • Research Associate, Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation
  • Physical Therapy Intern, Residencia de Mayores
  • HIV and Maternal/Prenatal Healthcare Intern, Child Family Health International/Kigezi Healthcare Foundation
  • Research Associate, Hennepin County Medical Center Research associate
  • Student Undergrad Researcher, Mayo Clinic
  • Health Disparities Research Intern, The Program in Health Disparities Research (UMN)
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Intern, ACR Homes
  • Laboratory Technician Intern, ABS Global
  • Intern, Children’s Dental Services


  • Medical Scribe, HealthEast
  • Associate Biomedical Scientist, AtriCure, Inc.
  • Customer Service Representative, Handi Medical Supply
  • Emergency Room Scribe, EPPA
  • Clinical Study Associate, MedPace
  • EMT, Allina Health
  • Medical Scribe, Elite Medical Scribes
  • Assistant Scientist, UMN Medical Center
  • Regulatory Affairs, St. Jude Medical
  • Clinical Support & Education Specialist, NeuroScience, Inc.
  • HIM Medical Scribe, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Advanced Nutrition Aide, Fairview Health Services
  • Health Information Coordinator, Woodwinds Health Campus
  • Medical Scribe, Elite Medical Scribes
  • Personal Care Assistant, ACR Homes
  • Personal Care Assistant, Home Health Care, Inc.
  • Personal Care Assistant, Student Experience
  • Supported Living Services, St. David's Center for Child & Family Development


  • Assistant Clinical Data Analyst, UMN
  • Physician, HealthPartners*
  • Forensic Technologist, MedTox Laboratories *
  • Patient & Technical Services Specialist, Medtronic

Graduate Programs

  • MS Food Science, University of Minnesota
  • Pharmacy, University of Minnesota
  • Medical School, University of Minnesota
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Minnesota
  • MS Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology, University of Minnesota
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University
  • MD, University of Minnesota
  • Pharmacy, UMD

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required


  • Research Associate, DSML Executive Search
  • Wisconsin Sales Representative, BioExpress
  • Inside Sales Representative, MedLearn
  • Configuration Analyst, Thomson Reuters
  • Sales Representative, Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics
  • Sales Representative, State Farm
  • Office Manager, Live Your Life Physical Therapy


  • Business Manager, Emergency Services, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Business Director, Cardiovascular Services, Loyola University Medical Center
  • Administrative Director, Hospital Operations, Loyola University Medical Center*
  • Vice President, Patient Access, Loyola University Medical Center*
  • Product Manager, Sterilmed
  • Co-Founder & Chief Experience Officer, Harken Health*
  • VP Innovation, UnitedHealth Group*
  • Digital Health Media Specialist, Tactio Health Group
  • Director of Marketing, MEDFAR Clinical Solutions
  • Account Manager, Corning Life Sciences
  • Business Development Manager, Scientific Specialties, Inc.
  • Senior Account Manager, DAI Scientific Equipment
  • Project Manager, Thomson Reuters
  • Medical Sales Representative, ProGen Medical

Graduate Programs

  • MBA, University of Minnesota
  • MHA, New Product Design & Business Development, University of Minnesota


The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.