What Can I Do With a Major In Physiology?

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Major Information

Physiology majors go on to successful careers in the medical field, academics, advocacy, business, public health, government, publishing, research, and much more. Many physiology undergraduates go on to pursue related fields at the graduate level.

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and 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
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Laboratory experience
  • Quantitative skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Interest code: IRE

Internship & Job Search Websites

Professional Organizations

Career Options

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 physiology alumni in all eight of the career fields).  For more career information for physiology majors, utilize these additional resources:

  • What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
  • LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
  • GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required
Healthcare & Science

Internships

  • 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
  • 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

Entry-Level

  • 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

Experienced

  • 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
Business, Consulting, Marketing & Sales

Entry-Level

  • 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

Experienced

  • 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