What is a Health Career?

Health Careers range very broadly from those that involve “hands-on” care of individual patients to those that involve examining health and health care practices from a wider, population-level perspective. Below is a list of the types of health careers you might pursue following your time at SLU. Identifying your career goal can be challenging, but consider the questions below to help guide your decisions:

1. What type of environment do I see myself working in? Will I be helping people by giving stitches OR counseling them about dietary choices OR analyzing data sets to identify trends in disease incidence?

2. What role would I like to play as a member of a healthcare team?

3. What are my biggest strengths? What career would best enable me to use these traits and talents?

Finally, start shadowing. This is the best way to determine whether a particular career is a good fit for you.

“Hands-on” Healthcare
Registered Nurse
Nurse Practitioner Physician (MD or DO)
Physician’s Assistant
Physical Therapist
Chiropractor
Athletic Trainer
Occupational Therapist
Dentist
Optometrist
Veterinarian
Pharmacist
Speech Pathologist
Speech and Language Therapist

Counseling & Education
Registered Dietitian
Health Educator
Marriage and Family Therapist
Mental Health Counselor Clinical Social Worker
Genetic Counselor
Certified Diabetes Educator

Management & Analysis
Healthcare Administration
Clinical Trial Management
Occupational Health & Safety Analyst
Epidemiology
Public Health