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.

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.
See the list below of the types of health careers you might pursue following your time at SLU.
“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