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:
- 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?
- What role would I like to play as a member of a healthcare team?
- 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.
- Registered Nurse
- Nurse Practitioner Physician (MD or DO)
- Physician’s Assistant
- Physical Therapist
- Athletic Trainer
- Occupational Therapist
- 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
- Public Health