Health care

Overview

The health care sector offers diverse opportunities in clinical, research and administrative settings. Opportunities range from patient care and advocacy to research, health care policy and public health. While these careers are often very rewarding — both personally and financially — many require a minimum of four to eight years of education before beginning a career. Explore this section to learn what kind of health care career is right for you.

Helpful resources

  • What Can I Do With This Major: This site offers a list of career paths sorted by common majors
  • Explore Health Careers: This multidisciplinary, interactive website offers extensive information on clinical and nonclinical career paths in health care
  • Mynextmove: Explore possibilities in health care and match your skills
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics: This site provides an encyclopedia of careers you can use to find out about different roles, education requirements, salaries and more.
  • Medical School Applicant Guide: Learn about what you need to be a competitive candidate for medical school.
  • Vault Guides: This site offers a sample of careers in health care. Each guide gives, among other valuable information, an overview of the job and entry-level requirements.
  • Public Health Careers: Explore major areas of public health employment to identify prominent occupations and relevant specializations, and provide employment and salary data.

Pre-professional health career advising

In spring 2020, pre-professional health advising moved within Career Services. If you are interested in learning about the track options, declaring a pre-professional health advising track, or finding out what it takes to maintain your track, you can find that information on the Pre-Professional Health Hub in Canvas.

The guides below are designed to help you explore what it takes to be a professional healthcare practitioner and connect you to resources within each field.

Pre-health guides

VCU Career Services offers career advising for students pursuing pre-health majors. The guides below are designed to help you explore what it takes to be a pre-health major and connect you to resources within each field.

If you are interested in learning about the various majors or parallel planning, you can find that information on the VCU Pre-Health Advising Blog.