Health care


The healthcare 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 healthcare 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
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: 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.
  • Health & Research Opportunities Spreadsheet: This resource is updated by VCU Career Services throughout the year, with programs and opportunities shared by campus partners and external organizations.
  • 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

Any student interested in a career in healthcare is welcome to meet with a career advisor to discuss that path. If you know which path you want to pursue, it is highly recommended that you declare a Pre-Professional Health track. Declaring a track will get you access to resources, events, and classes that may not be available to you through your major. The tracks we offer are:

VCU’s pre-professional health tracks are not an academic major or minor, but rather it is a combination of career development advising and a set of predetermined courses that are widely accepted across the nation for admission requirements. To learn more about the tracks and how to declare a track, visit our information page.

Pre-Professional Health Hub

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. Resources available to students who declare a Pre-Professional Health track include:

  • Declaration videos 
  • Pre-Professional Health Journal
  • GPA Calculator
  • Pre-Professional Health Admissions & Application Resources
  • Pre-Professional Health Admissions Program Tracker


P.R.I.M.E. is a student-led community, networking initiative for students from underrepresented backgrounds interested in careers in healthcare. Visit their website for more info on how to get involved.

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.

Career testimonials

Watch video testimonials from professionals in the health care sector made possible through Candid Career.

Interested in learning more from an interviewee? Click their name to visit their Candid Career page!