- Why this career?
- Athletic Training
- Biomedical Engineering
- Neuroscience Research
- Physical Therapy
- Public Health
- Veterinary Medicine
- Wasserman Genetics Lab
There are numerous career paths to take in the health services fields.
Here are some resources to help you start thinking about your career and why you want to pursue it.
Athletic trainers are members of the health care team focusing on the prevention, examination, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries for not only athletes, but a wide variety of patients in many settings.
Biomedical engineers apply the principles and problem-solving skills of engineering to biology and healthcare. Engineers develop artificial organs and limbs, create new patient monitoring systems, and deliver advanced surgical and therapeutic devices.
Neuroscience research brings together people from many subject areas to study the brain and nervous system.
“Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families,
communities, and populations.” (American Nursing Association)
There are a wide variety of career opportunities in the the nursing profession. Learn more about becoming a nurse:
Pathology is a specialty in medicine focusing on the study of disease. Pathologists provide diagnostic information to other doctors and patients on diseases. They also study the impact of diseases on the human body. Learn more about a career in pathology.
“Pharmacists are important members of the comprehensive health care team; the expertise of pharmacists is vital to the success of the health care team as it designs, implements, and monitors drug therapy for the benefit of patients. Pharmacists use their expertise to keep pace with the rapid changes taking place in the health care system and the growing complexities of providing optimal pharmaceutical care to patients.”
Pharmacy offers a many different career options. Learn more about pursuing a career in pharmacy!
“Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. Physical therapists teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.” (American Physical Therapy Association)
Learn more about becoming a Physical Therapist:
Public health professionals promote and protect the community by making sure the conditions exist for people to be healthy in areas such as tracking diseases, protecting workers, nutrition, and education.
A health services career does not necessarily mean a career working with people. Veterinary medicine deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illness in all types of animals. Learn more about being a vet!
Another career path in health services is to do scientific research in a lab. Professor David Wasserman uses fruit flies to better understand human brain disorders and traumatic brain injuries.