Options for Careers in Health: Medical School Isn’t the Only Path

As an academic advisor in the Biology Advising Center, our team has anecdotally observed an upward trend in the number of students with the career goal of going to medical school.

While our alumni have gone on to becoming successful doctors and dentists, many students will explore and discover diverse and rewarding career paths in health care. What’s most exciting for students interested in this field is that with cutting-edge technology, there will be many new jobs to consider by the time they graduate. The Major Experience Program at UConn, cites a report conducted by Dell Communications, that states that 85% of jobs in 2030 will be new occupations. STEM students with transferable skills will be at the forefront of pursuing emerging health careers. For instance, UConn established a Masters in Surgical Neurophisology in 2019 with the advent of this new occupation in the field of Neuromonitoring, which is projected to boom in coming years.

As an undergrad at UConn, there are many resources you can use this semester to explore health occupations from online tools to meeting with a career consultant. Below is a list of tools to utilize to explore different health occupations:

Start Your Research by Using Online Tools to Explore Health Careers:

One of the best tools is ExploreHealthCareers.org which provides free and reliable information about health careers. This website was created to introduce students to different career opportunities in health. Their mission is to motive students to find careers in health that are a good fit for them.  The website has a career explorer tool which highlights careers based on years spent in school, salary range, and job outlook. This website will help you discover fields that need new workers and what it will take to prepare you to become a professional in this field.

Check out the Health Professions Week Virtual Fair on November 21:  Health Professions Week, November 16-21

Explore Health Careers Org is rolling out a series of exciting online events for Health Professions Week (HPW) during November 16-21. Registration for HPW is free and is now open. Go here to sign up. The virtual events are on-demand and you can watch them on your own time on specific days. Students can explore a broad range of topics such as self-care and financial literacy. Also, check out #HPW2019 on Instagram.

Meet with a Center for Career Development Career Consultant and Academic Advisor:

After participating in #HPW2019, you might discover new health occupations and want to learn more about possible alternative health career paths. Connect with Career Consultants and Academic Advisors on campus to explore various jobs in the health care field. Career Consultants can guide you in using various tools as you discover a potential career in this field. Advisors can also offer insight to possible employment options and refer you to the Center for Career Development and other departmental/campus resources.

Attend Pathways to Healthcare on November 6:

On November 6 from 4:00-5:30, hear from a panel of UConn alumni who are currently working in the field of healthcare in capacities that do not require going to medical school! For more information and to see a list of our alumni panelists, visit the event page in Handshake.

By Katerine Pais
Katerine Pais Academic Advisor