Careers

Newsletters

Stetson's Health Professions Advisory Committee prepares three newsletters per semester which are sent to all pre-health students. The newsletters announce upcoming events and typically highlight a health profession, presenting information about work tasks, necessary education and admission policies within a particular field. The newsletters and the following section of this handbook are designed to broaden your prospective on the health care field and stimulate exploration of these alternative professions.

Health Care Options

There are many career options available within the health care industry. The sample of jobs listed below will give you a feel for the breadth of opportunities. For more information visit Career Services.

  • Anesthesiologist
  • Animal Health Technician
  • Art Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Audiologist
  • Biochemistry Technologist
  • Biofeedback Therapist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biostatistician
  • Blood Bank Technologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Consumer Protection Specialist
  • Coroner
  • Corrective Therapist
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Dance Therapist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Laboratory Technician
  • Dentist
  • Dietician/Nutritionist
  • Embalmer
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Clinical Scientist
  • Genetic Engineer
  • Health Care Consultant
  • Health Economist
  • Health Programs Analyst
  • Histotechnician
  • Home Health Aide
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Infection Control Officer
  • Industrial Therapist
  • Manual Arts Therapist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Medical Librarian
  • Medical Publisher
  • Medical Record Technician
  • Medical Record Transcriptionist
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Medical Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Midwife
  • Mortician
  • Music Therapist
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optician
  • Optometrist
  • Orthodontist
  • Osteopathic Physician
  • Paramedic
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physical-Integration Practitioner
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physical Therapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Prosthetist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Public Health Educator
  • Public Health Officer
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Rehabilitative Services Coordinator
  • Reproductive Endocrinologist
  • Research & Development Specialist
  • Research Technologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Science Photographer
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Sports Physician
  • Surgeon
  • Surgical Technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Wellness Center Director
  • Zoologist

Trends in Health Care

Number of Applications to Programs in the Health Professions

Most graduate programs in the health professions receive far more applications than they have spots in their incoming classes. So it is important that you meet the academic standards that the programs require and that your application stands out (completed correctly, contains details of health-related and other extracurricular activities, includes a well-written personal statement, etc) and is supported by excellent letters of evaluation. For example, during the 2016-17 application cycle there were 53,032 applicants for 21,030 seats in medical schools (MD). With each applicant filing 8-10 applications that means there were over 20 applications per seat.

Need for Primary Care physicians

The number of physicians choosing to specialize in primary care has risen recently and is expected to continue to rise in the near future as medical schools try to remedy the national shortage in primary care physicians and the shift in focus in health care to preventative medicine. The need for primary care is more acute in rural and inner city environments where more than 4,000 doctors are needed.

Health maintenance Organizations

HMOs are now an integral part of our health care system. Physicians belonging to HMOs agree to treat member patients for predetermined fees. Students entering professional school in the health professions have to be prepared to consider working in this type of environment.

Growing Fields

Related to the renewed focus on primary care, other health professionals like physician assistants and advanced practice nurses are in need. These professions will grow for at least the next 10 years as they become a central part of the health care system.

The need for all kinds of providers who specialize in geriatrics will increase, particularly among nurses, physician assistants, and physical therapists.

The need for genetic counselors will intensify. This field combines an understanding of genetics and an appreciation of ethical and philosophical issues.

Necessary Skills

In addition to the requisite academic skills, communication skills are vital for being a good health care provider. An appreciation for the viewpoint of others, an understanding of ethical and social issues, and interest in helping humanity are necessary to demonstrate a propensity for patient care. Students will need to have a firm grasp of computer skills as computers become a vital part of medical records and communication. The overall academic strength of Stetson and internship and volunteer opportunities enable our students to acquire these skills.