Oregon State University

Health Professions

What are Health Professions? Related Careers
Related Skills Job & Internship Search Links
Career Planning Links

Professional Association Links

Miscellaneous Links OSU College of Science - Preparing for Health Professions

Pre-Health Options at OSU

Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science Pre-Dental
Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre-Optometry
Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy
Pre-Physician Assistant Pre-Podiatry
Pre-Veterinary Medicine

What are Health Professions?

There are many health professions available, however, most require additional or special schooling. Thus at OSU we offer many pre-health profession options in connection to any major, typically one within the sciences.

According to the School of Science, "Students can apply to medical school with any major, as long as the required courses are taken. You should choose a major which interests you. Common choices are in Science (Biology, Biochemistry/Biophysics, Chemistry, Microbiology, Zoology), Engineering (Bioengineering, Chemical engineering, Radiation Health Physics, etc), Health and Human Sciences (Exercise and Sports Science, Nutrition, Public Health, etc) or Liberal Arts (Philosophy, Psychology, Spanish, etc.)."

Related Careers

Acute Care



Administrator of Educational Programs

General Practitioner


Administrator of Nursing Services

Geriatric Specialist

Patient Advocate

Adolescent Nurse Specialist


Pediatric Nurse

Adult Health Care Specialist

Guidance Practitioner


Alternative Medicine Specialist


Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

Ambulatory Care Specialist

Health Lawyer

Physical Therapist


Health Promotion Practitioner



Health Regulation Specialist

Physician Assistant

Biotechnology Researcher

Health Scientist

Plastic Surgeon


Health Services Administrator


Cardiovascular Specialist

Healthcare Economist


Case Manager

Healthcare Informatics Specialist



Home Healthcare Practitioner

Psychosocial Nurse

Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Hospital Administrator

Public Health Nurse

Community Health Care Specialist

Infection Control Specialist

Public Health Practitioner

Community Health Education Coordinator

Lactation Consultant

Pulmonary Nurse

Community Health Educator

Maternity Nurse


Correctional Health Specialist

Medical & Health Services Manager

Rehabilitation Nurse

Critical Care Specialist

Mental Health Care Specialist

Respiratory Nurse


Mental Health Ethnic Specialist

School Health Care Specialist


Menu Planner

Social Worker

Developmental Disabilities Specialist



Diabetes Nurse


Speech Pathologist

Diagnostic Imaging Specialist

Neonatal Nurse

Spinal Cord Injury Nurse


Neurological Nurse

Staff Development/Educator

Emergency Room Nurse


Substance Abuse Counselor




Family Nurse


Surgical Nurse

First Aid Nurse

Nurse Researcher

Technical Writer

Fitness Center Director

Nursing Health Policy

Test Kitchen Specialist

Flight Nurse


Trans-cultural Nursing

Food & Drug Inspector


Trauma Specialist

Food Product/Recipe Developer

Occupational Therapist


Food Science Researcher


Weight Reduction Specialist

Forensic Scientist



Related Skills

Ability to Instruct Others


Active Listener


Adaptable and Flexible


Attention to Detail

Organization Skills

Communication Skills (Oral & Written)

Social Perceptiveness

Concern for Others

Stress Tolerance

Critical Thinking Skills



Time Management

Job & Internship Search Links

USAJobs.gov - check out the Students and Recent Grads section and the Federal Jobs by College Major for a listing of job titles related to your major.

Medical and Public Health Jobs with the Federal Government - Find job listings witin the Federal Government, each job posting has a profile with salary range, location, job summary and duties.

Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - offers cancer patients a variety of treatments and has opportunities for professionals in research, various ages of cancer patients and educational opportunities.

Community Non-Profit Resource Group (CNRG) - Non-profit job listings in the Portland Metro area.

National Federation of Paralegal Associations - provides resources for persons who seek to prepare for entry into the paralegal profession.

PoliceEmployment.com - provides links to police and sheriff departments, with resources related to careers in federal law enforcement.

Mentalhealthjobs.com - lists positions for experienced and entry-level mental heal professionals.

SocialService.com - provides resources for individuals with interests in mental health, substance abuse, children and youth, and community and organizational outreach.

Counselingnetwork.com - lists professional positions for counselors and social workers, with a smaller number of entry-level jobs)

Human Services Career Network - lists professional positions for people interested in careers in the human services.

Idealist - offers resources related to non-profit organizations worldwide.

Criminal Justice Careers - an informational resource for those interested in pursing education and careers options among criminal justice and legal professions. Our goal is to gather information and data from trusted and authoritative sources and compile them in an easy to understand format.

Health Professions Jobs

Health eCareers Network

Health Callings

Nonprofit Jobs

Social Service Job Site

Social Work Jobs


Health Services Jobs

HHS Careers

Healthcare Services Jobs

Health Care Jobs

Indian Health Service Jobs

Audiology Jobs


Speech-Language Pathology Jobs


Therapy Jobs


Nursing Recruiters

Nursing Recruitment & Staffing

Travel Nursing Jobs

All Health Jobs

Health Careers


Peace Corps

United Way

Human Services Career Network

Human Services Jobs

Indian Health Service

Social Service.com

United States Department of Health and Human Services

Action Without Borders

Foundation Center


Independent Sector


The New Social Worker Online

Social Service Jobs

Allied Health Careers

Federal Jobs

HS Careers


RN Job Opportunities

Nursing Jobs

Healthcare Jobs

Medical Jobs

Medical Staffing

Medical Workers

Nurse Recruiter

Healthcare Recruitment


HHS Careers

Tenet Health Jobs

Wallace Medical Concern

Career Planning Links

Occupational Outlook Handbook - the following links also provide a summary of the career, what they do, the work environment, how to become one, the job outlook, similar occupations and contacts for more information.

Explore Careers in Life Sciences

OHSU Clinical Services - provides a list of services and programs that OHSU provides. The links allow for the possibility of researching programs in depth.

Guide to College Majors in Health Services - defines what Health Services is and gives a varity of possible majors that lead into Health Service careers.

HHS Careers - a career page from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which includes a wide variety of career information and job opportunities.

Health Career Services - is a recruiting firm that matches providers and professionals in the Health Services field.

Medical Coding and Billing - defines a variety of medical coding and billing careers and what educational steps are required for those careers.

Medical Assistant Program - defines the medical assistant career and provides salary and outlook information.

Explore Health Careers

Speech-Language Pathology Careers

Social Workers- Help Starts Here

Be a Social Worker

Explore Health Careers

The Social Worker Career Center

Planet Social Work

Counseling Career Center

Social Work Career Center

American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work

Social Work Degree - focuses on careers in helping people and what it takes to get further education in the field as a social worker

Nursing Explorer - This website offers information for students who are interested in learning more about different types of nursing programs, general admission requirements of each degree type,how long they take, how much they cost and a lot more.

Discover Nursing - Learn nursing statistics, view benefits and salaries, search for education programs and scholarships and find jobs

Nursing Schools - Find a full list of accredited nursing schools and learn about nursing careers

Nursing Career Profiles from Nurse Week - Job profiles provided for nursing positions, nursing specialties, and career alternatives. Then once you decide what type of job you want look at job listings

Explore Health Careers - This career explorer provides everything you will ever need to know about a variety of health careers

Best Nursing Degree- Become an RN - Learn about education, the job hunt, and on the the job information for nursing careers

Nursing Careers - A great site to find up to date nursing news, take courses and find jobs

Nursing Career Center

Nursing Community

Choose Nursing

Careers in Nursing


CNA Classes

Professional Association Links

Nursing Society - Through this society you can contact a career advisor, utilize a career map to discover resources for choosing a nursing career, and search for nursing, faculty, administrative or research jobs.

American Nurses Association - the ANA has plenty of career infomation to help further professional development, recieve career advice or even find a job.

American Association for Colleges of Nursing

Honor Society of Nursing

National Federation of Liscensed Practical Nurses

National League for Nursing

National Association of Social Workers

Council on Social Work Education

Association of Social Work Boards

International Federation of Social Workers

American Counseling Association

National Council of Nonprofit

American Academy of Audiology

American Speech-Language-Hearing  Association

Healthcare Providers Service Organization

The American Occupational Therapy Association

New York Physical Therapy Association

U.S. Department of Health and Human Sciences

Miscellaneous Links

Evaluation and the Health Professions

Journal of Continuing Education in Health Professions

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