Health and Medicine

ICC Career Panels

Learn more about careers in health and medicine with these panels.

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  • Careers in Public Health
  • Navigating Your Way Into a Laboratory Career

Healthcare is one of the largest industries in the United States and includes hundreds of occupations. Health and medical careers can be pursued in many ways, including allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, therapies, nutrition, nursing, public health, allied health, health administration and management, health information technology, and clinical laboratory science. Jobs that involve direct patient care in this highly regulated industry will require specific certification and licensure. The basic skills needed to pursue a medical or health-related career can be developed through coursework and hands-on internship, volunteer, or work experiences. It is best to find a career that will fit your unique interests, skills, and values.

For more information on graduate and professional schools for health professions (e.g. medical school or health-related graduate degrees), visit the UC Davis Health Professions Advising office.

Visit the health-related internships section of our website to learn about experiential learning opportunites for enrolled UC Davis undergraduates.

Some possible job titles in health and medicine include:

  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Dentist
  • Pharmacist
  • Dietician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Therapist
  • Health Information Technician
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Podiatrist
  • Health Educator
  • Health Administrator

Areas of Interest

Learn about a wide variety of healthcare career options at Additionally, the Occupational Outlook Handbook provides detailed information about career options in medicine and surgery, athletic and exercise physiology, dentistry, dietetics and nutrition, EMTs and paramedics, genetic counseling, healthcare administration, medical research, medical transcription, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry, speech therapy, and much more. Be sure to check out the “Similar Occupations” tab on each page to explore related fields.

Related fields

If you have an interest in health and medicine careers, you might also be interested in exploring careers in: animal sciences, biological sciences, business and management, counseling and social services, food and beverage, law and public policy, government, international and nonprofit.

Major Information

To find out where fellow Aggies interned and found employment by major, use the ICC data pages.

Campus Organizations

Student organizations are a great place to connect with others exploring similar career interests. Use the keyword search in the Center for Student Involvement’s OrgSync database to find student organizations that relate to your interests.

Master’s and Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral scholars can participate in and take on leadership roles in campus organizations such as the Graduate Student Association, Chancellor’s Graduate and Professional Student Advisory Board and the Postdoctoral Scholar’s Association.

Professional Associations

Joining professional associations related to the industry you are interested in provides access to professionals in the field, and networking opportunities which can lead to potential jobs and internships. Many national associations have state and local chapters you can join. Involvement in associations can also provide you insider updates on industry trends and best practices. One of the best ways to identify relevant associations is to search for them online, but we have provided some resources below to get you started. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

  • AAMC
    The Association of American Medical Colleges, with information for aspiring physicians.
  • AAPA
    The American Academy of Physician Assistants, with information for aspiring PAs.
  • AMSA
    The American Medical Student Association, which has a local chapter at UC Davis.
  • ANA
    The American Nurses Association, with information about various nursing careers.
  • APTA
    The American Physical Therapy Association, with information for aspiring PTs.
    Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, with information for aspiring allied health professionals (dental hygienists, diagnostic medical sonographers, dieticians, medical technologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, radiographers, respiratory therapists, and speech language pathologists).
  • NSGC
    The National Society of Genetic Counselors, with information for aspiring genetic counselors.
  • UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance
    A partnership between pre-medical and pre-health student organizations at UC Davis, which hosts an annual national pre-health conference on campus.

Visit the ICC

If you need further guidance narrowing down your career interests, you can schedule an advising appointment.