Health Sciences - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Health Sciences.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Observe and gather information through interviews and formal assessments to analyze capabilities and issues
  • Awareness of data collection and analysis methods used in the field of health sciences including research design, sampling, experiments and surveys
  • Identify individual and community health care needs making recommendations and communicating effectively to health care teams, patients and the public
  • Apply knowledge of health science topics such as biostatistics, epidemiology, prevention of chronic diseases, infectious diseases, psycho-social problems and injuries to practice, policy and programs
  • Evaluate ethical, political, scientific, socio-cultural and economic factors and apply information in decisions and actions
  • Use health and wellness perspectives to advocate for a cause, policy, individual or group

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Art/Music Therapist
Athletic Therapist
Cardiovascular Technologist
Child Life Specialist
Community Health Nurse
Dental Assistant
Dental Hygienist
Dental Lab Technician
Forensic Pathologist
Genetic Counsellor
Health Care Administrator
Health Educator/Promoter
Health Information Specialist
Home Care Worker
Massage Therapist
Medical Imaging/X-ray Technician
Medical Lab Technician
Medical Sales Representative
Medical Secretary
Mental Health Nurse
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Nurse Practitioner
Occupational Health Nurse
Occupational Therapist
Osteopathic Physician
Pharmaceutical Sales Agent
Physiotherapy Assistant
Physician Assistant
Prosthetics Technician
Public Health Care Nurse
Public Health Nutritionist
Recreational Therapist
Social Worker
Speech Language Pathologist

Potential Employers

Colleges and Universities
Community Health Organizations
Fertility Centres
Health Advocacy Organizations
Health Research Centres
Long-term Care Facilities
Medical Offices
Pharmaceutical Industry
Public Health Agencies
Private Practice
Research Labs           
Social Service Agencies
Wellness Centres

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Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.

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