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Entry-level career options in health science

Woman typing codeIf you are considering a Health Science diploma, you may not have planned for additional studies at the degree or diploma level. Some students are just interested in the fields of health and science and would like to learn more and apply their learning in the workforce. Although many heath careers require advanced degrees or specialized diplomas, there are some entry-level career options.

The Health Science program can prepare you to become a medical doctor by qualifying you to attend the Xavier University School of Medicine (XUSOM). However, it can also serve as an introduction to Health Science that you can use in an entry-level position.

What entry-level career options are available

Many people with health science diplomas or degrees work in positions such as:

Health care administration: Hospitals and clinics don’t rely solely on doctors and nurses to operate. Behind the scenes are administrative positions that take care of clerical tasks, accounting, procurement, marketing, transcription and reports and much more. Skilled administrators can rise through the ranks to management positions.

Sales: Pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies rely on sales people to develop specialized knowledge of their products and to communicate that knowledge effectively to patients, doctors, clinics, hospitals and others. If you have good presentation skills, you may enjoy working in sales.

Writing and editing: Journals, newspapers and science-based publications need people with knowledge of health to fact-check, edit and write articles on health science issues.

Non-profit: There are numerous health-related non-profits in Canada. These include charities that provide supports to people living with disease or charities that provide research and fund programs. They need people to do research, write papers, deliver presentations, perform administrative tasks, and work in communications.

Public health: Public Health agencies focus on prevention of disease. They may hire people with health and science knowledge as researchers, report writers, or even educators to go out and talk to the community. They may hire inspectors to ensure that businesses and public facilities are being run safely.

Laboratory: Entry-level jobs in laboratories include lab assistant and lab technician. These involve collecting samples, operating equipment and updating medical records.

Insurance companies: Insurance companies require people with medical knowledge to write reports, analyze information, assist with investigations, provide customer service and communications.

Government: Governments fund many of the activities that relate to health in Canada, and provide some research and services themselves. There are numerous opportunities for researchers, writers, communication experts, administrators and others in governments of all levels.

These are some of the entry-level career options you may be qualified for with a diploma in Health Sciences. After working in a field, you may have a greater awareness of where you would like to work, in which case, you may return to college or university for more specialization. Who knows, you may even decide to attend medical school or become a nurse or pharmacist one day.

A diploma in Health Science is a great way to find out your options and get started on the path to an exciting career. To find out if the Health Science diploma program at Accelerated Career Institute (ACI) is right for you, contact us today for more information.


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