Healthcare & Human Services

Look below for relevant events and throughout this page for resources to help you learn about and land a position in this field. You can also subscribe to this community’s newsletter or join the Facebook group for job/internship updates, employer events, and more.

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Spring 2023 Events

Check back soon for more spring events in this Career Community.

Jan 31

Public Service Fair

January 31, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Feb 02

Equity & Inclusion Career & Internship Fair

February 2, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Feb 13

Career Fair Prep Night

February 13, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Feb 15

Spring Career & Internship Fair – Day 1

February 15, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Feb 16

Spring Career & Internship Fair – Day 2

February 16, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Apr 03

Virtual Fall Career & Internship Fair

April 3, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jobs & Internships on Handshake

Here’s a preview of just a few positions currently available on Handshake. Note that the date shown is not the application due date, but is the date the position was posted!

Explore Career Paths

If you’re interested in careers in helping people whether through direct care as a counselor or therapist, by managing healthcare systems to impact the patient experience, or analyzing data to improve efficiency in the delivery of services, there’s a place for you in allied health, public/global health, mental health, health administration and management, clinical research and much more.

Pre-Health Advising: If you have an interest in professional programs in healthcare, please consider making an appointment to see a Pre-Health Advisor

Looking for more? Explore regional health & mental health organizations!

For students who are interested in careers where you are part of a medical team, “allied health care providers may play roles in evaluating and assessing a patient’s needs, keeping the physician and others informed of the patient’s progress and caring for the patient. Others work independently as specialists in exercise, nutrition, health education, speech and daily function.”

See the Center for Pre-Health Advising website Allied Health Professions  for additional information about job functions, professional associations, graduate school and additional resources. L&S students interested in these professions are still able to meet with the Career & Internship Specialist in SuccessWorks.

Allied Health

Some of these professionals include counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers and psychiatric nurses who help children, adolescents and adults deal with a variety of life stresses and problems, including addiction/substance abuse; problems with self-esteem; aging-related mental health issues; and other emotional or behavioral issues. Learn more about mental health professions with the resources and organizations below.

Psychology

Counseling

School Psychology

Counseling
Clinical Psychology
School Psychology

These professionals are are the business side of healthcare and their responsibilities include developing policy, coordinating and directing planning, maintaining an efficient and effective organizational structure, managing the organization’s assets, and analyzing the organization’s profitability and efficiency. A healthcare management career requires leadership skills, specialized knowledge of the healthcare industry, financial management, human resources, healthcare technology and informatics.\

To get started on exploring different career paths and options in this field, check out the following resources to learn about current topics and discussions happening in the healthcare realm to get some insights into the industry.

Healthcare Management

Social work is an evidence-based profession that promotes human and community wellbeing. Guided by a person-in-environment framework, a global perspective, respect for human diversity, and knowledge based on scientific inquiry, the purpose of social work is actualized through its quest for social and economic justice, the prevention of conditions that limit human rights, the elimination of poverty, and the enhancement of the quality of life for all persons, locally and globally.

Learn more with these resources and organizations:

Social Work

 

There are many great careers that involve the intersections of health and business, from healthcare consulting, to medical device sales, to digital health and health devices.

Healthcare Consulting
Medical Device Sales
Digital Health

Pharmacists are medication experts who enhance patient care and promote wellness. They ensure medicines and doses are correct, prevent harmful drug interactions, counsel patients on the safe and appropriate use of their medications, and prepare and dispense prescriptions. As a pharmacist, you will have unique and specialized expertise about the composition of medicines, including their chemical, biological, and physical properties, as well as their manufacture and use. You may prepare personalized medications, participate in patient rounds at the hospital, reduce the spread of infections, conduct research or clinical trials for a biopharmaceutical company, or focus on a specific patient population or disease state (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, asthma, HIV, and pain management).

Pharmacy

Public health is the science and art of creating healthy communities through education, research and promotion of healthy lifestyles. In public health, the focus is on health promotion and disease/injury prevention. A career in public health opens the door to diverse opportunities in a variety of sectors such as federal, state, and local organizations, private, and non-governmental organizations.

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and American Public Health Association – go here to learn more about career paths and graduate school.

Explore Regional Health & Mental Health Organizations

 

Wisconsin Health Careers Area Health Education Centers (AHEC):  Go to Healthcare Occupations menu to choose your area of interest. This is a good resource with Wisconsin specific employment trends

ExploreHealthCareers.org:  See Start Exploring Today on the first page to find a wide variety of professions within healthcare, including Mental Health.

Career Profiles Health & Medical Career Center:  Read health profession career profiles and find out information on employment trends by state.

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ONET OnLine:  O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

Occupational Outlook Handbook:  The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

CareerOneStop: A source for career exploration, training & jobs. Sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

Glassdoor.com: Jobs, Company Reviews, Salaries, Interviews, Know Your Worth.

Healthcare & Human Services FAQ

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Is being a doctor the best way to save lives working in healthcare?

There are multiple paths into working in healthcare. In addition to exploring common health professions, take time to consider paths like biomedical research, public health, health policy and healthcare management. These paths are also known for saving lives and play a vital role within the healthcare industry. In fact, all members of a healthcare team need to work together to provide the best care for patients. You can learn more about the collaborative approach to learning that UW-Madison graduate professional programs take on the Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education website.

Do I have to succeed in upper level math and science courses in order to work in a clinical healthcare setting?

Actually, there are other options if you discover that your skills and strengths may be stronger in other subjects. Start here to see all the different paths found in a clinical setting. One example is respiratory therapy.? Check-out two year training programs and masters degrees that don’t require organic chemistry. Here’s one program to explore.

Do I need to go to graduate school to find a rewarding career path if I major in psychology?

Not necessarily! Transferable skills you learn include research, problem solving, human behavior and so much more. 

Some of the most common types of jobs that psychology majors have applied to on Handshake, to name a few, include all different types of analyst roles, HR recruiting, consulting, and product development.

Do I need a doctorate degree to work in mental health?

There are so many graduate school options for pursuing a path in counseling. How do I know which program is right for me?

Before enrolling in a graduate program, all prospective students must learn how to choose a counseling program that suits their personal interests, academic needs, and career goals. When you figure out these aspects of decision making for yourself, you can start to narrow in on the types of programs in which to apply. Here is another good resource to help in this process.

Graduate School

If I want to work in scientific research, do I need to go to graduate school or receive further training or certification? If yes, what is the right program(s) for me? Does it make sense to do a Ph.D. or a professional master’s program? Talk to your career & internship specialist, your academic advisor, and faculty members to learn more and to find out about different programs. Here are a few resources to get you started:

For our complete guide, view our non-credit Canvas module – Graduate School & Gap Year.