Guide To Majors - Health & Medical

Health IT, Nursing, Physical Therapy...

Table of Contents

What do Health Majors study?

Health and medical science majors enjoy a wealth of career opportunities, from surgery to healthcare administration. Medical science majors generally focus on the pre-professional coursework that will form the foundation for their later work in graduate or professional schools. On the other hand, health science majors study the role of science in medical investigations, especially in areas like diagnostics and rehabilitation. Health and medical sciences majors are qualified for careers in hospitals, in health agencies, or in major pharmaceutical companies, just to name a few.

HOT Degrees

What Jobs Are Hot in Health and Medical Sciences?

Nurse -- Many mid-life career changers have flocked to the nursing profession for two major reasons. First, the current shortage of qualified nurses provides job seekers with extraordinary control over their schedule and commute. Second, despite potentially high levels of stress and fatigue on the job, many nurses report a significantly high degree of professional satisfaction, especially when compared with typical office or retail jobs.

Medical Assistant -- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts medical assistants will be one of the fastest growing occupations from 2012 to 2022, with an expected 29 percent increase in available jobs. With continual changes to insurance procedures and malpractice insurance, many doctors will rely much more heavily on medical assistants to provide excellent patient care in busy practices. And as doctors delegate more and more tasks to medical assistants, today's health and medical science majors can expect a high degree of job security and satisfaction in these roles, which often provide significant tuition reimbursement and professional development benefits.

Physical Therapist -- As Americans live longer and recover more quickly from major surgeries, the demand for qualified, specialist therapists should expand even more in the next ten years. With a growing elderly population unaccustomed to losing their mobility, physical therapists will enjoy tremendous demand in the coming decades.

Experienced therapists can choose whether to work in a hospital setting, in a private practice, or even in client homes. Physical therapists and aides can expect a strong amount of schedule flexibility and the potential for higher than average financial rewards.

Pharmaceutical Representatives -- Global drug companies invent new solutions to health problems at a dizzying pace. To inform health professionals around the country about recent breakthroughs in medicine, pharmaceutical companies hire thousands of local representatives who can speak one-on-one with doctors and other caregivers about the benefits of new prescription drugs.

Health and medical science majors who share a love of sales and networking can launch rewarding careers that offer travel benefits, competitive salaries, and the opportunity to share exciting breakthroughs that can ultimately save lives.

Back to top

Why Should You Consider a College Major in Health and Medical Sciences?

Health and medical sciences majors enjoy some of the rosiest career prospects among all students, according to the BLS. Not only will today's graduates replace aging baby boomers in the job market, but the number of baby boomers living longer and requiring long-term medical care foreshadows a demand for workers that few employers can adequately meet. Therefore, expect unprecedented battles for talent in the next few decades, marked by rising salaries, expanding job perks, and improved working conditions.

Even in today's market, employer demand for health and medical sciences majors has caused steady salary increases for graduates.

So many institutions are facing shortages that many graduates enjoy unprecedented job mobility and flexibility, whether they work in a private practice or in a major medical facility.

A recent search of a major job listings service identified nearly 3,000 unfilled positions for nurses in the Boston area alone. The same search shows the need for over 2,500 physicians' assistants and 1,500 therapists and researchers. Multiply these numbers across the entire country and you quickly understand the level of job security and high demand that today's health and medical sciences majors will enjoy throughout their careers.

Back to top

Online Degrees in Medical and Health Sciences

It sounds counterintuitive, but thanks to advanced technologies, more and more healthcare students are able to earn their degrees partially or entirely online, depending on their specialties. Physicians and nurses, of course, must go through hands-on training, but aspiring healthcare administrators, psychologists, public health specialists and even nurse administrators have the option to study online. Distance education makes training possible for students who live in remote areas, far from teaching hospitals or career colleges, and those who must continue to work part- or full-time while they study.

Online degrees have become particularly popular for healthcare managers, whose work does not involve direct clinical contact, and registered nurses who have completed hands-on training and want to advance to managerial roles with a BSN or MSN. In some cases, even clinical degrees may be earned through hybrid programs, in which the student learns theory online and arranges for physical experience locally.

What Kinds of Candidates Make the Best Health and Medical Sciences Majors?

Because balanced, bright, and considerate individuals make the best health and medical sciences majors, admissions officers search for these positive traits and life experiences among their applicants:

  • Solid high school grade point averages
  • Strong scores on standardized tests like the SAT
  • A positive, upbeat personality
  • Volunteer experience in a hospital or other health care setting
  • Community involvement
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills

Although the ability to absorb and apply complex medical theory will come in handy, most health and medical sciences programs emphasize the need for a graduate to enjoy life as a well-rounded individual. The quality of healthcare depends on filling vacant positions with smart people who possess a good bedside manner. Because consumers gain more control over their health care choices every year, strong patient service can directly impact whether a graduate's employer thrives or suffers over the years to come.

Back to top



"Medical Assistants," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accessed April 24, 2015, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

"Registered Nurses," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accessed April 24, 2015, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

"Physical Therapists," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accessed April 24, 2015, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm

Pursue your Health, Healthcare & Nursing Major today…

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.

Searching Searching ...

Prefer exploring options talking to our staff?
Call toll free now: 1.855.330.6938
Matching School Ads
PhD - Addictions
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Undergraduate Certificate in Health Sciences
  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
BS in Public Health
  • Online Bachelor's programs include BBA, Criminal Justice, Psychology, IT, Healthcare Management & Public Health
  • Over 115 years of delivering quality education and personalized attention to students
  • Provide a range of campus experiences and services online including advising, tutoring, student community, and career services
  • Give students and alumni access to career assistants who help with resumes, cover letters, job hunting, and more.
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
B.S. in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
  • Why Earn Your Degree from GCU?
  • Options: Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more!
  • Convenience: Complete courses online, on campus, or a combination of both!
  • Earlier Graduation: Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time.
  • Transfer Friendly: We will request your transcripts, evaluate your graduate coursework, and determine your anticipated graduation date within 24 hours.
  • Quality: Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is regionally accredited. Learn more today!
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Medical Assistant (8-Month Diploma Program)
UEI College , San Marcos
  • Dedicated to providing career training since 1975.
  • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
  • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
  • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
  • Has admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
  • Gives job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Nursing (Post-licensure) - Bachelor
  • Average class size is 25, allowing for more one-on-one time with instructors.
  • Has a 97% employment rate among available graduates.
  • All  graduates receive Lifetime Employment  Assistance—free and forever.
  • Michigan's largest independent college.
  • Most instructors are working professionals in the fields they teach.
  • Programs are continuously updated to ensure classes are career-relevant and in sync with what's needed in the industry
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

  • Online Courses
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104