Health care facilities rely on teamwork to function efficiently. Surgeons, doctors, and nurses can't do everything alone - they need technicians and technologists to help them. These key team members typically majored in health professions and related clinical sciences. If you have an interest in working in health care but aren't sure you want to commit to being a doctor or nurse, majoring in health professions and related clinical sciences might be the right move.
There are many professions you'll be able to tackle if you get a degree in health professions and related clinical sciences. These include physical therapist, medical assistant, phlebotomist, occupational therapist, and surgeon's assistant.
Coursework will change depending on if you want to become a technician or technologist. Technicians (like physical therapy assistants) typically undergo training for a year or two, while technologists (like radiology professionals) may undergo longer training. Students who pursue a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree will also have the opportunity to specialize in a specific area.
As you near the end of your studies, you will need to investigate the certification and licensing requirements for your specialization in your state. Although certification may not be required, it is generally viewed favorably by many employers. Once you completed your education, you will be able to take the skills you learned and work in clinical practice, research, management, consultation, education, or many other areas of health care.