One of 16 industry clusters that the U.S. Department of Labor established to track employment, Health Sciences includes many career opportunities. They range from clinical, technical, and administrative jobs performed in hospitals and nursing facilities to research, and all of the business functions performed in health-related sectors like the pharmaceuticals industry or your local drugstore. LLearn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s industry clusters and their economic outlook.
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Helping organizations connect with community
Whether working with adults or kids, several jobs in the nonprofit sector helped Devon Taliaferro realize her passion was community.
Product management involves a little bit of everything
Product management gives Corrie Potter a chance to dabble in every aspect of her business, from the creative elements of product development to sales and training.
Critical care nursing takes team skills and empathy
Now an Improvement Specialist for UPMC, Omar Badran began his health career in critical care. He describes it as fast-paced and says it takes empathy and teamwork.
Public health depends on the environment
As a Women for a Healthy Environment Program Director, Kara Rubio combines her training in public health with an interest in the environment to help schools identify environmental problems and solutions.
Marketing is about messaging
As a marketer, it surprised Christian Kratsas to find it’s more important to get the message out often than to get it perfect every time.
Bringing new technology to health care
With her team at a medical technology startup company all working remotely across three time zones, communications is the top skill Sharon Tejada needs.
Health care is more than doctors and nurses
Malissa Seman is a Project Manager with Allegheny Health Network. Her unusual path to a position in the health sciences gives insight into careers behind the front lines.
Unlocking mysteries of the human brain
As a Systems Programmer & Analyst Lead for UPMC, Erica Tamburo is helping identify patterns in the human brain so that scientists can improve understanding of, and care for, depression, anxiety, dementia, and other neurocognitive problems.
Learning to take “no” for an answer and move forward
As Development Director for a federally supported community health center, Ashlee Carter is primarily a fundraiser, a job that requires outreach, relationship building, and accepting the word “no” as part of the professional vocabulary.
Combining music and technology to recover memory
For Rachel Francine, the road to entrepreneurship was paved with family talent and foresight–her brother’s in music therapy and her father’s vision for a technology that would give musical cues.
Taking a leap of career faith
With a background in psychology and experience in social services for hospitals, Heather Rommes did a bit of a pivot to become a corporate Director of Program Management for ConnectiveRx.
Being detail-oriented is a critical skill in research
As a Research Assistant at UPMC Children’s Hospital, Lauren Risser focuses on public health projects in youth violence prevention.
Marching to his own inner drummer
J.D. Waechter had no idea he’d become a Practice Manager with Allegheny Health Network when he started college. He shifted academic focus multiple times before finding his way into healthcare.
Following one passion and finding another
A quick-change artist, Heidi Peters dramatically switched her college major to follow her passion for fashion and retail. After a few years in the field and a graduate degree in business, she pivoted into procurement for a major medical equipment supplier.