The basis to making good career decisions comes from knowing yourself and knowing your environment.  At some point, you'll want to take a moment to Assess your Personality and Preferences. When you have a solid foundation of knowing your values, interests and skills, you can be selective about the information you look for.  The following resources will help give an overview of working in Healthcare in a variety of capacities.  They are, by no means, exhaustive or comprehensive, but will give you a fairly good sense of the skills and options available in these fields.

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Roles & Work Environment

Researching potential roles and work environments will provide you with a more accurate view of the varying career paths within the Healthcare Career Community. There are a variety of resources located below to allow you to dive into exploring the Healthcare Career Community.

Career Insider by VAULT

All UVA students have access to Career Insider by VAULT, which provides a variety of features that will provide greater insight into industries of interest. Access VAULT in Handshake. Once in Vault you will want to select the Industries & Professions tab at the top of the page to be able to explore all of the VAULT guides of interest.

The following VAULT guides may be of specific interest to the Healthcare Community:

  • Allied Health Care
  • Alternative Health Care
  • Fitness and Training
  • Health Care Management
  • Health Care Providers
  • Medical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A great foundational and comprehensive resource maintained and updated by the U.S. Department of Labor that provides in-depth information on hundreds of careers. This tool allows a lot of flexibility in searching and provides a good understanding of educational and other minimum requirements into fields (Healthcare has own specific subcategory but many roles within healthcare may be found under other categories).

O*Net OnLine

O*Net OnLine is another foundational and comprehensive resource that provides a variety of search features. One great feature is the ability to search for careers based on overall match with personal values, interests, and skills. Browse by Job Family is a helpful tool to target your search based on specific industries (such as Healthcare Practitioners and Technical or Healthcare Support). Overall, O*Net OnLine provides a great starting point for exploring the industries and careers within the Healthcare Career Community.

Riley Guide

Riley Guide is a great overall career resource and provides a lot of industry specific information. Similar to both the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*Net in versatility but with some unique features as well.

Lifestyle Insights: Job Market & Income

Cost of Living Calculator

Tool to gain insights to the differences of cost of living between two locations when considering moving. Helpful in  evaluating how far a salary will go in a new location.

 Paycheck Calculator

Tool to estimate what a potential or offered yearly salary equivalates to in a paycheck.

Great tool for comparing and evaluating salaries when exploring careers or making a decision on an offer. Provides a salary range based on geographic location and job title.

Career Profiles

Be an Actuary

A website for understanding what an actuary is, how to get started, exam process, searching for an internship/job, and other resources about the career path.

Being a Health Administrator

This guide allows you to explore the day-to-day work of a health administrator, growth of opportunities, variety of work settings/environments (beyond a hospital), salary information, and key skills for the profession.

Insurance Career Paths

In depth look at the multitude of career paths that exist within insurance (includes information on key skills and professionals speaking about their roles).

Meet Insurance Risk Management Professionals

Hear professionals working in various roles in insurance and risk management speak about a normal work day for them.

Profiles in Public Health

Learn about all facets of public health from individuals working in those roles using this resource (professionals representing most subindustries of the Healthcare Community are included in this resource).

Public Health Careers by State

Specific information about public health careers by state (including information about job growth, salary, etc.).

What is Epidemiology?

The following article is for those interested in careers in epidemiology. Questions such as what skills are needed to succeed in an epidemiology career, the salary that can be expected, factors that affect salary, typical job duties, educational epidemiologist requirements and specific types of epidemiologists are all explored in this comprehensive guide.

The Role of the Nutritionist/Dietitian

The following article is for those interested in careers as a Nutritionist/Dietitian. Questions such as what skills are needed to succeed in an wellness careers, the salary that can be expected, factors that affect salary, typical job duties, and licensure process.

Alumni Stories

Get Connected

Virginia Alumni Mentoring Program (VAM)

Virginia Alumni Mentoring is a program that connects UVA students with alumni who have volunteered to provide insights about the process of choosing and starting a career in their specific field.  The program provides students and their alumni mentors a structured means of initiating a professional relationship to discuss career interests and topics of professional preparation: together, they develop goals for their regular meetings, during which the alumni mentors offer insights about their own undergraduate experiences, career progression and current work which supports mentees in navigating their own chosen career paths.


LinkedIn is an online networking tool.  Beyond connecting to other professionals in similar fields, LinkedIn is an invaluable tool for conducting research about specific occupations or industries.  You can also use LinkedIn to learn about UVA alumni and their destinations after graduation.  


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