Health Professions.

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Overview

A liberal arts degree provides excellent preparation for a career in medicine and other health fields. Seth Ramus, Health Professions Advising, is the academic advisor to help you as you plan your courses, think about different professions, consider volunteer opportunities, apply to internships and post grad positions, and navigate the application process. Make an appointment to meet with him early in your time at Bowdoin.

When researching health careers, you might also take a look at Explore Health Careers and Health Career Center.

Salary Info

Salary varies widely depending on role, education level, and location. Here is a sample of 2016 median salaries from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor:

  • Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations: $63,420
  • Healthcare Support Occupations: $27,910

Do your research to get a better sense of what specific companies in particular cities are paying entry-level assistants and technicians. Check out Glassdoor and Salary.com to get an idea. Also, a cost of living calculator can be very useful when trying to compare salaries in different parts of the country.

Internships

Students pursue a wide range of experiences over the summer, from work in hospitals and clinics, to research, to public health work, and much more. There are a number of opportunities specifically targeted toward students who are underrepresented in various fields. Check those out on our Diversity Recruiting page.

Post Graduate Opportunities

Most Bowdoin students take a year or two off before pursuing their next degree. Some apply for national fellowships, like the Fulbright, while others consider a range of health related positions. Most clinical or medical research will ask you to commit to two years, but some offer one year options.

While some positions will be posted on eBear (and through Health Professions Advising) before winter break, the hiring cycle for most opportunities is from February – May. If you are considering teaching or applying to programs such as AIDS United AmeriCorps, Peace Corps or Princeton in Africa, the deadlines are earlier. In the fall (Boston) and spring (New York City), Bowdoin takes part in Eastern College Career Day – keep an eye out for emails about the days to see if there are positions that interest you.

Here are places that many Bowdoin students have found positions, but there are alumni working in research facilities throughout the country. Use the Bowdoin Career Advisory Network (BCAN) or meet with your career advisor to find people working in different locations.

Read about service corps that relate to healthcare.

Boston
Chicago
New York
Philadelphia
San Francisco / Los Angeles
Washington, D.C.
Federal Opportunities
Post Graduate Fellowships in Public Health
Post Graduate – International

There are costs to participate in these programs.

Resources

National Professional Associations

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