Wondering where a health science or related degree could take you? Kick off your career research with this A to Z list – which barely even scratches the surface of all the health jobs out there!
A is for Audiologist
Identify, assess and manage hearing and balance disorders.
B is for Biomedical scientist
Do lab tests to help docs diagnose and treat people. Check out the study and career path of Dr Richard Charlesworth, a biomedical scientist studying gluten and celiac disease.
Diagnose and treat heart disease and abnormalities. Dr Clara Chow is a cardiologist and digital health expert – find out how she keeps her patients heart-healthy.
D is for Dietician
Be an expert in nutrition and human diet. Meet Tim Cassettari, an accredited dietician.
E is for Epidemiologist
Study disease and health at the population level.
F is for Forensic scientist
Collect, interpret and analyse evidence related to crimes. Not strictly health science but there’s a big overlap in skills and bodily fluids! Take a look at Dr Kari Pitts’ study and career path in forensic science.
G is for Genetic counsellor
Help patients understand and cope with genetic conditions.
H is for Health information manager
Plan, manage and maintain health information systems including patient records
I is for Infectious disease expert
Treat patients with rare infections.
J is for Journalist
A science communicator or a journalist specialising in health-related news.
K is for Kid’s health specialist
L is for Lab technician
Work in pathology labs to help doctors and scientists diagnose and treat disease.
M is for Molecular geneticist
Detect, analyse and interpret disease-linked genetic abnormalities.
N is for Nuclear medicine technologist
Use radioactive materials to diagnose physiological and metabolic changes within the body and treat diseases.
O is for Ophthalmologist
Identify and treat eye disorders and diseases. Say hello to Kristopher Rallah-Baker is Australia’s first Indigenous ophthalmologist. He’s breaking new ground for Aboriginal health and showing kids their potential.
Make and fit artificial limbs (prostheses) for people who have a disability.
Q is for Quality and risk coordinator
Ensure practices are safe and up to standard in a hospital or medical setting – saving patients’ lives and hospitals from lawsuits!
R is for Radiation therapist
Draft, plan and execute radiation treatment for cancer patients.
S is for Sports and exercise scientist
Study how the human body works during sports and exercise to promote health and performance.
T is for Toxicologist
Study the adverse effects of chemical substances on living organisms (and humans!)
U is for Urologist
Specialise in the study and treatment of the urinary system.
V is for Vaccine scientist
Prevent or cure diseases by attempting to develop, trial and execute effective immunisation programs.
W is for Ward assistant
Get exposure to the hospital environment before you graduate or commit to a career in the health sector – you’ll assist hospital staff with non-medical duties such as transporting patients.
X is for X-Ray specialist
OK so they’re actually called radiologists – but there aren’t many words that start with X, and X-Ray specialist really does a better job of explaining what these peeps do (although the equipment they use extends to other medical imaging devices including MRI and CT scanners).
Y is for Youth mental health expert
A mental health professional – such as a psychologist or counsellor – working specifically with young people.
Z is for Zoo veterinarian
Humans aren’t the only animals that get sick! Zoo vets provide medical treatment to the many species of animals kept at zoos.
Looking for even more health jobs? Check out these five awesome jobs you could get with a health science degree, or our A to Z of medical jobs.
This article originally appeared in Careers with STEM: Science 2021.
Author: Gemma Chilton
Gemma is the Managing Editor of Careers with STEM magazine. She has previously worked as Digital Managing Editor at Australian Geographic and a staff writer at Cosmos science magazine.