Internships & Opportunities

Due to rigorous science and math demands, Health Professions majors are encouraged to participate in summer internships. Find a variety of internship and co-op positions listed on the OwlNetwork, an exclusive online database featuring more than 1,000 jobs and internships.

Research

Though graduate and professional schools prioritize fieldwork involving direct interaction with patients, the College of Public Health also encourages interested students to reach out to faculty researchers.  

The college has more than 15 research centers and labs, including

  • the Sport Concussion Laboratory, which is headed by Ryan Tierney, a member of the Kinesiology faculty. The group researches the long-term neurological and behavioral effects of concussion injuries.
  • the Visual Environment and Postural Orientation Lab, where researchers help balance-impaired people address their condition through the use of virtual reality technology.

Learn more about our research centers.

Research Funding

In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed the university among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. Learn more about the university’s research support efforts.

Careers

Health Professions majors develop the knowledge to pursue advanced studies toward becoming

  • a certified anesthesiologist assistant,
  • an occupational therapist,
  • a physical therapist or
  • a physician.

Your degree can also prepare you to earn certification as

  • a certified diabetes educator,
  • an emergency medical technician,
  • an emergency room technician or
  • a pharmaceutical sales representative and more.

Visit the Career Center to get guidance on finding the right career and landing employment after graduation.

Outcomes

Career opportunities and mid-career salaries for the Health Professions Major may include the following examples.

Career

Median Salary*

Massage Therapists

$39,860.00

Medical Assistants

$31,540.00

Occupational Therapy Aides

$28,330.00

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians

$206,920.00

Physical Therapist Aides

$25,680.00

Physical Therapist Assistants

$56,610.00

Physical Therapists

$85,400.00

Radiation Therapists

$80,160.00

Respiratory Therapists

$58,670.00

Respiratory Therapy Technicians

$49,780.00

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).