The healthcare industry is extremely broad and ever expanding. New government regulations, technological advancements, and the lengthening life spans of the population contribute to this industry thriving and growing. Opportunities include clinical, administrative/management, and public health.


Skills needed for clinical positions
  • Accuracy
  • Communication
  • Patience
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Dedication
  • Flexibility
  • Interest in Science
  • Good Listening Skills
  • Being Physically Active
  • Lifelong Learner
Skills needed for administration and management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Time Management
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Reading Comprehension
Skills needed for a career in public health
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Learning
  • Science
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Monitoring
  • Analysis

Degrees and Certifications

Degrees and certifications for clinical positions

Review the George Mason University Pre-health Advisor website, join the list serve, and learn about the pre-application process for professional schools.

Centralized Application Services for professional schools:

Review Online Medical Assistant, E-Medical Assistant, and Top Medical Assistant Schools in VA to gain hands on clinical experience to be more competitive in the professional school application process.


Common Mason programs for pursing Clinical careers include:

However, those in any major can apply to clinical professional schools as long as they complete the pre-requisite courses required by the programs.

Degrees and certifications for administrative and management positions

Review the Association of University Programs in Health Administration website to learn the various programs within the Healthcare Management field. The Health Information Management Association is a professional association that has a Career and Student Center to help plan an education in HIM.

Common Mason programs for pursing a career in Health Administration include:

Degrees and certifications for positions in public health

Review the Association of Schools of Public Health website to learn about how to pursue an education and career in public health.

Common Mason programs for pursuing a career in Public Health include:

  • Global and Community Health 
    • Global Health Concentration
    • Health Education Concentration
    • Nutrition Concentration
    • Pre-health Professionals Concentration

How to Get Started

6 steps to get you started in a clinical career
  1. Many choose to major in biology to pursue a professional health degree, however, it is not required by the programs. It is best to choose a major of interest to keep a high GPA, allow for completing prerequisite coursework, and allow for time to pursue practical clinical and research experience.
  2. Join the George Pre-health Advisor list serve freshman year and become familiar with the website.
  3. Focus on getting hands-on or shadowing experiences in a variety of clinical settings, interact with diverse populations, and assist in research projects outside the classroom through programs like OSCAR or at one of the various on-campus research centers or institutes.
  4. Build strong relationships with professors and potential mentors in the field to serve as potential references for the professional school application process.
  5. Keep up with news and trends related to the healthcare industry.
  6. Join an on-campus organization:

4 steps to get you started in an administrative or management career
  1. Choose an undergraduate major in health administration, business, accounting, finance, or management.
  2. Gain experience through internships or jobs in a healthcare setting by at least junior year.
  3. Keep up with news and trends related to the Healthcare or Healthcare IT industries.
  4. Get involved in student government, leadership programs or student organizations like AcademyHealth
5 steps to get you started in a public health career
  1. Choose an undergraduate major in Community Health and consider a concentration in Global Health.
  2. Volunteer in the community at a public health related nonprofit organizations to gain practical experience and explore various niches within public health.
  3. If interested in global health, seek out study / volunteering abroad opportunities.
  4. Become familiar with health policy, grant writing techniques and grant submission procedures.
  5. Get involved in health or peer education programs on campus such as those sponsored by the Student Support and Advocacy Center or other student organizations:


Research, experiential learning, and job search resources

Industry Research

  • Health Career Center
  • Alltop - News and blogs related various topics - search healthcare, healthcare IT, Nursing...
  • Mason Pre-health Advisor
  • Vault Career Insider Guides - Register (free) using Mason e-mail and search the "Career Guide" database for current and practical information related to niches within the healthcare industry
  • Industry Career Categories - Explore focuses within the broader healthcare field and scroll to bottom of each page for industry specific resource links
  • O-Net - Department of Labor detailed descriptions of the world of work to explore different careers, and analyze specific jobs.  
  • Book of Lists - Washington (and other major cities) Business Journal online resource that will help identify target companies in your industry of interest and include website links to each - check out Hospitals and Bioscience Employers

Experiential Learning

Job Search

Job Functions

Note: There are many occupations in this industry that require extensive background checks, U.S. citizenship, and state licensures.

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