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Healthcare, Human Services, and Biomedical Research

Health & Human Services

Health and Human Services professionals work with individuals in understanding their diagnosis, treatment and their overall wellbeing. These professions include doctors, dentists, nurses, counselors, psychologists, social workers and speech therapists. These professions include doctors, dentists, nurses, counselors, and speech therapists. Below you can find common skills and attributes of a successful candidate, information on the hiring cycle and application timeline to graduate and professional programs, as well as resources that provide further information on the variety of professions.

Sample careers and resources:

Successful candidates have:

  • Strong empathetic abilities and desire to work with patients
  • Strong communication and listening skills
  • The ability to work within a team
  • Leadership skills
  • A realistic understanding of the field
  • Experience interacting with diverse populations
  • Evidence of community engagement 

Hiring and application cycle:

  • Internship cycle - Recruiting cycle is on an as-needed rolling basis; the most prestigious and competitive programs have earlier deadlines in the fall
  • Graduate and professional program application cycle - Varies—there are different program deadlines based on each program and school so you will need to seek guidance from an advisor and the direct website for the program to which you are considering
  • Job cycle - spring, on-demand

Gain Experience

For many of the above professions, gaining experience is a very important part of entry into these careers. The following links are a sample of the most common opportunities to gain further clinical/patient related experience within the Rochester community:

Do I need an advanced degree?

There are several entry level positions within a clinical setting that do not require an advanced degree such as scribe work, patient care technician, clinical research assistant/technician, and other clinically-related growth year opportunities. Please meet with an advisor to discuss your future goals, competencies for the field and education initiatives.

Allied Health Professions

Allied health professions apply their expertise to deliver direct patient care, rehabilitation, treatment, diagnostics and health improvement interventions to restore and maintain optimal physical, sensory, psychological, cognitive and social functions. Therapeutic, counseling and social work professions can be done both in a clinical setting, community agency or school. 

I. Technicians and technologists

A sample of technician/technologist positions:

II. Therapeutic, Counseling and Social Work Professions:

A sample of Rehabilitative Therapies:

Counseling Specialties

Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary

These careers involve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness and disease. What differentiates these individuals is their autonomy of practice.


Nurses promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. Their scope of practice includes practicing independently as well as through collaboration with all members of the healthcare team. See resources below:


A pharmacist is a licensed doctoral health profession who provides information about medications to patients and healthcare professionals. Pharmacists are concerned with safeguarding the public’s health in matters relating to medication distribution and use and disease state management. For more information see PharmCAS.