The Soll Center for Student Opportunity

Medicine, Healthcare & Biotech Interest Cluster

What are Medicine, Heathcare & Biotech Careers?

Medicine, Healthcare and Biotech industries all deal with the science of healing. There are many career paths available in each industry:

  1. Medicine - any medical practitioner requiring an advanced or specialized degree (MD/DO, BSN, MSN, NP, PA, DMD, OD, etc.), often working in general clinical practice, pharmacological research, specialist practice (e.g., psychiatry), research, and/or teaching.
  2. Healthcare - any allied heath care career or helping profession, including primary (e.g., psychologist or paramedic), auxiliary (e.g., physician's assistant or pharmacist), and specialty (e.g., midwife or physical therapist) roles. Heathcare also includes alternative medicine, such as chiropractic or massage therapy. It also encompasses non-patient facing roles, such as life science and healthcare consulting, administration, case managers, social workers, etc.
  3. Biotech - any role that produces drugs and other products that help people and animals live healthier lives, recover from injuries, and fight illnesses. Biotech and pharmaceutical companies produce therapeutics and prophylactics, diagnostics, over-the-counter consumer products, and medical technology products. 

Recent CMC graduates have started their prehealth careers in a number of roles, including as an analyst, behavioral therapist, clinical research assistant, emergency medical technician (EMT), medical scribe, or research associate. Graduates who enter the biotech field often become an account manager, associate, business analyst, billing specialist, bioengineer, project manager, or research associate.

Would you Thrive in Medicine, Healthcare or Biotech?

  • Do you want to make a difference in the world, helping people and animals live healthier and happier lives?
  • Are you fascinated by the systems of the human body and how they interact with natural and social influences?
  • Are you passionate about providing quality patient service and healthcare?
  • Are you interested in conducting research to develop preventions and cures for health issues?
  • Are you looking for a way to do social justice work in the areas of health disparities and illness prevention?
  • Are you curious about how laboratory devices can be used to advance research goals?
  • Do you want to be on the cutting edge of science and are excited by research & development? 

How can you Learn More about Medicine, Healthcare & Biotech?

What should you know about Recruitment in Medicine, Healthcare & Biotech?

On-campus clinical opportunities are available throughout the year at Keck Science and as part of the CMC Summer Research Program. Many students also spend their summers interning in a clinical department at another university. These are all excellent ways to gain valuable practical experience prior to graduation. External employers are most likely to post internships and jobs from January - April. The majority of recruitment will take place off-campus, however some biotech companies often come to the Harvey Mudd career fair. For those interested in graduate school studies, applications for medical school are due from April - August. 

Who's your Medicine, Healthcare & Biotech Career Coach?

Gary Salata -

Gary Salata

Gary works with students, employers, and alumni associated with the following interest clusters: Medicine, Biotech & Health Services; Consulting; and Science & Environment. Gary has extensive experience in higher education and leadership. Prior to joining CMC, Gary spent extended time with The Princeton Review, working his way from SAT instructor to Executive Director of the Los Angeles Office. He found his way to higher education with an admissions start up, Joined, Inc. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of California, San Diego.


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