The University of Iowa

Careers

Image of a Health and Human Physiology studentFor general career services, visit the Pomerantz Career Center. For information on health-related careers, visit Explore Health Careers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook also provides a useful resource for learning about a variety of careers.

Students in the area of Human Physiology often continue their studies in health professional programs to become physicians/surgeons, physical therapists, physician assistants, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, or similar professionals. Others pursue graduate degrees (MS and/or PhD) in the biomedical or physiological sciences to prepare for careers in research and/or college teaching. Students who choose not to pursue advanced degrees are well qualified for employment in research or clinical laboratories.

Iowa Health Promotion graduates have a strong foundation for numerous career directions. Graduates leave The University of Iowa prepared for health promotion positions in hospital-based and corporate-based wellness programs, non-profit health agencies, commercial fitness enterprises, municipal recreation programs, and federal and state health promotion agencies. Employment opportunities in these sectors have been good to excellent and are projected to increase. The rigor of the curriculum also prepares students for graduate study in other academic disciplines including public health and provides excellent preparation for professional study in the health professions such as accelerated nursing and occupational therapy.

Students in the area of Health Studies can be prepared to work with individuals, groups, and families in service-oriented positions across a wide variety of public and private health-related settings, and particularly those related to wellness and health education. A degree in Health Studies, with appropriate selection of electives, also can be used as a ‘pre-med’ course of study to prepare for advanced health professional programs such as medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, physician assistant, and so on.

Athletic Training graduates will have opportunities such as working with private physical therapy or medical clinics and hospital clinics, especially with out-reach to area schools; high school or college athletic training services, some with teaching; private practice, recreation and fitness centers; other position options usually require advanced education and skills: college, university, professional, corporate and industrial settings, military, and the arts.

Upon Certification by the Child Life Council, a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) can find a job in a pediatric hospital, community hospital, rehabilitation center, community organization that works with children and families, camp program, and other institutions that serve children and families.

Recreational therapists work in both clinical and community-based settings with a wide variety of populations. The most frequent groups that therapeutic recreation professionals work with are: persons with mental illness, spinal cord and brain injuries, frail older adults, substance abuse and youth at risk, and persons with developmental disabilities.

Clinical settings tend to focus on rehabilitation, where the therapist works with a team of allied health professionals, or long-term care, where the therapist provides services that enhance quality of life of residents in nursing homes, assisted living centers, or respite care agencies.

The goals of therapeutic recreation in community-based settings tend toward enhancing quality of life, health promotion, and integration and inclusion of persons with disabilities in regular recreation programs. Community-based therapeutic recreation is the fastest growing area of practice and the most varied. Community-based recreational therapists may be affiliated with community recreation departments, school systems, semi-independent living situations, special park districts, and community mental health agencies.

Many of our Recreation and Sport Business students pursue careers in campus recreation, municipal recreation, college athletic administration, professional sports, event management, athletic training, and health and fitness clubs. Click here for a list of potential internship or employment opportunities.