A health studies degree covers a broad range of issues and helps you develop the skills to follow a career in health, social care, leisure or education
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Community development worker
- Further education teacher
- Health improvement practitioner
- Health service manager
- Medical sales representative
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Adult nurse
- Anatomical pathology technologist
- Dental hygienist
- Dental technician
- Dental therapist
- Occupational therapist
- Personal trainer
- Physician associate
- Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)
- Social worker
- Youth worker
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Whatever career area you're interested in, finding some short-term paid or voluntary work will improve your prospects of getting a job and can give you a valuable insight into how a company or institution operates. Make the most of any placements on your course to develop your practical skills and make contacts.
You may find opportunities to get healthcare experience in your local hospital, doctor's surgery or nursing home. Depending on your career interests, you could also work for a mental health trust or a centre for homeless people. Experience of mentoring, counselling or befriending may also be useful for social work and related careers.
If you're interested in alternative approaches to health and healing, you could explore work experience within a holistic health practice. Volunteering on a health project in a developing country is also valuable career preparation.
Other relevant experience includes working in a community setting or at fitness centres in health promotion.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Many health studies graduates work in the public sector for:
- the NHS
- local authorities, including education departments and social services
- schools and colleges.
You can also find work in the voluntary sector and with medical charities and not-for-profit organisations.
There are a range of opportunities in the private sector, working, for example, in private healthcare organisations as a lifestyle consultant or working in alternative medicine and therapies. Many of these options involve being self-employed.
Skills for your CV
A degree in health studies covers health in its broad context and investigates contemporary health issues. It gives you an in-depth understanding of health and healthcare and you learn to:
- research, analyse and evaluate health and health-related issues from a multidisciplinary standpoint
- use health information and data effectively
- understand and formulate health-related arguments and contest theories.
You also develop a range of general skills, including:
- written and oral communication
- the ability to work both independently and in a team
- effective problem-solving and time management
- report writing
- research and data analysis
- information technology.
For many health-related careers, for example nursing, speech and language therapy, social work, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, you'll need to take a specific degree or higher qualification. You may have to complete a full vocational course from the beginning or there may be a shortened postgraduate option for health studies graduates.
It's also possible to take a postgraduate certificate, diploma or Masters in health studies or a related area such as public health or leadership in health and social care.
What do health studies graduates do?
More than half of health studies graduates are in employment six months after graduation. Popular occupations related to this field include nurses, laboratory technicians, care workers and welfare professionals.
A third of graduates undertake further study or combine work and study.
|Working and studying||7.2|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Childcare, health and education work||12.7|
|Technicians and other professionals||11|
|Retail, catering and bar work||10.6|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What do graduates do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.