Health and Science
Career Research

Research Consortium on

Health/Science Career Pathways

Health careers are booming at all levels, and students are recognizing this – especially females. As the population ages, the need for healthcare professionals continues to grow presenting many career opportunities including Physician, Nursing, various therapy programs, and related health fields.

Students realize the importance of the sciences to their future career options and are taking advantage of a wide range of science courses offered to them in high school. Students are exploring the health and science fields because of their own interests and experiences with teachers and parents influences following second and third in their decision-making process.

Our research explores the trends, influences, and interests of the next generation of health and science professionals.

  • 63% of females in health/science classes say they have considered pursuing a health career (vs. 30% of males).
  • The majority of students recognize that their science studies will be “very” or “extremely” important to their future careers (58%).

Check out the research findings below for more!

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The Importance of Science

More than half (58%) of students in Health/Science classes view science studies as “very or extremely” important to their future careers.

Science, Careers & Gender

Surveying students in Health/Science classes to see how they view science as “important to their future career” – females were far more likely see science as important (61% to 41%). Females in this survey were also more likely to pursue health careers, and therefore would see science as more important to their future career.

Career Choice Influences

Students in Health/Science classes to cite their own interests/experiences as the main influence on their career pathway. More females see their mother (32%) as secondary influences, while more males see their father (26%) as a secondary influence on their career pathway. Interestingly, social media influence is just 6% of students surveyed.