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Physical & Life Sciences

Welcome to the Physical & Life Sciences interest community!

Members of this community are interested in careers related to the study of non-living systems such as the earth, atmosphere and space or living organisms such as people, animals, and plants.

People who pursue careers in Physical or Life Sciences often work in research roles, which can vary widely in terms of topic, goals, and work setting.

Careers in the public health sphere

Public Health is an area with a wide array of career opportunities. Some students choose to go towards ensuring clean water and air, while other students focus on fighting obesity and depression. In order to figure out which area of …

By Alison McCarty
Alison McCarty Assistant Director & Career Coach Alison McCarty
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Gain healthcare experience as a medical scribe

If you are interested in a career in the medical field, you should consider trying to gain as much clinical exposure and experience as possible during your undergraduate years. This includes shadowing, observations, volunteering, and a variety of paid or …

By Shannon Merchant
Shannon Merchant Career Counselor Shannon Merchant
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Exploring careers in health care with any major

Recently, 75 students in majors ranging from Biology to English to Anthropology attended a panel and networking session on Careers in Health Care for All Majors. Our panelists from Neighbhorcare Health, King County Public Health, and UW Medicine had great …

By Caitlin Goldbaum
Caitlin Goldbaum Career Coach Caitlin Goldbaum
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“Ask an Alum”- Computer Engineering student to Physician

Chester Chan is an alum of University of Washington- Seattle. While at UW, Chester studied Computer Engineering with a minor in Music. He was also involved in Golden Key International Honour Society, research, internships, intramural sports, and various volunteer and …

By Izzy Wroblewski
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How Emerging Technologies Are Shaping the Future of Healthcare

Philip Ezze [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Imagine a world where complex health issues can be solved or prevented with relative ease. As lifespan increases, technology innovators race to outpace the growing demands of the planet’s expanding population.  Medical …

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Featured Classes

Advance Your Data Science Skills in Health Sciences

By watching the 3 videos in this LinkedIn Learning path, you’ll learn to build extensive data science modeling and analysis…

Featured Resources

Tips for Job Searching in Handshake – Skills

With thousands of jobs and internships for students on Handshake, how can you find the ones that are right for …

Physical & Life Sciences Positions of 2019-2020 UW Graduates

This table shows the title, employer, and major for a sampling of 2019-2020 UW graduates who reported working in positions …

Virtual Interview Practice

StandOut is a mock video interviewing platform.  You can access a General Sciences and an Applied Science practice interview.

Career & Industry Guides

Vault Career Guide to Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Third Edition

Worldwide, more than 2,700 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies comprise a trillion-dollar industry, with many of the top companies—and one of …

Vault Guide to Medical Equipment Manufacturing Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career …

Vault Guide to Chemicals Industry Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career …

Vault Guide to Earth Science Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career …

Vault Guide to Chemistry Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career …

Vault Guide to Biology and Life Sciences Jobs, Second Edition

The Vault Guides to Jobs series provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career …