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Health science/medical degrees

What university programmes would be good for a person that likes health science related subjects, such as biology, physics, and math? (in consideration of employability and overall usefulness of the degree) Thank you for your answers

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  1. Waterloo and U of T for physics and Math. For biology it does not matter because to actually do anything with a bio degree, you need a master’s degree and PhD or pursue a professional degree like medicine, dentistry, law, pharmacy, etc. Look at it this way in terms employability. Look at the entry level job market. What use is there for people who studied mitochondria and biochem – theoretical, research subjects that is mainly dealt with in teaching, academia, research, and scientific purposes? So when you are looking at whether a degree on its own has good job prospects, look at what you are actually learning in that degree and how it would apply to the job market. If the degree is all theory like physics and biology, you need to pursue further schooling to get some sort of practical application out of it.

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  2. You are going about this backwards. You should be deciding on a career path first, then choosing the post-secondary pathway that would get you there. What is the point of studying math, physics, or biology if you have no idea what you are actually going to do with these degree? That is a waste of time and money. What if the career you want requires you to go to college (i.e. engineering tech, paramedicine, firefighter, etc.)? Spend some time researching different career paths, look at their requirements and how difficult it is to get in (i.e. a lot of people want to become doctors but Canadian medical school acceptance rates are less than 5%), assess whether you can see yourself working in these fields for the next 40 years of your life, and narrow your selection down to 1-3 career paths. If aiming for medicine, dentistry, law, or another highly competitive career path, have a REALISTIC BACKUP PLAN. I can’t tell you how many life sci and bio grads think they are going to be doctors, then end up graduating with useless degrees and lots of debt when they do not make it.

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  3. While math is theoretical, schools like Waterloo take an applied math focus and have very strong co-op. You can easily go into finance, data, and computer science careers with a math degree if you apply it right and land some good summer jobs in these fields.

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  4. At the undergrad level, health science and most disciplines related to it are unemployable on their own. If you want to work as a healthcare professional, you normally need an advanced degree unless you go for something like nursing.

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