Is healthcare for you?
Healthcare is a huge graduate career sector, with more job roles and then specialisms within those job roles than you can probably imagine: medicine, nursing and management are just a few examples of your options. Graduates working in healthcare – whether in the NHS or in the private sector – enthuse about being part of a profession dedicated to improving the lives of others. Get started here.
Insights from career specialists
Getting into healthcare: the careers advice you need
Find your fit
Let us guide you through your main healthcare career options: specialisms in medicine, becoming a GP, nursing options and more.
If being a medic is not for you…
It’s not uncommon to complete a medical degree and training but decide that a career practising medicine is not actually what you want. If this is you, don't panic. You can transfer the skills you've gained through your medical degree to something else, such as a graduate career in medical law, sales or journalism.
Browse job descriptions
Your healthcare job options
Discover what key roles in the healthcare sector really involve, and which would suit you best.
Want to see more job descriptions?
If you’re looking for information about a role not listed above, you may find it on our healthcare job descriptions page. From art therapist through herbalist to psychologist, start exploring now.
Healthcare- and medicine-related career choices
Employers in Healthcare
Our top employers
Industry leaders with a large annual graduate intake.
Active employers looking for graduate talent all year round.
And many more
Other employers who are active on targetjobs , regularly posting new opportunities and events during peak seasons.
FAQs in Healthcare
Is healthcare a good career?
If helping people – through healing and support – is a career aim for you, healthcare is an excellent choice. It’s a sector that offers job stability as well: after all, most of us will require medical help at some point. It’s not for the fainthearted, however; you’ll be interacting with people during some of the most vulnerable and stressful moments of their lives.
What area of medicine should I go into?
This is a very personal choice, and will depend on several factors: your interests, the number of years you’re prepared to dedicate to training, how much you want to interact with people directly and your salary expectations. Use targetjobs to research the roles and sectors on offer before narrowing down your choices.
How much does a doctor earn?
How much you earn as a doctor will vary depending on whether you’re still in training (foundation or specialist), a specialty doctor, a GP or a consultant, and if you work for the NHS or are in private practice (or a combination of both). For the latest pay grades, visit the NHS website.
More careers advice
Browse by category
Advice for school leavers
Discover the world of options open to you on finishing school or college and get tips on how to make the right decision for you.
CVs, applications and tests
Find the tools and tips you need to help you apply for graduate jobs or internships. We cover every aspect of the application process, from writing a CV to answering online application questions and sitting psychometric tests.
Find advice for figuring out your dream career, including what options are available to you after graduating and how to choose the right graduate role.
Finding a job
Finding a job isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Here we help you to jump potential hurdles, giving essential advice for home and international students: from applying in tough economic times to getting a top graduate job with a 2.2.
Completing an internship allows you to sharpen your skills, improve your CV, prepare for the world of work and potentially land yourself a graduate job. Discover what internships actually involve, how to apply for them and how to make the most of them.
Interviews and assessment centres
You impressed on paper; now it’s time to show the employer in person that you’re the right hire. Learn how to do this with our expert advice for answering interview questions, developing interview techniques and acing assessment centre exercises.
Discover the qualifications, skills and experience you’ll need for more than 300 job roles and find one you’ll love.
Job offers and working life
Job offers, rejection emails and stepping into the working world with your first graduate job can pull you in a million directions. Fortunately, we’ve curated advice on how to accept job offers, bounce back from rejection and make an impact in your first job.
Skills for getting a job
Discover the skills that major graduate employers seek and how you can demonstrate them on your application form, and at interviews and assessment centres.
Wanting to leave uni with a degree is a given. But what do you want from the other bits of student life? Discover how to combine study, rest, work and play with our insights from students and graduates.
advice by sector