Health Care & Science Companies Hiring During COVID-19

Given the increased focus on health and science during the COVID-19 pandemic, many health care and science companies are still hiring and are in urgent need of new employees! Need help? Meet with our Health Care & Science Career Community team, and schedule a virtual appointment in Handshake.  

Here are some companies in Chicago and Illinois who are still hiring. Apply today!


  • Northwestern: Hiring for a range of both clinical and non-clinical roles
  • University of Chicago: Hiring for clinical roles, including pharmacy techs, and for non-clinical roles
  • Rush: Hiring for roles in nursing, research, clinical support, and more

Health Insurance

  • Aetna: Hiring for a number of positions, including analyst roles
  • Humana: Hiring for a variety remote roles
  • Anthem: Hiring for roles in areas such as info tech, management and business support, data analysis, and medical

Public Health

Environment, Energy, & Sustainability

Biotech, Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Devices

  • Abbott: Hiring for sales, customer support, tech support, and other remote roles
  • AbbVie: Hiring for positions in areas such as research and development and information technology


  • CVS: Hiring for numerous roles, including pharmacy technicians
  • Walgreens: Hiring for numerous roles, including pharmacy technicians

Now Hiring! Health Care & Science Job Openings for the Class of 2020

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, health care and science companies continue to work on patient care, vaccine development, research, testing, community outreach and prevention. Many healthcare and science companies are continuing to hire recent graduates! Here are some entry level positions in the Chicagoland area that are currently accepting applications. Apply today!  

Need help with your resume or application materials?  Meet with our Health Care & Science Career Community team for career advising – schedule a virtual appointment in Handshake

Our Career Library can also help you with your job search – learn how to write your resume, build your LinkedIn page, master your video interview and more!   

Health Care & Science Industry Trends

Clinical Professions

Health Administration & Management
Hospital hiring + staffing challenges

  • Many hospitals are in COVID-19/crisis hiring and staffing mode, primarily hiring for clinical roles. The need for experienced health care professionals is high, which is not surprising during a global medical emergency. Many hospitals are also temporarily pausing their university recruiting. At least some hospitals (e.g., Lurie Children’s) are pausing acceptance and on-boarding of new volunteers.
  • Current sample entry-level hospital openings in Chicago area:
  • Many medical/health care schools are trying to graduate students early (and many states are calling for retired health professionals to return or to travel to the hardest hit areas, like New York). Some states are expanding reciprocity of licensing (for doctors and nurses) across state lines. 
  • Some states (e.g., NY and NJ) are temporarily easing restrictions on foreign medical graduates
    • NY: Allowed to practice if have 1+ year of US graduate medical education
    • NJ: Granting temporary licenses to doctors licensed in foreign countries
    • Potentially large impact if restrictions are eased permanently/across more states

Graduate programs + testing + licensing challenges

  • Impacts to standardized testing
    • E.g., MCAT exams cancelled through May 21
  • Graduate application cycles still opening for professional health programs—impact to full admissions processes (e.g., interviewing) is still unclear
  • Flexibility and changes to clinical hour requirements—including flexibility in hour requirements, what experiences count toward clinical hours, etc. (often on state-by-state basis by state licensing boards)
  • Licensing exams—changing in exam schedules, procedures, etc. (e.g., for NCLEX)

Research & Development, Biotech and Medical Technology
Opportunity + great need for scientific and medical innovation

  • This is a big moment for R&D for COVID-19 testing, vaccines, health communication and prevention, and it will continue to be for some time (next 1-3 years?).
  • Healthcare tech companies are on the forefront. 
  • MATTER + 1871 + mHUB—leading research/tech collaboration with Chicago startups 


Health Promotion and Wellness

Research & Development, Biotech and Medical Technology
Delivery of health and wellness services

  • Telehealth, telemedicine (primary care),and teletherapy are all becoming much more common. This could help in expanding access to health care in rural areas, expanding preventive medicine, and better informing patients even after COVID-19.  
    • Veeva Health is pushing to provide more digital access to healthcare: stocks, Twitter followers, and job postings all up significantly in 2020. 
    • Teladoc is also increasing digital access to healthcare.
  • Digital delivery of wellness and fitness services is exponentially expanding due to closure of gyms and other fitness locations. This could remain high after COVID-19 to expand fitness programs access to areas without fitness centers (especially “boutique” classes).For example:


Public Health & Health Policy

Environmental Science, Energy and Natural Resources
Additional HCS hiring trends

  • Pharmacies are hiring rapidly:
  • University scientific research: 
    • The future is uncertain with hiring freezes, research budgets in limbo, federal funding uncertain, and virtual research challenges.  
    • Universities are still innovating, especially in response to COVID-19.
  • Government scientific research—impacts on budgeting? Priorities? 
  • Trends to watch: environmental & resource trends (air quality, water quality, emissions, transportation, natural resources, consumer patterns, etc.). Stay tuned!

Introducing: “How I Got This Job” Event Series

Have you ever encountered someone in a cool job and wondered how they got there? 

It’s this very question that led the Career Center’s Health Care & Science Community team to create the new quarterly “How I Got This Job” series.  Each quarter, current students will sit down with a DePaul alum or professional in the health care and science field to learn about their career journey, ask questions, network, and connect with fellow students who have similar career interests.  

Join us for the series’ inaugural event on Thursday, February 27, as we welcome back Ciera Hester-Smith (BS ’14), Senior Manager of Operations at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, to share her journey from hospitality leadership to health care administration and an MBA.  



How I Got This Job: Ciera Hester-Smith, BS ‘14
Senior Manager of Operations at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
Thursday, February 27
1:00 – 2:00 PM
McGowan South 107
Free lunch provided


As Ciera’s story shows, major does not always determine your career, and you can use your education in a variety of fields and industries.  Students from all years and majors are welcome to attend.

Interested in other opportunities to connect directly with alums like Ciera?  Check out the DePaul Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Network to connect with DePaul alumni for career insight and conversations.


Following Your Passion May Mean Changing Careers

By: Jade Sobczak, Health Care & Science Career Community Advisor

What are you willing to give up to have the life you keep pretending you want? — Elizabeth Gilbert

At age 24, for the very first time, I was working a full-time job as a medical professional at a world-class hospital utilizing the degrees I had worked hard to earn. I was living in the beautiful city of Chicago, and I had been blessed with an army of incredible family and friends who treated me better than I deserved on most days.

I would wake up in the morning feeling like I had a purpose, which motivated me to utilize every minute of my day. But despite it all, I still found my mind often wandered to a time far in the future, and I couldn’t help but wonder if what I was doing was enough. I would ask myself questions like:

  • What am I doing now to ensure I feel fulfilled later in my life?
  • Am I on track to reaching my greatest potential?
  • Do I give enough of myself to others?

I wondered if I simply hadn’t mastered the ability to stay in one place long enough to grow where I was. I went back and forth with myself trying to resolve this internal struggle, but I couldn’t shake the feeling. There was something terribly off, and I knew it.

It was that gut feeling that led me to consider a career change. 

Today, I’m working in the Career Center at DePaul University as the Health Care and Science Career Community advisor. I have the privilege of working one-on-one with students and alumni interested in the same field I worked in and still love, despite my career transition.

Sometimes when I tell people about my experiences and they find out what I’m doing now, they say things like, “Wow, that’s really different from what you were doing” or “Don’t you feel like you wasted your degree?” The truth is, no education is education wasted.

Don’t let people guilt you into staying the course just because it’s the course you’re already on.

Looking back, I believe there were a lot of factors that contributed to my career change. I was experiencing some serious patient burnout, there were some big components of my job I didn’t love, and I recognize now I had serious lack of energy. I loved my patients, the people I worked with, and the environment I worked in, which made showing up and working long hours every day a little less excruciating.

How did I know it was time?

  1. Negative energy was quickly creeping into every aspect of my life. I had trouble seeing the good in anything, which was out of character for me.
  2. I began making careless mistakes.
  3. I dreaded getting out of bed in the morning. And once I did, I continued to watch the clock all day long.
  4. I began feeling mentally unhealthy and lost my appetite almost entirely.

What did I do about it?

If you’re unhappy in your current major or career, start by giving yourself grace. Then, make ample time to research other options, conduct informational interviews, and continue building your professional network. Don’t forget to talk to people you trust about how you’re feeling! The people closest to you just want you to be happy, so they’ll be supportive… even if it takes them time to come around.

Appreciate where you stand, what you’ve achieved, and all that it’s brought you, but never feel sorry for wanting more or something different. Make the choices that bring you happiness, even if that means choosing to walk away from something that no longer helps you grow.

No matter what your future holds, happiness will forever be enough. I urge you to have the guts to choose it.


The Career Center will support you in a variety of ways including helping you explore how your interests, values, skills, and personality fit into different career paths.

Schedule a career advising appointment on Handshake today!