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    HEALTHCARE
    February 5, 2021

    The Ultimate List of Healthcare Careers

    Kathleen Gaines
    By: Kathleen Gaines MSN, RN, BA, CBC

    Looking for your next career? Look no further. The healthcare industry is highly in-demand and offers something for just about everyone.

    But with so many healthcare careers to choose from, where do you even begin? We compiled the top healthcare careers into this helpful list which includes salary, degree requirements, and career level to help you find the one that’s right for you.

    Healthcare Careers from A to Z

    Healthcare Career Definition Salary Requirements Level
    Administrative Services Manager Administrative services managers supervise clerical and administrative staff, develop and manage records, and oversee the maintenance and repair of equipment.  $62,870 / year, $24.85 / hour Source: Payscale Bachelor's degree  Manager
    Anesthesia Technician Anesthesia technicians assist anesthesiologists, nurses, and other medical staff working on anesthesia teams. Their main responsibility is to clean, maintain and prepare anesthesia equipment for use in surgical procedures.

    $43,805 / year, $17.96 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Postsecondary non-degree certification or two-year associate’s degree Entry
    Audiologist Audiologists examine patients with hearing, balance, or other related ear problems. Audiologists also fit and dispense hearing aids, provide treatment for tinnitus, develop treatment plans for patients and educate patients on their condition. 

    $81,030 per year, $38.95/ hour

    Source: BLS

    Doctoral degree in audiology (AudD) is a four-year graduate program Top
    Cardiac Sonographer Cardiac sonographers prepare patients for procedures, prepare and maintain all diagnostic equipment, and collaborate with healthcare professionals. 

    $66,633 / year, $31.41 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    An associate's degree in cardiovascular technology, echocardiography, diagnostic medical sonography Entry
    Cardiovascular Technologist Cardiovascular technologists work in cardiac cath labs and assist interventional radiologists, cardiologists, and other healthcare providers during surgical procedures such as insertion of cardiac stents, pacemakers, and defibrillators. Cardiovascular technologists also prepare patients, position patients, and connect all necessary equipment needed for the procedure. 

    $59,898 / year, $29.15 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    Certificate, Diploma, or Degree in Cardiovascular Technology - 1 to 2 years Entry
    Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Responsibilities of a CNA include turning and repositioning patients, gathering necessary equipment for the medical team, performing vital signs, bathing patients and assisting with activities of daily living, and documenting appropriately. 

    $30,030 / year, $14.82 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Postsecondary non-degree certificate or diploma Entry
    Chief Nursing Officer Chief Nursing Officers run a single hospital within a healthcare system or multiple hospitals. This is considered the top administrative nursing position in a healthcare system. Day-to-day duties include staff development, creating and implementing a safe staffing schedule, delegating jobs to lower-level administrators within the nursing staff, developing and managing departmental budgets, and designing and implementing strategic goals for the department. 

    $130,813 / year,  $56.22 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Minimum of a Master's degree in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, or Business Administration Top
    Child Life Specialist Child life therapists support children and families to help them understand a process, procedure, medical diagnosis, and/or medical experience. They are healthcare professionals specifically trained to help children and families with illness, injury, trauma, and/or hospitalization. Other responsibilities include advocating for the special needs of children, providing distraction during medical procedures, and develop age-appropriate therapeutic play.

    $44,174 / year, $19.79 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's degree in child life or child development Mid
    Clinical Informatics Manager Clinical informatics managers plan and manage an organization's clinical informatics program including the electronic medical record. Managers are responsible for overseeing the department and ensuring compliance with the informatics system. Furthermore, clinical informatics managers are responsible for ensuring the technological information is available to all members within the healthcare system.

    $94,549 / year, $37.09 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's Degree in public health, health information technology, informatics, nursing, or a related field Manager
    Clinical Nurse Manager Clinical nurse managers oversee the nursing department within a healthcare system or clinic. Nurse managers are responsible for the hiring of staff nurses, annual evaluations, aligning a unit with the healthcare system's strategic goals, ensuring policies and procedures are followed, and providing a safe environment for patients, staff, and visitors.

    $83,365 / year, $36.61 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's degree in Nursing Manager
    Community Health Worker Community health workers are members of the community that work on behalf of a local healthcare system. Responsibilities of community health workers are to improve access to health care services, increase health screenings, enhance the communication between communities and healthcare providers, and improve adherence to health recommendations. Ultimately, community health workers act as a liaison between patients, families, and the public with a local healthcare system. 

    $38,847 / year,  $16.62 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma Entry
    Crime Scene Investigator Crime scene investigators are responsible for processing crime scenes including photographing, collecting evidence, packaging, labeling and transporting evidence, documenting autopsies, briefing investigators, writing reports, and testifying in court.

    $47,746 / year, $20.56 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's degree in natural or forensic science or criminal justice Mid
    Cytotechnologist Cytotechnologists are lab professionals that are responsible for evaluating patients' cell samples and looking for changes that can be precancerous, malignant, and infectious. They are responsible for studying normal and abnormal cells. Cytotechnologists work closely with other healthcare professionals including pathologists. 

    $70,822 / year or $33.74 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's degree in cytotechnology, biology, or the life sciences Mid
    Dental Assistant Dental assistants work closely with other members of a dental team and are responsible for scheduling appointments, maintaining dental records, and cleaning all dental tools. Dental assistants also help prepare patients receiving dental work. 

    $41,180 / year, $19.80 / hour

    Source: BLS

    High school diploma and certification program  Entry
    Dental Hygienist Dental hygienists are responsible for examining patients, updating patient health histories, taking dental x-rays, educate patients on dental conditions. They are also responsible for cleaning patients' teeth. 

    $77,090 / year, $37.06 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Associate's degree and certification - 2 years Entry
    Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Diagnostic medical sonographers are responsible for using imaging equipment to perform ultrasounds on patients based on the medical teams' orders. Other responsibilities include scheduling patients, obtaining patient health history, cleaning and maintaining imaging equipment. 

    $70,780 / year, $33.84 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Minimum associate's degree in sonography Entry
    Dialysis Technician Dialysis technicians work with other healthcare professionals to treat patients receiving dialysis treatment due to end-stage renal disease. Job responsibilities include preparing dialysis equipment, updating patient's health histories, taking vital signs before, during, and after treatment, and educating patients. Additional responsibilities include disinfecting and sanitizing all dialysis equipment, responding to dialysis-related alarms and emergencies, and communicating with the healthcare team regarding patient progress. 

    $40,851 / year, $16.47 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma and non-degree certification program Entry
    Dietitian Dietitians work with patients on different nutrition issues while promoting healthy eating and managing disease-related nutrition concerns. Specifically, dietitians assess patients' nutritional needs, develop meal and nutrition plans, evaluate the effectiveness of meal plans and dietary changes, and creating customized nutrition care plans for patients to document their progress, Other responsibilities include educating patients, communicating with the healthcare team, and helping patients access healthy and nutritious food options. 

    $63,090 / year, $30.33 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Bachelor's degree in nutrition or related field Mid
    EKG/ECG (Electrocardiogram) Technician EKG technicians administer electrocardiograms (EKG) on patients at the request of the medical team. Other job responsibilities include monitoring the patient while connected to the EKG machine, ensuring the machine is attached properly, recording the results in the medical record, ask appropriate health-related questions, check the quality of the reading, and communicate with other healthcare professionals. 

    $34,827 / year or $15.21 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma and non-degree certification Entry
    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) EMTs respond to 911 calls for medical-related emergencies. Specific job responsibilities will vary depending on the state of practice but typical job duties include assessing patient's conditions, determine in-the-field treatment options, transporting patients in an ambulance to local hospitals, document medical care given, report patient conditions and treatment to the medical team, and stabilize patients.

    $36,650 / year or $17.63 / hour

    Source: BLS

    High school diploma and postsecondary emergency medical technology program certification Mid
    Epidemiologist Epidemiologists are public health professionals that research the patterns of diseases, including viruses, to help develop ways to reduce the risk of occurrence. Also, they will analyze data and research available in order to safely educated local officials and the general public. 

     $74,560 / year, $35.84 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Master's degree in public health - 2 to 4 year post-undergraduate degree Top
    Exercise Physiologist Exercise physiologists work with patients to develop fitness and exercise programs to improve chronic diseases and improve body function. Additional responsibilities include measuring patients' vital signs during exercise, working with the healthcare team to monitor patient progress. 

    $50,280 / year, $24.17 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Bachelor's degree  Mid
    Forensic Pathologist A forensic pathologist performs autopsies on deceased individuals to determine the specific cause of death and determine if the cause of death was natural or criminal and the possible instrument used to cause the death. Forensic pathologists will also collect evidence, work with the local police force (if needed), use specialized equipment to perform autopsies, testify at criminal trials, and supervise morgue staff. 

    $103,987 / year, $22.96 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Medical degree (MD or DO) - 4 years post bachelor's degree Top
    Forensic Science Technician Forensic science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Other specific job responsibilities will include making sketches of the crime scene, testifying at criminal trials, recreating crime sciences, cataloging and preserving evidence, recording observations and findings, as well as taking photographs of the crime scene and evidence. 

    $60,590 / year, $29.13 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Bachelor's degree in natural science, such as chemistry or biology, or in forensic science Mid
    Health Clinic Administrator Health Clinic Administrators oversee the day-to-day clinical and administrative for a medical clinic. Typical job responsibilities include monitoring budgets and preparing reports, developing work schedules for employees, responding to questions from staff, keep records of all expenses, recommend cost-saving measures, ensuring medical records are up to date, and informing employees of new policies and procedures.

    $62,087 / year, $18.29 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Master's degree in healthcare administration, nursing, or business administration Top
    Health Information Technician  Health information technicians receive patient forms, medical histories and test results from medical professionals and analyze the information and ensure it is in the electronic medical record accurately. Additional job responsibilities include track patient outcomes for quality assessment, use classification software to assign clinical codes for insurance reimbursement and data analysis, and maintaining the confidentiality of patients’ records.

    $35,312 / year, $15.19 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's degree in health information management, or a similar health field Entry
    Health Services Manager Health services managers plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, private physician offices, nursing and residential care facilities, and outpatient care centers. Job responsibilities include: improve efficiency and quality in delivering healthcare services, develop departmental goals and objectives, create work schedules, prepare and monitor budgets and spending to ensure departments are up to date and compliant with laws and regulations.

    $104,280 / year, 50.13 / hour 

    Source: BLS

    Bachelor's degree Manager
    Healthcare Administrator Healthcare administrators are responsible for managing a clinic, hospital, or healthcare system. Primary responsibilities include improving efficiency and quality of healthcare services, creating goals and objectives for the facility, training new staff members, recruiting for open staff positions, approve and monitor the budget and spending, and creating appropriate safe staffing work schedules.

    $69,660 / year, $19.49 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Minimum of a Master's degree in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, or Business Administration Top
    Healthcare Chief Information Officer Healthcare Chief Information Officers work in the hospital setting and oversee the operation of the information technology department. Other management responsibilities include assessing current and future information and technology needs of the organization, developing standards and processes for the protection of information systems against cyber-attacks, managing day-to-day operations, monitoring the budget, and overseeing software integration. Additional duties may include assessing new technology and improving system enhancements, evaluating vendors, negotiating vendor contracts, hiring and training new staff members, and improving information flow. 

    $165,519 / year or $51.83 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Minimum of a Master's degree in Nursing, Computer Science, or Informatics Top
    Healthcare Consultant Healthcare consultants work with healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and other health-related companies to handle a specific problem or need. Specific job responsibilities will vary depending on the need of the organization. Healthcare consultants will collect and analyze data and information related to the problem and then recommend specific ways to address the problem and achieve the organization's goal. 

    $78,293 / year or $35.99 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's degree in healthcare administration, business administration, or related field Mid
    Healthcare Human Resources Manager Healthcare human resources managers oversee the human resources department of a healthcare organization. This will include recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new staff. Managers will work with top healthcare executives to oversee strategic planning, handle employee benefits, train and orient new staff, maintain safe work conditions, and ensure policies and procedures related to labor are being followed. 

     $25,280 / year, $12.15 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma and postsecondary non-degree certification Entry
    Home Health Aide Home health aides care for patients suffering from chronic and acute illnesses in the patient's home. Responsibilities include administering medications, changing wound dressings, taking vital signs, accompanying patients to doctor visits, communicating with the health care team, and assisting in activities of daily living. 

    $27,080 / year, $13.02 / hour

    Source: BLS

    High school diploma and postsecondary non-degree certification Entry
    Hospice Administrator Hospice administrators oversee the daily administrative and clinical aspects of a hospice agency or facility. Responsibilities may include developing and implementing new policies, developing and managing a budget, communicating with families and staff regarding patients, developing safe staffing work schedules, recruiting and hiring new hospice staff, promoting the hospice organization, and ensuring compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.

    $87,485 / year, $25.42 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Minimum of a Master's degree in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, or Business Administration Top
    Hospital Administrator Hospital administrators are responsible for managing hospitals. Primary responsibilities include improving efficiency and quality of healthcare services, creating goals and objectives for the facility, training new staff members, recruiting for open staff positions, approve and monitor the budget and spending, and creating appropriate safe staffing work schedules.

    $87,485 / year, $25.42 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    Minimum of a Master's degree in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, or Business Administration Top
    Hospital CEO Hospital CEOs are the top executive of a hospital. Responsibilities include: overseeing all clinical and administrative staff, ensuring patient safety and satisfaction, improving patient and community relations, promoting excellent quality healthcare, ensuring all local, state, and federal regulations are being followed, and the recruitment of new staff. Hospital CEOs work with other leaders to ensure the strategic vision of the organization is being met and if not, what needs to happen to achieve the goals. 

    $155,455 / year, $39.51 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Minimum of a Master's degree in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, or Business Administration Top
    Insurance Company Administrator Insurance company administrators work within an insurance company to develop risk management policies for clients, review and update insurance policies, oversee a team of insurance representatives, help clients determine the best medical insurance policy to fit their needs, and file any official insurance-related paperwork. Insurance company administrators can also expect to work with healthcare providers regarding patient claims and pre-authorizations and approvals. 

    $43,985 / year, $18.00 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    Associate's degree in business, public administration, or related field Manager
    Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) LPNs provide essential care for patients that can range from feeding and bathing to checking vital signs and administering medication. Other responsibilities include assisting with tests and procedures, working with RNs on nursing care plans, educating patients, communicating with families, document patient observations, changing dressings, and inserting urinary catheters. 

    $48,820 / year, $23.47 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Postsecondary certification with possible associate's degree Mid
    Medical Administrative Assistant  Medical administrative assistants, also known as medical secretaries, perform administrative functions for a hospital, clinical, or private medical office. Typical job duties include checking patients in for appointments and procedures, answering the phone, scheduling appointments, processing insurance payments, submitting insurance claims, maintaining office supplies, and communicating with the healthcare team when patients have arrived.

    $39,899 / year, $16.08 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma and postsecondary non-degree certification Entry
    Medical Assistant Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Specific job responsibilities include: taking patient vital signs, helping medical physicians with procedures and examinations, scheduling patient appointments, documenting patient observation and findings in the medical records, recording patient history, and educating patients and their families. 

    $35,850 / year, $17.23 / hour

    Source: BLS

    High school diploma and postsecondary non-degree certification Entry
    Medical Biller  A Medical Biller is in charge of calculating and collecting payments for medical procedures and services. Other job responsibilities include ensuring patients medical and insurance information is accurate, collecting and reviewing referrals and pre-authorizations, monitoring payments, following up on missed or late payments, and ensuring patient billing accuracy. 

    $40.33 / year, $16.49 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma and postsecondary non-degree certification Entry
    Medical Coder Medical coders are responsible for converting patients' information to standardized codes, which are used on documentation for healthcare insurance claims and for databases. Medical coders work with healthcare professionals to ensure healthcare systems receive reimbursement from healthcare insurance companies. Other responsibilities include auditing charts, assigning CPT codes, ensuring documents are grammatically correct and free from typing errors, examining documents and files for missing information, and ensuring compliance with medical coding policies and guidelines. 

    $42,416 / year, $18.78 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma and postsecondary non-degree certification Entry
    Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Doctors are responsible for the overall medical management of patients suffering from acute and chronic illness as well as trauma. Doctors diagnose patients, develop medical treatment plans, prescribe medications, perform diagnostic tests, collaborate with other healthcare professionals, obtain patient health history, educate patients and families regarding patient conditions, and perform surgical procedures. The doctor's speciality will directly determine the duties of the physician. Doctors can specialize in areas such as neurologic, cardiovascular, obstetrics, pediatrics, pulmonology, gastrointestinal, genetics, endocrinology, and infectious disease.

    $208,000 / year, $100.00 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Medical degree (MD or DO) - 4 years post bachelor's degree Top
    Medical Laboratory Technician Medical laboratory technicians set up and sanitize laboratories, prepare specimens, match blood compatibility for transfusions, analyze fluid chemical content, collect blood samples, and examine immune system elements. Medical lab technicians use equipment to locate microorganisms, monitor tests and procedures, analyze the chemical content of fluids, and test for drug levels in the blood.

    $54,180 / year, $26.05 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Bachelor's degree program in medical laboratory technology Mid
    Medical Reimbursement Specialist Medical reimbursement specialists work for insurance companies or larger healthcare organizations. Basic job duties include checking for accuracy in billing, preparing and reviewing insurance claims, follow up on payment for claims that are late, review medical records and associated CPT codes, perform medical coding, preparing invoices, and collaborating with healthcare professionals.  

    $49,968 / year, $18.06 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    Associate's degree in health information technology or medical billing Entry
    Medical Transcriptionist Medical transcriptionists, also referred to as healthcare documentation specialists, can work for a healthcare system, private physician office, or as a private contractor. Medical transcriptionists are responsible for listening to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare workers make and then convert them to written reports that are submitted into the electronic medical record. Other job responsibilities include performing quality improvement audits, submitting health records for physician and nurse practitioner approval, follow up with healthcare providers to ensure the reports are transcribed accurately. 

    $35,270 / year, $16.95 / hour

    Payscale: BLS

    High school diploma and postsecondary non-degree certification Entry
    Medical Writer Medical writers utilize scientific research and current healthcare trends for publication use. Medical writers can write clinical trial protocols, clinical study reports research proposals, journal articles, posters and presentations for meetings and conferences, regulatory submission documents, and medical education for physicians and patients. Medical writers require an understanding of the medical concepts and terminology, knowledge of relevant guidelines as regards the structure and contents of specific documents, and good writing skills. 

    $72,432 / year, $41.52 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's degree with scientific or medical discipline  
    MRI Technologist/ Technician MRI technologists/technicians work specifically with MRI equipment. Technicians are responsible for operating MRI equipment, following medical orders for imaging, explaining the MRI procedure to patients, taking medical history and asking appropriate questions, positioning patients for imaging, and input images into the electronic medical record. 

    $68,764 / year,  $31.22 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Associate's degree in magnetic resonance imaging Entry
    Neurodiagnostic Technologist Neurodiagnostic technologists collaborate with healthcare professionals to perform neurodiagnostic tests on patients including electroencephalograms, magnetoencephalography, and polysomnograms. Other responsibilities include explaining the process of the test to the patient, placing the appropriate requirement on the patient, sanitizing the equipment before and after use, and monitoring the patient during the test. 

    $56,271 / year, $23.52 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma and postsecondary non-degree certification Entry
    Nursing Home Administrator Nursing home administrators are in charge of all clinical and administrative aspects of a care facility. Nursing home administrators perform a variety of specific tasks including: obtaining medical equipment, advertising for new residents, managing personnel operations, monitoring expenses and finances, acting as an advocate for the residents, and communicating with family members. 

    $91,789 / year, $36.31 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Minimum of a Master's degree in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, or Business Administration Top
    Nursing Home Director Nursing home directors are in charge of all clinical and administrative aspects of a care facility. Nursing home administrators perform a variety of specific tasks including: obtaining medical equipment, advertising for new residents, managing personnel operations, monitoring expenses and finances, acting as an advocate for the residents, and communicating with family members. 

    $90,056 / year, $39.21 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Minimum of a Master's degree in Nursing, Healthcare Administration, or Business Administration Top
     Nutritionist Nutritionists work with patients on different nutrition issues while promoting healthy eating and managing disease-related nutrition concerns. Specifically, dietitians assess patients' nutritional needs, develop meal and nutrition plans, evaluate the effectiveness of meal plans and dietary changes, and creating customized nutrition care plans for patients to document their progress, Other responsibilities include educating patients, communicating with the healthcare team, and helping patients access healthy and nutritious food options. 

    $63,090 / year, $30.33 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Bachelor's degree in nutrition or related field Mid
    Occupational Therapist Occupational therapists (OT) work with patients to help them achieve maximum function when completing activities of daily living including, bathing, eating, cooking, and dressing. They also will work with individuals after workplace injuries to help get them back to the workplace. OTs will develop treatment plans, daily progress reports, and interventions for their patients. 

     $86,280 / year, $41.48 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Minimum Master’s degree - 2 to 3 years post or Doctorate degree - additional 2 to 3 years Top
    Occupational Therapy Assistant Occupational therapy assistants help patients with the therapeutic activities determined by their OT, transport patients, clean treatment and equipment, help patients with billing and insurance, encourage patients, and record patients' progress.

    $46,525 / year, $26.67 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    Associate's degree from an accredited occupational therapy assistant program Entry
     Dentist Dentists are responsible for diagnosing and treating patients suffering from problems with their teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth. Typically, dentists will remove decay from teeth, fill cavities, remove damaged and decayed teeth, consult with patients concerning cosmetic teeth changes, examine x-rays, educate patients regarding oral care, and prescribe medications and antibiotics as needed. 

    $136,966 / year, $73.16 / year

    Source: Payscale

    Doctor of Dental Science (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Top
    Ophthalmic Technician Ophthalmic laboratory technicians construct, fit, or repair medical appliances and devices, including eyeglasses. Other responsibilities include repairing damaged eyeglasses, follow specific work orders and prescriptions, polishing new eyewear, and inspecting the final product for quality and accuracy. 

    $42,798 / year, $17.24 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma and completion of a CAAHEP-accredited OT program -  1-year certificate or diploma for assistants and technicians or a 2-year associate degree for technologists. Entry
     Optician Opticians work with ophthalmologists and optometrists to help fit patients for eyeglasses and contact lenses. Responsibilities include measuring patient's eyes and faces to ensure proper fit of eyewear, help patient chose the right eyeglasses and frames to fit their needs, collaborating with eye doctors, adjusting eyewear, repairing broken eyewear, educating patients about their eyewear, and billing insurance companies and patients for eyewear. 

    $44,951 / year, $16.07 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Associate's degree and certification Entry
     Paramedic Paramedics respond to 911 calls for medical-related emergencies. Specific job responsibilities will vary depending on the state of practice but typical job duties include assessing patient's conditions, determine in-field treatment options, transporting patients in an ambulance to local hospitals, document medical care given, report patient conditions and treatment to the medical team, and stabilize patients.

    $36,650 / year, $17.62 / hour

    Source: BLS

    High school diploma and EMT course, as well as a CAAHEP-accredited Paramedic program Mid
    Pathology Assistant Pathology assistants work closely with pathologists to examines, dissects, and processes tissue samples. Other job responsibilities include research and training pathology residents, pathologists’ assistant students, and other pathology lab personnel as well as photographing the body and individual organs. Pathology assistants can work in the hospital setting, outpatient laboratories, and independent laboratories. 

    $84,090 / year, $21.00 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's degree in one of the life sciences like biology or chemistry Mid
    Patient Services Representative  Patient services representatives generally work in the hospital setting and are often compared to customer service representatives. Typical job responsibilities include greeting and escorting patients and families to patient examination rooms, scheduling patient appointments, making follow-up phone calls, communicate wait times with patients, act as a liaison between patients and medical personnel, and ensuring patient information in the medical records is correct. 

    $36,193 / year, $15.37 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma or GED Entry
     Perfusionist Perfusionists work specifically in hospitals and are responsible for operating extracorporeal circulation equipment. While operating the heart-lung bypass machines, other responsibilities including reviewing the patient's medical history, monitoring and caring for patients while on bypass, administer medications and blood products, document in the patient's medical record, and communicating with the healthcare team. 

    $122,943 / year, $61.13 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's degree and completion of an Accredited Perfusion Technology Program or approved program of Extracorporeal Technology Mid
     Pharmacist Pharmacists dispense medications and offer advice regarding safe medication dosages and administrations. They can also conduct health screenings, administer vaccinations, and offer advice regarding healthy lifestyle choices including smoking cessation, diet, and exercise. 

    $128,710 / year, $61.88 / hour 

    Source: BLS

    Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree - 4-year postgraduate degree Top
    Pharmacy Technician Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals in an outpatient pharmacy or hospital setting. Specifically, pharmacy technicians will collect insurance information, package and label prescriptions, organize inventory, accept payment for prescriptions and submit insurance claims, and measure specific amounts of medication needed to fill prescriptions. 

    $33,950 / year or $16.32 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma and graduation from a pharmacy technician training program Entry
     Phlebotomist Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Phlebotomists can work in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, ambulatory healthcare services, private physician offices, and outpatient care centers. 

     $36,320 / year or $17.46 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Postsecondary non-degree certificate from an accredited phlebotomy program. Training takes 1 year.  Entry
     Physical Therapist Physical therapists help patients to improve their movement. They are often an important part of preventive care, rehabilitation, and treatment for patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Specific job responsibilities are using exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients’ pain, help them increase their mobility, prevent further pain or injury, and facilitate health and wellness, collaborating with other healthcare professionals to develop treatment plans, reviewing patient medical and surgical history and referrals from the medical team, and monitoring the patient's progress. 

     

    $91,010 / year, $43.75 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Doctorate of Physical Therapy Top
    Physical Therapist Assistant Physical therapy assistants help patients with the therapeutic activities determined by their PT, transport patients, clean treatment and equipment, help patients with billing and insurance, encourage patients, and record patients' progress.

    $49,970 / year, $24.02 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Associate's degree and completion of a Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education-accredited physical therapist assistant education program Entry
    Physician Assistant (PA) Physician assistants examine, diagnose, and treat patients in hospitals, outpatient care centers, employment service offices, and private physician offices. Other responsibilities include taking patients' medical histories, ordering diagnostic tests, educating patients and their families, prescribing medications, assessing patient's progress and performing tests and procedures. 

    $115,390 / year, $55.48 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Master's degree - Two-year program Top
    Private Practice Office Manager Private practice office managers are responsible for organizing meetings, supervising patient scheduling, registration, medical records, billing and collection, developing and maintaining office policies and procedures, and interviewing/hiring new employees. 

    $48,935 / year or $18.63 / hour 

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's degree in an area related to healthcare, business, or administrative services Manager
    Radiation Therapist Radiation therapists are healthcare professionals that administer radiation treatments to patients with cancer and other diseases. Other job responsibilities include explaining treatment plans to patients and their families, document treatments in the medical record, monitor patients during treatment, and operate radiation equipment.

    $86,850 / year, $41.76 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Associate's degree in radiation therapy Entry
    Radiology Technologist Radiology technologists are responsible for operating radiology equipment, preparing patients for radiologic procedures, ensuring radiologic equipment is in working order, imputing radiology films into the patient record, maintain adequate radiologic supplies, following medical team orders, and educate patients on radiologic procedures. 

    $63,710 / year, $30.63 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Associate's degree and certification Entry
    Registered Nurse (RN) Registered Nurses provide care to patients, patient and family education, and communicate with the treatment team to ensure high quality and safe care is given to the patients. RNs are also responsible for administering medications, assessing patients, developing nursing care plans, and comforting patients. 

    $75,330 / year, $36.22 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Minimum Associates degree in nursing (ADN) - 2 to 3 years to complete.  Mid
    Respiratory Therapist Respiratory therapists care for patients suffering from lung diseases such as asthma or emphysema. Respiratory therapists typically perform the following: interviewing and examining patients, consulting with healthcare professionals to develop treatment plans, perform diagnostic tests, monitor and record patients' progress, and educate patients regarding their disease process. Respiratory therapists are also responsible for administering medications such as albuterol, setting up ventilator equipment, respond to medical emergencies and perform chest physiotherapy. 

    $62,810 / year, $30.20 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Minimum Associates degree in Respiratory Care Mid
     Social Worker Social workers work with individuals to help cope and solve problems and challenges they are facing. Social workers provide mental health counseling, research and advocate for individuals, provide crisis intervention, refer individuals to appropriate treatment centers, communicate with healthcare teams, as well as maintaining case files and records.

    $51,710 / year, $24.88 / hour 

    Source: BLS

    Bachelor's degree in social work Mid
    Speech-Language Pathologist Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and help patients with communication and swallowing disorders. This may include patients that suffer from cleft palate, hearing loss, stroke, traumatic brain injury, development delay, and/or autism. Other duties include educating patients and their families, identifying appropriate treatment options, carrying out the treatment options, and communicating with other healthcare professionals. 

    $80,480 / year, $38.69 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Master's degree Top
    Sterile Processing Technician Sterile processing technicians perform decontamination, preparation, sterilization, and distribution of surgical instruments and equipment for hospitals, healthcare systems, and surgery centers. 

    $39,002 / year or $16.00 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma or GED Entry
    Surgical Technologist Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, are responsible for preparing operating rooms, arranging equipment, and assisting doctors during surgeries. Other specific responsibilities including counting supplies including surgical instruments, maintaining a sterile environment, preparing patients for surgery, and taking specimens to the lab during surgical procedures.

    $49,710 / year, $23.90 / hour

    Source: BLS

    High school diploma or GED and postsecondary non-degree certification Entry
    Transplant Coordinator Transplant coordinators are responsible for planning and coordinating in-hospital transplant services, assist medical staff in organ retrieval, analyze medical data of potential organ donors and transplant recipients, scheduling all pre-operation laboratory tests, and collaborating with medical and community groups. Other responsibilities may include educating families, patients, and the community on the importance of organ donation, comparing data and research findings, and advising post-operative patients on therapies. 

    $79,267 / year, $36.34 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Bachelor's degree Mid
    Ultrasound Technician Ultrasound technicians use ultrasound equipment to help medical providers diagnose and detect diseases and other medical concerns. Other job responsibilities include managing ultrasound equipment and maintenance, analyzing diagnostic imaging, uploading images to patient medical records, and educating patients on ultrasound procedures.

    $59,801 / year, $28.76 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    Associate's degree Entry
     Unit Secretary Unit secretaries, also referred to as unit clerks, are assigned to specific units within a hospital and perform administrative and clerical duties for the assigned unit. They also may work the front desk at a private physician's office. Unit secretary responsibilities include answering phone calls, scheduling patient appointments, filing paperwork, ordering office and medical supplies, maintaining patient records, and gathering personal information. 

    $34,217 / year, $14.60 / hour

    Source: Payscale

    High school diploma or GED Entry
    Veterinary Technologist Veterinary technologists work with veterinarians to provide care to injured and sick pets. Specific responsibilities include conducting examinations and diagnostic procedures and tests, feeding and caring for animals, assisting during operations, maintaining records, ordering supplies and equipment, and educating pet parents. 

    $36,260 / year, $17.43 / hour

    Source: BLS

    Associate's degree  

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