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Healthcare Occupations

Learn about 47 healthcare occupations. Healthcare is the maintenance or improvement of health via the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments. Employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024. Healthcare occupations will add more jobs than any other group of occupations.
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created March 15, 2017
OccupationOccupation PictureJob SummaryEntry-Level Education2015 Median Pay
Athletic TrainersSpecialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.Bachelor's degree$44,670
AudiologistsDiagnose, manage, and treat a patient’s hearing, balance, or ear problems.Doctoral or professional degree$74,890
ChiropractorsTreat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They use spinal adjustments and manipulation, and other techniques to manage patients’ health concerns, such as back and neck pain.Doctoral or professional degree$64,440
Dental AssistantsPerform many tasks, ranging from providing patient care and taking x rays to recordkeeping and scheduling appointments. Their duties vary by state and by the dentists’ offices where they work.Postsecondary nondegree award$35,980
Dental HygienistsClean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, and provide other preventive dental care. They also educate patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health.Associate's degree$72,330
DentistsDiagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.Doctoral or professional degree$158,310
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular TechnologistsOperate special imaging equipment to create images or to conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Sometimes they assist physicians and surgeons during surgical procedures.Associate's degree$63,630
Dietitians and NutritionistsExperts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.Bachelor's degree$57,910
Emergency Medical Technicians and ParamedicsCare for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. They respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.Postsecondary nondegree award$31,980
Exercise PhysiologistsDevelop fitness and exercise programs that help patients recover from chronic diseases and improve cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility.Bachelor's degree$47,010
Genetic CounselorsAssess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They provide information and support to other healthcare providers, or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions.Master's degree$72,090
Home Health AidesHelp people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment with activities of daily living. They often help older adults who need assistance. In some states, they may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.No formal educational credential$21,920
Licensed Practical Nurses and Licensed Vocational NursesProvide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.Postsecondary nondegree award$43,170
Massage TherapistsTreat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, they relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.Postsecondary nondegree award$38,040
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and TechniciansCollect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.See How to Become One$50,550
Medical AssistantsComplete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.Postsecondary nondegree award$30,590
Medical Records and Health Information TechniciansOrganize and manage health information data. They ensure that the information maintains its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper files and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.Postsecondary nondegree award$37,110
Medical TranscriptionistsListen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare workers make and convert them into written reports. They may also review and edit medical documents created using speech recognition technology. They interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents.Postsecondary nondegree award$34,890
Nuclear Medicine TechnologistsOperate equipment that creates images of areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.Associate's degree$73,360
Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse PractitionersCoordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare. The scope of practice varies from state to state.Master's degree$104,740
Nursing Assistants and OrderliesHelp provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Transport patients and clean treatment areas.See How to Become One$25,710
Occupational Health and Safety SpecialistsAnalyze many types of work environments and work procedures. Inspect workplaces for adherence to regulations on safety, health, and the environment. They also design programs to prevent disease or injury to workers and damage to the environment.Bachelor's degree$70,210
Occupational Health and Safety TechniciansCollect data on the health and safety conditions of the workplace. They work with occupational health and safety specialists in conducting tests and measuring hazards to help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public.High school diploma or equivalent$48,070
Occupational TherapistsTreat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.Master's degree$80,150
Occupational Therapy Assistants and AidesHelp patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. They are directly involved in providing therapy to patients and typically perform support activities. They work under the direction of occupational therapists.See How to Become One$54,520
Opticians, DispensingHelp fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists. They also help customers decide which eyeglass frames or contact lenses to buy.High school diploma or equivalent$34,840
OptometristsExamine the eyes and other parts of the visual system. They also diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed.Doctoral or professional degree$103,900
Orthotists and ProsthetistsDesign and fabricate medical supportive devices and measure and fit patients for them. These devices include artificial limbs (arms, hands, legs, and feet), braces, and other medical or surgical devices.Master's degree$64,430
PharmacistsDispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.Doctoral or professional degree$121,500
Pharmacy TechniciansHelp pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals.High school diploma or equivalent$30,410
PhlebotomistsDraw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Some explain their work to patients and provide assistance when patients have adverse reactions after their blood is drawn.Postsecondary nondegree award$31,630
Physical Therapist Assistants and AidesWork under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain.See How to Become One$42,980
Physical TherapistsHelp injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. They are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.Doctoral or professional degree$84,020
Physician AssistantsPractice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients.Master's degree$98,180
Physicians and SurgeonsDiagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. They examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. They operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.Doctoral or professional degree$187,200
PodiatristsProvide medical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries, and perform surgery involving the lower extremities.Doctoral or professional degree$119,340
Psychiatric Technicians and AidesCare for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities. They typically provide therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions. They help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment.See How to Become One$28,320
Radiation TherapistsTreat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments.Associate's degree$80,220
Radiologic and MRI TechnologistsPerform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients. They operate magnetic resonance imaging scanners to create diagnostic images.Associate's degree$58,120
Recreational TherapistsPlan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses. They use a variety of modalities, including arts and crafts; drama, music, and dance; sports and games; aquatics; and community outings to help maintain or improve a patient’s physical, social, and emotional well-being.Bachelor's degree$45,890
Registered NursesProvide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.Bachelor's degree$67,490
Respiratory TherapistsCare for patients who have trouble breathing—for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema. Their patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients who have diseased lungs. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock.Associate's degree$57,790
Speech-Language PathologistsAssess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate or autism.Master's degree$73,410
Surgical TechnologistsAssist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.Postsecondary nondegree award$44,330
VeterinariansCare for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals.Doctoral or professional degree$88,490
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal CaretakersLook after animals in laboratories, animal hospitals, and clinics. They care for the animals by performing routine tasks under the supervision of scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary technologists and technicians.High school diploma or equivalent$24,360
Veterinary Technologists and TechniciansPerform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to assist in diagnosing the injuries and illnesses of animals.Associate's degree$31,800
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