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Health Science career cluster, in The United States

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians53-3011.00RSmod. OJT3.1118,900$17,650$25,490
Anesthesiologists29-1061.00IRSProfess.2.4433,900$151,450$246,320
Athletic Trainers29-9091.00SRIBachelor2.1222,900$27,610$45,730
Audiologists29-1181.00ISMaster3.3613,000$47,580$76,790
Biologists19-1020.01IR***$41,030$79,200
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians29-2031.00RISAssociate3.0451,600$28,110$55,210
Chiropractors29-1011.00SIRProfess.1.4644,400$31,440$79,760
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists19-3031.00ISDoctorate1.13145,100$40,080$74,030
Dental Assistants31-9091.00CRSmod. OJT2.45303,200$24,580$36,260
Dental Hygienists29-2021.00SRCAssociate3.33192,800$49,190$71,970
Dental Laboratory Technicians51-9081.00RIClong OJT0.2639,000$22,120$40,140
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Dentists, All Other Specialists29-1029.00IRProfess.0.636,400$53,050$168,580
Dentists, General29-1021.00IRSProfess.1.63125,800$69,910$166,810
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers29-2032.00ISRAssociate4.658,800$46,930$68,390
Dietetic Technicians29-2051.00SIRmod. OJT1.825,100$17,940$28,600
Dietitians and Nutritionists29-1031.00ISBachelor2.1167,400$35,040$57,440
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics29-2041.00SIR1,2 year2.31239,100$20,690$35,110
Epidemiologists19-1041.00ISMaster1.025,100$43,530$74,120
Family and General Practitioners29-1062.00ISProfess.1.46124,000$72,190$186,320
Genetic Counselors29-9092.00SIA*4.122,100$43,950$69,540
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, all other29-1199.00ISBachelor0.7947,200$41,250$85,050
Health Educators21-1091.00SEMaster1.958,900$29,650$55,260
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Health Technologists and Technicians, all other29-2099.00R1,2 year2.6790,400$26,550$45,620
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Workers, all other29-9099.00SR1,2 year1.7151,600$26,050$56,300
Healthcare Support Workers, all other31-9099.00*short OJT1.6107,400$21,170$35,440
Hearing Aid Specialists29-2092.00SIR*2.525,300$22,810$47,820
Home Health Aides31-1011.00SRshort OJT4.85875,100$17,040$22,400
Internists, General29-1063.00ISRProfess.1.4151,300$60,880$190,530
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses29-2061.00SR1,2 year2.48738,400$31,640$43,420
Massage Therapists31-9011.00SR1,2 year2.26132,800$18,460$41,790
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians29-2012.00RICAssociate2.97161,500$25,500$40,750
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists29-2011.00IRCBachelor1.38164,300$40,640$60,560
Medical and Health Services Managers11-9111.00ECSBachelor +2.32315,500$55,890$103,680
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Medical Appliance Technicians51-9082.00RISlong OJT0.6412,900$22,590$39,000
Medical Assistants31-9092.00SCRmod. OJT2.9560,800$21,540$31,220
Medical Equipment Preparers31-9093.00RCIshort OJT2.0351,600$22,290$33,850
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians29-2071.00CEAssociate2.21186,300$23,340$38,860
Medical Secretaries43-6013.00CS1,2 year3.6525,600$22,270$33,530
Medical Transcriptionists31-9094.00CR1,2 year0.7684,100$22,220$35,580
Nuclear Medicine Technologists29-2033.00IRSAssociate2.0220,900$52,080$73,230
Nurse Anesthetists29-1151.00IRS*2.4935,200$107,240$158,900
Nurse Midwives29-1161.00SI*2.866,000$65,940$97,700
Nurse Practitioners29-1171.00SIR*3.37110,200$68,830$97,990
Nursing Assistants31-1014.00SRshort OJT2.111,479,800$18,790$26,250
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Obstetricians and Gynecologists29-1064.00ISRProfess.1.4423,600$100,100$214,750
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians29-9012.00CR1,2 year1.0912,600$29,840$51,270
Occupational Therapist Aides31-2012.00SRshort OJT3.628,400$18,330$29,040
Occupational Therapist Assistants31-2011.00SRAssociate4.2630,300$36,420$57,260
Occupational Therapists29-1122.00SIBachelor2.9113,200$52,670$80,000
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians51-9083.00RCmod. OJT1.2131,000$19,930$31,100
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians29-2057.00CSR*2.9829,600$24,350$36,520
Opticians, Dispensing29-2081.00ECRlong OJT2.3467,600$21,510$36,260
Optometrists29-1041.00ISRProfess.2.4433,100$52,270$113,010
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons29-1022.00RSIProfess.1.616,700$92,660$219,600
Orderlies31-1015.00CRS*1.6654,600$18,110$26,670
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Orthodontists29-1023.00IRSProfess.1.637,500$78,960$201,030
Orthotists and Prosthetists29-2091.00SRIBachelor3.558,500$35,240$70,690
Pediatricians, General29-1065.00ISProfess.1.5734,700$93,120$175,400
Pharmacists29-1051.00ICSProfess.1.45286,400$89,320$118,470
Pharmacy Aides31-9095.00CRshort OJT1.1142,900$17,440$25,540
Pharmacy Technicians29-2052.00CRmod. OJT1.99355,300$20,730$31,090
Phlebotomists31-9097-00CRI*2.67101,300$22,150$31,890
Physical Therapist Aides31-2022.00SRshort OJT4.0150,000$18,370$26,660
Physical Therapist Assistants31-2021.00SRIAssociate4.171,400$31,840$54,330
Physical Therapists29-1123.00SIRMaster3.6204,200$56,800$83,940
Physician Assistants29-1071.00SIRBachelor3.8486,700$64,100$97,280
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Physicians and Surgeons, all other29-1069.00ISRProfess.1.87348,900$56,590$189,760
Podiatrists29-1081.00ISRProfess.2.2510,700$50,430$137,480
Prosthodontists29-1024.00IR*1.5400$69,930$142,830
Psychiatric Aides31-1013.00SRCshort OJT0.682,000$18,760$28,430
Psychiatric Technicians29-2053.00SERmod. OJT0.3971,000$20,990$35,160
Psychiatrists29-1066.00ISAProfess.1.6227,200$61,600$182,700
Radiation Therapists29-1124.00SRCAssociate2.3519,100$53,590$83,710
Radiologic Technologists29-2034.00RSAssociate2.08199,200$37,610$57,510
Recreational Therapists29-1125.00SABachelor1.3419,800$27,150$46,060
Registered Nurses29-1141.00SICAssociate1.942,711,500$45,880$69,790
Respiratory Therapists29-1126.00SIRAssociate1.91119,300$41,380$58,490
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Respiratory Therapy Technicians29-2054.00SRI1,2 year1.6913,600$31,260$48,800
Speech-Language Pathologists29-1127.00SIAMaster1.94134,100$44,940$74,900
Surgeons29-1067.00IRSProfess.2.3247,900$130,710$240,440
Surgical Technologists29-2055.00RSC1,2 year2.9898,500$30,780$45,010
Therapists, all other29-1129.00*Bachelor3.1728,800$32,590$59,190

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Footnotes


SOC Codes

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system classifies all careers and assigns a unique number to each. This SOC number can be used to follow up with other career databases.


Career Interests

Interests are the likes and dislikes of people who work in each career. Matching your interests can help you find a career that will be more satisfying and rewarding for you than occupations that do not meet your interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you want to explore.

People and work environments can be classified into these six different groups:

Take an Career Interest Assessment to discover your interests.


Minimum Postsecondary Education Required

Minimum education is the usual minimum level of postsecondary (after high school) education required for each career.

Some careers have on-the-job training (OJT), which means that you go straight to the job and learn while you work.

Some careers require further education after high school before starting the career.


Growth Outlook

Growth outlook is the projected growth of the number of career openings per year from 2012 to 2022. High growth means that the number of openings are increasing, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is not very good.

White background indicates that growth outlook information is not available.


Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States in 2012 who were full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms. This excludes proprietors, owners and partners of unincorporated firms, unpaid family workers, workers on unpaid leave and contractors and temporary agency employees not on the company payroll.


Average Entry-Level Salaries

Salary entry is the estimated average salary for all entry-level (first-year) workers in this occupation in The United States in 2014. Technically it is the annual 10th percentile wage.

Salary includes straight time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, tips, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay, commissions, production bonuses and on-call pay are included. Excluded is back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, non-production bonuses and tuition reimbursements.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States in 2014. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


This research was compiled, analyzed, and posted by Emil Barnabas.

The data come from multiple data tables from the US Department of Labor. Blanks in this table represent missing data, some due to confidentiality because of small numbers of workers in an occupation.




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