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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. OJT3.2119,600$17,220$24,900
Anesthesiologists29-1061.00IRSProfess.**$135,110$232,830
Athletic Trainers29-9091.00SRIBachelor318,200$25,960$44,010
Audiologists29-1181.00ISMaster3.6813,000$43,820$72,890
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians29-2031.00RISAssociate2.9349,400$27,830$53,050
Chiropractors29-1011.00SIRProfess.2.8352,600$31,030$79,550
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists19-3031.00ISDoctorate2.19154,300$38,450$72,220
Dental Assistants31-9091.00CRSmod. OJT3.08297,200$23,550$35,080
Dental Hygienists29-2021.00SRCAssociate3.77181,800$46,540$70,700
Dental Laboratory Technicians51-9081.00RIClong OJT0.0840,900$21,330$39,320
Dentists, All Other Specialists29-1029.00IRProfess.1.177,800$75,460$164,780
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Dentists, General29-1021.00IRSProfess.2.11130,700$74,130$163,240
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers29-2032.00ISRAssociate4.3553,700$44,990$66,360
Dietetic Technicians29-2051.00SIRmod. OJT1.624,200$18,070$28,680
Dietitians and Nutritionists29-1031.00ISBachelor1.9764,400$34,500$56,170
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics29-2041.00SIR1,2 year3.33226,500$20,180$34,370
Epidemiologists19-1041.00ISMaster2.365,000$42,620$71,400
Family and General Practitioners29-1062.00ISProfess.**$84,790$180,850
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, all other29-1199.00ISBachelor1.955,600$40,020$85,740
Health Technologists and Technicians, all other29-2099.00R1,2 year**$26,660$44,400
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Workers, all other29-9099.00SR1,2 year**$25,370$53,610
Healthcare Support Workers, all other31-9099.00*short OJT**$20,060$33,880
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Home Health Aides31-1011.00SRshort OJT6.941,017,700$16,600$21,830
Internists, General29-1063.00ISRProfess.**$66,790$191,520
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses29-2061.00SR1,2 year2.24752,300$30,970$42,400
Massage Therapists31-9011.00SR1,2 year2.01153,700$18,420$40,350
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians29-2012.00RICAssociate1.47161,200$24,790$39,340
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists29-2011.00IRCBachelor1.13169,400$39,580$58,640
Medical and Health Services Managers11-9111.00ECSBachelor +2.24303,000$53,940$98,460
Medical Appliance Technicians51-9082.00RISlong OJT0.3714,200$22,890$38,200
Medical Assistants31-9092.00SCRmod. OJT3.09527,600$21,080$30,550
Medical Equipment Preparers31-9093.00RCIshort OJT1.7549,200$21,200$32,260
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians29-2071.00CEAssociate2.1179,500$22,250$36,770
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Medical Secretaries43-6013.00CS1,2 year4.13508,700$21,890$32,670
Medical Transcriptionists31-9094.00CR1,2 year0.5995,100$22,400$34,650
Nuclear Medicine Technologists29-2033.00IRSAssociate1.8921,900$50,560$70,840
Nursing Assistants31-1014.00SRshort OJT**$18,300$25,620
Obstetricians and Gynecologists29-1064.00ISRProfess.**$121,240$216,760
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians29-9012.00CR1,2 year1.2910,600$28,920$50,150
Occupational Therapist Assistants31-2011.00SRAssociate4.3328,500$32,970$53,090
Occupational Therapists29-1122.00SIBachelor3.35108,800$50,500$76,400
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians51-9083.00RCmod. OJT1.2829,800$18,860$29,850
Opticians, Dispensing29-2081.00ECRlong OJT2.8962,600$21,030$35,010
Optometrists29-1041.00ISRProfess.3.3134,200$52,590$109,810
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons29-1022.00RSIProfess.2.138,000$89,590$216,440
Orthodontists29-1023.00IRSProfess.2.118,300$67,530$186,320
Orthotists and Prosthetists29-2091.00SRIBachelor1.216,300$34,150$69,960
Pediatricians, General29-1065.00ISProfess.**$86,900$167,640
Pharmacists29-1051.00ICSProfess.2.54274,900$89,280$114,950
Pharmacy Aides31-9095.00CRshort OJT2.8650,800$16,890$23,460
Pharmacy Technicians29-2052.00CRmod. OJT3.24334,400$20,580$30,430
Physical Therapist Aides31-2022.00SRshort OJT4.3147,000$17,540$25,410
Physical Therapist Assistants31-2021.00SRIAssociate4.5767,400$32,420$52,320
Physical Therapists29-1123.00SIRMaster3.9198,600$55,620$81,110
Physician Assistants29-1071.00SIRBachelor2.9583,600$62,430$92,460
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Physicians and Surgeons, all other29-1069.00ISRProfess.**$55,390$184,820
Podiatrists29-1081.00ISRProfess.212,900$52,530$132,470
Prosthodontists29-1024.00IR*2.141,000$56,150$168,120
Psychiatric Aides31-1013.00SRCshort OJT1.5167,700$16,960$26,680
Psychiatric Technicians29-2053.00SERmod. OJT1.5574,900$20,550$33,140
Psychiatrists29-1066.00ISAProfess.**$70,920$177,520
Radiation Therapists29-1124.00SRCAssociate2.0316,900$51,720$80,410
Radiologic Technologists29-2034.00RSAssociate**$37,060$56,450
Recreational Therapists29-1125.00SABachelor1.7122,400$26,410$44,280
Registered Nurses29-1141.00SICAssociate**$45,040$67,930
Respiratory Therapists29-1126.00SIRAssociate2.77112,700$40,980$57,200
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Respiratory Therapy Technicians29-2054.00SRI1,2 year0.4113,800$31,590$47,510
Speech-Language Pathologists29-1127.00SIAMaster2.34123,200$44,380$72,730
Surgeons29-1067.00IRSProfess.**$122,910$230,540
Surgical Technologists29-2055.00RSC1,2 year1.8993,600$29,710$43,480
Therapists, all other29-1129.00*Bachelor**$32,220$56,760

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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 to . 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 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 2012. 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 2012. 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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