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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
Biologists19-1020.01IR***$41,230$79,610
Respiratory Therapy Technicians29-2054.00SRI1,2 year-1.8710,700$30,750$49,720
Medical Transcriptionists31-9094.00CR1,2 year-0.3170,000$21,600$35,720
Pharmacy Aides31-9095.00CRshort OJT0.0241,500$18,050$27,460
Nuclear Medicine Technologists29-2033.00IRSAssociate0.1420,700$52,950$74,990
Pharmacists29-1051.00ICSProfess.0.31297,100$86,790$119,270
Epidemiologists19-1041.00ISMaster0.525,800$46,130$76,900
Psychiatric Technicians29-2053.00SERmod. OJT0.5267,900$20,780$36,280
Psychiatric Aides31-1013.00SRCshort OJT0.5377,300$18,990$28,170
Radiologic Technologists29-2034.00RSAssociate0.87197,000$38,110$58,520
Dentists, All Other Specialists29-1029.00IRProfess.0.96,700$37,800$171,040
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Pharmacy Technicians29-2052.00CRmod. OJT0.93372,500$20,950$31,680
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians29-9012.00CR1,2 year0.9315,100$30,610$51,270
Internists, General29-1063.00ISRProfess.0.9454,300$62,520$196,520
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians51-9083.00RCmod. OJT0.9930,200$20,610$32,970
Family and General Practitioners29-1062.00ISProfess.1.02139,800$65,630$192,120
Pediatricians, General29-1065.00ISProfess.1.0334,800$90,950$183,180
Medical Appliance Technicians51-9082.00RISlong OJT1.0314,600$22,400$39,020
Dental Laboratory Technicians51-9081.00RIClong OJT1.0938,700$22,220$40,520
Orderlies31-1015.00CRS*1.0953,000$18,770$27,580
Healthcare Support Workers, all other31-9099.00*short OJT1.17102,700$21,620$36,920
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, all other29-1199.00ISBachelor1.250,100$39,440$85,120
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Health Educators21-1091.00SEMaster1.2261,400$30,250$56,690
Respiratory Therapists29-1126.00SIRAssociate1.23120,700$41,970$59,640
Recreational Therapists29-1125.00SABachelor1.2418,600$28,020$47,790
Dietetic Technicians29-2051.00SIRmod. OJT1.3329,300$18,230$29,170
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Workers, all other29-9099.00SR1,2 year1.3844,200$25,650$56,400
Radiation Therapists29-1124.00SRCAssociate1.3916,600$54,220$84,460
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists29-2011.00IRCBachelor1.4164,800$41,510$61,860
Medical Equipment Preparers31-9093.00RCIshort OJT1.452,000$23,030$34,950
Podiatrists29-1081.00ISRProfess.1.469,600$48,920$136,180
Surgical Technologists29-2055.00RSC1,2 year1.4799,800$31,410$45,940
Psychiatrists29-1066.00ISAProfess.1.4928,200$59,430$193,680
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Physicians and Surgeons, all other29-1069.00ISRProfess.1.49347,200$57,820$197,700
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians29-2071.00CEAssociate1.54188,600$24,190$40,430
Registered Nurses29-1141.00SICAssociate1.62,751,000$46,360$71,000
Dietitians and Nutritionists29-1031.00ISBachelor1.6366,700$35,240$58,410
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses29-2061.00SR1,2 year1.63719,900$32,040$44,030
Medical and Health Services Managers11-9111.00ECSBachelor +1.69333,000$56,230$106,070
Chiropractors29-1011.00SIRProfess.1.7545,200$31,310$78,370
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons29-1022.00RSIProfess.1.766,800$85,270$233,900
Obstetricians and Gynecologists29-1064.00ISRProfess.1.7624,400$85,940$222,400
Nursing Assistants31-1014.00SRshort OJT1.761,492,100$19,390$26,820
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians29-2012.00RICAssociate1.77163,400$25,890$41,420
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Dentists, General29-1021.00IRSProfess.1.81129,000$68,310$172,350
Orthodontists29-1023.00IRSProfess.1.838,200$87,830$221,390
Dental Assistants31-9091.00CRSmod. OJT1.84318,800$24,950$36,920
Dental Hygienists29-2021.00SRCAssociate1.87200,500$50,140$72,720
Nurse Anesthetists29-1151.00IRS*1.9438,200$105,410$160,250
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists19-3031.00ISDoctorate1.97155,300$40,920$76,040
Surgeons29-1067.00IRSProfess.1.9846,000$111,420$247,520
Medical Secretaries43-6013.00CS1,2 year2.05527,600$22,610$34,330
Anesthesiologists29-1061.00IRSProfess.2.1133,700$142,590$258,100
Speech-Language Pathologists29-1127.00SIAMaster2.13135,400$46,000$76,900
Athletic Trainers29-9091.00SRIBachelor2.1325,400$28,480$46,940
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Massage Therapists31-9011.00SR1,2 year2.16168,800$18,860$43,170
Orthotists and Prosthetists29-2091.00SRIBachelor2.178,300$35,160$69,960
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians29-2031.00RISAssociate2.2152,000$28,420$56,100
Health Technologists and Technicians, all other29-2099.00R1,2 year2.32102,200$26,520$45,730
Therapists, all other29-1129.00*Bachelor2.3524,700$32,360$59,210
Medical Assistants31-9092.00SCRmod. OJT2.35591,300$22,040$31,910
Opticians, Dispensing29-2081.00ECRlong OJT2.3775,200$21,980$36,820
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics29-2041.00SIR1,2 year2.42241,200$20,860$35,430
Nurse Midwives29-1161.00SI*2.455,300$50,310$93,610
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians29-2057.00CSR*2.4637,000$24,300$36,690
Phlebotomists31-9097-00CRI*2.49112,700$22,850$32,770
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Prosthodontists29-1024.00IR*2.5800$73,050$161,020
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers29-2032.00ISRAssociate2.6460,700$48,720$70,880
Occupational Therapists29-1122.00SIBachelor2.66114,600$53,250$81,690
Optometrists29-1041.00ISRProfess.2.7140,600$51,780$115,750
Hearing Aid Specialists29-2092.00SIR*2.715,900$26,660$52,850
Audiologists29-1181.00ISMaster2.813,200$49,760$77,420
Genetic Counselors29-9092.00SIA*2.922,400$49,760$74,570
Physician Assistants29-1071.00SIRBachelor3.0594,400$62,760$99,270
Occupational Therapist Aides31-2012.00SRshort OJT3.188,800$19,820$31,090
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians53-3011.00RSmod. OJT3.3219,600$18,190$25,470
Physical Therapists29-1123.00SIRMaster3.4210,900$57,060$85,790
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Nurse Practitioners29-1171.00SIR*3.53126,900$70,540$101,260
Home Health Aides31-1011.00SRshort OJT3.81913,500$17,480$22,870
Physical Therapist Aides31-2022.00SRshort OJT3.950,000$18,720$27,440
Physical Therapist Assistants31-2021.00SRIAssociate4.0778,700$32,640$55,250
Occupational Therapist Assistants31-2011.00SRAssociate4.2733,000$38,440$58,340

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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 2014 to 2024. 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 2014 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 2016. 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 2016. 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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