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Health Science career cluster, in The United States of America

occupation SOC code interests minimum education current workers growth number growth percent salary entry salary all
Biologists19-1020.01IR**0*$41,570$80,060
Medical Transcriptionists31-9094.00CR1,2 year70,000-2,200-0.31$22,330$37,150
Respiratory Therapy Technicians29-2054.00SRI1,2 year10,700-2,000-1.87$30,800$50,520
Pharmacy Aides31-9095.00CRshort OJT41,5001000.02$18,480$28,420
Prosthodontists29-1024.00IR*8002002.5$74,990$168,140
Epidemiologists19-1041.00ISMaster5,8003000.52$46,870$77,720
Nuclear Medicine Technologists29-2033.00IRSAssociate20,7003000.14$53,440$75,960
Dentists, All Other Specialists29-1029.00IRProfess.6,7006000.9$38,130$171,900
Genetic Counselors29-9092.00SIA*2,4007002.92$45,540$74,960
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons29-1022.00RSIProfess.6,8001,2001.76$69,550$232,870
Nurse Midwives29-1161.00SI*5,3001,3002.45$66,660$102,390
occupation SOC code interests minimum education current workers growth number growth percent salary entry salary all
Podiatrists29-1081.00ISRProfess.9,6001,4001.46$48,830$144,110
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians29-9012.00CR1,2 year15,1001,4000.93$30,820$52,520
Orthodontists29-1023.00IRSProfess.8,2001,5001.83$91,580$228,780
Medical Appliance Technicians51-9082.00RISlong OJT14,6001,5001.03$23,070$39,880
Hearing Aid Specialists29-2092.00SIR*5,9001,6002.71$26,830$53,000
Orthotists and Prosthetists29-2091.00SRIBachelor8,3001,8002.17$35,870$69,920
Radiation Therapists29-1124.00SRCAssociate16,6002,3001.39$53,680$84,980
Recreational Therapists29-1125.00SABachelor18,6002,3001.24$28,010$48,190
Occupational Therapist Aides31-2012.00SRshort OJT8,8002,8003.18$20,430$31,840
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians51-9083.00RCmod. OJT30,2003,0000.99$20,990$34,220
Psychiatric Technicians29-2053.00SERmod. OJT67,9003,5000.52$21,330$35,870
occupation SOC code interests minimum education current workers growth number growth percent salary entry salary all
Pediatricians, General29-1065.00ISProfess.34,8003,6001.03$84,770$184,240
Audiologists29-1181.00ISMaster13,2003,7002.8$50,490$79,290
Dietetic Technicians29-2051.00SIRmod. OJT29,3003,9001.33$18,380$29,360
Psychiatric Aides31-1013.00SRCshort OJT77,3004,1000.53$18,940$28,770
Psychiatrists29-1066.00ISAProfess.28,2004,2001.49$61,330$200,220
Dental Laboratory Technicians51-9081.00RIClong OJT38,7004,2001.09$22,540$40,760
Obstetricians and Gynecologists29-1064.00ISRProfess.24,4004,3001.76$82,570$234,310
Internists, General29-1063.00ISRProfess.54,3005,1000.94$60,080$201,840
Athletic Trainers29-9091.00SRIBachelor25,4005,4002.13$30,300$47,880
Therapists, all other29-1129.00*Bachelor24,7005,8002.35$33,900$60,590
Orderlies31-1015.00CRS*53,0005,8001.09$19,590$28,550
occupation SOC code interests minimum education current workers growth number growth percent salary entry salary all
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, all other29-1199.00ISBachelor50,1006,0001.2$39,330$84,800
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Workers, all other29-9099.00SR1,2 year44,2006,1001.38$25,960$57,960
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians53-3011.00RSmod. OJT19,6006,5003.32$18,360$25,600
Anesthesiologists29-1061.00IRSProfess.33,7007,1002.11$146,310$269,600
Medical Equipment Preparers31-9093.00RCIshort OJT52,0007,3001.4$23,610$35,960
Nurse Anesthetists29-1151.00IRS*38,2007,4001.94$107,960$164,030
Health Educators21-1091.00SEMaster61,4007,5001.22$30,400$57,900
Chiropractors29-1011.00SIRProfess.45,2007,9001.75$32,380$81,210
Pharmacists29-1051.00ICSProfess.297,1009,1000.31$87,120$120,270
Surgeons29-1067.00IRSProfess.46,0009,1001.98$104,680$252,910
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians29-2057.00CSR*37,0009,1002.46$24,810$37,040
occupation SOC code interests minimum education current workers growth number growth percent salary entry salary all
Dietitians and Nutritionists29-1031.00ISBachelor66,70010,9001.63$36,470$59,670
Optometrists29-1041.00ISRProfess.40,60011,0002.71$52,810$117,580
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians29-2031.00RISAssociate52,00011,5002.21$28,650$57,100
Healthcare Support Workers, all other31-9099.00*short OJT102,70012,0001.17$21,890$37,720
Occupational Therapist Assistants31-2011.00SRAssociate33,00014,1004.27$39,160$59,530
Family and General Practitioners29-1062.00ISProfess.139,80014,3001.02$69,890$200,810
Surgical Technologists29-2055.00RSC1,2 year99,80014,7001.47$31,720$46,800
Respiratory Therapists29-1126.00SIRAssociate120,70014,8001.23$42,490$60,640
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers29-2032.00ISRAssociate60,70016,0002.64$48,660$71,750
Radiologic Technologists29-2034.00RSAssociate197,00017,2000.87$38,660$59,260
Opticians, Dispensing29-2081.00ECRlong OJT75,20017,8002.37$22,670$37,860
occupation SOC code interests minimum education current workers growth number growth percent salary entry salary all
Physical Therapist Aides31-2022.00SRshort OJT50,00019,5003.9$19,370$27,890
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists29-2011.00IRCBachelor164,80023,1001.4$41,550$62,440
Dentists, General29-1021.00IRSProfess.129,00023,3001.81$67,690$173,860
Health Technologists and Technicians, all other29-2099.00R1,2 year102,20023,7002.32$26,990$46,020
Phlebotomists31-9097-00CRI*112,70028,1002.49$23,330$33,750
Physician Assistants29-1071.00SIRBachelor94,40028,8003.05$65,620$102,090
Speech-Language Pathologists29-1127.00SIAMaster135,40028,9002.13$47,070$78,210
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians29-2012.00RICAssociate163,40029,0001.77$26,010$41,700
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians29-2071.00CEAssociate188,60029,0001.54$25,070$41,460
Occupational Therapists29-1122.00SIBachelor114,60030,5002.66$54,200$83,730
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists19-3031.00ISDoctorate155,30030,6001.97$41,830$78,690
occupation SOC code interests minimum education current workers growth number growth percent salary entry salary all
Physical Therapist Assistants31-2021.00SRIAssociate78,70032,0004.07$34,640$56,850
Pharmacy Technicians29-2052.00CRmod. OJT372,50034,7000.93$21,370$32,170
Massage Therapists31-9011.00SR1,2 year168,80036,4002.16$19,720$44,480
Dental Hygienists29-2021.00SRCAssociate200,50037,4001.87$50,870$73,440
Nurse Practitioners29-1171.00SIR*126,90044,8003.53$72,420$104,610
Physicians and Surgeons, all other29-1069.00ISRProfess.347,20051,6001.49$59,090$205,560
Medical and Health Services Managers11-9111.00ECSBachelor +333,00056,3001.69$56,970$109,370
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics29-2041.00SIR1,2 year241,20058,4002.42$21,240$36,110
Dental Assistants31-9091.00CRSmod. OJT318,80058,6001.84$25,460$37,890
Physical Therapists29-1123.00SIRMaster210,90071,8003.4$58,190$87,220
Medical Secretaries43-6013.00CS1,2 year527,600108,2002.05$23,220$35,060
occupation SOC code interests minimum education current workers growth number growth percent salary entry salary all
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses29-2061.00SR1,2 year719,900117,3001.63$32,510$44,840
Medical Assistants31-9092.00SCRmod. OJT591,300138,9002.35$22,870$32,850
Nursing Assistants31-1014.00SRshort OJT1,492,100262,0001.76$20,040$27,650
Home Health Aides31-1011.00SRshort OJT913,500348,4003.81$17,990$23,600
Registered Nurses29-1141.00SICAssociate2,751,000439,3001.6$47,120$72,180

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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.


Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States of America 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.


Growth Number

Growth number is the projected number of openings per year from 2014 to 2024. High growth means that the projected number of openings is high, so the likelihood of getting a job in this occupation is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this occupation is not very good.

White background indicates that growth number information is not available.


Growth Percent

Growth percent is the projected growth of the percentage of 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 occupation is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this occupation is not very good.

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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 of America 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 $208,000 are sometimes shown as >$208,000 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States of America in 2016. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $208,000 are sometimes shown as >$208,000 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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