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Health Science career cluster, in The United States of America

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Home Health Aides31-1011.00SRshort OJT3.81913,500$17,990$23,600
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians53-3011.00RSmod. OJT3.3219,600$18,360$25,600
Nursing Assistants31-1014.00SRshort OJT1.761,492,100$20,040$27,650
Physical Therapist Aides31-2022.00SRshort OJT3.950,000$19,370$27,890
Pharmacy Aides31-9095.00CRshort OJT0.0241,500$18,480$28,420
Orderlies31-1015.00CRS*1.0953,000$19,590$28,550
Psychiatric Aides31-1013.00SRCshort OJT0.5377,300$18,940$28,770
Dietetic Technicians29-2051.00SIRmod. OJT1.3329,300$18,380$29,360
Occupational Therapist Aides31-2012.00SRshort OJT3.188,800$20,430$31,840
Pharmacy Technicians29-2052.00CRmod. OJT0.93372,500$21,370$32,170
Medical Assistants31-9092.00SCRmod. OJT2.35591,300$22,870$32,850
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Phlebotomists31-9097-00CRI*2.49112,700$23,330$33,750
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians51-9083.00RCmod. OJT0.9930,200$20,990$34,220
Medical Secretaries43-6013.00CS1,2 year2.05527,600$23,220$35,060
Psychiatric Technicians29-2053.00SERmod. OJT0.5267,900$21,330$35,870
Medical Equipment Preparers31-9093.00RCIshort OJT1.452,000$23,610$35,960
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics29-2041.00SIR1,2 year2.42241,200$21,240$36,110
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians29-2057.00CSR*2.4637,000$24,810$37,040
Medical Transcriptionists31-9094.00CR1,2 year-0.3170,000$22,330$37,150
Healthcare Support Workers, all other31-9099.00*short OJT1.17102,700$21,890$37,720
Opticians, Dispensing29-2081.00ECRlong OJT2.3775,200$22,670$37,860
Dental Assistants31-9091.00CRSmod. OJT1.84318,800$25,460$37,890
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Medical Appliance Technicians51-9082.00RISlong OJT1.0314,600$23,070$39,880
Dental Laboratory Technicians51-9081.00RIClong OJT1.0938,700$22,540$40,760
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians29-2071.00CEAssociate1.54188,600$25,070$41,460
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians29-2012.00RICAssociate1.77163,400$26,010$41,700
Massage Therapists31-9011.00SR1,2 year2.16168,800$19,720$44,480
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses29-2061.00SR1,2 year1.63719,900$32,510$44,840
Health Technologists and Technicians, all other29-2099.00R1,2 year2.32102,200$26,990$46,020
Surgical Technologists29-2055.00RSC1,2 year1.4799,800$31,720$46,800
Athletic Trainers29-9091.00SRIBachelor2.1325,400$30,300$47,880
Recreational Therapists29-1125.00SABachelor1.2418,600$28,010$48,190
Respiratory Therapy Technicians29-2054.00SRI1,2 year-1.8710,700$30,800$50,520
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians29-9012.00CR1,2 year0.9315,100$30,820$52,520
Hearing Aid Specialists29-2092.00SIR*2.715,900$26,830$53,000
Physical Therapist Assistants31-2021.00SRIAssociate4.0778,700$34,640$56,850
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians29-2031.00RISAssociate2.2152,000$28,650$57,100
Health Educators21-1091.00SEMaster1.2261,400$30,400$57,900
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Workers, all other29-9099.00SR1,2 year1.3844,200$25,960$57,960
Radiologic Technologists29-2034.00RSAssociate0.87197,000$38,660$59,260
Occupational Therapist Assistants31-2011.00SRAssociate4.2733,000$39,160$59,530
Dietitians and Nutritionists29-1031.00ISBachelor1.6366,700$36,470$59,670
Therapists, all other29-1129.00*Bachelor2.3524,700$33,900$60,590
Respiratory Therapists29-1126.00SIRAssociate1.23120,700$42,490$60,640
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists29-2011.00IRCBachelor1.4164,800$41,550$62,440
Orthotists and Prosthetists29-2091.00SRIBachelor2.178,300$35,870$69,920
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers29-2032.00ISRAssociate2.6460,700$48,660$71,750
Registered Nurses29-1141.00SICAssociate1.62,751,000$47,120$72,180
Dental Hygienists29-2021.00SRCAssociate1.87200,500$50,870$73,440
Genetic Counselors29-9092.00SIA*2.922,400$45,540$74,960
Nuclear Medicine Technologists29-2033.00IRSAssociate0.1420,700$53,440$75,960
Epidemiologists19-1041.00ISMaster0.525,800$46,870$77,720
Speech-Language Pathologists29-1127.00SIAMaster2.13135,400$47,070$78,210
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists19-3031.00ISDoctorate1.97155,300$41,830$78,690
Audiologists29-1181.00ISMaster2.813,200$50,490$79,290
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Biologists19-1020.01IR***$41,570$80,060
Chiropractors29-1011.00SIRProfess.1.7545,200$32,380$81,210
Occupational Therapists29-1122.00SIBachelor2.66114,600$54,200$83,730
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, all other29-1199.00ISBachelor1.250,100$39,330$84,800
Radiation Therapists29-1124.00SRCAssociate1.3916,600$53,680$84,980
Physical Therapists29-1123.00SIRMaster3.4210,900$58,190$87,220
Physician Assistants29-1071.00SIRBachelor3.0594,400$65,620$102,090
Nurse Midwives29-1161.00SI*2.455,300$66,660$102,390
Nurse Practitioners29-1171.00SIR*3.53126,900$72,420$104,610
Medical and Health Services Managers11-9111.00ECSBachelor +1.69333,000$56,970$109,370
Optometrists29-1041.00ISRProfess.2.7140,600$52,810$117,580
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Pharmacists29-1051.00ICSProfess.0.31297,100$87,120$120,270
Podiatrists29-1081.00ISRProfess.1.469,600$48,830$144,110
Nurse Anesthetists29-1151.00IRS*1.9438,200$107,960$164,030
Prosthodontists29-1024.00IR*2.5800$74,990$168,140
Dentists, All Other Specialists29-1029.00IRProfess.0.96,700$38,130$171,900
Dentists, General29-1021.00IRSProfess.1.81129,000$67,690$173,860
Pediatricians, General29-1065.00ISProfess.1.0334,800$84,770$184,240
Psychiatrists29-1066.00ISAProfess.1.4928,200$61,330$200,220
Family and General Practitioners29-1062.00ISProfess.1.02139,800$69,890$200,810
Internists, General29-1063.00ISRProfess.0.9454,300$60,080$201,840
Physicians and Surgeons, all other29-1069.00ISRProfess.1.49347,200$59,090$205,560
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Orthodontists29-1023.00IRSProfess.1.838,200$91,580$228,780
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons29-1022.00RSIProfess.1.766,800$69,550$232,870
Obstetricians and Gynecologists29-1064.00ISRProfess.1.7624,400$82,570$234,310
Surgeons29-1067.00IRSProfess.1.9846,000$104,680$252,910
Anesthesiologists29-1061.00IRSProfess.2.1133,700$146,310$269,600

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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 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.


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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