The Many Benefits of Healthcare Degrees

Why Healthcare?

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Healthcare careers embody some of the most gratifying and well-paying jobs in the world, according to such reputable resources as Forbes and Business Insider. In total, there are over 80  different positions of employment within this prosperous industry, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts strong growth rates and pay-scales for all—cumulatively, healthcare careers have a 19% predicted growth rate (much faster than average) with an average annual salary of about $65,000/yr (more specific BLS statistics below). Over the next 8-10 years, these statistics represent over 2.3 million jobs.

These types of professionals not only earn very decent wages, they also have the thrilling opportunity to simultaneously feel good about giving back to the community with their understanding and practice of medicine, an incredibly complex discipline, while also earning a living. Some careers, such as nursing, allow individuals to work untethered to specific specializations, and, if so desired, such individuals can maneuver throughout many areas of the field (with little additional schooling). There will be some overlap from degree to degree as a career becomes more specialized, allowing for greater positions of responsibility.

OnlineSchoolsCenter has gathered information from various highly respected sources and broken down the pertinent facts regarding healthcare careers, giving interested parties an easy-to-read format that will introduce them to the many exciting areas of study that make-up this field! Below readers will find career paths corresponding to associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees, along with the job outlook percentages (JO) and median annual salaries (MAS) for each occupation, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Careers available with an
ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE

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These impressive career paths only require an associate’s degree, yet still give graduates a more than adequate salary (MAS) and comfortable job security (JO). Speciality areas vary considerably, giving potential students and professionals a huge number of opportunities through which to focus their attention:

  1. Biomedical Equipment Technician — JO: 6% ; MAS: $46,340
  2. Cardiovascular Technologist/Technician — JO: 24% ; MAS: $63,630
  3. Dental Hygienist — JO: 19% ; $72,330
  4. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer — JO: 24% ; MAS: $63,630
  5. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)/Paramedic — JO: 24% ; MAS: $31,980
  6. Legal Nurse Consultant — JO: 8% ; MAS: $48,810
  7. Licensed Practice/Vocational Nurse — JO: 16% ; MAS: $43,170
  8. Medical Secretary — JO: 23% ; MAS: $30,590
  9. Medical Transcriptionist/Coder — JO: 15% ; MAS: $37,110
  10. Medical/Nursing Assistant — JO: 23% ; MAS: $30,590
  11. Occupational Therapy Assistant — JO: 40% ; MAS: $54,520
  12. Pharmacy Technician — JO: 9% ; MAS: $30,410
  13. Phlebotomist — JO: 25% ; $31,630
  14. Physical Therapist Assistant — JO: 40% ; MAS: $42,980
  15. Radiation Therapist — JO: 14% ; MAS: $80,220
  16. Radiologic/MRI Technologist — JO: 9% ; MAS: $58,120
  17. Registered Nurse — JO: 16% ; MAS: $67,490
  18. Respiratory Therapist — JO: 12% ; MAS: $57,790
  19. Surgical Technologist — JO: 15% ; MAS: $44,330

Careers available with a
BACHELOR’S DEGREE

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Earning an undergraduate degree most definitely opens up further opportunities within the field. Some states require certification within these disciplines. These professionals can break into positions of added responsibility, more concentrated specialities, as well as a higher pay-scales:

  1. Biomedical Chemist — JO: 8% ; MAS: $82,240
  2. Biomedical Engineer — JO: 23% ; MAS: $86,220
  3. Bioinformatics Specialist — JO: 8% ; MAS: $82,240
  4. Blood Bank Technology Specialist — JO: 16% ; MAS: $50,550
  5. Cardiovascular Perfusionist — JO: 24% ; MAS: $63,630
  6. Forensic Nursing — JO: 16% ; MAS: $67,490
  7. Geneticist — JO: 29% ; MAS: $72,090
  8. Geriatric Care Manager — JO: 17% ; MAS: $94,500
  9. Healthcare/Hospital Administrator — JO: 17% ; MAS: $94,500
  10. Health Educator — JO: 13% ; MAS: $43,840
  11. Health Services Manager — JO: 17% ; MAS: $94,500
  12. Health Information/Informatics Specialist — JO: 15% ; MAS: $37,11o
  13. Hematologist — JO: 16% ; MAS: $50,550
  14. Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technician — JO: 16% ; MAS: $50,550
  15. Microbiologists — JO: 4% ; MAS: $67,550
  16. Nuclear Medicine Technologist — JO: 2% ; MAS: $73,360
  17. Nutritionist/Dietitian — JO: 16% ; MAS: $57,910
  18. Perfusionist — JO: 24% ; MAS: $63,630
  19. Psychiatric Technician — JO: 5% ; MAS: $28,320
  20. Public Health Nurse — JO: 16% ; MAS: $67,490
  21. Recreational Therapist — JO: 12% ; MAS: $45,890
  22. Registered Nurse (BSN) — JO: 16% ; MAS: $75,484
  23. Social Worker — JO: 12% ; MAS: $45,900
  24. Toxicologist — JO: 8% ; MAS: $82,240

Careers available with a
MASTER’S DEGREE

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Earning a master’s degree shows true dedication to the field of healthcare and health sciences. Master’s alumni have an extremely competent command over the knowledge and skills pertaining to both general and specific areas of the discipline. Careers that fall under this degree demand strong ethics, responsibility, and an understanding of a multitude of healthcare techniques. Many of these paths allow individuals to maneuver throughout different concentrations within each career path.

  1. Anesthesiologist Assistant — JO: 30% ; MAS: $98,180
  2. Biometrician — JO: 34% ; MAS: $80,110
  3. Biostatician — JO: 34% ; MAS: $80,110
  4. Cytotechnologist — JO: 16% ; MAS: $50,550
  5. Diagnostic Molecular Scientist — JO: 8% ; MAS: $82,240
  6. Epidemiologist — JO: 6% ; MAS: $69,450
  7. Genetic Counselor — JO: 29% ; MAS: $72,090
  8. Gerontology Nursing — JO: 31% ; MAS: $104,740
  9. Nurse Manager — JO: 17% ; MAS: $94,500
  10. Nurse Practitioner — JO: 31% ; MAS: $104,740
  11. Medical Researcher — JO: 8% ; MAS: $82,240
  12. Mental Health Therapist/Counselor
  13. Midwifery — JO: 31% ; MAS: $104,740
  14. Occupational Therapist — JO: 27% ; MAS: $80,150
  15. Orthotists/Prosthetists — JO: 23% ; $64,430
  16. Pathologist Assistant — JO: 30% ; MAS: $98,180
  17. Physician Assistant — JO: 30% ; MAS: $98,180
  18. Speech-Language Pathologist — JO: 21% ; MAS: $73,410

Careers available with a
DOCTORATE/PhD

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Earning a doctorate/PhD in a field of healthcare is, of course, the highest status and form of education within the field. These individuals have a superior understanding of their fields, and are experts in whichever concentration to which they have dedicated their studies, having devoted their entire lives to medicine. Doctors are well-paid, well-recognized assets to society, and provide one of the most valuable services in the world.

  1. Anesthesiologist — JO: 18% ; MAS: $258,100
  2. Audiologist — JO: 29% ; MAS: $74,890
  3. Cardiologist — JO: 14% ; MAS: $187,200
  4. Chiropractor — JO: 17% ; MAS: $64,440
  5. Dentist — JO: 18% ; MAS: $158,310
  6. Dermatologist — JO: 14% ; MAS: $283,000
  7. Family and General Practitioners — JO: 18% ; MAS: $192,120
  8. Gastroenterologist — JO: 14% ; MAS: $196,520
  9. Gynecologist — JO: 18% ; MAS: $222,400
  10. Hematologist/Oncologist— JO: 30% ; MAS: $293,303
  11. Hepatologist — JO: 14% ; MAS: $196,520
  12. Neurologist — JO: 14% ; MAS: $236,231
  13. Obstetrician — JO: 18% ; MAS: $222,400
  14. Optometrist — JO: 27% ; MAS: $103,900
  15. Otolaryngologist — JO: 14% ; MAS: $197,700
  16. Pediatrician — JO: 14% ; $183,180
  17. Perinatologist — JO: 18% ; MAS: $356,576
  18. Physical Therapist — JO: 34% ; MAS: $84,020
  19. Physician — JO: 14% ; MAS: $187,200
  20. Podiatrist — JO: 14% : MAS: 4119,340
  21. Proctologist — JO: 14% ; MAS: $389,700
  22. Psychiatrist — JO: 15% MAS: $193,680
  23. Psychologist — JO: 19% ; MAS: $72,580
  24. Rheumatologist — JO: 14% ; MAS: $224,000
  25. Surgeon — JO: 14% ; MAS: $519,000
  26. Urologist — JO: 14% ; MAS: $187,200

Healthcare Environments

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Most of these healthcare professionals work in hospitals, private practices, and research facilities/labs. Other environments include organ procurement agencies, women’s hospitals, children’s hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, insurance companies, and schools. Doctors and nurses of all specializations can be found in these places. Many of the individuals that earn the lower wages on this list work in their fields out of pure love for the discipline, such as orthotists and epidemiologists.
Each area of study includes a complex world of information, into which these crucially needed individuals dive, sustaining life for everyone.