Finding your next career: 15 jobs in healthcare

Looking for work? Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows 234,600 healthcare related jobs were created in the first half of 2016, including 39,000 new jobs in June 2016 alone.

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WASHINGTON, November 22, 2016  – The healthcare industry is growing, and nearly one in four jobs created in the first half of 2016 was found in the healthcare sector. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data 234,600 healthcare related jobs were created in the first half of 2016, including 39,000 new jobs in June 2016 alone.

The 2016 growth is outpacing 2015 with 225,300 healthcare jobs created in the first six months of the year, a year that finished with a record 471,600 new jobs in the healthcare sector, according to BLS data.

Nearly one in four jobs created so far in 2016 is in the healthcare sector.


This one may not be for you if blood or needles make you sick. Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, blood donations, transfusions, and research. They ensure the right amount is taken and have training to provide aid for any adverse side effects.

You will work mainly in hospitals, but can also work in labs, donation centers or doctor’s offices. If you enjoy working with people and are patient, this might be a job for you.

Phlebotomists median salary is $31,630 a year and all you need to enter the field is certification from a phlebotomy program.

Veterinary Technician

These professionals assist veterinarians in diagnosing and treating their animal patients, so if you love animals and want to help them, this is the place for you. Veterinary techs do everything a vet would do besides surgery and prescriptions.

Employment in this job is expected to grow 19% by 2024. Technicians must have a 2-year degree and, in some states, become licensed.

Annual median wage for veterinary technicians is $31,800.

Medical Secretary

If you know you don’t want to be anywhere near the action, becoming a medical secretary could be where you belong. Medical secretaries are the heart of a doctor’s office. They manage the traffic of the office, handle billing and insurance, maintain records, and schedule appointments.

Most people with a high school education and basic office skills could handle a secretary position, but those looking to go into the medical world should be educated and stay up-to-date on medical terms. This can easily be done online through sites such as ACLS.

The median salary for medical secretaries as of 2015 was $33,040.


Want a mix of healthcare and art? Opticians help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses on their patients. They help figure out what will fit their needs best, but most people also want to be stylish, so the job has a hint of fashion knowledge thrown in there as well.

To become a mall optician all you need is a high school diploma, or the equivalent, and you’ll receive the rest of your training on the job. Some people have a two-year degree in opticianry, but this isn’t always required but it could give you an edge over other applicants.

Opticians make a median salary of $34,840 a year.

Medical Transcriptionist

Few people actually know what a medical transcriptionist is. These nimble fingered people listen to recordings from physicians and other healthcare professionals and convert them into text. They also edit other transcriptionists’ work. This job is very flexible and easy to work from home. There is little education needed for this job. Qualifications require taking a medical transcription training class online, being familiar with medical terminology and spelling and be highly personally motivated to get the job done.

Medical transcriptionists make a median salary of $34,890 a year and offer great flexibility for workers.

Massage Therapist

This is a very hands on job. Massage therapists use touch to manipulate muscles to make people feel better. They relieve pain, improve circulation, relieve stress, and improve general wellness of their clients. To become a massage therapist, you must earn a license by completing a training program ranging from 500 hours to 1,000 hours of experience.

Massage therapists make a median salary of $38,040.

Athletic Trainer

Love sports? This one’s for you. Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone related injuries. Many athletic trainers work for professional or college sports, while others work in hospitals and doctor’s offices.

A bachelor’s degree is needed to become an athletic trainer and many states also require a certification.

The median salary per year for athletic trainers is $44,670.

Orthotist & Prosthetist

These guys design and fabricate medical support devices. They fit patients with braces, artificial body parts, and other medical devices. This career handles tasks as easy as fitting an athlete for a brace after surgery to more difficult tasks like designing the perfect prosthetic for a person born without a limb.

Becoming an O&P Professional requires a master’s degree followed by a residency to become certified.

O&P Professionals make a median salary of $64,430 a year.

MRI Technologist

MRI technologists work those large, noisy MRI machines that take high quality images of patients’ organs, tissues, and bones to aid in medical diagnoses.

MRI technologists must be good at communicating and compassionate in order to make their patients feel calm while they sit in a big dark tube for an hour. Technologists must get an associate’s degree in radiologic technology and start as a radiologic technologist. From there they can specialize after they meet certain criteria, including passing certification exams.

MRI technologists make a median salary of $67,090.


Sonographers work an ultrasound machine to capture images for a number of health related reasons. Sonographers can tell what gender your baby is or find a tumor. This job is vital in ensuring a proper diagnosis in some cases. Most employers look for candidates who are professionally certified, but all that is really required for this position is an associate’s degree or certification from a sonography program.

Sonographers median salary for 2014 was $67,530.

Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists are your favorite people at the dentist. They clean your teeth, check for oral diseases, and educate on improving and maintaining good oral health. US News ranks dental hygienists as the #2 “Best in Healthcare Support Job”. To become a dental hygienist, you must complete a 3-year program to become licensed.

Dental hygienists make a median salary of $72,330 a year.

Speech Pathologist

Speech pathologists assess, diagnose, and treat communication disorders as well as swallowing disorders. They help patients of all ages with a variety of different speech related medical issues including stroke, developmental delay,  or cleft palate. Speech pathologists need at least a master’s degree and, in some states, a license.

Speech Pathologists average median salary is $73,410.

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists help improve movement and manage pain for patients with chronic conditions and illnesses. They are an important part of the rehabilitation and treatment of these patients. In order to be a physical therapist, you must have a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and be licensed. Physical therapists’ median salary for 2015 was $84,020.

Nurse Midwife

Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) provide medical care and counseling during all stages of pregnancy and throughout a woman’s reproductive life. CNMs must earn a master’s degree in an advanced practice registered nurse field. They also have to pass a national certification exam and be licensed in their state.

The average median salary of CNMs is $104,740 per year.


Pharmacists dispense prescriptions to patients and give expert advice on safe use of those prescriptions. Sometimes they also perform health and wellness screenings and administer immunizations. Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and state license.

Median salary for pharmacists in 2015 was $121,500.

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