What Do Health Care Jobs Pay? (2022)
There are two types of health care workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Health care practitioner and technical occupations, such as nurses and doctors, are one type. On average, health care practitioner and technical occupations earn $75,040 each year. Health care support jobs, the other category have an average salary of $29,880. Below, we've ranked health care jobs by salary using BLS data (Learn more about the data and health care jobs).
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Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Orthotists and Prosthetist
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technician
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Clinical Laboratory Assistant
Physical Therapist Assistant
Medical Records and Health Information Specialist
EMTs and Paramedic
Certified Nursing Assistant
Home Health Aide
What are the educational requirements for a job in health care?
The educational requirements for jobs in health care vary. We've categorized the health care jobs listed above based on the typical entry-level education, as reported by the BLS.
- Graduate: Jobs that require doctoral, master's or professional degrees. For example, physicians, nurse practitioners and podiatrists all require graduate degrees.
- Bachelor's: Jobs that typically require a 4-year bachelor's degree.
- Associate's: Occupations that typically require a 2-year associate's degree.
- Diploma or Certificate: Jobs that typically require a post-secondary nondegree award, such as a diploma or certificate. Phlebotomists, for example.
- High School Diploma or Equivalent: Jobs that do not require post-secondary education. They typically have on-the-job training. Home health aides are an example.
What are the fastest growing jobs in health care?
The BLS estimates that the number of health care jobs will increase by 16 percent between 2020 and 2030. The following occupations are the fastest growing jobs in health care.
- Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners (+45%)
- Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides (+34)
- Home Health and Personal Care Aides (+33)
- Massage Therapists (+32%)
- Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides (+32%)