Health Care

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Careers in Health Care

8 year projected growth

Average Earnings

Administrator

28%

Varies

Chiropractor

48%

$46,710 and $118,280

Dental Hygienists

43%

$18-$20/ Hr

Dentist

18.5%

$129,920

Dietition/Nutritionist

20%

$27,500-$63,760

EMTs, Paramedics

28%

Varies Greatly

Home Health Aides

65%

$10/hr

Informatics

31%

Varies greatly

Lab Technician

25%

$32,240-$63,120

Massage Therapy

 

Varies Greatly

Personal Home Care Aides

60%

Varies Greatly

Pharmacists

17%

$61,000-$109,850

Physical Therapist

 

$42,010-$88580

Physician Assistant

55%

$37,320-$94,880

Podiatry

22%

$94,400

Radiologist

25%

$30,020-$60,210

Respiratory Therapist

 

Varies Greatly

RN

30.5%

Varies Greatly

Earnings Potential

Salaries for individuals that have a career in medicine vary depending on the specialty. Physicians can make between $117,984 and $205,096 annually, while a physician urgent care worker averages $76,000 a year. Registered nurses can average $50,000 a year while nurse practitioners average around $70,000 a year.

Facts at a glance

  • Many physicians and surgeons work long, irregular hours; over one-third of full-time physicians worked 60 or more hours a week in 2004.
  • Formal education and training requirements are among the most demanding of any occupation, but earnings are among the highest.
  • Job opportunities should be very good, particularly in rural and low-income areas.
  • New physicians are much less likely to enter solo practice and more likely to work as salaried employees of group medical practices, clinics, hospitals, or health networks.

Summary of what this career entails

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many physicians—primarily general and family practitioners, general internists, pediatricians, ob/gyns, and psychiatrists—work in small private offices or clinics, often assisted by a small staff of nurses and other administrative personnel. Increasingly, physicians are practicing in groups or health care organizations that provide backup coverage and allow for more time off. These physicians often work as part of a team coordinating care for a population of patients; they are less independent than solo practitioners of the past.

Examples and or details of work

Psychiatrists are the primary caregivers in the area of mental health. They assess and treat mental illnesses through a combination of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, hospitalization, and medication.
Surgeons are physicians who specialize in the treatment of injury, disease, and deformity through operations. Obstetricians and gynecologists are specialists whose focus is women’s health. They are responsible for general medical care for women, but also provide care related to pregnancy and the reproductive system. Family and general practitioners are often the first point of contact for people seeking health care, acting as the traditional family doctor. They assess and treat a wide range of conditions, ailments, and injuries, from sinus and respiratory infections to broken bones and scrapes.

Degrees that lead to this career

The minimal degree an individual can receive is an associate’s degree. Some of degrees individuals may attain include:

  • A.A.S. in Medical Assisting
  • A.A.S. in Medical Psychology
  • B.S. in Medicine
  • B.S. in Forensic Medicine
  • B.S. in Medical Science
  • B.S. in Sports Medicine

Specific Career openings in this field

Some of the positions that can be available for individuals who want a career in Medicine can choose form many specialties, such as medical research, sports medicine, forensic medicine, physicians and surgeons, preventive medicine, veterinary medicine, medical education, emergency medicine, and many others.

References
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Physicians and Surgeons, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos074.htm.

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