According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook report tabled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics. There are about 2.3 million jobs that will be created in the U.S. economy from the health care sector alone. That is an expected 18% job growth within this sector.
It is interesting to note that within that projected period. The health care sector will be churning out more jobs into the American economy than any other. The health care sector has also been one of the highest paying sectors in the American economy. That is projected to remain the same in the foreseeable future.
So if you are at a point where you are thinking about what professional career to pursue. Definitely, a career in the health care sector should be top on your list. Not only does the sector pay well, but also there is a high demand for skilled professionals in the industry. In other words, the sector comes with pretty solid job security.
However, the skills necessary for this sector come at a high cost. Not just in terms of time and money spent in medical school training, but also what it will demand of you in terms of aptitude. You need to be a very competent student to pursue training successfully in the medical field of education.
Highest paying Jobs in Health Care Sector
That falls down to your interest and aptitude as an individual. If you have that part covered, then the following list is a proposal of some of the highest-paying jobs in the health care sector:
1. Physicians and Surgeons
When you think of a health care professional. What most people see is a medical doctor either prescribing drugs after diagnosis or one in robs in a theater undertaking operation.
Well, the first is a physician and their job description entails diagnosing patients’ illnesses through enquiring about their medical history. Then they prescribe some medication to cure whatever ailment that might be affecting the patient.
On the other hand, a surgeon’s work entails treating a patient, albeit through intrusive means. They treat by making surgical incisions into the patient’s body to repair any body organs and parts that might not be working properly.
To work as either a physician or a surgeon, one needs to attain at least a doctoral or professional degree. Once employed, physicians and surgeons make on average $208,000 per year.
As a dentist, your job will be to treat patients with various problems in their teeth and gums. However, with the upsurge in the number of people looking to improve their looks. Dentists are kept a whole lot busy by patients looking for corrective dental surgery, preventative dental care, and general good oral health.
To practice dentistry, you must first obtain a bachelor’s degree, then go to dental school for four years, and later pass a dentist licensing exam. Dentists in America earn on average, $158,770 per year.
A podiatrist, or as they’re professionally referred to Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), is a health worker who provides medical and surgical care for foot, ankle, and lower extremity problems.
A DPM’s preparatory education includes a four-year undergraduate program. Followed by another four years in an accredited podiatric medical school. Then a final three, to four additional years, in hospital-based surgical residency. After which, they go for licensing to practice podiatry; each state has its own licensing requirement. Podiatrists take home about $124,839 per year.
Pharmacists are health care workers who specialize in the use of medicines. They are tasked with understanding a medicine’s composition, effects, mechanism of action, proper and effective use. They also give instructions on the proper use of medicine for maximum benefit, minimize side effects, and avoid undesired drug-to-drug interactions.
A pharmacist goes through a graduate-level education, where they get to understand the biochemical mechanisms and actions of medicines. While also how to monitor the indicative parameters of the drugs on the human body. That is mated to the human anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology.
One needs a doctoral or professional degree to work as a pharmacist. The average take-home salary for a pharmacist is $122,230 per year.
There are a number of nursing specialization within the medical health care sector. We are going to focus on nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners.
Nurse practitioner’s work as the primary health care service providers attending to patients’ needs. That is after the resident doctor has given them the necessary medical attention. They help the patient integrate normal health restorative strategies into the patient’s recovery efforts.
Nurse-midwives are tasked with providing prenatal care to women as well as family planning services. A nurse anesthetist gives anesthesia to patients about to attend a surgical operation. In addition to providing medical care during, and after the surgery operation.
The three named types of nursing jobs make about $107,460 per year.
Optometrists are health care professionals who examine the eyes for any visual systems defects or abnormalities. They also do corrective treatment of the eye’s refractive systems using either glasses or contact lenses. In addition to treating any other diseases involving the eye.
In its initial years, the practice by optometrists focused mainly on correcting the eye’s refractive errors using spectacles. However, these days the practice has evolved to include diagnosis and management of other ocular diseases. Nowadays they provide comprehensive eye care.
One needs to be a holder of a Doctoral or professional degree to practice as an optometrist. These professionals work in conjunction with ophthalmologists and opticians for quality eye care services. Professionals in this sector make about $106,140 per year.
7. Physician Assistant
A Physician Assistant (PA) is a health worker who practices medicine in collaboration or consultation with a qualified Physician. PAs may practice autonomously and independently of the Physician if it is allowed by the legislation of the State in which they practice.
Especially since the PA does not need the Physician to be on-site for them to perform their duties. However, the PAs need collaboration and supervision from a qualified Physician, which can take place virtually over the internet whenever consultations are necessary.
Although the Physician Assistant sector is currently working on changing the title for the profession to one that better describes their modern roles. The title, Physician Associate, seems to have carried the hearts of many professionals in the sector. The average PA makes about $101,480 per year.
A veterinarian is a healthcare professional who looks after the health of non-human animals. They undertake healthcare services leading up to the prevention, diagnosis, control, and treatment of diseases. They also undertake healthcare services to address disorders and injuries in animals.
They are also involved in animal husbandry and breeding. Not to mention research on animal nutrition and product development. Veterinary science is also important to public health as they are critical in the prevention of zoonotic diseases. That is infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, such as what is suspected of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their work is often collaborated by epidemiologists and other natural scientists depending on the given nature of the animal they are observing.
To work as a Vet, one needs to have a Doctoral or professional degree qualification. The average annual take-home salary for Vets is about $88,770.
9. Physical Therapists
Sometimes referred to as physiotherapists, a Physical Therapist is a health professional who improves a patient’s physical functions. They rely on physical examination and undertake electrotherapy, kinesiology, shockwave modality, joint mobilization, and exercise prescription to help the patient regain mobility and manage pain.
Physical Therapists help in alleviating acute or chronic pain, heal soft tissue injuries, physical impairment originating from musculoskeletal, endocrinological, cardiopulmonary, gait, and neurological disorders.
These professionals have seen an increase in demand for their services, especially from sports professionals. They help people in sports by showing them how to avoid injuries and also the best path to recover from an injury quickly.
To work as a Physiotherapist, one needs either a Doctoral or professional degree. Their average salary is about $85,400 per month.
10. Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapists are professionals who rely on evidence-based research, practice and holistic perspective to help patients become more independent and be able to lead a meaningful occupational life. Essentially, they help people with certain disabilities fulfill normal daily routines and roles, thus making them independent and able to work.
Their interventions are designed to be effective as it incorporates psychological perspectives, neurological principals, physiological and anatomical concepts. All in an effort to enable physically impaired patients to lead a normal life.
Occupational Therapists on average take home about $81,910 per year.
As you can see from the above-mentioned jobs in the healthcare sector. Being a healthcare profession pays well and is in growing demand. The demand for their services is no longer just for curative purposes. There is a growing demand for cosmetic enhancement and preventative care services.
So if you are wondering which career path to take, health care has good alternatives that not only pay well but come with job security.
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