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Overview

Distinct Groups (61): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes290000.htm
Employment: 8,318,500
Mean Hourly Wage: $38.06
Mean Annual Wage: $79,160
Largest Employment—Registered Nurses--2,857,180
Smallest Employment CategoryProsthodontists--750
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here

 

The Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 61 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.  

Within this occupational group, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following job types as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

The following job types are anticipated to have employment increases of 20% or more between 2016-2026:

Physician Assistants Rapid Growth 37% Video
Nurse Practitioners  Rapid Growth 36% Video
Physical Therapists Rapid Growth 28% Video
Occupational Therapists Rapid Growth 24% Video
Athletic Trainers Rapid Growth 23% Video
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Rapid Growth 23% Video
Respiratory Therapists Rapid Growth 23% Video
Orthotists and Prosthetists Rapid Growth 22% Video
Audiologists Rapid Growth 21% Video
Nurse Midwives  Rapid Growth 21% Video
Dental Hygienists Rapid Growth 20% Video
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other Rapid Growth 20% Video
Hearing Aid Specialists Rapid Growth 20% Video
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians  Rapid Growth 20% Video
Therapists, All Other Rapid Growth 20% Video
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Rapid Growth 20% Video

The following job type is anticipated to have Numerous Job Openings between 2016-2026:

Registered Nurses Rapid Growth--15% Numerous Job Opening--203,700 Video

 

For the entire Bright Outlook list, see here.

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 8,318,500 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $79,160. 

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.  

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical group’s mean hourly wage of $38.057, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $79,160. 

Did you know? Northern California absolutely dominates the top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation with eight of the top nine places including: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($113,510), San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division ($112,140), Napa, CA ($107,670), San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division ($107,000), Salinas, CA ($105,810) and Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division ($104,310).  

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

 

Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here. 

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members) Annual Mean Wage 
   
1.    Anesthesiologists (30,190) $269,600
2.    Surgeons (41,190) $252,910
3.    Obstetricians and Gynecologists (19,800) $234,310
4.    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (5,380) $232,870
5.    Orthodontists (5,200) $228,780
6.    Physicians and Surgeons, All Other (338,620) $205,560
7.    Internists, General (45,290) $201,840
8.    Family and General Practitioners (122,970) $200,810
9.    Psychiatrists (24,820) $200,220
10.  Pediatricians, General (26,960) $184,240
11.  Dentists, General (105,620) $173,860
12.  Dentists, All Other Specialists (5,380) $171,900
13.  Prosthodontists (750) $168,140
14.  Nurse Anesthetists (39,860) $164,030
15.  Podiatrists (9,800) $144,110
16.  Pharmacists (305,510) $120,270
17.  Optometrists (36,430) $117,580
18.  Nurse Practitioners (150,230) $104,610
19.  Nurse Midwives (6,270) $102,390
20.  Physician Assistants (104,050) $102,090
21.  Veterinarians (67,650) $100,560
22.  Physical Therapists (216,920) $87,220
23.  Radiation Therapists (17,450) $84,980
24.  Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other (36,280) $84,800
25.  Occupational Therapists (118,070) $83,730
26.  Chiropractors (32,960) $81,210
27.  Audiologists (12,310) $79,290
28.  Speech-Language Pathologists (135,980) $78,210
29.  Nuclear Medicine Technologists (19,650) $75,960
30.  Genetic Counselors (2,720) $74,960
31.  Dental Hygienists (204,990) $73,440
32.  Occupational Health and Safety Specialists (76,630) $72,480
33.  Registered Nurses (2,857,180) $72,180
34.  Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (65,790) $71,750
35.  Orthotists and Prosthetists (7,500) $69,920
36.  Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (35,850) $69,240
37.  Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists (166,730) $62,440
38.  Respiratory Therapists (126,770) $60,640
39.  Therapists, All Other (11,320) $60,590
40.  Dietitians and Nutritionists (61,430) $59,670
41.  Radiologic Technologists (200,650) $59,260
42.  Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other (36,000) $57,960
43.  Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians (53,760) $57,100
44.  Hearing Aid Specialists (6,740) $53,000
45.  Occupational Health and Safety Technicians (16,560) $52,520
46.  Respiratory Therapy Technicians (10,600) $50,520
47.  Exercise Physiologists (6,880) $50,310
48.  Recreational Therapists (18,100) $48,190
49.  Athletic Trainers (24,130) $47,880
50.  Surgical Technologists (105,720) $46,800
51.  Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other (122,170) $46,020
52.  Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (702,400) $44,840
53.  Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians (160,190) $41,700
54.  Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (200,140) $41,460
55.  Opticians, Dispensing (75,270) $37,860
56.  Ophthalmic Medical Technicians (43,990) $37,040
57.  Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (244,960) $36,110
58.  Psychiatric Technicians (61,720) $35,870
59.  Veterinary Technologists and Technicians (99,390) $33,870
60.  Pharmacy Technicians (398,390) $32,170
61.  Dietetic Technicians (32,240) $29,360

 


What's Hot

What’s Hot: As some form of universal healthcare periodically receives national attention, the top nine spots of the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical group all exceed $200,000 in annual average income led by Anesthesiologists ($269,600), “Surgeons” ($252,910), and the small number of Orthodontists (5,200 members with a MAW of $228,780); the 21 top paid occupations in this group average over $100,000. In addition, animal lovers are compensating Veterinarians at $100,560 (that’s a lot of milk bones) and the somewhat misunderstood Chiropractors average $81,210.

What’s Not: In light of the country’s collective obsession with dieting, the Least Paid Dietetic Technicians ($29,360) with only 32,240 members seem to be under-recruited and underpaid. Also, while athletes are among the Best Paid in the Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media group, Athletic Trainers, who help keep the players on the field, are still among the Least Paid at $47,880. Notwithstanding their television profile, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics have a mean annual wage $36,110. 

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career:  According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupational group are:

California (799,030 workers)
Texas (645,920)
New York (528,800)
Florida (512,580)
Pennsylvania (386,050)

States with the highest concentration of jobs are:

West Virginia (84.40 workers per 1,000 jobs)
South Dakota (71.37)
Mississippi (69.78)
Massachusetts (69.46)
Delaware (68.43)

The top paying States for this occupation are below. 

Alaska ($95,720 annual mean wage)
California ($94,480)
Massachusetts ($92,130)
District of Columbia ($90,630)
Hawaii ($90,330)

 


Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Bright Outlook List

Entire List (Alphabetical)

Anesthesiologists  Rapid Growth 15% Video
Athletic Trainers Rapid Growth 23% Video
Audiologists Rapid Growth 21% Video
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians Rapid Growth 10% Video
Chiropractors Rapid Growth 13% Video
Dental Hygienists Rapid Growth 20% Video
Dentists, All Other Specialists Rapid Growth 13% Video
Dentists, General Rapid Growth 19% Video
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Rapid Growth 23% Video
Dietitians and Nutritionists Rapid Growth 15% Video
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics Rapid Growth 15% Video
Exercise Physiologists Rapid Growth 13% Video
Family and General Practitioners Rapid Growth 14% Video
Genetic Counselors  Rapid Growth 15% or higher Video
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other Rapid Growth 13% Video
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other Rapid Growth 20% Video
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers Rapid Growth 13% Video
Hearing Aid Specialists Rapid Growth 20% Video
Internists, General Rapid Growth 15% Video
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses Rapid Growth 12% Video
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists Rapid Growth 14% Video
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians Rapid Growth 14% Video
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Rapid Growth 12% Video
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians Rapid Growth 14% Video
Nuclear Medicine Technologists Rapid Growth 10% Video
Nurse Anesthetists  Rapid Growth 16% Video
Nurse Midwives  Rapid Growth 21% Video
Nurse Practitioners  Rapid Growth 36% Video
Obstetricians and Gynecologists  Rapid Growth 16% Video
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians Rapid Growth 10% Video
Occupational Therapists Rapid Growth 24% Video
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians  Rapid Growth 20% Video
Opticians, Dispensing Rapid Growth 15% Video
Optometrists Rapid Growth 18% Video
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons  Rapid Growth 19% Video
Orthodontists Rapid Growth 19% Video
Orthotists and Prosthetists Rapid Growth 22% Video
Pediatricians, General Rapid Growth 15% Video
Pharmacy Technicians Rapid Growth 12% Video
Physical Therapists Rapid Growth 28% Video
Physician Assistants Rapid Growth 37% Video
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other Rapid Growth 11% Video
Podiatrists Rapid Growth 10% Video
Prosthodontists Rapid Growth 19% Video
Psychiatrists Rapid Growth 11% Video
Radiation Therapists Rapid Growth 13% Video
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians Rapid Growth 12% Video
Registered Nurses Rapid Growth--15% Numerous Job Openings--203,700 Video
Respiratory Therapists Rapid Growth 23% Video
Speech-Language Pathologists Rapid Growth 18% Video
Surgeons Rapid Growth 14% Video
Surgical Technologists Rapid Growth 12% Video
Therapists, All Other Rapid Growth 20% Video
Veterinarians Rapid Growth 19% Video
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Rapid Growth 20% Video

 


 
 
 
 

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