Steve Peterson


Jobs aren't equally created. Some require higher education while others require minimal years of schooling. Some pays well while others are just enough to help one get by. This is so true in the medical field. Medical profession salaries depend on which expertise you choose to pursue. For instance, the pay of a medical professional administering a GE ultrasound equipment is different from someone who does something else.

Below is a summary of the top 20 medical and healthcare jobs and the average salary its professionals receive:

1. Safety and Occupational Health Technicians.

With a minimum educational requirement of a high school diploma, professionals on this field receive an average annual income of $45,330. They are responsible for collecting data which are used to assess the health conditions in a workplace.

2. Medical Laboratory Technologists ($46,680.).

They perform different lab tests such as toxicology, immunology, blood typing and testing and hematology. The results of the tests are used to diagnose and treat several ailments.

3. Occupational Therapy Aides and Assistants.

This is an associate medical course where its professionals are paid an average of $47,490 yearly.

4. Cardiovascular/vascular technicians/technologists ($49,410).

They are physicians' aides in the diagnosis and treatment of heart ailment and disorders.

5. Nutritionists and Dieticians ($53,250).

They properly plan for patients' diet so they can meet their nutritional requirements for better health.

6. Respiratory Therapists ($54,280).

They attend to emergency care to individuals who are suffering from breathing problems due to shock, drowning and chronic breathing issues or problems.

7. Radiologic Technologists.

They specialize in X-ray operation and have an average annual salary of $54,340.

8. Medical Sonographers ($64, 380).

They are given the task of operating and reading images from scanning medical equipment like GE ultrasound, cardiogram and ECG machine.

9. Occupational Health and Safety Specialists ($64,660).

Occupational health and safety specialists are responsible in ensuring the safety of workplace through investigations and safety programs.

10. Prosthetics and Orthotists ($65,060.).

Since the job requires a higher education (Master's degree), the pay is also a little higher than the other medical professions. They make artificial limbs and braces for people with mobility disorders or injuries.

11. Audiologist ($66,660).

They are professionals who are responsible for diagnosing and treating problem in the ears. Though they perform such a task, they do not possess an M.D.

12. Speech language pathologist ($66,220).

Besides helping people with speech deficiencies, speech language pathologists also give therapy to people with swallowing difficulty.

13. Dental Hygienists ($68,250).

Provides basic oral hygiene but cannot perform a dentist's tasks.

14. Nuclear Medicine Technologist ($68,560)

Supervise and provide radioactive drugs for certain abnormalities with the use of a special scanner.

15. Occupational Therapists ($72,320).

Therapists on the field with Master's degree get paid more.

16. Radiation Therapists ($74,980).

They fire special type of radiation in the treatment of cancer.

17. Physical Therapists ($76,310).

These are professionals who diagnose and treat people having difficulties moving.

18. Physician Assistants ($86,410).

Assist a medical doctor with either clinical or clerical tasks in hospitals or clinics.

19. Optometrists ($94,990).

They can only give basic eye care guide but cannot actually prescribe medications.

20. Pharmacists ($111,570).

This requires professional and Master's degree.

Now that you know more about medical profession salaries, have you decided on which field to specialize?

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