Healthcare Occupations

The most recent data of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019) states the following about healthcare occupations:

Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.

The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $68,190 in May 2019, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy of $39,810.

Healthcare support occupations (such as home health aides, occupational therapy assistants, and medical transcriptionists) had a median annual wage of $28,470 in May 2019, lower than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy.


Healthcare Jobs

Below you find a list of healthcare positions with a job summary, entry-level education, and median pay level. Each link brings you to a specific job page where you can find more information about the position, and commonly asked interview questions and answers for that job.

OccupationJob SummaryEntry-Level Education2019 Median Pay
Athletic TrainersAthletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing, and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.Bachelor's degree$48,440
AudiologistsAudiologists diagnose, manage, and treat a patient’s hearing, balance, or ear problems.Doctoral or professional degree$77,600
ChiropractorsChiropractors treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which includes nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.Doctoral or professional degree$70,340
Clinical Laboratory Technologists & TechniciansClinical laboratory technologists and technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.Bachelor's degree$53,120
Dental AssistantsDental assistants provide patient care, take x rays, keep records, and schedule appointments.Postsecondary nondegree award$40,080
Dental HygienistsDental hygienists examine patients for signs of oral diseases, such as gingivitis, and provide preventive care, including oral hygiene.Associate's degree$76,220
DentistsDentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth.Doctoral or professional degree$159,200
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular TechnologistsDiagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists operate special imaging equipment to create images or to conduct tests.Associate's degree$68,750
Dietitians and NutritionistsDietitians and nutritionists advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.Bachelor's degree$61,270
EMTs and ParamedicsEmergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.Postsecondary nondegree award$35,400
Exercise PhysiologistsExercise physiologists develop fitness and exercise programs that help injured or sick patients recover.Bachelor's degree$49,170
Genetic CounselorsGenetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects.Master's degree$81,880
Home Health Aides and Personal Care AidesHome health aides and personal care aides help people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or cognitive impairment by assisting in their daily living activities.High school diploma or equivalent$25,280
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational NursesLicensed practical nurses (LPNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) provide basic nursing care.Postsecondary nondegree award$47,480
Massage TherapistsMassage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body.Postsecondary nondegree award$42,820
Medical AssistantsMedical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, offices of physicians, and other healthcare facilities.Postsecondary nondegree award$34,800
Medical Records and Health Information TechniciansMedical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data.Postsecondary nondegree award$42,630
Medical TranscriptionistsMedical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare workers make and convert them into written reports.Postsecondary nondegree award$33,380
Nuclear Medicine TechnologistsNuclear medicine technologists prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients for imaging or therapeutic purposes.Associate's degree$77,950
Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse PractitionersNurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare.Master's degree$115,800
Nursing Assistants and OrderliesNursing assistants provide basic care and help patients with activities of daily living. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.Postsecondary nondegree $29,640
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and TechniciansOccupational health and safety specialists and technicians collect data on and analyze many types of work environments and work procedures.Postsecondary nondegree $70,480
Occupational TherapistsOccupational therapists treat patients who have injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.Master's degree$84,950
Occupational Therapy Assistants and AidesOccupational therapy assistants and aides help patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.Associate's degree$59,200
OpticiansOpticians help fit eyeglasses and contact lenses, following prescriptions from ophthalmologists and optometrists.High school diploma or equivalent$37,840
OptometristsOptometrists diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes.Doctoral or professional degree$115,250
Orthotists and ProsthetistsOrthotists and prosthetists design and fabricate medical supportive devices and measure and fit patients for them.Master's degree$68,410
PharmacistsPharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions.Doctoral or professional degree$128,090
Pharmacy TechniciansPharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals.High school diploma or equivalent$33,950
PhlebotomistsPhlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations.Postsecondary nondegree award$35,510
Physical Therapist Assistants and AidesPhysical therapist assistants and aides are supervised by physical therapists to help patients regain movement and manage pain after injuries and illnesses.Associate's degree$48,990
Physical TherapistsPhysical therapists help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain.Doctoral or professional degree$89,440
Physician AssistantsPhysician assistants practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers.Master's degree$112,260
Physicians and SurgeonsPhysicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses.Doctoral or professional degreeThis wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year.
PodiatristsPodiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems.Doctoral or professional degree$126,240
Psychiatric Technicians and AidesPsychiatric technicians and aides care for people who have mental illness and developmental disabilities.Associate's degree$32,020
Radiation TherapistsRadiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments.Associate's degree$85,560
Radiologic and MRI TechnologistsRadiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images.Associate's degree$62,280
Recreational TherapistsRecreational therapists plan, direct, and coordinate recreation-based treatment programs for people with disabilities, injuries, or illnesses.Bachelor's degree$48,220
Registered NursesRegistered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care and educate patients and the public about various health conditions.Bachelor's degree$73,300
Respiratory TherapistsRespiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing—for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema.Associate's degree$61,330
Speech-Language PathologistsSpeech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults.Master's degree$79,120
Surgical TechnologistsSurgical technologists assist in surgical operations.Postsecondary nondegree award$48,300
VeterinariansVeterinarians care for the health of animals and work to protect public health.Doctoral or professional degree$95,460
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal CaretakersVeterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers handle routine animal care and help scientists, veterinarians, and others with their daily tasks.High school diploma or equivalent$28,590
Veterinary Technologists and TechniciansVeterinary technologists and technicians do medical tests that help diagnose animals’ injuries and illnesses.Associate's degree$35,320


Job Interview Topics – Common Job Interview Questions & Answers

Below you can find a list of common job interview topics. Each link will direct you to an article regarding the specific topics that discuss commonly asked interview questions. Furthermore, each article discusses why the interviewer asks these questions and how you answer them!

  1. Accomplishments
  2. Adaptability
  3. Admission
  4. Behavioral
  5. Career Change
  6. Career Goals
  7. Communication
  8. Competency
  9. Conflict Resolution
  10. Creative Thinking
  11. Cultural Fit
  12. Customer Service
  13. Direct
  14. Experience
  15. Government
  16. Graduate
  17. Growth Potential
  18. Honesty & Integrity
  19. Illegal
  20. Inappropriate
  21. Job Satisfaction
  22. Leadership
  23. Management
  24. Entry-Level & No experience
  25. Performance-Based
  26. Personal
  27. Prioritization & Time Management
  28. Problem-solving
  29. Salary
  30. Situational & Scenario-based
  31. Stress Management
  32. Teamwork
  33. Telephone Interview
  34. Tough
  35. Uncomfortable
  36. Work Ethic