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We’re always striving for better health, and the people who hold some of the jobs on our 2020 Best Health Care Jobs list can help you breathe, eat, walk, speak, hear, move and see better. They can also help patients prevent disease, illness, and injury, as well as diagnose, fight and treat illness. Many of the highest-paying jobs are among the Best Health Care Jobs. Dentist, physician assistant, orthodontist and nurse practitioner rank at the top of the list this year. For more information on how we rank, read the Best Jobs Methodology.
Here Are The Top 6 Medical Careers in Demand For 2020 and Beyond
Educating one physician takes approximately 10 years. Presently, there is a shortage of these medical professionals.
Furthermore, there is expected to be an increase in the demand for physicians over the next ten years. This career path is very rewarding. What does it entail?
A physician’s responsibility is to analyze patients’ symptoms. Come up with a diagnosis. Recommend and refer to any specialists if necessary. Then layout a treatment plan for the patient.
The median salary range for physicians can range between $120,000 and $180,000 a year.
A physician can work in a hospital setting, at a physician’s office, the university system or academia, or even for the government.
- Registered Nurses ( RN’s)
Registered nurses assist physicians in administering treatment to patients. Their duties include but are not limited to; administering medication, providing education to patients and their caregivers, and monitoring how patients are responding to treatment.
One of the positives of being a registered nurse is the freedom of working in a variety of places. You can find registered nurses in hospitals, home healthcare, emergency vehicles like ambulances, places of worship, education institution, and children’s camps. The list goes on and on.
So what should you expect to be paid as a registered nurse?
Well, the pay can range from $47,120 to $102,990 per year depending on the setting and location. Previous work experience contributes greatly to how much you can make.
- Physical Therapists
These are specialists who help their patients by evaluating movement disorders and functional mobility limitations. Physical therapists then prescribe and carry out exercises, manual therapy, and modality treatment as well. We recently wrote a post on how to become a physical therapist if you are interested in reading.
They help patients regain the ability to move, prevent disability, deal with pain, and restore previous functional level with activities of daily living.
Physical therapists can work for themselves in private practice as an outpatient clinic. They can also be found in various other settings like home hospice, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, school systems, fitness centers, sports facilities, home health, pediatric clinics, and even veterinary clinics.
When it comes to salaries, physical therapists can earn on average between $60,000 to $90,000 annually depending on setting and location. They can earn more or less depending on work experience, certifications, and the states they choose to work in.
Read the top line. Now the next line. Can you read the smallest line? Are you reading it with glasses or your own naked eye? If you’re reading with glasses, odds are, you’ve met an optometrist. (You might have met an ophthalmologist, which is a medical doctor who treats eyes; an optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry, specializing in corrective lenses, not medicine.) Optometrists check vision, prescribe lenses, and sometimes prescribe medications for minor eye disorders; some even do basic surgeries.
If you want to help people see better, but you’re not so interested in doing surgery or treating major diseases, consider optometry. It’s a very rewarding career, in the good you can do patients and the income you’ll make.
Median Salary: $97,000
Education Level: Doctorate
Projected employment growth: 24% increase between 2012 and 2022
- Respiratory Therapist
Take a deep breath. Appreciate that? What if you couldn’t do it? For millions of Americans, breathing is a daily struggle. Whether from asthma, COPD, emphysema, or any number of other disorders, difficulty breathing calls for a specialist who can help relieve symptoms, do therapy to strengthen the lungs, and practice preventative care. That specialist is a Respiratory Therapist.
Although Respiratory Therapists need to continue their training and education throughout their career, as new technologies and therapies emerge, RT is one of the best-paid professions you can get with only an associate’s degree. Many respiratory therapists work with premature births, children, adults with chronic lung disorders, and the elderly, all demographics, and there is no expectation that the need for RTs will diminish; if anything, the profession is expected to grow.
Median Salary: $56,000
Education Level: Associates’s degree
- Dental Hygienist
Can you get past the fact you will be poking around in stranger’s mouths all day long? If so, you’re golden. You clean some teeth, examine for gingivitis and other oral diseases, maybe you do some sealant work and assist with fillings, round it out with patient education and you’ve got your shift in a nutshell.
A Dental Hygienist works for a team with Dentists and Dental Assistants. So for obvious reasons, you need to have excellent social and communication skills. Hygienists are paid very well given the fact that only a 2-year degree is the required amount of schooling for this position.
Median Salary: $70,210
Education Level: Associates’s degree
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