10 high-paying health care jobs (besides doctors)

Non Doctors Jobs

Check out these 10 non-doctor jobs in the health care industry

Health care is one of the fastest-growing industries in America, and all signs indicate this trend will continue. So how can you get in on this booming industry without actually being a doctor? Here are 10 high-paying jobs in the health care field that are expected to see big growth in the next five years.

1. Nurse anesthetists* provide anesthesia and related care before, during and after surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic and obstetrical procedures. They also provide pain management and some emergency services, and remain with the patient throughout a procedure to monitor vital signs and adjust the anesthesia as necessary.

  • Median hourly earnings – $74.07
  • Typical entry level education – Master's degree
  • Job growth 2015-2020 – 21%

2. Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in their safe use. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.

  • Median hourly earnings – $58.35
  • Typical entry level education – Doctoral or professional degree
  • Job growth 2015-2020 – 24%

3. Nurse practitioners serve as primary and specialty care providers, delivering advanced nursing services to patients and their families. They assess patients, determine the best way to improve or manage a patient's health and discuss ways to integrate health promotion strategies into a patient's life.

  • Median hourly earnings – $46.80
  • Typical entry level education – Master's degree
  • Job growth 2015-2020 – 28%

4. Physician assistants practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons and other health care workers. The work of physician assistants depends in large part on their specialty or the type of medical practice where they work.

  • Median hourly earnings – $46.65
  • Typical entry level education – Master's degree
  • Job growth 2015-2020) – 31%

5. Occupational therapists treat injured, ill or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

  • Median hourly earnings – $38.07
  • Typical entry level education – Master's degree
  • Job growth 2015-2020 – 25%

6. Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Speech, language and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes.

  • Median hourly earnings – $34.79
  • Typical entry level education – Master's degree
  • Job growth 2015-2020 – 30%

7. Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They provide information and support to other health care providers, or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions.

  • Median hourly earnings – $34.13
  • Typical entry level education – Master's degree
  • Job growth 2015-2020 – 35%

8. Registered nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

  • Median hourly earnings – $33.28
  • Typical entry level education – Associate degree
  • Job growth 2015-2020 – 18%

9. Diagnostic medial sonographers specialize in creating images of the body's organs and tissues. The images are known as sonograms (or ultrasounds). Sonograms are often the first imaging test performed when disease is suspected.

  • Median hourly earnings – $33.07
  • Typical entry level education – Associate degree
  • Job growth 2015-2020 – 35%

10. Magnetic resonance imaging technologists inject patients with contrast dyes so that the images will show up on the scanner. The scanners use magnetic fields in combination with the contrast agent to produce images that a physician can use to diagnose medical problems.

  • Median hourly earnings – $32.80
  • Typical entry level education – Associate degree
  • Job growth 2015-2020 – 18%

*Occupation descriptions from Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pay, education and projected growth from Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.