Working in healthcare can lead to an extremely lucrative career field. Many people believe that success in this field means attending medical school and becoming a physician. You might be surprised that a career as a physician isn’t the only way to make a comfortable living. We’ve pulled together the top ten highest paying non-physician jobs in healthcare.
- Genetic Counselor
Genetic counselors have extensive knowledge in genetics to assess and educate patients seeking information about their risk for hereditary diseases or birth defects. Genetic counselors typically have a master's degree in genetic counseling and are certified with the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) or the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG).
Salary Range: $67,986 - $83,791
Average Salary: $75,271
- Speech Language Pathologist
Speech language pathologists diagnose and treat speech or language problems. In this role, you work closely with patients who have speech impediments, developmental disorders or medical conditions (such as a stroke) to improve their communication skills. Most speech language pathologists have a master's degree in speech-language pathology and a certificate of clinical competence (CCC) in speech language pathology.
Salary Range: $73,886 - $87,638
Average Salary: $80,550
- Certified Nurse Midwife
Certified nurse midwives guide women through pregnancy and family planning. In this role, you perform pre-natal care, deliver babies, perform gynecological exams, provide care for newborns, and assist in post-partum care. A career as a midwife often requires a master’s degree from an accredited medical program and a registered nurse license.
Salary Range: $99,284 - $122,349
Average Salary: $107,976
- Physical Therapist
Physical therapists work closely with patients recovering from surgery or serious injuries. In this role, you guide patients through exercises to build strength, increase flexibility and improve mobility. You also track progress and adjust treatment plans to maximize recovery. Many physical therapists have professional degrees including either a master’s or a doctoral degree in physical therapy.
Salary Range: $79,331 - $93,439
Average Salary: $86,117
- Certified Nurse Anesthetist
Nurse anesthetists analyze the medical history of a patient preparing to undergo surgical procedures and determine the proper combination and dosage of anesthetics. In this role, you help administer anesthesia and assist in monitoring patients during their procedures. To become a nurse anesthetist, you’ll need a master's degree in nursing and certification as a nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
Salary Range: $167,286 and $198,563
Average Salary: $182,024
- Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Nuclear medicine technologists operate imaging technology to identify a patient’s medical ailment and make the appropriate diagnosis. In this role, you may also prepare and administer radioactive drugs used during procedures. A nuclear medicine technology career requires a bachelor's degree and registration with the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.
Salary Range: $70,321 - $85,641
Average Salary: $77,726
- Physician Assistant
Physician assistants typically have similar job duties as primary care practitioners. A physician assistant meets with patients, reviews medical history, assesses symptoms, and makes a diagnosis or recommendation, often under a physician’s supervision. Physician assistants must complete a professional degree (usually a master’s) at an accredited school.
Salary Range: $96,910 - $116,080
Average Salary: $105,280
- Dietician and Nutritionist
Dieticians and nutritionists have expertise in food and nutrition and their effect on overall health. In this role, you have an extensive grasp on how a healthy diet can help manage serious diseases, such as obesity and diabetes. Many dieticians have a bachelor’s degree.
Salary Range: $55,936 and $67,527
Average Salary: $61,450
- Occupational Therapist
Occupational therapists generate therapeutic routines to help individuals develop the ability to perform daily activities and care for themselves. OTs work with individuals recovering from injury or illness, as well as disabled individuals, so they may lead independent lives. Occupational therapists usually have a master's degree and carry an Occupational Therapist Certification (NBCOT).
Salary Range: $79,511 and $94,573
Average Salary: $86,804
- MRI Technician
MRI technicians, or radiographers, primarily operate imaging machinery, such as X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. In this role, you also assist physicians in interpreting imaging results and suggest diagnoses. Most MRI technicians need an associate’s degree and follow licensing or certification requirements in their state.
Salary Range: $69,277 - $83,418
Average Salary: $76,142