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Careers by Education Length

1-2 years

CareerHigher education requiredWork typeMedian salary
Hemodialysis technician Less than 1 year Patient care $39,000
Phlebotomy technician Less than 1 year Patient care $34,000
Pharmacy technician 0-2 years Patient care $32,000
Medical massage therapist 1 year Patient care $40,000
Emergency medicine paramedic 1-2 years Patient care $45,000
Histology technician 1-2 years Laboratory $52,000
Neurodiagnostic technologist 1-2 years Patient care $50,000
Surgical technologist 1-2 years Patient care $46,000
Cardiovascular invasive specialist 1-3 years Patient care $55,000
Central service technician 1-4 years Support and administration $35,000
Nurse 1-8 years Patient care $70,000

2-4 years

CareerHigher education requiredWork typeMedian salary
Health information manager 2-4 years Support and administration $39,000
Medical laboratory scientist 2-4 years Laboratory $52,000
Nuclear medicine technologist 2-4 years Patient care $76,000
Positron emission tomography technologist 2-4 years Patient care $76,000
Radiation therapist 2-4 years Patient care $81,000
Radiologic technologist 2-4 years Patient care $58,000
Recreational therapist 2-4 years Patient care $48,000
Respiratory therapist 2-4 years Patient care $60,000
Cardiac sonographer 2-6 years Patient care $71,000
Surgical first assistant 2-6 years Patient care $56,000
Diagnostic medical sonographer 2-6 years Patient care $71,000
Dietitian 4 years Patient care $59,000
Cytogenetic technologist 4-5 years Laboratory $61,000
Cytotechnologist 4-5 years Laboratory $75,000
Athletic trainer 4-6 years Patient care $47,000
Cardiovascular perfusionist 4-6 years Patient care $124,000
Child life specialist 4-6 years Patient care $60,000
Hospital chaplain 4-6 years Patient care $48,000
Medical social worker 4-6 years Patient care $55,000
Molecular genetics technologist 4-6 years Laboratory $52,000
Perioperative nurse 4-6 years Patient care $70,000

More than 4 years

CareerHigher education requiredWork typeMedian salary
Genetic counselor 6 years Patient care $77,000
Physician assistant 6-7 years Patient care $108,000
Medical physicist 6-8 years Patient care $119,000
Medical speech-language pathologist 6-8 years Patient care $77,000
Nurse anesthetist 6-8 years Patient care $168,000
Nurse midwife 6-8 years Patient care $104,000
Nurse practitioner 6-8 years Patient care $107,000
Occupational therapist 6-8 years Patient care $83,000
Pathologists' assistant 6-8 years Laboratory $69,000
Pharmacist 6-8 years Patient care $124,000
Physical therapist 6-8 years Patient care $87,000
Audiologist 8 years Patient care $76,000

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