Careers by Education Length

  • 1-2 years
  • 2-4 years
  • More than 4 years

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

Medical massage therapist

1 year

Patient care

$40,000

Histology technician

1-2 years

Laboratory

$52,000

Neurodiagnostic technologist

1-2 years

Patient care

$49,000

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

$105,000

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

$169,000

Nurse midwife

6-8 years

Patient care

$101,000

Nurse practitioner

6-8 years

Patient care

$104,000

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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