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Careers by Education Length

1-2 years

CareerHigher education requiredWork typeMedian salary
Hemodialysis technician Less than 1 year Patient care $41,000
Phlebotomy technician Less than 1 year Patient care $36,000
Pharmacy technician 0-2 years Patient care $35,000
Medical massage therapist 1 year Patient care $44,000
Emergency medicine paramedic 1-2 years Patient care $37,000
Histology technician 1-2 years Laboratory $54,000
Neurodiagnostic technologist 1-2 years Patient care $59,000
Surgical technologist 1-2 years Patient care $49,000
Cardiovascular invasive specialist 1-3 years Patient care $59,000
Central service technician 1-4 years Support and administration $37,000
Nurse 1-8 years Patient care $75,000

2-4 years

CareerHigher education requiredWork typeMedian salary
Health information manager 2-4 years Support and administration $44,000
Medical laboratory scientist 2-4 years Laboratory $54,000
Nuclear medicine technologist 2-4 years Patient care $79,500
Positron emission tomography technologist 2-4 years Patient care $79,000
Radiation therapist 2-4 years Patient care $87,000
Radiologic technologist 2-4 years Patient care $64,000
Recreational therapist 2-4 years Patient care $48,000
Respiratory therapist 2-4 years Patient care $63,000
Cardiac sonographer 2-6 years Patient care $76,000
Surgical first assistant 2-6 years Patient care $52,000
Diagnostic medical sonographer 2-6 years Patient care $76,000
Dietitian 4 years Patient care $63,000
Cytogenetic technologist 4-5 years Laboratory $67,000
Cytotechnologist 4-5 years Laboratory $74,000
Athletic trainer 4-6 years Patient care $49,000
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 $49,000
Medical social worker 4-6 years Patient care $58,000
Molecular genetics technologist 4-6 years Laboratory $54,000
Perioperative nurse 4-6 years Patient care $79,000

More than 4 years

CareerHigher education requiredWork typeMedian salary
Orthoptist 4-6 years Patient care $82,000
Genetic counselor 6 years Patient care $86,000
Physician assistant 6-7 years Patient care $115,000
Medical physicist 6-8 years Patient care $129,000
Medical speech-language pathologist 6-8 years Patient care $80,000
Nurse anesthetist 6-8 years Patient care $183,000
Nurse midwife 6-8 years Patient care $112,000
Nurse practitioner 6-8 years Patient care $112,000
Occupational therapist 6-8 years Patient care $86,000
Pathologists' assistant 6-8 years Laboratory $86,000
Pharmacist 6-8 years Patient care $128,000
Physical therapist 6-8 years Patient care $91,000
Audiologist 8 years Patient care $81,000