Occupations in Health Care

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How this list was compiled


Minimum Education Competitive Education Occupation (click on name for Oregon profile!) National Average Pathway Level
HS/GED Certificate** Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency $23,850 13 credits
Doctorate Doctorate Anesthesiologists $208,000+  
Doctorate Doctorate Audiologists $75,980  
Associate Associate Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians $55,570  
Doctorate Doctorate Chiropractors $67,520  
Credential Credential** Dental Assistants $36,940 55 credits
Associate Associate Diagnostic Medical Sonographers $69,650  
Associate Associate Dietetic Technicians $26,350  
Bachelor Bachelor Dietitians and Nutritionists $58,920  
Credential Credential** Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics $32,670 20/48/AAS
Bachelor Bachelor Exercise Physiologists $47,340  
Doctorate Doctorate Family and General Practitioners $190,490  
Master Master Genetic Counselors $74,120  
Master Master Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All $74,530  
Doctorate Doctorate Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $99,360  
HS/GED Some College Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other $41,070  
Credential Credential Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, Al $48,820  
HS/GED Certificate** Healthcare Support Workers, All Other $36,330 16 credits
None Certificate** Home Health Aides (in Healthcare Career Core Pathw $22,600 16 credits
None Certificate** Home Health Aides (in Medical Assisting Pathway) $22,600 14 credits
Doctorate Doctorate Internists, General $196,380  
Credential Credential Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses $44,090  
Associate Associate Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists $68,420  
Credential Credential Massage Therapists $39,860  
Associate Associate Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians $38,950  
Bachelor Bachelor Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists $61,070  
Bachelor Bachelor Medical and Health Services Managers $96,540  
HS/GED Certificate** Medical Appliance Technicians $35,980 16 credits
Credential Credential** Medical Assistants $31,540 49 credits
Credential Credential** Medical Assistants (in Healthcare Career Core Path $31,540 49 credits
HS/GED Certificate** Medical Equipment Preparers $34,400 16 credits
Credential Credential Medical Records and Health Information Technicians $38,040  
Doctorate Doctorate Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $80,530  
Credential Credential Medical Transcriptionists $35,720  
Associate Associate Nuclear Medicine Technologists $74,350  
Master Master Nurse Anesthetists $160,270  
Master Master Nurse Midwives $99,770  
Master Master Nurse Practitioners $100,910  
Credential Credential** Nursing Assistants $26,590 17/19 credits
Master Master Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary $69,130  
Doctorate Doctorate Obstetricians and Gynecologists $208,000+  
Bachelor Bachelor Occupational Health and Safety Specialists $70,920  
Master Master Occupational Therapists $81,910  
HS/GED Certificate** Occupational Therapy Aides $28,330 20 credits
Associate Associate Occupational Therapy Assistants $59,010  
Credential Credential Ophthalmic Medical Technicians $35,530  
Doctorate Doctorate Optometrists $106,140  
Doctorate Doctorate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons $208,000+  
Doctorate Doctorate Orthodontists $208,000+  
Master Master Orthotists and Prosthetists $65,630  
Doctorate Doctorate Pediatricians, General $168,990  
Doctorate Doctorate Pharmacists $122,230  
HS/GED Certificate** Pharmacy Aides $25,240 16 credits
HS/GED Certificate** Pharmacy Technicians $30,920  
Credential Credential** Phlebotomists $32,710 48 credits
HS/GED Certificate** Physical Therapist Aides $25,680 20 credits
Associate Associate Physical Therapist Assistants $56,610  
Doctorate Doctorate Physical Therapists $85,400  
Master Master Physician Assistants $101,480  
Doctorate Doctorate Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $206,920  
Doctorate Doctorate Podiatrists $124,830  
Doctorate Doctorate Prosthodontists $126,050  
HS/GED Certificate** Psychiatric Aides (in Healthcare Career Core Pathw $26,720 16 credits
HS/GED Certificate** Psychiatric Aides (in Medical Assisting Pathway) $26,720 14 credits
Credential Credential Psychiatric Technicians $30,970  
Doctorate Doctorate Psychiatrists $194,740  
Associate Associate Radiation Therapists $80,160  
Associate Associate Radiologic Technologists $57,450  
Bachelor Bachelor Recreational Therapists $46,410  
Bachelor Bachelor** Registered Nurses $68,450 AAS+
Associate Associate Respiratory Therapists $58,670  
Associate Associate Respiratory Therapy Technicians $49,780  
Master Master Speech-Language Pathologists $74,680  
Doctorate Doctorate Surgeons $208,000+  
Credential Credential Surgical Technologists $45,160  
Bachelor Bachelor Therapists, All Other $56,700  
Doctorate Doctorate Veterinarians $88,770  


About the Author: Jenny Jones has Master's of Science in Mathematics and an MBA. Her writing stems from her research as a TAACCCT grant data analyst and her passion for empowering individuals to greater intellectual heights through life-long learning.