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Diagnostic Services

Careers in the Diagnostic Services pathway use tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.







Epidemiologists

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investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control.
Salary: $83620
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Nuclear Medicine Technologists

prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.
Salary: $82080
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

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produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.
Salary: $77790
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


MRI Technologists

operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. Monitor patient safety and comfort, and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures. May administer gadolinium contrast dosage intravenously. May interview patient, explain MRI procedures, and position patient on examining table. May enter into the computer data such as patient history, anatomical area to be scanned, orientation specified, and position of entry.
Salary: $75960
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Toxicologists

Toxicologists analyze samples in a laboratory setting to detect the presence of various toxins in people, animals, or the environment. Depending on the employer, they may also review the impact of the toxins.
Salary: $71500
Education: Bachelor's degree

Radiologic Technicians

maintain and use equipment and supplies necessary to demonstrate portions of the human body on x-ray film or fluoroscopic screen for diagnostic purposes.
Salary: $64840
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Radiologic Technologists

take x rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.
Salary: $64840
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Cardiovascular Technologists

conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists.
Salary: $60940
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Surgical Assistants

assist surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines, or closure of surgical wounds. Perform preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.
Salary: $60900
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Cytotechnologists

stain, mount, and study cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.
Salary: $55990
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Medical Laboratory Technicians

perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.
Salary: $55990
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth

Histotechnologists

prepare histologic slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologists. May assist in research studies.
Salary: $55990
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Neurodiagnostic Technologists

conduct electroneurodiagnostic (END) tests such as electroencephalograms, evoked potentials, polysomnograms, or electronystagmograms. May perform nerve conduction studies.
Salary: $55990
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Medical Laboratory Technologists

perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.
Salary: $55990
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth

Cytogenetic Technologists

analyze chromosomes found in biological specimens such as amniotic fluids, bone marrow, and blood to aid in the study, diagnosis, or treatment of genetic diseases.
Salary: $55990
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Ophthalmic Technologists

assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions and ophthalmic photography. Provide instruction and supervision to other ophthalmic personnel. Assist with minor surgical procedures, applying aseptic techniques and preparing instruments. May perform eye exams, administer eye medications, and instruct patients in care and use of corrective lenses.
Salary: $40010
Education: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Therapeutic Services

Careers in the Therapeutic Services pathway are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Health professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.






Anesthesiologists

Richard Marn, MD from New York Medical Anesthesia
2 reviews
administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.
Salary: $271440
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Surgeons

treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.
Salary: $251650
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

OBGYNs

Diana Glasser, MD, FACOG from Ob Hospitalist Group at Los Robles Medical Center
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provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. May also provide general medical care to women.
Salary: $239120
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth


Orthodontists

Dr. Oleg Drut from Diamond Braces
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examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.
Salary: $237990
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Oral Surgeons

perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects. May diagnose problems of the oral and maxillofacial regions. May perform surgery to improve function or appearance.
Salary: $234990
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Sports Medicine Physicians

diagnose, treat, and help prevent injuries that occur during sporting events, athletic training, and physical activities.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Urologists

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diagnose, treat, and help prevent benign and malignant medical and surgical disorders of the genitourinary system and the renal glands.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Acupuncturists

Caroline Purdy from Autonomic Acupuncture
1 reviews
provide treatment of symptoms and disorders using needles and small electrical currents. May provide massage treatment. May also provide preventive treatments.
Salary: $218850
Education: Master's degree
High job satisfaction

Allergists and Immunologists

Dr. Tsvetelina Velikova, MD, PhD from Lozenetz University Hospital
2 reviews
diagnose, treat, and help prevent allergic diseases and disease processes affecting the immune system.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Naturopathic Physicians

Michael Smith N.D. BHSC (Naturopathy) from Planet Naturopath
1 reviews
diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases using a system of practice that is based on the natural healing capacity of individuals. May use physiological, psychological or mechanical methods. May also use natural medicines, prescription or legend drugs, foods, herbs, or other natural remedies.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
High job satisfaction

Dermatologists

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diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases or other conditions of the skin.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Orthoptists

diagnose and treat visual system disorders such as binocular vision and eye movement impairments.
Salary: $218850
Education: Bachelor's degree
High job satisfaction


Radiologists

examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials. May treat patients.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Neurologists

diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and disorders of the nervous system.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Nuclear Medicine Physicians

diagnose and treat diseases using radioactive materials and techniques. May monitor radionuclide preparation, administration, and disposition.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Hospitalists

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provide inpatient care predominantly in settings such as medical wards, acute care units, intensive care units, rehabilitation centers, or emergency rooms. Manage and coordinate patient care throughout treatment.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Ophthalmologists

Dr. Rahil from Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centre
2 reviews
diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries of the eyes and related structures.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Pathologists

diagnose presence and stage of diseases using laboratory techniques and patient specimens. Study the nature, cause, and development of diseases. May perform autopsies.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Physical Medicine and Rehab Physicians

diagnose and treat disorders requiring physiotherapy to provide physical, mental, and occupational rehabilitation.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Preventive Medicine Physicians

apply knowledge of general preventive medicine and public health issues to promote health care to groups or individuals, and aid in the prevention or reduction of risk of disease, injury, disability, or death. May practice population-based medicine or diagnose and treat patients in the context of clinical health promotion and disease prevention.
Salary: $218850
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Psychiatrists

Dr. Krysti Vo from
Dr. Tahia Haque, MD from Savant Care
2 reviews
diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.
Salary: $217100
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Prosthodontists

construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking, and to improve appearance.
Salary: $214870
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Family and General Practitioners

Dr. Kristin Miller from
Alberto Zambrano, MD from
2 reviews
diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.
Salary: $214370
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Internists

diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.
Salary: $210960
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Nurse Anesthetists

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administer anesthesia, monitor patient's vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.
Salary: $189190
Education: Master's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Pediatricians

Noha Polack, MD, FAAP from Progressive Pediatrics
Dr. Corey Fish from Brave Care
4 reviews
diagnose, treat, and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.
Salary: $184570
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Dentists

Dr. Kate Ring from Grace Dental Design
Dr. Neil J. Gajjar, DDS from
Dr. Michelle Farnoush, DMD from
8 reviews
examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.
Salary: $180830
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Podiatrists

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diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.
Salary: $151110
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth

Pharmacists

Andy Boysan from The Independent Online Pharmacy
Osas Nosa-Idahosa, MBA, BCPS, Pharm.D, BCGP, BCACP from Dignity Health
Melissa Sörgel from
6 reviews
dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.
Salary: $125460
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Optometrists

diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.
Salary: $125440
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Health Informatics

Careers in the Health Informatics pathway include many different levels of health care related employment. This pathway includes health care administrators who manage health care agencies as well as those individuals who are responsible for managing all of the patient data and information, financial information, and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.







Informatics Nurse Specialists

apply knowledge of nursing and informatics to assist in the design, development, and ongoing modification of computerized health care systems. May educate staff and assist in problem solving to promote the implementation of the health care system.
Salary: $99020
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Medical Records Technicians

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compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry's numerical coding system.
Salary: $48270
Education: No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Medical Secretaries

perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.
Salary: $39000
Education: Associate's degree
Strong job growth


Medical Transcriptionists

transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction.
Salary: $37310
Education: Post-secondary certificate
High job satisfaction


Healthcare Support Services

Careers in the Support Services pathway provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Support Services offers a full range of career opportunities from entry level to management, including technical and professional careers.







Medical and Health Services Managers

plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.
Salary: $118800
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Forensic Nurses

Forensic nursing combines standard medical care with activities that support legal proceedings. Forensic nurses typically handle injuries related to violence and abuse, such as sexual assault.
Salary: $66000
Education: Bachelor's Degree

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

assist speech-language pathologists in the assessment and treatment of speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. Implement speech and language programs or activities as planned and directed by speech-language pathologists. Monitor the use of alternative communication devices and systems.
Salary: $41430
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Endoscopy Technicians

maintain a sterile field to provide support for physicians and nurses during endoscopy procedures. Prepare and maintain instruments and equipment. May obtain specimens.
Salary: $41430
Education: No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Medical Equipment Preparers

prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.
Salary: $41070
Education: No degree required
Strong job growth

Phlebotomists

draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.
Salary: $37280
Education: Post-secondary certificate
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Pharmacy Aides

record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise, and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.
Salary: $32250
Education: No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Orderlies

transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment.
Salary: $31780
Education: No degree required
Strong job growth

Vet Assistants

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feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.
Salary: $30980
Education: No degree required
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction


Healthcare in Biotechnology R&D

Careers in the Biotechnology Research and Development pathway involve bioscience research and development as it applies to human health. These scientists may study diseases to discover new treatments or invent medical devices used to directly assist patients or to improve the accuracy of diagnostic tests.







Medical Scientists

conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research.
Salary: $101800
Education: Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction

Biomedical Engineers

apply knowledge of engineering, biology, and biomechanical principles to the design, development, and evaluation of biological and health systems and products, such as artificial organs, prostheses, instrumentation, medical information systems, and health management and care delivery systems.
Salary: $98340
Education: Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth




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