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Healthcare providers play a very important role in a patient’s health.  The need and demand for healthcare providers continue to rise as the elderly population increases.  The rate of employment for healthcare providers is higher than the average occupation in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of healthcare occupations is expected to increase by 26% from 2010 to 2020, while the average increase of all occupations is expected to be 14%. 

Here are the statistics on healthcare occupations that do not require a doctorate degree. These occupations only require a master’s degree, bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, postsecondary degree, or less than a high school education. 

Dental hygienists

Dental hygienists provide dental care by cleaning teeth and examining for signs of oral diseases.  They also provide preventative dental care such as sealants and fluoride treatments and educate patients on oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing techniques. An associate degree in dental hygiene is usually required to become a dental hygienist.  

  • 2010 Median pay for dental hygienists: $68,250 per year or  $32.81 per hour
  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 181,800
  • Job Outlook: 2010 – 2020: 38% increase
  • Employment change, 2010 – 2020: 68,500 new jobs

Dietitians and Nutritionists 

Dietitians and nutritionists advise patients on food, nutrition, diet and healthy lifestyles.  They help manage diseases by promoting good eating habits and proper nutrition. A bachelor's degree and a license is required to become a dietitian or a nutritionist in most states. 

  • 2010 Median pay for dietitians and nutritionists: $53,250 per year or $25.60 per year
  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 64,400
  • Job Outlook: 2010 – 2020: 20% increase
  • Employment change, 2010 – 2020: 12,700 new dietician or nutritionist jobs

Home Health and Personal Care Aides 

Home health and personal aides have an expected job growth of 70%, which is one of the fastest growing healthcare occupations. Both home health and personal care aides help patients with activities of daily living (for example, bathing or dressing), light housekeeping (for example, washing dishes or laundry), and meal preparations. Personal care aides provide companionship and assist patients with daily tasks; however, they do not provide any type of medical service. Unlike personal care aides, home health aides work for certified home health or hospice agencies and provide basic health-related services such as monitoring pulse, temperature or respiration rate. A college education is not required to become a home health aide or personal care aide. 

  • Home Health Aides Jobs2010 Median pay for home health or personal care aides: $20,170 per year or  $9.70 hour
  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 1,878,700
  • Job Outlook: 2010 – 2020: 70% increase
  • Employment change, 2010 – 2020: 1,313,200 new home health or personal care aide jobs


Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)

LPNs and LVNs provide basic medical care such as monitoring vital signs, changing bandages, and inserting catheters. Duties they can perform vary depending on state regulations. For example, in some states, LPNs and LVNs can administer medications or start intravenous lines but not in other states. One year training and a license is required to become an LPN or LVN. A college degree is not required to become an LPN or LVN. 
  • 2010 Median pay for LPNs and LVNs: $40,380 per year or  $19.42 per hour
  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 752,300
  • Job Outlook: 2010 – 2020: 22% increase
  • Employment change, 2010 – 2020: 168,500 new LPN and LVN jobs

Medical Assistants 

Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks in a variety of healthcare settings. They provide administrative services such as scheduling appointments or filing. Clinical tasks include recording patient history, measuring vital signs, performing ECGs, and lab procedures. Many medical assistants learn on the job. 

  • 2010 Median pay for medical assistants: $28,860 per year or $13.87 per hour.
  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 527,600
  • Job Outlook: 2010 – 2020: 31% increase
  • Employment change, 2010 – 2020: 162,900 new medical assistant jobs

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 

Medical records and health information technicians work with healthcare providers to ensure accurate and complete medical records and health information. They also organize and maintain confidentiality and accessibility of health information.  An associate degree and certification is usually required. 

  • 2010 Median pay: $32,350 per year or $15.55 per hour
  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 179,500
  • Job Outlook: 2010 – 2020: 21% increase
  • Employment change, 2010 – 2020: 37,700 new medical records and health information technician jobs

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 

Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants assist patients with activities of daily living, which includes cleaning, bathing, dressing, and helping patients eat.  They are a vital part of the healthcare team and work under the supervision of LPNs/LVNs or Registered Nurses (RNs). A high school diploma, postsecondary training, and certification is required to become a nursing aide. 

  • 2010 Median pay for nurses aides, orderlies, and attendants: $24,010 year or $11.54 per hour
  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 1,505,300
  • Job Outlook: 2010 – 2020: 20% increase
  • Employment change, 2010 – 2020: 302,000 new nursing aide, orderlies, and attendant jobs.

Pharmacy Technicians 

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in dispensing prescription medications by transcribing, filling, compounding, packaging and labeling prescriptions. They process insurance claims and provide customer service in retail settings. In hospital settings, pharmacy technicians prepare intravenous medications and deliver medications to patients. Pharmacy technicians have at least a high school education and usually complete a technician training program and pass a state exam to become a licensed pharmacy technician. 

  • 2010 Median pay for pharmacy technicians: $28,400 per year or  $13.65 per hour
  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 334,400
  • Job Outlook: 2010 – 2020: 32% increase
  • Employment change, 2010 – 2020: 108,300 new pharmacy technician jobs

Physician Assistants 

Physician assistants provide medical care to patients under the direction and supervision of physicians and surgeons. They examine, diagnose and treat injuries and diseases per the protocol of the physician or surgeon. Physician assistants are licensed and have a master's degree. 

  • 2010 Median pay for physician assistants: $86,410 per year or  $41.54 per hour
  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 83,600
  • Job Outlook: 2010 – 2020: 30% increase
  • Employment change, 2010 – 2020: 24,700 new physician assistant jobs

Registered Nurses (RN) 

Registered nurses provide patient care and/or promote patients’ health in many different healthcare settings such as homes, hospitals, clinics, schools, healthcare agencies and long-term care facilities. Registered nurses usually have a bachelor's degree and are licensed. 

  • 2010 Median pay for registered nurses: $64,690 per year or $31.10 per hour
  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 2,737,400
  • Job Outlook: 2010 – 2020: 26% increase
  • Employment change, 2010 – 2020: 711,900 new registered nurse jobs

Respiratory Therapists 

Respiratory therapists examine and treat patients with respiratory disorders.  They manage ventilation machines for patients who cannot breathe on their own.  They administer diagnostic tests, evaluate results and counsel patients on respiratory disorders and proper ventilation techniques. Respiratory therapists may have associates or bachelor's degree and are licensed in all states except Alaska. 

  • 2010 Median pay for respiratory therapists: $54,280 per year or $26.10 per hour
  • Number of Jobs, 2010: 112,700
  • Job Outlook: 2010 – 2020: 28% increase
  • Employment change, 2010 – 2020: 31,200 new respiratory therapy jobs


Those embarking on a healthcare career should look into which occupations are projected to grow in the next several years. Given the changes in the healthcare system and the number of new patients that will require care, the healthcare sector will provide many career opportunities.  


Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.

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