The highest-paying job in healthcare pays over $200,000—here are the other 9

A job in healthcare can come with a healthy living.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for healthcare workers, from dental hygienist to surgeon, is about $64,770 (the median annual wage for all occupations in the U.S. is $37,690.)
That means workers can earn almost twice the national average by entering the healthcare industry. CNBC  analyzed data from the BLS to highlight the most lucrative healthcare occupations in the U.S. today.
Here are the 10 highest paying jobs in healthcare:
 ERproductions Ltd | Getty Images

10. Radiation therapists

BLS description: "Radiation therapists treat cancer and other diseases in patients by administering radiation treatments."
Required education: Associate's degree
Median annual wage: $80,570

9. Occupational therapists

BLS description: "Occupational therapists treat injured, ill or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working."
Required education: Master's degree
Median annual wage: $83,200

8. Physical therapists

BLS description: "Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. These therapists are often an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment and prevention of patients with chronic conditions, illnesses or injuries."
Required education: Doctoral or professional degree
Median annual wage: $86,850

7. Physician assistants

BLS description: "Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose and treat patients."
Required education: Master's degree
Median annual wage: $104,860

6. Optometrists

BLS description: "Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the visual system. They also diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed."
Required education: Doctoral or professional degree
Median annual wage: $110,300
Hero Images | Getty Images

5. Nurse anesthetists, midwives and practitioners

BLS description: "Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and nurse practitioners, also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare. The scope of practice varies from state to state."
Required education: Master's degree
Median annual wage: $110,930

4. Pharmacists

BLS description: "Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients and provide advice on healthy lifestyles."
Required education: Doctoral or professional degree
Median annual wage: $124,170

3. Podiatrists

BLS description: "Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people with foot, ankle and lower leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries and perform surgery involving the lower extremities."
Required education: Doctoral or professional degree
Median annual wage: $127,740

2. Dentists

BLS description: "Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients' teeth, gums and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health."
Required education: Doctoral or professional degree
Median annual wage: $158,120

1. Physicians and surgeons

BLS description: "Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories,prescribe medications and order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates."
Required education: Doctoral or professional degree
Median annual wage: greater than or equal to $208,000
Hero Images | Getty Images

Powered by Blogger.