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The 10 highest-paying health care jobs

Not only can you make a lot of money, but you can also find plenty of jobs hiring in the health care sector.

The 10 highest-paying health care jobs

The health care sector is always growing. And so can your salary.

There are many good reasons to consider a job in the medical field. Not only is a health care job the highest-paying job in your state, employment in the sector is expected to continue to grow rapidly in the coming years, too.

Health care jobs are expected to grow 18% from 2016 to 2026—that comes out to 2.3 million new jobs—which is much faster than the average for all occupations, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. In fact, for the first time in history, health care is the largest source of jobs in the U.S.

Sure, you’ll need some specialized education (hello, med school) to land many of these jobs, but between the high pay and job security, any one of these positions would be well worth the investment.

Check out the top-paying health care positions below to see if a career in medicine is for you.

1. Physicians and surgeons

What you’d do: Physicians and surgeons are the highest earning professionals in the health care world. Physicians diagnose and treat patients as well as take medical histories and prescribe medication. Surgeons are also responsible for treating patients, but focus more on operating to repair ailments such as broken bones or cancerous tumors.
What you’d need: Doctoral or professional degree
What you’d make: $208,000 per year or more

Find all physician jobs on Monster.

2. Dentists

What you’d do: Dentists treat patients’ teeth and gums as well as provide preventative help on maintaining good oral health.
What you’d need: You must first get a bachelor’s degree, then go to a dental school (four years) and pass a licensing exam.
What you’d make: $159,770 per year

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3. Podiatrists

What you’d do: Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for foot, ankle, and lower leg problems.
What you’d need: Doctoral or professional degree
What you’d make: $124,830 per year

Find all podiatrist jobs on Monster.

4. Pharmacists

What you’d do: Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer advice about safely administering medicine without causing adverse reactions.
What you’d need: Doctoral or professional degree. Check out this sample resume for a pharmacist.
What you’d make: $122,230 per year

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5. Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners

What you’d do: Nurse anesthetists provide anesthesia and medical care during and after surgeries. Nurse midwives provide family planning services and prenatal care to women. Nurse practitioners serve as primary care providers and help integrate health promotion strategies into their patients’ lives.
What you’d need: Master’s degree. Check out these sample nurse resumes.
What you’d make: $107,460 per year

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6. Optometrists

What you’d do: Optometrists examine and treat visual problems and manage any diseases or injuries to the eyes.
What you’d need: Doctoral or professional degree
What you’d make: $106,140 per year

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7. Physician assistants

What you’d do: Physician assistants include examining, diagnosing, and treating patients with help from teams of physicians and surgeons.
What you’d need: Master’s degree
What you’d make: $101,480 per year

Find all physician assistant jobs on Monster.

8. Veterinarians

What you’d do: Vets care for the health of animals by diagnosing, treating, and researching medical conditions of pets, livestock, and other animals.
What you’d need: Doctoral or professional degree
What you’d make: $88,770

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9. Physical therapists

What you’d do: Physical therapists help injured patients improve their mobility and manage their pain through exercise and non-invasive procedures.
What you’d need: Doctoral or professional degree. Check out this sample resume for a physical therapist.
What you’d make: $85,400 per year

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10. Occupational therapists

What you’d do: Occupational therapists work to treat disabled patients through everyday activities.
What you’d need: Master’s degree. Check out this sample cover letter for an occupational therapist.
What you’d make: $81,910 per year

Find all occupational therapist jobs on Monster.

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How to get hired in health care

If a career in medicine is where you're headed, you're poised to have a pretty bright (and lucrative) future. Could you use some help navigating the job search? Join Monster today. As a member, you can get job alerts sent right to your inbox. Additionally, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the types of jobs you're interested in. Recruiters search Monster every day, looking to fill top health care jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. As health care surges ahead, be sure you go along for the ride.


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