Healthcare jobs in Michigan fall into two categories. There are healthcare practitioners and healthcare support staff. Practitioners are people who direct treatment, like doctors, surgeons, therapists, psychiatrists, and veterinarians. As a result, they usually have different educational, training, and licensure requirements than support staff. Over 63 people out of every 1,000 in Michigan are healthcare practitioners. Healthcare support professionals execute treatment plans as directed by practitioners or give other support. Occupations in this sub-category include home health aides, nursing assistants, dental assistants, medical transcriptionists, pharmacy aides, and orderlies. About 35 out of every 1,000 Michigan residents work in healthcare support.
Michigan Healthcare Job Market
The Michigan healthcare job market will likely grow a good bit going forward. Almost 14 percent of the population in Michigan is 65 years or older. Roughly 20 percent of the state is between ages 50 and 65. Within the next 15 years, one-third of the state could be 65 years old or older, and an aging population is a major driver for the healthcare industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting that the healthcare industry will grow by 2.6 percent a year, adding five million jobs by 2022, and that increase is due to the extra care an aging population needs.
Healthcare Salaries in Michigan
Healthcare salaries in Michigan average $74,450 per year, or $35.79 per hour , for practitioners. Of the professionals in this category, anesthesiologists command the highest average salary at $263,320 per year, or $126.60 per hour. Surgeons have the next-highest average pay, at $222,700 per year, or $107.07 per hour. Healthcare support professionals earn $27,770 per year, or $13.35 per hour, in Michigan. Massage therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and physical therapy assistants make the highest average salary among healthcare support, earning roughly $43,000 per year.