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Top Healthcare Jobs

Choosing a specialty to focus on during your third year of medical school can be tough, so we're here to help. Or, if you're just curious about the rise in healthcare occupations, we've got you covered. We've compiled a list of the top healthcare occupations, their job summaries, and salaries as of September 2021. | Note: Every occupation on this list requires a Doctoral or Professional degree.

Top Healthcare Jobs

Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 16% from 2020 to 2030, adding about 2.6M new jobs. That's more than any other occupational groups and is due to an aging population1.


Audiologists diagnose, manage, and treat a patient's balance, hearing, or ear problems.

Median Pay: $81,030


Chiropractors treat patients with health problems of the neuromusculoskeletal system, including nerves, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

Median Pay: $70,720


Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients' teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth.

Median Pay: $164,010


Optometrists diagnose and treat visual problems and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes.

Median Pay: $118,050


Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions.

Median Pay: $128,710

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve movement and manage pain.

Median Pay: $91,010


Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses and address health maintenance.

Median Pay: ≥ $208,000


Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people with foot, ankle, and lower leg problems.

Median Pay: $134,300


Veterinarians care for the health of animals, and as a result, protect the health of the public.

Median Pay: $99,250