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7 Highest Paying Medical Jobs and Specialties in America

Medicine is one of the field that have been touted to be offering the most highly paying jobs in America for the past many years and it is projected that this jobs will even continue into the next many years. With its many disciplines, medicine provides a variety of medical jobs to thousands of American citizens today.

It is no doubt that medical jobs are among the most lucrative jobs in America and landing in one of them would mean enjoying a good living standards and recognition from the American community. According to statistics by the US. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupation Outlook Handbook (2015). America is one among those countries that offer lucrative salaries in medical field. This could be one of the reasons why America is currently experiencing a very huge influx of medical professionals from outside countries.

Because of these, medical jobs are becoming very competitive and hard to find in America. In order for somebody to rise to these highest paying level jobs, he must have strived to become the best among the best through academics and many years of experience (America Medical Group Association 2011) . This means that at no time can somebody rise from nowhere in America and land into these lucrative salaries without taking baby steps through education and finding experience in the field.

Most medical jobs show an encouraging prospects in terms of the public perceived attitude which can be attributed to the existing better working conditions and good remunerations. However not all medical jobs offer high salaries, on the contrary, some medical jobs in America pay very little salaries compared to others .

Medscape physician Compensation 2018 is one of the most comprehensively and widely used physician salary survey in America. Based on this survey, there is an encouraging trend that shows a possibility of increased number of medical jobs, better working conditions and good salaries in the next coming 10 years .

However, it was realized in the survey that the dynamics of salaries for medical jobs in America keep on varying depending with the locality and whether somebody is employed in public or private health facility or whether is running his own private medical firm. The following were identified to be among the 7 most paying medical jobs in America.

1. Physicians and Surgeons

With an average salary of $208000 per year, physicians and surgeons are ranked as the most highly paid medical professionals in America. According to report by Medscape Physician Compensation, employed physicians earn less money compared to those who work in their own private firms. This profession is projected to grow at a rate as high as 14% in the next 10 years.

Physicians and Surgeons income have steadily been increasing for the last 7 years as this is according to the report by Medscape physician compensation report 2017. This is because of the intense completion for doctors between hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Physicians include the cardiologists, orthopedics, plastic surgeons, pediatricians, dermatologists’ oncologist, endocrinologists, urologists and many others.

Job specification

Physicians and surgeons are highly trained medical specialist who specializes in diagnosing and treating patients suffering from various conditions and diseases such as heart diseases, skeleton problems, skin conditions and many others. They take their medical records and prescribe drugs, interpret diagnostic test, counsel patients on matter to do with diet, hygiene, reproductive health etc.

Majority of them work in public and private clinics medical consultants and may be in charge of supervising other health care personnel.

Job requirements

To practice as a practice as a physician or surgeon in America, one is required to have completed specialty training in medicine and to have a valid practicing certificate.

2. Dentist

Dentist command over 150,000 jobs in America and earn an average hourly salary of $76.81/Hr. which can translate to an average annual salary of $160,000.

According to projections by US Bureau of Labor Statistic, the demand for dentist in America is expected to rise at a rate of 18% in the next ten years.

 Job specification

Dentist are medical specialist who specialize in diagnosing and treating patients suffering from teeth problems and various other conditions that affect the development of teeth gums and other parts of the mouth such as tooth decay, gingivitis, oral thrash. They also provide expert advice and preventive care on matters concerning mouth and oral hygiene

Working conditions

Many of dentist work in public and private clinics medical either alone or with some staff whom they supervise.

   Job requirements

To practice as an practice as a dentist in America, one is required to have completed a specialty training in dentistry and to have a valid practicing certificate which can only be obtained after passing a specific board exam offered by the state.

3. Pharmacist

Pharmacist earns an average annual salary of $190,000 there were about 300000 jobs in America in the year 2014.

Job specification

Pharmacist help in dispensing prescription medications to patients besides also playing a crucial role in offering expertise counseling on matters pertaining safe use of drugs and management of unwanted side effects cause due to drug abuse. They are also involved in the research and development of drugs in pharmaceutical industries.

Working conditions

Pharmacists work in hospital drug stores and groceries where they procure, store and dispense drugs to patients.

Job requirements

Pharmacists are required to have completed specialty training in pharmacy, either at a diploma or a degree level, and be licensed by the state.

4. Nurses

Nurses earn an average annual salary of $100,000 and they command about 170000 jobs in America. Statistic shows that the demand for nurses in America is expected to rise at a rate of 16% in the next ten years.

Job specification

Nurses play a very crucial role in health care facility, they coordinate almost all patient care activities including taking care of the general patient welfare and ensuring that they take the prescribed medication while in the hospital and at the same time assisting surgeons in theater wards. They also help in monitoring clinical development of patients who are on drugs and in providing emotional support to their families.

Working conditions

Most nurses work in hospital, physician offices, nursing homes and healthcare facilities where they attend to patients and may also be in charge of supervising other staffs.

Job requirements

Practicing as a nurse in America requires one to have completed a specialty training in nursing, usually a diploma or a degree, and to be licensed by the state.

5. Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists command over 110000 jobs in America and earn an average annual salary of $100,000.

According to projections by US Bureau of Labor Statistic, the demand for dentist in America is expected to rise at a rate of 18% in the next ten years.

Job specification

Occupational therapists are highly trained medical professionals who treat injured, ill or disabled persons through engaging them in daily physical activities as a way of making them recover and improve on the skills need to return back to the normal functionality of the injured body parts.

Working conditions

Occupational therapist works in public and private hospitals and clinics medical either alone or with some staff whom they supervise.

Job requirements

Occupational therapist are required to have completed a degree training in occupation therapy be licensed by the state.

6. Radiographers

Radiographers earn an average annual salary of $82,000. With about 230,000 radiographer’s jobs in America, it is projected that these jobs will grow at the rate of 9% in the next ten years

Job specification

Radiographers help in diagnosing conditions and diseases e.g. Cancer through advanced imaging techniques such as x-rays, ultra- sounds, city-scans and MRI technology.

Working conditions

Radiographers work in hospital and other healthcare facilities.

Job requirements

Radiographers are required to have completed a diploma or degree training in radiography, and to be licensed by the state.

7. Opticians

Opticians earn an average annual salary of $90,000. There are about 40,000 optician jobs in America and it is projected that these jobs may rise at the rate of 24% in the next ten years

 Job Specification

Opticians help in diagnosing and treating all conditions and diseases affecting eyes e.g. glaucoma and cataract. they play a very crucial role in correcting vision problems and restoring eye sight , they also advice and help patients in choosing proper eye glasses and lenses to use.

Working Conditions

Opticians work in hospital, physician offices, and in stores that sell eye glasses and lenses.

Job Requirements

Opticians are required to have completed specialty training in optometry, a diploma or a degree, and to be licensed by the state.

References:

The Best- And Worst-Paying Jobs For Doctors – Forbes

Highest-paying medical jobs in America in 2017 – Business Insider

50 Highest Paid Careers in Medicine & Healthcare

Highest-paying medical jobs in America – Business Insider

What doctors earn: Highest and lowest paid specialties – CBS News

Medscape Physician Compensation Report 2017

Here’s How Much Different Types of Doctors Are Paid – Fortune

Highest Paid-Successful Medical Specialties 2017

2017’s Best & Worst States for Doctors

Income of medical doctors in Germany – NCBI – NIH

 

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