8 High-Paying, Non-Physician Jobs in Healthcare

From a busy pre-med track and MCAT preparation in college to 12-hour rotations and grueling residency applications in medical school, the path to becoming a fully-fledged doctor is filled with challenges. Plenty of folks have the moxie to get involved in healthcare, but don’t necessarily have the time or money to commit to an M.D.

Based on a report by Healthcare Management Degree, here are eight non-physician jobs in healthcare worth looking at. We've included the average entry-level salaries and ranges based on Salary.com data.

1) Speech Pathologist

Average: $78,940

Salary Range: $72,410 - $85,888

What you’ll do: Diagnose and treat speech and language problems, and engage in scientific study of human communication. This person evaluates speech and language skills related to educational, medical, social, and psychological factors. This role typically requires a master's degree of speech-language pathology, and may require a certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology (CCC).

2) Genetics Counselor

Average: $73,670

Salary Range: $66,538 - $82,008

What you’ll do: Provide genetic counseling and education to individuals and families at risk for hereditary disorders. This person obtains and analyzes family medical history to identify patients at risk for specific disorders or syndromes. This role typically requires a master's degree of genetic counseling and certification from the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) or American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG).

3) Registered Respiratory Therapist

Average: $66,099

Salary Range: $60,063 - $71,862

What you’ll do: Assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with pulmonary disorders. This person collects and analyzes sputum, blood, and breath specimens to determine levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other gases. In addition, this person measures the lung capacity of a patient to determine if there is impaired function and administers treatment prescribed by a physician for the care of patients with abnormalities associated with the process of breathing. This role typically requires an associate's degree and a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) certification.

4) Occupational Therapist

Average: $85,395

Salary Range: $78,222 - $93,035

What you’ll do: Plan and conduct individualized occupational therapy programs to help patients develop, regain, or maintain their ability to perform daily activities. This person teaches patients techniques and how to use adaptive equipment for participating in activities. This role may require a master's degree and typically requires Occupational Therapist Certification (NBCOT).

 5) Certified Nurse Midwife

Average: $105,984

Salary Range: $97,455-$120,092

What you’ll do: Provide professional care for patients with obstetric and gynecologic needs. This person assists patients in labor and delivery, as well as postpartum care. Ensures safety and health of mother and child and identifies need for additional care. This role typically requires a bachelor’s degree and certification.

6) Certified Nurse Anesthetist

Average: $178,681

Salary Range: $164,213 - $194,918

What you’ll do: Prepare prescribed solutions and administer anesthetic following specified methods and procedures. This person informs physician of patient's condition during anesthesia. Performs pre- and post-anesthesia patient visits and documents anesthesia notes on patient records. This role typically requires a master's degree in nursing and certification as a nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

7) Nuclear Medicine Technician

Average: $76,122

Salary Range: $68,872  -$83,880

What you’ll do: Provide diagnostic aid to physicians by conducting organ or body scans on patients. This person administers and records isotope dosages in accordance with established departmental protocol. Observes patients during procedures and reports any abnormal activity. This role typically requires a bachelor's degree and requires registration with the Nuclear Medicine Technology certification Board, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.), or the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

8) Prosthetic/Orthotic Fabrication Technician

Average: $47,562

Salary Range: $42,426-$52,065

What you’ll do: Work in a laboratory setting, producing medical devices such as prosthetics or orthotics, implants, or other devices. This person configures and constructs devices to specifications established by a physician or other health care provider. Utilizes tools and precision instruments to result in customized fit, optimal function, and maximum comfort for the patient. This job typically requires a high school diploma.

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