If you’re interested in a high-paying career, there are plenty of options in healthcare in addition to becoming a physician. For example, you could be a neonatal nurse practitioner who specializes in taking care of premature and sick babies in a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). A national salary report noted that neonatal nurse practitioners earned an average $99,810 annually in 2011.
Or you could become a cardio-pulmonary perfusionist who operates the life-support equipment needed during complex heart or lung surgery. According to the American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology, the average salary range for new perfusionists is $60,000 to $75,000, rising to six figures with several years of experience.
Pharmacists can also earn high salaries, especially when they receive specialized training in a field like compounding medications. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the average pharmacist’s median pay in mid 2010 was $111,570 per year. Another positive factor: demand for pharmacists is projected to increase by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the BLS.
While these types of clinical positions typically require you to earn a college degree, complete specialized training and obtain a state license, there are many high-paying non-clinical career options as well. For instance, you could apply your education and experience in management, marketing, finance or information technology (IT) to a career in healthcare. Almost every type of healthcare organization, from primary care clinics to physician groups to hospitals and healthcare systems needs skilled administrators, managers and support professionals with expertise in a wide range of disciplines.
Since the U.S. healthcare sector is projected to keep adding jobs for at least the next decade, an investment in your education and training – whether clinical or non-clinical – can deliver an excellent financial return over the long term. And once you complete your training and are ready to put your new skills to work, All Medical Personnel can help you gain the experience needed to keep your career on an upward path.