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25 Highest Paying Medical Careers

Professionals in healthcare work tirelessly to ensure that people have the best care — and all of that hard work does not go unnoticed;  in fact, professionals in the healthcare field earn some of the highest salaries in any industry.

Here is a  list of the 25 Highest Paying Medical Careers:

25. Registered Nurse – $65,000

RNs perform frequent patient evaluations, including monitoring and tracking vital signs, performing procedures such as IV placement, phlebotomy, and administering medications. Registered nurses are also the primary contact between patients and their doctors.

24. Orthotist/Prosthetist – $67,000

These related areas often work hand-in-hand. Prosthetists specialize in designing and making artificial limbs, while Orthotists specialize in designing and fitting orthopedic braces and corrective shoes.

23. Audiologist – $68,000

Audiologists work with people who have hearing, balance, and other related ear problems by using technology and computers to provide essential hearing services and devices like hearing aids.

22. Speech Language Pathologist -$68,000

These health professionals work with people who have a variety of speech-related disorders, including the inability to produce certain sounds, speech rhythm and fluency problems, and voice disorders. They also help people who want to modify accents or who have swallowing difficulties.

21.  Occupational Therapist – $73,000

These therapists help a patient carry out daily activities of self-maintenance, productivity, leisure and rest, and  perform a major role in helping the people who suffer from conditions such as mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling.

20. Physical Therapist – $75,000

Physical therapists help patients recover after injuries caused from sports accidents, health problems or diseases, and other injuries to help regain mobility and restore their physical health.

19. Physician’s Assistant – $84,000

A PA works alongside a senior healthcare specialist to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive medical services, as well as recording and analyzing the progress of a patient along with giving counseling and suggesting when therapy is necessary.

18. Optometrist – $103,000

These medical professionals examine patients’ eyes to diagnose vision problems and eye diseases, as well as testing patients’ visual acuity, depth and color perception, and their ability to focus and coordinate the eyes.

17. Pharmacist – $106,000

Pharmacists are responsible for administering and dispensing prescribed drugs to patients.They must also provide information to the patient about the medicines that they have to take, along with the proper way and the right schedule with which the drug has to be taken.

16. Cardiopulmonary Perfusionist – $110,000

Cardiac perfusionists set up and operate heart-lung machines, which take over the functions of a patient’s heart and lungs during heart surgery. These specialists are present during the surgery and regulate the flow of blood through the body, control body temperature, as well as administer any necessary drugs throughout the procedure.

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15. Chiropractor – $126,000

Chriopractors diagnose and treat patients with health problems in the body’s muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems, especially the spine. Chiropractors provide natural, nonsurgical health treatments without medication and rely on the body’s inherent recuperative abilities.

14. Dentist – $133,000

Dentists diagnose, prevent, and treat problems with the teeth or mouth. In addition to removing decay, filling cavities, examining x-rays, and repairing fractured teeth, they also perform corrective surgery on gums and supporting bones to treat gum diseases.

13. Pediatrician – $167,000

Pediatricians provide care for young patients from birth to early adulthood. Most of their practice revolves around tracking growth patterns, assessing overall health, as well as treating common ailments and injuries and providing immunizations.

12. Psychiatrists – $168,000

Psychiatrists are the primary caregivers in the area of mental health, as the assess and treat mental issues through assessment of behavioral patterns and past experiences for individuals, couples, or groups of people.

11. General Practitioner – $175,000

These doctors diagnose and treat a wide variety of diseases, injuries, and medical abnormalities. Most commonly referred to as “family doctors”, general practitioners can administer and prescribe medications for treatment for patients in a range of ages.

10. Podiatrist – $181,000

These doctors diagnose and treat disorders, diseases, and injuries of the foot and lower leg, like bunions, heel spurs, and arch problems, ankle and foot injuries, and other abnormalities affecting this area of the body.

9. Internist – $183,000

General internists diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment for diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Like general practitioners, Internists are considered primary care specialists and provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs, such as the kidneys, liver, stomach, and digestive tract.

8. Endocrinologist – $188,000

Endocrinologists are physicians who specialize in the function of glands that produce and release hormones into the bloodstream. Most endocrine disorders are chronic diseases that require life-long care, so these specialists must be thoroughly trained in understanding, treating and managing these problems.

7. Orthodontist – $200,000

This specialization of dentistry focuses on correcting and managing improper bites, misaligned teeth, and disproportionate jaw relationships that require corrective work such as braces, pallet splitters, and jaw realignment.

6. Oral Surgeons – $250,000

Oral maxillofacial surgeons are dental specialists who treat conditions, defects, injuries, and esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face. In addition to the regular course of medical and dental studies, they are also required to complete four years in a hospital surgical residency program.high paying medical career

5. Obstetrician/Gynecologist – $252,000

OB/GYNs specialize in the female reproductive system. They also monitor patients during prenatal, natal and postnatal periods, perform tests and prescribe medication and treatment. They may also deliver babies, determining the method most appropriate to ensure health and safety of both infant and mother, and perform surgeries on the reproductive organs.

4. Anesthesiologist – $300,000

These doctors administer local, intravenous, or spinal anesthetics, record the type and amount of anesthesia given to a patient, and determine condition of patients before, during, and after sedation to ensure safety throughout a surgical procedure.

3. Cardiologist – $310,000

These doctors specialize in the cardiovascular system and use technologies like EKGs to monitor abnormalities in the heart, as well as perform surgeries to help treat life-threatening ailments.

2. Radiologist – $406,000

These physicians examine and diagnose disorders and diseases of the human body, like tumors, growths, or other abnormalities, using internal imaging technologies like x-ray and radioactive materials.

1. Neuro surgeon – $473,000

Neuro surgeons examine, diagnose, and perform surgery to treat disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord, and nerves. Due to the extremely delicate nature of the work, neuro surgery is a specialized field that requires intensive training and experience, and as such, it tops our list as the highest paying medical career.


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