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Lesser Known Occupations in Healthcare

Healthcare offers some of the best opportunities in the economy, but includes workers in many occupations besides the familiar doctors, nurses and CNAs. Healthcare occupations require varying levels of education/training. Some workers are directly involved with patients, and others work behind the scenes. There are some workers in healthcare facilities that aren’t specifically classified as healthcare workers – e.g., Hospital Receptionist, Janitors, Food Service Managers – but employment in this industry often translates into better wages even for workers in these occupations.

The table below reflects some lesser known occupations in healthcare. For more detailed information about these occupations, and others in which you may be interested, visit UtahFutures. Completing related Health Science Career Pathways is a good way to explore these occupations or to prepare for further study in college.

Occupation

Interest Code*

U S Employment

2010

Growth-Numeric

2010-2020

Growth-Percent

2010-2020

Nat’l Annual Median Wage (2011)

Education

Endoscopy Technician

RIC

202,000 65,800

Average

$30,790

1-2 years college

Histo-
technologist

RIC

169,000 52,100

Average

$57,010

Associate

Nuclear Equipment Operation Technician

RCI

7,000 33,400

Average

$68,030

Some college

Neuro-
diagnostic Technologist

RI

94,000 40,400

Faster than average

$38,080

Associate

Opthalmic Medical Technologist

RI

94,000 40,400

Faster than average

$38,080

1-2 years college

Surgical Technologist

RSC

94,000 33,900

Average

$40,950

1-2 years college

*For descriptions of the interest codes included here – consistent with Holland Codes and Utah Career Fields – visit O*NET Online.
Sources: U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (national), Utah Department of Workforce Services (state)

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