Each year, CareerCast rates the best healthcare jobs by growth potential, demand, salary, quality of life, and a number of other factors.
This year’s list contains a great variety of health careers at a wide range of education levels, from bachelor’s degree through doctoral degrees. Therefore, a range of salary levels is also represented on this list.
If you are seeking a health career that offers a good mix of perks, this list may be a great place to start. However, there are hundreds of other health care careers from which to choose, so you certainly should not limit yourself to this list.
Audiologists have the distinct honor of topping the list as the number one, all-around best healthcare career for 2015, according to CareerCast’s jobs rated system.
Audiologists have topped several “best of” jobs list in the past few years, including “Least Stressful Jobs”.
Most audiologists have a doctorate degree as required by most states, but at the very least a master’s degree.
2. Cosmetic Surgeons
Plastic surgery can be divided into two main categories: reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. It is a surgical specialty for restoration, reconstruction, or making changes to the physical appearance of the patient.
3. Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygienists work in dentists’ offices to help examine patients, conduct routine cleanings and x-rays, and check for cavities.
Dental hygienist is a popular career choice for those who want schedule flexibility or need special work hours. This role is in high demand and is expected to grow by 33% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Another positive aspect of this career is the salary range, especially relative to the degree requirements. The average salary is slightly higher than that of an audiologist, yet requires only a bachelor’s degree (or even an associate’s degree in some cases) as opposed to a doctorate degree required to become an audiologist.
4. Dietitian (Nutritionist)
Also known as a nutritionist, registered dietitians are the third best healthcare job for 2015, according to CareerCast’s rankings.
Dietitians are growing in great demand, and are also needed in a variety of employment settings, which makes this career an attractive choice for many. Dietitians work in schools, hospitals, government facilities, residential facilities, and more. Additionally, dietitians can work in private practice as consultants or contractors.
5. Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
If you are interested in working behind the scenes as opposed to working directly with patients, a job in a medical laboratory setting may be a great option for you.
Becoming an MLT require’s only a 2-year associate’s degree after high school, which is a plus, but also translates into a lower average salary than some of the other careers on the best jobs list for 2015.
Medical laboratory technicians assist with preparing slides and operating lab equipment to assist medical technologists in conducting lab tests more effectively and efficiently.
6. Medical Technologist
If you are interested in a medical laboratory career but wish to earn more money than an MLT, a career as a medical technologist may be another great alternative. This job does require a bachelor’s degree, but enables you to have more job responsibility and therefore earn more money.
Even though they do not interact directly with patients, the work of medical technologists has a significant impact on the ability of clinicians to properly diagnose and treat their patients. It is the medical technologist who conducts the lab test and analyzes results to enable the health care professional to accurately diagnose the patient’s condition. Therefore, MLTs play a very vital role in the healthcare field and have a direct impact on the treatment and care provided.
7. More Top Health Careers
To see the remaining jobs on the list of top ten health careers, visit CareerCast.com or see the list of Highest Paying Medical Careers.