Pursue a Profession in Healthcare

Always dreamed of a career in medicine? Interested in learning more about the wide range of occupations in this growing field? Get started here.

Job Outlook

Healthcare jobs are expected to have the fastest employment growth during the next ten years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, Florida will have more than 50,000 job openings for nurses and nursing assistants in the next seven years. Other hot jobs include medical assistants, medical secretaries and health services managers.

Meta-Major: Health Sciences

Are you interested in healthcare but not sure what you want to do? Check out the health sciences meta-major at your local state college. A meta-major is a collection of associate degree programs aligned to a general career area, such as health sciences. Because all programs under the meta-major have common courses, you can pursue a relevant course of study before deciding on a specific degree program.

The Education-Career-Income Connection

While most jobs require some education after high school, many don't require a four-year, bachelors degree. Some require an Associate Degree, a two-year college degree program, or a certificate, a technical program which vary in length but are generally less than two years.

Training, Certificate or Associate Degree

Bachelor Degree

C

Home Health Aide

$21,150

Bioinformatic Technician

$35,750

C

Phlebotomist

$27,720

Mental Health Counselor

$40,643

C

Medical Assistant

$28,740

Substance Abuse Counselor

$43,056

C

Medical Secretary

$29,250

Cytogenetic Technologist

$57,700

A

Clinical Laboratory Technician

$32,680

Medical and Clinical Technologists

$57,700

C

Massage Therapist

$36,370

Registered Nurse

$60,920

A

Optician, Dispensing

$39,150

Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurse

$60,920

C

Licensed Practical Nurse

$41,130

Acute Care Nurse

$60,920

C

Cardiovascular Technologist

$45,290

Critical Care Nurse

$60,920

A

Respiratory Therapist

$53,390

Informatics Nurse Specialists

$80,190

A

Physical Therapist Assistant

$59,290

Biomedical Engineer

$91,940

C

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

$60,530

Physician Assistant

$99,278

A

Dental Hygienist

$64,890

Medical Services Manager

$101,920

  • C indicates a professional or industry certificate
  • A indicates an associate degree, generally an associate in applied science or science.
  • Salaries are the median income for the job in Florida. 

Job Profile: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers produce high-tech images of a patient's internal organs to help doctors diagnose disease.

Tasks include:

  • Operate ultrasound equipment to produce images of the motion, shape, and composition of blood, organs, tissues, or bodily masses.
  • Adjust patient positions to obtain the best images.
  • Determine which images provide the best depiction of healthy and pathological areas.
Florida Job Snapshot (2016-2024)
Salary Range $41,310 - $78,870
Education Requirements Associate Degree
Number of Jobs 5,094
Projected Job Openings 2,093

Source: KuderĀ® Systems