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Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupation Profiles


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Distinct Groups (61): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes290000.htm
Employment: 8,318,500
Mean Hourly Wage: $38.06
Mean Annual Wage: $79,160
Largest Employment—Registered Nurses--2,857,180
Smallest Employment CategoryProsthodontists--750
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


The Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 61 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.  

Within this occupational group, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following job types as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

The following job types are anticipated to have employment increases of 20% or more between 2016-2026:

Physician Assistants Rapid Growth 37% Video
Nurse Practitioners  Rapid Growth 36% Video
Physical Therapists Rapid Growth 28% Video
Occupational Therapists Rapid Growth 24% Video
Athletic Trainers Rapid Growth 23% Video
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Rapid Growth 23% Video
Respiratory Therapists Rapid Growth 23% Video
Orthotists and Prosthetists Rapid Growth 22% Video
Audiologists Rapid Growth 21% Video
Nurse Midwives  Rapid Growth 21% Video
Dental Hygienists Rapid Growth 20% Video
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other Rapid Growth 20% Video
Hearing Aid Specialists Rapid Growth 20% Video
Ophthalmic Medical Technicians  Rapid Growth 20% Video
Therapists, All Other Rapid Growth 20% Video
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Rapid Growth 20% Video

The following job type is anticipated to have Numerous Job Openings between 2016-2026:

Registered Nurses Rapid Growth--15% Numerous Job Opening--203,700 Video


For the entire Bright Outlook list, see here.

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 8,318,500 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $79,160. 

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.  

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical group’s mean hourly wage of $38.057, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $79,160. 

Did you know? Northern California absolutely dominates the top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation with eight of the top nine places including: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($113,510), San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division ($112,140), Napa, CA ($107,670), San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division ($107,000), Salinas, CA ($105,810) and Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division ($104,310).  

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)


Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here. 

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.