Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Healthcare and related

Healthcare and related field of degree. Employment: 4,699,990. Median annual wage: $61,000.

Healthcare and related field of degree. Employment: 4,699,990. Median annual wage: $61,000

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Table 1. Healthcare and related degree, 2018

Data

Healthcare and related

All fields

Employment

4,699,990 55,381,020

Median wage

$61,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

20 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

76 59

Percent with an advanced degree

36 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of healthcare and related majors, 2018

Healthcare and related majors

Major share

Nursing

55%

Treatment therapy professions

9

Pharmacy pharmaceutical sciences and administration

6

Communication disorders sciences and services

5

General medical and health services

5

Other

20

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a healthcare and related degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Healthcare practitioners and technical occupations

62%

Management occupations

8

Educational instruction and library occupations

5

Office and administrative support occupations

5

Healthcare support occupations

3

Other

17

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a healthcare and related degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Nurse practitioners

52% Master's degree 3% 90%

Medical and health services managers

32 Bachelor's degree 3 32

Speech-language pathologists

25 Master's degree 2 86

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21 Doctoral or professional degree 2 74

Physical therapists

18 Doctoral or professional degree 3 66

Registered nurses

7 Bachelor's degree 36 12

Physicians, all other; and ophthalmologists, except pediatric

4 Doctoral or professional degree 3 100

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 2 50

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 1 21

Pharmacists

-3 Doctoral or professional degree 4 67

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Healthcare and related,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/healthcare-and-related/healthcare-and-related-field-of-degree.htm (visited June 05, 2021).

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