Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Ten Largest Healthcare Professional Occupations in the U.S.

Recently released reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that, as of May 2020, there were nearly 8.6 million healthcare professionals employed in practitioner and technical occupations.  This is a BLS occupational grouping that includes most professions, which typical require advanced education and skills, involved in the diagnosing or treating of healthcare conditions.  This BLS grouping does not, however, include many support occupations involved in healthcare diagnostic and treatment processes.  As of May 2020, healthcare practitioner and technical professions employment accounted for about 6.2% of total U.S. employment.  BLS data as of May 2020 reveals the following as the ten largest healthcare professional occupations in the U.S.:

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Registered Nurse 2,986,500 $80,010
2 Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse 676,440 $50,090
3 Physician (all kinds) 663,060 (1)
4 Pharmacy Technician 415,310 $36,540
5 Clinical Lab Technologist/Technician 326,220 $55,990
6 Pharmacist 315,470 $125,460
7 EMT/Paramedic 257,700 $40,370
8 Physical Therapist 220,870 $91,680
9 Nurse Practitioner 211,280 $114,510
10 Radiologic Technologist/Technician 206,720 $64,840
All Practitioner/Technical Occupations 8,579,180 $85,900

(1) in excess of $200,000 per year

Source: BLS Economic News Release, March 31, 2021.

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