Sunday, April 18, 2021

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

In recently released reports, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that there were over 6.4 million people employed in healthcare support occupations as of May 2020.  This BLS employment grouping includes a variety of occupations that assist and aid healthcare practitioners, technologists, and technicians who are involved in the diagnosing or treating of medical conditions.   As of May 2020, employment in healthcare support occupations accounted for about 4.6% of total U.S. employment.  BLS data as of May 2020 reveals the following as the ten largest healthcare support occupations in the U.S.:

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Home Health and Personal Care Aide 3,211,590 $28,060
2 Nursing Assistant 1,371,050 $32,050
3 Medical Assistant 710,200 $36,930
4 Dental Assistant 312,140 $42,310
5 Phlebotomist 128,020 $37,280
6 Veterinary Assistant/Lab Animal Caretaker 98,810 $30,980
7 Physical Therapist Assistant 92,740 $59,440
8 Massage Therapist 85,040 $47,350
9 Medical Equipment Preparer 56,870 $41,070
10 Psychiatric Aide 51,550 $33,300
All Healthcare Support Occupations 6,440,880 $32,250

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

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