The job outlook for allied health professionals such as physical, occupational, speech therapists, pharm techs, phlebotomists, etc., continues to shine.
Let’s talk about pharmacy technicians first. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that projected job growth for these workers will grow 32 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is considered to be “much faster than average” compared to all occupations. The median hourly wage for pharm techs was $13.65 in 2010, providing an annual income (supposing a 40-hour work week with no overtime) of $28,392.
Physical therapy assistants made a median hourly wage of $18.13, according to the BLS, with a subsequent median annual salary of $37,710. PT assistants will enjoy a job growth of 52 percent between 2010 and 2020, a growth much greater than just about any occupation, according to the BLS. Physical therapists’ median salary in 2010 was more than $76K, with a job growth prediction of 39 percent.
Pharmacists made the big bucks as far as median salaries went: more than $111K in 2010, according to the BLS. These well-paid allied health professionals can expect a projected 25 percent growth in job opportunities from now through 2020.
Registered nurses also can look forward to healthy job growth: 26 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS. With an annual median salary of almost $65,000 a year, nurses are sitting pretty when it comes to their income outlook.
Are you a speech therapist/speech language pathologist? Then you can expect a projected job growth of 23 percent (still faster than average) and a median salary (at least in 2010) of $67,000 a year.
Do you have experience as a respiratory therapist? Then your job growth outlook between 2010 and 2020 is 28 percent. The median salary in 2010 for your profession was $54,000 a year.
Occupational therapists also should see great job growth in the coming years. The BLS projects a handsome 33 percent growth (which it deems “much faster than average”). At a median hourly wage of $34.77, the median salary in 2010 was a bit more than $72,000.
But OT assistants and aides have a massively healthy projected job growth of 41 percent, and a quite-respectful median annual salary of just short of $47,500.
Please note that these are median salaries and don’t include overtime.
Also note that traveling allied healthcare professionals can make considerably more than their stay-in-one-place colleagues due to the fact that they can receive per-diem hourly wages, referral and longevity bonuses, and more. If you’ve ever considered working as a healthcare traveler, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing today!