Associate’s Degree

The minimum requirement for medical careers on this page is an Associate’s degree or Postsecondary education.

Career

Description: A quick summary of the tasks required of the career

Average Salary: Average annual (yearly) salary 

Education level: Minimum education required to achieve this career

Equine Dental Technician

Description: Help maintain the health of horses’ teeth, correct teeth problems that could lead to inadequate nutrition and poor performance

Average Salary: $90K 

Education level: Equine dentistry training, Associate degree

Medical Massage Therapist 

Description: Massage patients to relieve pain, discomfort, or stress to focus on healing injuries and improving function and increasing circulation

Average Salary: $40K

Education level: Massage therapy education program or Associate’s degree

Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist

Description: Work alongside physicians to diagnose and treat cardiac disease

Average Salary: $55K

Education level: Cardiovascular technology program or Associate’s degree

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Description: Work with occupational therapists to develop and carry out a treatment plan, monitor patients’ activities to ensure they are doing them correctly, record patient progress, provide feedback to the therapist

Average Salary: $61K 

Education level: Associate’s degree

Physical Therapist Aide

Description: Work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, clean treatment areas, set up therapy equipment, wash linens, assist patients in moving from one place to another, do clerical tasks such as answering the phone and scheduling appointments  

Average Salary: $27K 

Education level:  Associate’s degree

Cardiac Echo Technologist

Description: Use noninvasive testing equipment to diagnose diseases centered in the cardiac organs, perform stress tests, operate machinery, determine through a photo whether a patients should seek treatment for diseases or disorders of the heart

Average Salary: $39K  

Education level: Associate’s degree

Body Therapist

Description: Provide massage and relaxation techniques to clients with diseases or injuries 

Average Salary: $41K 

Education level:  Associate’s degree

CAT Scan Technologist

Description: Operate CT equipment, which produces cross-sectional pictures of bones, organs, and tissues that are used for diagnosis of medical conditions

Average Salary: $61K 

Education level: Associate’s degree

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist

Description: Aid patients in making the best lifestyle changes to reduce health risks and improve the quality of life by creating program goals and exercise regimens

Average Salary: $43K

Education level: Associate’s degree

Blood Bank Technology Specialist

Description: Collect, prepare, and label blood, plasma, or other parts for transfusion, conduct interviews and test samples to screen potential donors

Average Salary: $34K

Education level: Associate’s degree

Physical Therapy Assistant

Description: Work with physical therapists, prepare patients for their sessions

Average Salary: $48K

Education level: Associate of science in physical therapy assisting

Healthcare Simulation Technology Specialist

Description: Provide technological support for technological operations within a simulation program

Average Salary: $60K

Education level: Associate’s degree

Positron Emission Tomography Technician

Description: Operate equipment that uses radioactive drugs for medical research and for diagnosis

Average Salary: $76K

Education level: Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree

Radiation Therapist

Description: Treat cancer and other diseases using radiation treatments

Average Salary: $85K

Education level: Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree

Neurodiagnostic Technologist

Description: Perform tests that diagnose problems with the brain and nervous system along with sleep disorders

Average Salary: $50K

Education level: Associate degree

Histology Technician

Description: Aid in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases by making tissue samples turn into microscope slides, which would be examined by a pathologist

Average Salary: $52K

Education level: Associate degree/histology technician program

Cardiovascular Technologist

Description: Assist physicians in diagnosing and treating ailments relating to the heart and blood vessels, cardiographer/cardiac physiologists are included under cardiovascular technologists

Average Salary: $67K

Education level: Associate’s degree

Massage Therapist

Description: Relieve pain, help heal injuries, relieve stress, increase relaxation in clients with the use of massages

Average Salary: $42K

Education level: Postsecondary education program, high school diploma

Veterinary Technologist/Paraveterinarian 

Description: Assist veterinarians by wrapping/cleaning wounds, checking vitals, collecting samples, and administering medications

Average Salary: $34K

Education level: Associate degree in veterinary technology

Psychiatric Technician/Aide

Description: Care for and aid people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities

Average Salary: $28K

Education level: Postsecondary education (for an aide minimum high school diploma)

Medical Transcriptionist

Description: Interpret/describe recorded dictation of a doctor/healthcare worker, review/edit drafts, translate medical abbreviations, ensure consistency in style and accuracy of speech recognition software transcripts

Average Salary: $33K

Education level: Postsecondary education in medical transcription

Surgical Technologist

Description: Assist surgeons, anesthesiologists, and registered nurses by sterilizing equipment, preparing for surgical operations, taking inventory of supplies/equipment

Average Salary: $47K

Education level: Associate degree,diploma or certificate in surgical technology

Nursing Assistant

Description: Help a registered nurse with tasks such as organizing equipment and taking vital signs

Average Salary: $28K

Education level: Associate of science in nursing

Licensed Practical Nurse 

Description: Provide basic nursing care such as drawing blood, administering medicine, checking vital signs, and looking up patient records

Average Salary: $44K

Education level: Diploma of nursing, Associate of science in nursing

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Description: Prepare patients for the sonography, explain the procedure, perform the procedure, and report the findings of the imaging to the patients

Average Salary: $71K

Education level: Accredited associate degree or bachelor’s degree

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Description: Explain procedures for radiation treatments, administer treatment of radiopharmaceuticals, monitor patients for side effects. 

Average Salary: $78K

Education level: Associate degree in nuclear medicine technology

Radiologic/MRI Technologist

Description: Follow physician’s order about where imaging is needed, operate and adjust equipment, interpret results and explain procedures, capture images of organs, bones, and tissues for diagnosis

Average Salary: $59K

Education level: Associate degree

Clinical Laboratory Technician

Description: Work under supervision of medical professionals to perform tests to diagnose conditions

Average Salary: $51K

Education level: Associate degree or postsecondary education

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Description: Care for injured/sick patients in emergencies

Average Salary: $35K

Education level: Postsecondary education program/ certification

Dental Hygienist

Description: Clean teeth, examine patients for signs of diseases/problems relating to the teeth and gums

Average Salary: $76K

Education level: Associate’s degree in dental hygiene

Health Information Technician

Description: Organize and manage health-related data (making sure everything is credible and up to date)

Average Salary: $41K

Education level: Postsecondary certification, associate degree

Phlebotomist

Description: Draw blood from patients/blood donors and enter data into a database

Average Salary: $35K

Education level: Postsecondary nondegree award (phlebotomy program)

Respiratory Therapist

Description: Perform tests, treat/monitor patients with diseases/conditions that prevent proper breathing (underdeveloped lungs, heart-attack survivors, cystic fibrosis patients)

Average Salary: $54K

Education level: Associate degree or Bachelor’s degree