Bachelor’s Degree

The minimum requirement for medical careers on this page is a Bachelor’s degree.

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

Ayurveda Practitioner

Description: Use massage and lifestyle changes to restore balance of body, mind and spirit to treat illness

Average Salary: $73K  

Education level: Certificate or Bachelor’s degree

Biokineticist

Description: Prescribe safe physical education and exercises for rehabilitation as preventative health measures or 

Average Salary: $70K

Education level: Degree in physical therapy/internship, Bachelor’s degree with more training

Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Description: Make sure that organizations meet regulations for products and services such as those set by the Food and Drug Administration

Average Salary: $60K 

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Animal Behaviorist

Description:  Study animals’ eating habits, mating rituals, and adaptive processes in their natural environment, determine how and why species interact, thrive, or become extinct, evaluate hormonal or genetic causes of behavioral patterns

Average Salary: $63K 

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Exercise Physiologist

Description: Develop fitness/exercise programs to assist patients in recovery from chronic diseases and improve cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility  

Average Salary: $49K 

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Medical Fraud Investigator

Description: Review and analyze suspicious medical claims filed by patients, providers, and insurance carriers 

Average Salary: $62K  

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Athletic Director

Description: Ensure that student-athletes are academically eligible for a sport, make sure a program is acting with conference and NCAA guidelines

Average Salary: $59K 

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Athletic Scout

Description: Evaluate the talents of athletes at the high school, college, and professional levels, attend games, watch footage

Average Salary: $32K 

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Description: Order/interpret lab results, develop plans of treatment, provide direct patient management, stabilize patients, diagnose medical conditions, monitor hospitalized patients, provide education to patients/their families, prescribe medication

Average Salary: $110K 

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Alcoholism Interventionist

Description: Help an alcoholic’s family/friends convince their loved one to seek treatment, supports the family as they confront the alcoholic, help overcome alcoholic’s denial, help friends and family express their concerns

Average Salary: $43K 

Education level:  Bachelor’s degree

Kinesiotherapist

Description: Develop and monitor exercise programs to aid in muscle strength recovery and muscle function due to a disease or injury

Average Salary: $78K  

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Regulatory Affairs Specialist

Description: Make sure that organizations meet all regulations established by organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration, complete paperwork for the appropriate local/state/federal agencies

Average Salary: $60K  

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Clinical Informaticist 

Description: Specialize in creating, testing, implementing, and maintaining applications for clinical areas

Average Salary: $77K  

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Nursing Informaticist

Description: Use patient data and computer systems to improve patient care

Average Salary: $88K 

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Forensic Investigator

Description: Collect evidence at crime scenes, interview suspects/witnesses

Average Salary: $58K

Education level: Bachelor’s or associate’s degree

Forensic Psychologist

Description: Conduct screening/assessments of prisoners, investigate psychological disorders among defendants, determine if criminals have the mental capacity to stand trial, provide therapy to their clients

Average Salary: $62K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Forensic Toxicologist

Description: Look for poisons/toxins which aid in determining whether a crime was committed

Average Salary: $59K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Forensic Biologist

Description: Inspect crimes for possible sources of saliva, hair, blood, etc., analyze the specimens obtained at the crime scene (DNA analysis), write up findings in technical reports, testify in court

Average Salary: $55K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Forensic Engineer

Description: Investigate the failures of materials, find the reason(s) why a product or device failed for the purpose of improving the safety profile and increasing the longevity of the product/device 

Average Salary: $83K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Forensic Medical Examiner

Description: Perform autopsies to identify the cause of an individual’s death

Average Salary: $68K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree/doctoral degree/residency

Medical Dosimetrist

Description: Calculate and administer the amount of radiation to treat variety of cancers

Average Salary: $82K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Human Resource Manager

Description: Coordinate, direct, and plan the administrative functions of an organization 

Average Salary: $116K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Nurse Unit Manager

Description: Oversee a unit within a healthcare facility

Average Salary: $100K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Health Service Manager

Description: Plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services

Average Salary: $100K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Orthoptist

Description: Diagnose and treat eye defects by administering tests and providing treatment plans

Average Salary: $74K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Communications/Public Relations Manager

Description: Assist companies/organizations/government agencies in maintaining positive public images

Average Salary: $114K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Cytologist

Description: Study and identify cells of diseases/bacterial infections

Average Salary: $70K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Estates/Facilities Manager

Description: Increase the rate of productivity and efficiency of a company and its employees while reducing costs of operation

Average Salary: $78K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Clinical Biochemist

Description: Study biological systems and organisms (through research), including the study of genetic patterns, living tissues, and molecules

Average Salary: $84K

Education level: Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Healthcare Simulation Educator

Description: Develop and carry out simulation based education to provide proper training, ensure patient safety and quality of services

Average Salary: $110K

Education level: Bachelor’s of nursing degree

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Specialist

Description: Relieve pain and other symptoms of chronic illnesses with the intent to improve the quality of life of patients facing serious illnesses

Average Salary: $183K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree/residency

Social Worker

Description: Assist people with learning how to cope and deal with problems in life

Average Salary: $50K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Health Educator

Description: Inform the general public in ways to live healthier lives

Average Salary: $54K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Music Therapist

Description: Use musical treatments to help patients reach mental goals

Average Salary: $40K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Toxicologist

Description: Assess and determine the potential harmful effects of chemicals

Average Salary: $83K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Medical Photographer

Description: Produce images for healthcare, education, or scientific purposes

Average Salary: $36K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree 

Recreational Therapist

Description: Assist patients in recreational activities to improve their minds and bodies

Average Salary: $47K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Surgical First Assistant

Description: Anticipate the needs of and work alongside a surgical team 

Average Salary: $56K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Legal Nurse Consultant

Description: Assist clients/colleagues with the legal aspects of healthcare

Average Salary: $150K

Education level: Bachelor’s of science 

Perioperative Nurse

Description: Help plan, carry out, and assess treatments for the patients going into surgery

Average Salary: $135K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree/perioperative certificate program

Molecular Genetics Technologist

Description: Study how genetics affects medicine by examining DNA of patients in order to allow successful diagnosis and treatment of diseases/illnesses

Average Salary: $52K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree (masters or doctoral degree to specialize) in molecular genetics

Child Life Specialist

Description: Support and nurture children and their families through hospitalization

Average Salary: $43K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Cytogenetic Technologist

Description: Research molecular pathology of genetic diseases/disorders

Average Salary: $51K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Cytotechnologist

Description: Analyze fluid and tissue specimens for molecular/cellular irregularities (cancer, bacterial/viral infection, etc)

Average Salary: $52K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Health Information Manager

Description: Ensure that the patient’s medical history is of good quality and is protected

Average Salary: $96K

Education level: Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Sonographer

Description: Prepare patients, perform the imaging, explain the results

Average Salary: $71K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Perfusionist

Description: Operate and set up lung machines, which perform the functions the heart would carry out during heart surgery 

Average Salary: $96K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree depending on which university/college is attended)/perfusionist training program

Athletic Trainer

Description: Prevent, diagnose, and treat injuries and diseases related to the bones and muscles

Average Salary: $48K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Osteopathic Physician

Description: Specialize in manipulative therapy, which includes hand moving body parts to correctly position them. They also prescribe medication, perform surgery, and recommend diets

Average Salary: $156K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree/osteopathic college

Registered Nurse

Description: Treat patients and provides advice and emotional support for patients

Average Salary: 71K

Education level: Bachelor of science in nursing, Associate degree of nursing, or a nursing diploma

Medical and Health Services Manager

Description: Coordinate and direct medical medical services

Average Salary: $99K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

Dietician

Description: Advise and counsel people in terms of food and nutrition (create meal plans after assessing the nutritional and dietary needs of the client). Specializations include clinical dietetics(provide medical nutrition therapy in hospital settings), community dietitian (educate the public on nutritional issues), and management dietitians (plan meal programs in food service settings)

Average Salary: $61K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree 

Acupuncturist

Description: Treat physical and psychological issues with the use of acupuncture needles

Average Salary: $85K

Education level: National Certification Commision for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine exam (after a bachelor’s degree)

Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

Description: Assess and evaluate workplace environments, procedures, and equipment to make sure facilities are following safety regulations

Average Salary: $74K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety

Family Practitioner 

Description: See to the general needs of younger children and adults

Average Salary: $183K

Education level: Bachelor’s degree

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