High School Diploma

The minimum requirement for medical careers on this page is a High School 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

Patient Advocate

Description:  Make sure that patients have the information they need to make the optimal decisions about their health care, educate patients and their families, explain what rights patients have, help fill out forms , communicate concerns 

Average Salary: $43K 

Education level: varies from high school diploma to a master’s degree

Dental Assistant

Description: Responsible for office and laboratory duties in a dentist’s office, provides patient care, performs different procedures (according to state regulations) such as removing plaque, take x-rays, applying sealants and fluoride to teeth

Average Salary: $37K

Education level: High school diploma, accredited training program

Occupational Therapist Aide

Description: Prepare materials, assemble equipment used during treatment, assist patients in moving to and from treatment rooms, clean and put away the equipment, gather laundry, fill out paperwork, schedule appointments, answer the phone, monitor inventory levels

Average Salary: $29K 

Education level: High school diploma

Pharmacy Technician/Aide

Description: Work under the supervision of pharmacists, (in some states) mix some medications, call physicians for prescription refill authorization, operate automated dispensing equipment 

Average Salary: $33K 

Education level: High school diploma

Cardiac Telemetry Monitor Technician

Description: Monitor heart rates of patients, report important changes to the nursing staff, clean and maintain equipment, perform electrocardiographs (EKGs) that read electrical impulses sent by the heart

Average Salary: $35K 

Education level: High school diploma/Postsecondary certificate

Catheterization Lab Technician

Description: Monitor patients’ vital signs, assist in administering of catheterization, operate machines used for catheterization procedures

Average Salary: $58K  

Education level: High school diploma/Post Secondary certification (Associate’s degree)

Cardiac Catheterization Technologist

Description: Assist doctors in diagnosing and treating disorders related to the heart and blood vessels, specialize in invasive procedures, aid doctors with cardiac catheterization

Average Salary: $38K  

Education level: High school diploma

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician

Description: Create prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses

Average Salary: $36K

Education level: High school diploma

Addiction Counselor

Description: Assist patients to overcome personal addiction issues

Average Salary: $41K  

Education level: High school diploma to master’s degree

Aromatherapist

Description: Provide treatments to patients via topical application/inhalation of natural oils 

Average Salary: $45K (massage therapists), $36 (skincare specialists) 

Education level: High school diploma

Medical Coder

Description: Translate the diagnosis and treatments of patients into a numerical code according to a classification system

Average Salary: $52K 

Education level: High school diploma

Medical Biller

Description: Take codes (from medical coders) and submit claims to insurance providers

Average Salary: $52K 

Education level: High school diploma

Orthopaedic Technician

Description: Apply and remove casts, splints, and braces, instruct patients in caring for their injuries, adjusting traction equipment and be able to adjust crutches/walkers/other aids 

Average Salary: $41K

Education level: High school diploma

Hospital Porter

Description: Ensure that items and vital goods are delivered where they are most needed, make sure that patients are where they are meant to be to get their treatment

Average Salary: $17K

Education level: High school diploma (not necessary but preferred)

Home Health Aide

Description: Assist home bound patients with everyday tasks

Average Salary: $24K

Education level: Pass high school, on-the-job training

Dispensing Optician

Description: Provide advice and recommendations for the fitting of glasses or contact lenses

Average Salary: $37K

Education level: High school diploma and on-the-job training or Postsecondary education

Social and Human Services Assistant

Description: Help social workers assist and support families in need of assistance

Average Salary: $35K

Education level: High school diploma

Hemodialysis Technician

Description: Perform dialysis treatments for patients with kidney disease, (essentially carrying out the duties of the kidney when the kidney is unable to), monitor/maintain dialysis equipment

Average Salary: $33K

Education level: High school diploma with on-the-job training, or associate degree

Medical Equipment Preparer

Description: Clean, install, and prepare medical equipment

Average Salary: $36K

Education level: High school diploma

Nursing Assistant/Orderlies

Description: Attend to personal needs, comfort, and the safety of patients

Average Salary: $24K

Education level: High school diploma

Laboratory Animal Caretaker

Description: Responsible for daily tasks such as weighing, feeding, and taking care of animals, giving medications, cleaning cages, providing nursing care before and after surgical operations

Average Salary: $23K

Education level: High school diploma

Medical Assistant

Description: Complete administrative tasks in a doctor’s office/clinic

Average Salary: 34-46K

Education level: Postsecondary nondegree award

Pharmacy Technician

Description: Help dispense prescription medication (to customers or health professionals)

Average Salary: $34K

Education level: High school diploma, on-the-job training