Master’s Degree

The minimum requirement for medical careers on this page is a Master’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

Speech Language Pathologist

Description: Assess, prevent, diagnose, and treat disorders relating to swallowing, language, social communication, and cognitive communication

Average Salary: $70-93K

Education level: Master’s degree, Certificate of clinical competence in speech language pathology

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Description: Assess and manage ill patients, practice in settings where care requirements include complex monitoring/therapies, high intensity nurse interventions, or continuous nurse vigilance

Average Salary: $93K  

Education level: Post Master’s certificate

Psychometrist

Description: Construct and interpret results to assess intelligence, personality, skills, or other psychological attributes, ensure accuracy and validity of exam, gather data to improve the performance of an individual, diagnose an impairment, or determine aptitude for specific tasks  

Average Salary: $82K 

Education level: Master’s or doctoral degree

Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner

Description: Treat and care for patients who have musculoskeletal disorders 

Average Salary: $81K 

Education level: Post Master’s certificate

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Description: Care for premature or ailing babies, assess, supervise, and manage their patients’ progress

Average Salary: $107K 

Education level: Master’s degree

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Description: Care for children with acute and chronic illnesses, conduct physical assessments, interpret lab/diagnostic test results, diagnose and treat common childhood illnesses, teach/counsel children and their families on health issues 

Average Salary: $82K 

Education level: Master’s degree

Biostatistician

Description: Collect, analyze, interpret conclusions for data, define parameters in studies, design clinical trials to evaluate new drugs

Average Salary: $169K  

Education level: Master’s degree

Nurse Educator

Description: Design new curricula, develop courses/programs, research, speak at conferences, provide advice to students, write or review textbooks/other education materials

Average Salary: $72K 

Education level: Master’s degree

Forensic Chemist

Description: Analyze evidence collected from crime scenes and provide testimonies according to the results of laboratory test results

Average Salary: $54K

Education level: Master’s degree

Psychotherapist

Description: Assist clients in overcoming psychiatric illnesses using a multitude of psychological techniques

Average Salary: $76K

Education level: Master’s degree

Finance Manager

Description: Ensure proper communication/review of financial reports with respect to tax and legal regulations, could supervise accounting staff and be responsible for hiring and training finance assistants

Average Salary: $139K

Education level: Master’s degree

Hand Therapist

Description: Assist patients with exercises, take/measure patient’s abilities and aid patients with other injuries

Average Salary: $84K

Education level: Master’s degree

Clinical Microbiologist

Description: Identify and prevent the spread of diseases using the understanding of cell reproduction and the spread of disease in humans/animals

Average Salary: $76K

Education level: Master’s or Ph.D. degree

Art Therapist

Description: Design/guide artistic activities as coping mechanisms for psychological illnesses

Average Salary: $46K

Education level: Master’s degree

Medical Illustrator

Description: Portray visual aspects of health related concepts

Average Salary: $70K

Education level: Master’s degree

Medical Physicist

Description: Use physics to operate medical equipment that treats, diagnoses, and treats patients, ensuring that the equipment protects against radiation

Average Salary: $120K

Education level: Master’s degree or doctoral degree (depending on whether research is being conducted, and what specialization is done)

Hospital Chaplain

Description: Provide pastoral services and care for patients

Average Salary: $53K

Education level: Master’s degree in theology/religion/divinity

Epidemiologist

Description: Studies diseases and provides information to the public about preventing the spread of diseases and controlling them

Average Salary: $69K ($110K for research epidemiologists)

Education level: Master’s degree

Critical Care Medicine Specialist

Description: Diagnose and treat all aspects of emergency care for a critically ill or injured patient

Average Salary: $325K

Education level: Master’s degree/medical school

Nurse Midwife

Description: Provide primary and specialty care to women, specifically in family planning, prenatal care, and gynecological exams

Average Salary: $103K

Education level: Master of science in nursing (MSN)

Rehabilitation Counselor

Description: Help people with behavioral, mental, developmental, or emotional disabilities live independently

Average Salary: $35K

Education level: Master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling

Genetic Counselor

Description: Provide risk assessment, education, and support to patients who require information about their risk of inheriting specific diseases

Average Salary: $80K

Education level: Master’s degree

Orthotist/Prosthetist

Description: Design medical supportive devices (such as artificial limbs, braces) and measure/fit them to the patient

Average Salary: $68K

Education level: Master’s degree/residency

Nurse Anesthetist

Description: Determine the type of, method of, and amount of anesthesia needed for a patient to ensure no pain before, during, or after an invasive procedure

Average Salary: $169K

Education level: Master’s degree

Physician Assistant

Description: Prescribe medications, conduct examinations on patients and determine a diagnosis, stitch wounds/set bones, administer immunizations

Average Salary: $108K

Education level: Graduate school (Master’s degree)

Occupational Therapist

Description: Treat patients who have injuries

Average Salary: $84K

Education level: Master’s degree in occupational therapy

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