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Without doubt, healthcare is big business in the United States. The American Hospital Association reports over 5, 000 registered hospitals in the US and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states over 18 million people work in healthcare, with women representing nearly 80% of those employees. But, before you think the majority of healthcare jobs require years of education, training and internships, think again.

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Today’s healthcare careers extend well beyond physicians and nurses, offering a range of opportunities for technicians, administrators and supportive staff. With healthcare job growth projected at 27% in 2014, employers are reaching into diverse job pools to find, educate or train workers for employment in a variety of healthcare fields. Larger health systems sweeten the pot by offering tuition assistance and above average healthcare benefits in hopes of recruiting and retaining quailified employees.

Although certainly not inclusive of all careers available in healthcare, here’s a list of the top paying careers in the health field, with salary estimates according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and some careers may require certification or specialized, technical training, but don’t necessarily require a graduate degree:

30. Medical and Health Services Manager/Administrator ($40-110k)

Medical and Health Services Managers are responsible for the day-to-day operational services of hospitals, clinics or physician offices; and, depending on the size of the organization, can draw hefty salaries. Health and medical administrators are expected to understand and adapt to changes in healthcare regulations and laws, as well as staying current in technological changes and managing a myriad of issues. A Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration is required for most hospital and physician group administrators.

29. Cardiovascular Perfusionist ($94k)

Responsible for maintaining heart and lung functions during surgery, cardiovascular perfusionists monitor blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and blood gases during surgery. While most perfusionists work in operating rooms, some perfusionists work in Intensive Care Units with patients whose heart/lung functions may be compromised. A perfusion training program is required after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Studies or another health-related field before gaining perfusionist certification.

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