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Report: healthcare jobs offer good pay, satisfaction

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Unemployed or looking for a change of careers? Not all health jobs require a medical degree; some take less than four years of post-secondary education.

Landmark News Service

Take a look at any “best jobs” report and you’ll notice the health field usually makes a good showing.

Becoming a doctor can be costly and timely, but there are other health careers that don’t require such a hefty investment.

The Virginia Department of Health Professions zeroed in on those in a recent report of state-licensed health jobs that require less than four years of post-secondary education and that also have good job satisfaction rates. Most of the jobs require a two-year associate’s degree.

The Healthcare Occupational Roadmap also includes links with information about accredited education programs, licensing requirements and counseling resources. David Brown, director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions, said the income and job satisfaction information is based on surveys the department conducts when Virginians renew their health-care licenses.

The idea is to bolster Virginia’s health-care ranks, and educate people about opportunities beyond the typical doctor-and-nurse positions. The jobs have a median income range of $30,000 to $60,000.

Here are the careers highlighted in the report, with incomes and the percentage who are employed and have benefits like health insurance:

Assisted Living Facility Administrator

• Median income: $60,000–$70,000

• Benefits: 81 percent

• Employed: 92 percent

• Job satisfaction: 95 percent

(Majority of those employed with a state license have a bachelor or master’s degree but it is possible to get a job with a high school diploma or associate’s degree.

Nursing Home Administrator

• Median income: $100,000–$110,000

• Benefits: 96 percent

• Employed: 86 percent

• Job satisfaction: 96 percent

(Large majority have bachelor or master’s degree, but some have associate’s degree.)

Certified Nurse Aide

• Median income: $11–12 an hour

• Benefits: 70 percent

• Employed: 84 percent

• Job satisfaction: 91 percent

Licensed Practical Nurse

• Median income: $30,000 – $40,000

• Benefits: 71 percent

• Employed: 84 percent

• Job satisfaction: 93 percent

Registered Nurse

• Median income: $50,000–$60,000

• Benefits: 83 percent

• Employed: 88 percent

• Job satisfaction: 92 percent

Dental Hygienist

• Median income: $50,000–$60,000

• Benefits: 72 percent

• Employed: 92 percent

• Job satisfaction: 92 percent

Pharmacy Technician

• Median income: $20,000–$25,000

• Benefits: 76 percent

• Employed: 78 percent

• Job satisfaction: 89 percent

Physical Therapist Assistant

• Median income: $50,000–$60,000

• Benefits: 81 percent

• Employed: 96 percent

• Job satisfaction: 97 percent

Occupational Therapy Assistant

• Median income: $45,000–$50,000

• Benefits: 81 percent

• Employed: 97 percent

• Job satisfaction: 97 percent

Licensed Radiological Technologist

• Median income: $40,000–$50,000

• Benefits: 54 percent

• Employed: 85 percent

• Job satisfaction: 94 percent

Respiratory Therapist

• Median income: $50,000–$60,000

• Benefits: 69 percent

• Employed: 94 percent

• Job satisfaction: 95 percent