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We Have Degrees & Certificates for the Best Health Care Jobs of 2018

It’s that time of year again: it’s time to talk about the U.S. News and World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2018! We’ll be breaking down the list by industry, and discussing which jobs you can get with training from Dallas Community Colleges, and showing you the expected job growth and annual mean salaries for these jobs in Texas.

Due to the huge role of health care as an industry in Dallas County, we’re going to be kicking off the series by writing about health care jobs. But first…

A Brief Explanation of Living Wage

For our purposes, a living wage is the absolute minimum amount an individual must earn per year, working full time, to support him- or herself and any dependents (if applicable). Obviously that’s going to vary based on how many adults are in the household, as well as how many children. Use the Living Wage calculator on our website to figure out what kind of wages you need to earn to meet your basic needs.

17. Dental Hygienist

  • Role: Most dental hygienists work in dental offices alongside dentists. They will usually see a patient first and clean the patient’s teeth, removing tartar, stains and plaque as they brush, floss and scrape.
  • Annual Mean Wage in Texas: $72,980
  • Expected Employment Growth: 20 percent from 2016 to 2026
  • Educational Pathway: Dental Hygiene Associate of Applied Science Degree, followed by National Board Dental Hygiene Examination and a regional clinical board in order to apply for licensure by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

18. Registered Nurse

21. Respiratory Therapist

26. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

31. Radiation Therapist

51. Medical Assistant

  • Role: Medical assistants are usually the first people you see during a doctor’s appointment. They might cover the front desk, answering phones and filing forms, and they might also do hands-on tasks like drawing blood, administering injections and making sure medical histories are accurately recorded.
  • Annual Mean Wage in Texas: $30,270
  • Expected Employment Growth: 29 percent from 2016 to 2026
  • Educational Pathway: Medical Assisting certificate, followed by credentialing exams with the American Association of Medical Assistants or the American Medical Technologists

58. Medical Secretary, 65. Medical and Health Services Manager & 68. Medical Records Technician

  • Role: Medical secretaries manage the daily ebb and flow of patients through a doctor’s office. Medical records technicians might also be called coders, coding specialists or coding representatives. Medical and health services managers are the planners, directors and coordinators who work behind the scenes to keep hospitals, nursing homes, group practices and other health care facilities running efficiently.
Job Title Expected Employment Growth from 2016 to 2026 Annual Mean Salary in Texas
Medical records and health information technicians +13 percent $39,710
Medical secretaries $32,050
Medical transcriptionists -3 percent $40,590
  • Educational Pathways: For larger health care systems and hospitals, most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree — however, for a smaller private practice, the vast majority of managers have an associate degree or trade school certificate. Training in a Medical Front Office program and/or skills development in Electronic Health RecordsInsurance Coding and Billingor a Medical Administrative Assistant/Secretary program will all help prepare you for these types of jobs. Graduates of these programs can expect to work with patient records, insurance billing, computerized accounting and patient databases and to transcribe dictated notes and apply standardized codes to patient records.

60. Occupational Therapy Assistant

64. Radiologic Technologist

66. Home Health Aide

  • Role: Home health aides assist patients with tasks they are unable to complete by themselves. That might mean anything from household chores to administering basic first aid care or assisting patients with bathing.
  • Annual Mean Wage in Texas: $20,550
  • Expected Employment Growth: 40 percent from 2016 to 2026
  • Educational Pathway: Aides at agencies that receive funding from Medicare or Medicaid are required to get a minimum level of training and pass a competency evaluation or receive state certification, such as through a Home Health Care and Hospice Aide program.

67. Physical Therapist Aide

  • Role: Physical therapist aides support physical therapists and physical therapist assistants by cleaning and sanitizing treatment areas and equipment, washing linens and performing clerical tasks.
  • Annual Mean Wage in Texas: $25,820
  • Expected Employment Growth: 30 percent from 2016 to 2026
  • Educational Pathway: Physical therapist aides are usually required to take annual competency exams, making a Physical Therapy Aide program invaluable to developing and maintaining skills.

78. MRI Technologist

87. Nuclear Medicine Technologist

91. Surgical Technologist

94. Clinical Laboratory Technician

96. Licensed Practical Nurse/Licensed Vocational Nurse

98. Dental Assistant

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