- Dental hygienist
- Home health care nurse
- Physician assistant
- Certified nursing assistant
- Registered nurse
Most earn: $62,450 (RN) to $81,230 (PA)
Top 10% earn: $91,470 (DH) to $110,240 (PA)
Industry growth rate: 22% (nurses), 39% (PAs) and 36% (dental hygienists) by 2018. Subspecialties involving the elderly are growing particularly quickly.
What you'll need:
- Nurses: a BS in nursing (four years), an associate's degree in nursing (two to three years) or a diploma from an approved nursing program.
- PAs: a BS and a master's in health science (MHS, 27 to 36 months).
- Dental hygienists: at minimum, a certificate or degree from an approved dental-hygiene program to work in a private practice; a bachelor's or master's degree may be required for research, teaching or clinical practice.
Entrepreneur opportunities: In 2010 only 3 percent of PAs were self-employed; the rest (along with the majority of nurses and dental hygienists) were employed by hospitals and private practices.
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