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Health & Human Services

Combining medical technology and the human touch, the health care industry administers care around the clock, responding to the needs of millions of people—from newborns to the critically ill. As the largest industry in 2006, health care provided 14 million jobs—13.6 million jobs for wage and salary workers and about 438,000 jobs for the self-employed. 7 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health care related. Most workers have jobs that require less than 4 years of college education, but health diagnosing and treating practitioners are among the most educated workers.

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Occupations

# of Certificates and Licenses


3
Acupuncturist or Chiropractor

278
Aerobics/Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer

10
Biological Technician

0
Chemist

126
Dental Hygienist or Assistant

21
Dialysis Technician

52
Dietitian or Nutritionist

46
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic

0
Epidemiologist

3
Forensic Science Technician

198
Health Administration/Management

57
Health/Nutrition Prevention Specialist

50
Holistic or Alternative Therapist

46
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse

11
Marriage & Family Therapist

66
Massage Therapist or Masseuse

74
Medical & Clinical Lab Technician or Technologist

452
Medical Assistant

270
Medical Billing

295
Medical Coding

5
Medical Scientist

266
Medical Secretary

36
Mental Health/Substance Abuse Social Worker

63
Mental Health/Substance Abuse/ Behavior Counselor

122
Nursing Aide, Orderly or Attendant

18
Occupational Therapy Assistant

27
Optometrist

61
Personal or Home Health Care Aide

8
Pharmacist

132
Pharmacy Technician

106
Phlebotomy

44
Physical Therapists

11
Physician

24
Physician's Assistant

2
Prenatal/Lactation Specialist

11
Psychologist

20
Radiologic Technician

20
Registered Nurse

10
Rehabilitation Counselor

18
Social Worker

2
Speech Language Pathologist

14
Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist

1
Surgeon

11
Surgical Technologist

17
Therapist

2
Therapist Respiratory