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Health Professions Major

648,337 yearly degrees
$63,000 median salary

Health professions is a major that typically falls into the Health Professions category.

There are 8,674 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in health professions, 5,522 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 4,990 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 2,316 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Health Professions Degree?

In 2017, roughly health professions majors graduated with a bachelor’s degree, making it the most popular major in the country. The major attracts more women than men. About 84.2% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of health professions majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 7%
  • Black or African American: 10.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 12.8%
  • White: 60.4%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 1.1%
  • Other Races: 7.9%
Health Professions Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in health professions. About 1.1% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending health professions majors to the U.S. are.

What Will You Learn as a Health Professions Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to health professions to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Health Professions Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Health Professions Majors

Skills for Health Professions Majors

When studying health professions, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Health Professions Majors

Abilities for Health Professions Majors

Health professions majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for health professions Majors

What Can You Do With a Health Professions Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with health professions:

Careers Related to Health Professions
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Medical Appliance Technicians

13.3%

$39,190

Genetic Counselors

29%

$80,370

Marketing Managers

10.1%

$134,290

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

15.1%

$34,320

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

10%

$56,850

Healthcare Social Workers

20.1%

$56,200

Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians

11.7%

$31,830

Nurse Midwives

20%

$103,770

Dietetic Technicians

9.3%

$27,140

Home Health Aides

47.3%

$24,200

Health Professions Major Salary

Average salaries range from $44,000 to $93,000 for careers related to health professions. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Health Professions Major  ( 44000 to 93000 )
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Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
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Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
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$200k
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )
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$200k

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Health Professions Major Jobs

Some careers associated with health professions may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to health professions have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Health Professions
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma

0.8%

High School Diploma or Equivalent

10.8%

Post-Secondary Certificate

8.9%

Some College Courses

5.5%

Associate's Degree or Equivalent

16.6%

Bachelor's Degree

21.5%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

3.4%

Master's Degree

17.5%

Post-Master's Certificate

1.4%

First Professional Degree

2.4%

Doctoral Degree

7.6%

Post-Doctoral Training

3.3%

Online Health Professions Programs

There are 5,522 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in health professions, with 1,230 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.

Is a Health Professions Major Worth It?

The median salary for a health professions grad is $63,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 61% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $472,000 after 20 years!

health professions salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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