Healthcare is a hot avenue of employment and is on the fore front of job creation news now and then. However, the interesting aspect to note is that there are high paying healthcare career options that students are generally unaware of.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that the healthcare industry would have grown by 22% in 2016. This would mean 3 million new jobs in the sector, and 20% of these jobs are associated with niche careers that few students pay attention to.

3 Lesser Known, But Bright Healthcare Paths For Students – Let’s take a look at them in detail

1.  Surgical/ Diagnostic Technologists

The work of surgical technologists varies in different states, but they mostly facilitate surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologist and related surgical personnel. There are numerous tasks which have to be performed and arranged before taking a patient to a surgery such as surgery and CT-scan.

The reports prepared by diagnostic technologists assist the doctors in performing precise surgeries. Such technicians can also be part of the team in the surgery room and perform maintenance task for the equipment.

This area has become a niche because of the specialist jobs that are on offer. For instance, a diagnostic medical sonographer creates ultrasound scans of structures inside the human body that are used by doctors in multiple ways.

Demand in the healthcare field has led to more enrollments in sonography schools. Students can choose from different certificate programs based upon the areas they want to work in. For instance, a certificate program in diagnostic medical ultrasound can allow the technician to work in a wide range of healthcare organizations.

The median annual wages of technologists in this area have increased from $37,540 to $52,550 in the last 6 years.

2.  Biostatisticians

The area of working with numbers and finding trends has certainly seen an upward trend during the last few years. Much of this can be attributed to technology acceptance in healthcare organizations and increased input from the computational side into biology.

Despite of all, biostatistician remains an underrated career. The job has been merged with data science which increases it value. The biostatisticians decide in which manner the data should be collected and how to analyze it.

The number of stakeholders in the data range from patients, patient’s sample, healthcare organizations, infections, incidence, mortality etc. So there is a lot of diversity to choose from.

As of now, the median salary for this area is $91,840, and it is forecasted to rise more than the projected figures.

3. Cytotechnologists

This is one really interesting area that doesn’t get the limelight it deserves. Simply put, cytotechnologists are the disease detectives in the healthcare world. They study cells under microscopes and determine different outcomes like whether the cell is infected or not or is there an abnormality in the number of chromosomes.

This is a vital job since the information that cytotechnologists provide, determines the mode of treatment of the patient. From cancer detection point of view, they can tell whether the cancer is local or has spread.

The fascination of working as a cytotechnologist is that there is often a chance that you might discover something which has not been reported in the medical community before.

The median salary for cytotechnologists is $72,040 and in some cases it may be more depending on the sensitivity of the place they are working in.

These careers provide a great opportunity for students to enter high-paying jobs and they are likely to generate employment even when the economy faces a dire time.

Sara is a freelance writer who left the corporate world to find her own path in business. You can find her on Twitter and Google+

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