What are the top occupations aligned to each career cluster?

Total High School Students Enrolled

15,222,100

Total High School CTE Concentrators

445,492

Occupation Employment
(2016)
Median Pay
(2017)
Projected Growth
(2016-26)
Registered nurses 2,955,200 $70,000 14.8%
Nursing assistants 1,510,300 $27,520 11.5%
Home health aides 911,500 $23,210 47.3%
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 724,500 $45,030 12.3%
Medical assistants 634,400 $32,480 29%
Medical secretaries 574,200 $34,610 22.5%
Pharmacy technicians 402,500 $31,750 11.8%
Physicians and surgeons, all other 372,400 $208,000 11.4%
Medical and health services managers 352,200 $98,350 20.5%
Dental assistants 332,000 $37,630 19.5%
Pharmacists 312,500 $124,170 5.6%
Physical therapists 239,800 $86,850 28%
Dental hygienists 207,900 $74,070 19.7%
Medical records and health information technicians 206,300 $39,180 13.5%
Radiologic technologists 205,200 $58,440 12.3%
Nurse practitioners 155,500 $103,880 36.1%
Speech-language pathologists 145,100 $76,610 17.8%
Family and general practitioners 134,800 $198,740 14.3%
Dentists, general 132,800 $151,440 19.4%
Occupational therapists 130,400 $83,200 23.8%
Respiratory therapists 130,200 $59,710 23.4%
Health technologists and technicians, all other 127,800 $41,800 19.7%
Phlebotomists 122,700 $33,670 24.5%
Medical scientists, except epidemiologists 120,000 $82,090 13.4%
Surgical technologists 107,700 $46,310 11.7%
Physician assistants 106,200 $104,860 37.3%
Veterinary technologists and technicians 102,000 $33,400 20%
Healthcare support workers, all other 97,300 $37,220 11.7%
Physical therapist assistants 88,300 $57,430 31%
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers 83,800 $26,140 19.4%
Veterinarians 79,600 $90,420 18.8%
Opticians, dispensing 77,600 $36,250 15%
Psychiatric aides 73,600 $27,110 5.5%
Dietitians and nutritionists 68,000 $59,410 14.6%
Diagnostic medical sonographers 67,300 $71,410 23.2%
Psychiatric technicians 66,100 $31,670 5.9%
Medical transcriptionists 57,400 $35,250 -3.4%
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 56,400 $73,830 13.3%
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians 55,000 $55,270 9.9%
Medical equipment preparers 54,200 $35,370 11.1%
Orderlies 54,000 $27,180 8.1%
Physical therapist aides 52,000 $25,730 29.4%
Internists, general 49,800 $192,930 14.6%
Chiropractors 47,400 $68,640 12.5%
Surgeons 45,000 $208,000 14.4%
Ophthalmic medical technicians 44,500 $35,910 19.5%
Nurse anesthetists 41,800 $165,120 16.2%
Optometrists 40,200 $110,300 17.9%
Healthcare practitioners and technical workers, all other 40,000 $51,530 12.6%
Occupational therapy assistants 39,300 $59,310 28.9%
Pharmacy aides 36,900 $26,120 -4.8%
Magnetic resonance imaging technologists 36,600 $69,930 13.7%
Dietetic technicians 33,400 $26,500 9.3%
Anesthesiologists 33,000 $208,000 15.4%
Pediatricians, general 29,600 $172,650 15.4%
Athletic trainers 27,800 $46,630 22.8%
Psychiatrists 27,500 $208,000 11.2%
Therapists, all other 24,100 $53,850 19.9%
Obstetricians and gynecologists 21,700 $208,000 15.5%
Biomedical engineers 21,300 $88,040 7.2%
Nuclear medicine technologists 20,100 $75,660 9.8%
Recreational therapists 19,200 $47,680 6.5%
Radiation therapists 19,100 $80,570 12.8%
Exercise physiologists 15,100 $49,090 13.1%
Audiologists 14,800 $75,920 20.7%
Podiatrists 11,000 $127,740 10.3%
Respiratory therapy technicians 10,800 $50,350 -56.3%
Orthotists and prosthetists 7,800 $66,240 22.2%
Occupational therapy aides 7,500 $29,200 24.7%
Hearing aid specialists 6,800 $54,860 19.5%
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons 6,800 $208,000 19.1%
Orthodontists 6,600 $208,000 19.3%
Nurse midwives 6,500 $100,590 20.7%
Dentists, all other specialists 6,400 $190,840 13.3%
Epidemiologists 6,100 $69,660 8.8%
Genetic counselors 3,100 $77,480 29%
Prosthodontists 900 $185,150 19.1%
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Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and state education agencies

Credential Explorer

Credential (National) Credential Type Supply/Demand Category Credentials
Demanded Earned
Certified Nursing Assistant Certification Very Oversupplied 0 37,079
EMT / Paramedic License License Very Undersupplied 70,994 9,913
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Moderately Oversupplied 5,026 6,268
Certified EEG/EKG/ECG Technician Certification Very Undersupplied 45,645 6,194
Certified Phlebotomy Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 929 5,772
Certified Pharmacy Technician Certification Very Undersupplied 118,367 5,138
Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant Certification Very Oversupplied 0 3,942
Precision Exams - Health Science CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 2,786
Oklahoma CareerTech - Long Term Care Nurse Aide CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 1,773
National Health Science Assessment CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 1,289
NOCTI Pathway Assessment - Healthcare Core CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 1,025
Oklahoma CareerTech - Home Health Care Nurse Aide CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 1,009
Licensed Practical Nurse License Very Undersupplied 406,907 853
HIPAA Training and Certification Certification Very Undersupplied 21,017 830
Certified Dental Assistant License Very Oversupplied 0 720
PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 686
Ohio Communicable Disease Prevention for Childcare Personnel Certification Very Oversupplied 0 600
Alzheimer's Association - essentiALZ Certification Very Oversupplied 0 484
Dental Assistant License Very Undersupplied 144,415 403
Precision Exams - Veterinary Assistant CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 393
Radiation Health and Safety Exam Certification Very Oversupplied 183 392
PLTW Human Body Systems CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 377
AMCA Physical Therapy Aide Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 349
AAH Certified Medical Coding and Billing Specialist Certification Very Oversupplied 0 308
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship - Therapeutic Services Certification Very Oversupplied 0 294
Maryland Geriatric Nursing Assistant Certification Moderately Undersupplied 622 257
Dental Radiographer License Very Oversupplied 0 256
Oklahoma CareerTech - Phlebotomy Technician CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 241
Precision Exams - Exercise Science and Sports Medicine CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 241
Certified Medical Assistant Certification Very Undersupplied 183,438 214
NOCTI Pathway Assessment - Health Informatics CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 212
PLTW Medical Interventions CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 5 186
NCCT Phlebotomy Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 70 185
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Home Health Aide CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 185
Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports Certification Very Oversupplied 67 163
Oklahoma CareerTech - Clinical Medical Assistant CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 148
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Nursing Assisting CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 135
Infection Control Exam Certification Very Oversupplied 0 125
NCCT Medical Assistant Certification Very Undersupplied 17,561 125
Kansas Home Health Aide Certification Very Oversupplied 0 124
NCLEX - Registered Nurse License Very Undersupplied 2,404,163 117
Registered Phlebotomy Technician Certification Supply meets demand 188 117
AAH Certified Physical Therapy Aide Certification Very Oversupplied 0 107
Brainbench Medical Billing CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 102
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Dental Assisting CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 96
South Carolina EMS First Responder Certification Very Oversupplied 0 93
Certified Surgical Technologist Certification Very Undersupplied 14,443 88
NCCT Medical Office Assistant Certification Very Undersupplied 272 82
ARRT - Registered Radiography Technologist Certification Very Oversupplied 0 70
Medical Lab Assistant Certification Very Oversupplied 1 70
Kansas Certified Medical Aide Certification Very Oversupplied 0 69
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Biotechnology CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 63
Medical Assistant Certification Very Undersupplied 86,385 61
AMCA Patient Care Technician Certification Certification Very Undersupplied 892 60
Oklahoma CareerTech - Administrative Medical Assistant CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 59
Registered Phlebotomist Certification Very Oversupplied 0 58
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Health Assisting CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 55
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship - Ambulatory/Support Services Certification Very Oversupplied 0 55
Career Essentials - Nurse Assisting CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 53
Radiation and Radiographer License License Very Undersupplied 85,046 52
Registered Medical Assistant Certification Very Undersupplied 223 50
AMCA Phlebotomy Technician Certification Certification Very Oversupplied 0 49
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Medical Assisting CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 48
AMCA Clinical Medical Assistant Certification Certification Very Undersupplied 1,784 47
Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist Certification Very Oversupplied 0 45
Oklahoma CareerTech - Surgical Technologist CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 44
ASPT - Certified Phlebotomy Technician Certification Moderately Undersupplied 71 43
Certified Healthcare Hospitality Specialist Certification Very Oversupplied 0 42
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Emergency Medical Services CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 40
Pennsylvania First Responder Certification Very Oversupplied 0 38
ARRT - Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Certification Very Undersupplied 1,847 37
PLTW Biomedical Science CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 18 35
North Carolina Geriatric Aide Certification Very Oversupplied 0 33
Brainbench HIPAA Privacy CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 31
Certified Registered Central Service Technician Certification Very Undersupplied 7,419 31
NOCTI Job Ready Assessment - Practical Nursing CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 29
PLTW Principles of Biomedical Innovation CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 29
Brainbench ICD9-CPT Coding CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 28
Coronal Polish Exam Certification Very Oversupplied 0 28
Sealants Exam Certification Very Oversupplied 0 28
Topical Fluoride Exam Certification Very Oversupplied 0 28
HIPAA Awareness for Healthcare Providers Certification Very Oversupplied 5 26
MedCA Phlebotomy Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 0 25
ADA - National Board Dental Hygiene Exam License Very Oversupplied 0 22
Activity Assistant Certified Certification Very Oversupplied 1 21
NBCOT - Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Certification Very Oversupplied 24 19
Physical Therapist Assistant Certification Moderately Undersupplied 545 19
Precision Exams - Dental Assistant - Dental Science I CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 17
NCCT Tech in Surgery CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 112 16
Certified Health Unit Coordinator Certification Very Undersupplied 414 14
NBSTA - Certification of Surgical Technologists Certification Very Oversupplied 0 14
Missouri Assessment of Basic Dental Assisting Skill CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 13
AAH Certified Patient Care Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 0 11
Brainbench Medical Transcription CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 11
Certified Respiratory Therapist Certification Very Undersupplied 2,295 11
NCCT ECG Technician Certification Very Oversupplied 0 11
Oklahoma CareerTech - Certified Medication Aide CTE Assessment Very Oversupplied 0 11
AAPC Certified Professional Coder Certification Very Undersupplied 3,759 10
Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship - Health Informatics Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 10
Massachusetts Medication Administration Program Certification Very Undersupplied 231 9
AHIMA Certified Coding Associate Certification Very Undersupplied 504 8
Certified Pedorthist Certification Very Oversupplied 18 8
MedCA Veterinary Assistant (VA1) Certification Moderately Oversupplied 0 8
NCCT Certified Patient Care Technician Certification Very Undersupplied 426 7
ASCP - Phlebotomy Technician Certification Very Undersupplied 49 5
New Mexico Phlebotomy Technician Certification Supply meets demand 0 4
ARRT - Vascular Sonography Certification Very Undersupplied 8 3
Certified Cardiographic Technician Certification Very Undersupplied 151 3
National League of Nursing - Comprehensive RN Exam Certification Supply meets demand 0 3
Wisconsin Cooperative Education Skill Standards - Health Science Certification Supply meets demand 0 2
ARRT - Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist Certification Very Oversupplied 65 1
Advanced EMT License Supply meets demand 0 1
NCCT Insurance and Coding Specialist Certification Supply meets demand 0 1
Oklahoma CareerTech - Residential Care Aide CTE Assessment Supply meets demand 0 1