www.advanceweb.com | HEALTHCARE CAREERS | 2018 33 #5–VETERINARY TECHNICIAN/ TECHNOLOGIST Expected Growth between now and 2026: 20% (approximately 20,400 jobs) Median Wage: As of May 2017, the median wageforaveterinarytechnicianwas$33,400,or $16.06 per hour. Veterinary technicians and technologists perform medical tests and tasks under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to assist in diagnosing injuries or illnesses in animals. They work in private clinics, laboratories, and animal hospitals. These professionals must complete a postsecondary program—typi- cally, a four-year bachelor’s degree program for technologists, and a two-year associate’s degree program for technicians. #4–ATHLETIC TRAINERS Expected Growth between now and 2026: 23% (approximately 6,800 jobs) Median Wage: As of May 2017, the median wage for an athletic trainer was $46,630, or $22.42 per hour. Athletictrainersspecializeinpreventing,diag- nosing,andtreatingmuscleandboneinjuriesand illnesses. They work in numerous settings, from high schools and college to professional sports teams and private practices. Athletic trainers need at least a bachelor’s degree, and most states requirelicensureorcertification. #3–PHYSICAL THERAPIST Expected Growth between now and 2026: 28% (approximately 67,000 jobs) Median Wage: As of May 2017, the median wage for a physical therapist was $86,850, or $41.76 per hour. Physical therapists help people recover fol- lowing injuries by improving their abilities to move or manage their pain. They are import- ant parts of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention processes. PTs work in many set- tings, including hospitals, private practices, or with specific populations. PTs entering the field need a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, and must be licensed. #2–MEDICAL ASSISTANT Expected Growth between now and 2026: 29% (approximately 183,900 jobs) Median Wage: As of May 2017, the median wage for a medical assistant was $32,480, or $15.61 per hour. Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice. They can work in doctors’ offices,hospitals,outpatientclinics,orotherset- tings. In the recent past, a high school diploma pluson-the-jobtrainingwasthestandard;how- ever, recent graduates tend to pursue postsec- ondaryeducationthroughcertificateprograms. #1–PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT Expected Growth between now and 2026: 37% (approximately 39,600 jobs) Median Wage: As of May 2017, the median wage for a physician assistant was $104,860, or $50.41 per hour. 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