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Clinical Professions

Clinical professions are those that provide direct medical care to patients, these positions can range greatly in the specialty they work with. They typically require a specialized degree and certification or licensing.

Clinical Professions

Clinical professions are those that provide direct medical care to patients, these positions can range greatly in the specialty they work with. They typically require a specialized degree and certification or licensing.

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners (NPs) can practice in the following specialty areas; acute care, adult health, college health, community health, family health, gerontology, holistic care, neonatology, obstetrics/gynecology, oncology, pediatrics, palliative care, perinatology, psychiatry, school health, and women’s health.

Two out of three NPs provide primary care, including diagnose and treat patients as well as help them prevent disease and manage their health. In 2020 the U.S. average salary of an NP was $111,680.

Learn more about licensure and training requirements HERE.

Surgical Technologist

Surgical technologists (also called operating room technicians) assist in surgical operations under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. Surgical technologists are members of operating room teams, which most commonly include surgeons, anesthesiologists, and circulating nurses.

Between 2016 and 2026, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the total number of surgical technologist jobs in the U.S. will increase by 11.7% and will increase in New York during the same time period by 17.6%.The NYSDOL reports that surgical technologists in New York earned an average annual salary of $57,420, (entry level-$38,720, experienced- $79,820).

Learn more about licensure and training requirements HERE.

Clinical Laboratory Technology

(Clinical laboratory technologists, clinical laboratory technicians, cytotechnologists, histological technicians)

These positions perform tests and procedures on all bodily fluids and tissue that are critical to the diagnostic process in determining health and disease. They also have a critical role in determining the nature of substances that are used by bioterrorists. They are generally non-patient facing and much of their days are carried out in labs.

The demand for technicians is relatively high, and the field is projected to grow steadily in the coming years. The national average salaries for these positions is $56,910.

Learn more about licensure and training requirements HERE.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are licensed rehabilitation care professionals who work to restore or improve physical abilities, promote behavioral changes, adapt surroundings, and teach new skills. Occupational therapists provide these services on the referral or prescriptions of a physician, physician assist, or nurse practitioner.
Occupational therapists help people adapt to a variety of challenges such as developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, job-related injuries, neurological problems, strokes, and more.

The U.S. average salary for an occupational therapist is $89,470.

Learn more about licensure and training requirements HERE. 

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat cardiopulmonary (lungs and heart) health. This includes teaching patients and their families about treatment and maintenance of pulmonary health problems, including the use of respiratory therapy equipment and medications.
Respiratory therapists set up and monitor therapeutic and environmental control systems, initiate and support breathing apparatus’s, insert and maintain artificial airways, and provide cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

The U.S. average salary of a respiratory therapist is $68,190.

Learn more about licensure and education requirements HERE.

Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic technologists and technicians perform diagnostic imaging examinations. Radiologic technologists use imaging modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and mammography, while radiologic technicians perform imaging examinations like x-rays.

The NYSDOL reports that radiologic technologists in New York also earned an average annual salary of $70,620. the number of radiologic technologist jobs is expected to increase by 18.3% in New York and by 12.3% nationwide.

Learn more about licensure and education requirements HERE.

Dietician and Nutritionist

Nutritionists and dieticians integrate and apply principals derived from nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, food management, and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain people’s health. They assess nutrition and food patterns, provide nutrition counseling, and plan menus to meet dietary needs.

The average salary of a certified nutritionist in NYS is $52,000 annually.

Learn more about licensure and educational requirements HERE.

Radiation Therapist

Radiation therapists administer radiation therapy treatments to cancer patients using machines called linear accelerators, which precisely target the cancer cells. As part of a medical radiation oncology team, radiation therapists work with a radiation oncologist and radiation physicist to develop individual treatment plans. Radiation therapists prepare the patient, set up the machinery, operate the machinery, and monitor each radiation session closely. Radiation therapists observe patient reactions, provide nutrition recommendation, and help with nursing care. They also keep detailed records of their patients’ treatments.

The NYSDOL reports that radiation therapists in New York also earned an average annual salary of $115,150.

Learn more about licensure and educational requirements HERE.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (DMSs), also known as ultrasonographers or sonographers, use special equipment that directs high frequency sound waves into a patient’s body to collect images for interpretation by physicians to assess and diagnose various medical conditions (procedures commonly known as ultrasounds, sonograms, or echocardiograms).

The NYSDOL reports that diagnostic medical sonographers in New York earned an average annual salary of $77,060.

Learn more about licensure and educational requirements HERE.

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