The top 10 highest paying healthcare jobs in the US

By Catherine Sturman
As the number of technology companies continues to rise, healthcare focused IT roles have grown exponentially. Following on from a...

As the number of technology companies continues to rise, healthcare focused IT roles have grown exponentially. Following on from a published report by Glassdoor, we take a look at the highest paying healthcare roles in 2018.

10. Software Architect

With popular cities such as San Diego, New York, Boston and Chicago attracting a hotbed of talent, the demand for Software Architects is no exception.

Providing a base salary of $105,329, the number of job openings exceeded 1,300 in 2018, highlighting the increased need for those with significant experience working with a multitude of clients, management teams and developers to provide exceptional technical support in developing new projects within an innovative new system architecture.

9. Nurse Practitioner

A global shortage of nurse practitioners, particularly in cities such as San Francisco, Seattle and Austin, Texas led to 14,931 new job openings in 2018

Gaining a median base salary of $106,962, Nurse Practitioners traditionally work in family practices, with specialisms in areas such as paediatric care, adult care, midwifery and more.

Upon completing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Nurse Practitioners are able to and advise and prescribe medications, diagnose minor injuries and undertake diagnostic tests such as x-rays, providing a central role.

8. Software Engineering Manager

A niche market which is gaining momentum, job openings for Software Engineering Managers exceeded 1,000 in 2018, with a median base salary of $107,479 on offer.

Supporting and directing engineering staff in developing new and existing software applications, it is imperative for Software Engineering Managers to ensure all milestones are reached within required budgets and deliver a seamless project delivery.

7. Physician Assistant

Similarly to Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants (PA’s) fulfil a number of roles on the front line, working directly under physicians to effectively diagnose and treat patients, prescribing medications and undergoing diagnostic tests where required.

Gaining a median base salary of $108,761 and with 8,616 job openings in 2018, this figure is set to increase in the upcoming years as a result of ageing populations and new technologies which will further impact the role.

6. Software Development Manager

Responsible for providing technical expertise and delivering a technical roadmap for clients, Software Development Managers have gained a median base salary of $108,879, with 1,064 new job openings this year.

Leading and mentoring various teams, the role requires individuals to successfully work in partnership with various engineers, project developers and management teams, whilst becoming involved in all outcomes, adhering to robust standards and processes.

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5. Corporate Counsel

Healthcare is becoming increasingly complex, leading to a steady surge in roles within the legal sector. Corporate counsel roles have become in demand, working for a singular organisation and catering its services to that particular client, providing legal representation where necessary.

Those in the role can gain a median base salary of $115,580, with up to 693 job openings this year.

4. Enterprise Architect

Delivering a robust framework and effectively working with management teams, Enterprise Architects are growing in popularity.

Implementating a robust digital architecture, EA’s work alongside domain architects to ensure compliancy across all corporate activities, working effectively with stakeholders to achieve essential business goals.

EA’s gain a median base salary of $115,944, with up to 1,097 roles posted this year.

3. Pharmacist

Globally renowned for providing high quality, appropriate medicines and prescriptions to patients, pharmacists are responsible for providing high quality, customer-focused patient care, gaining a median base salary of $127,120.

Delivering essential advice regarding all medications and services available, pharmacists are responsible for monitoring the drug supply chain, noting any potential shortages, with 2,534 job openings in 2018.

2. Pharmacy Manager

Overseeing the everyday functions of pharmacies, Pharmacy Managers remain responsible for providing medications to patients, effectively managing stock supply, maintaining and ordering essential drugs whilst keeping an eye on the budget, well as providing immunisations to patients.

Adhering to all healthcare requirements, all medication given must be high quality, leading Pharmacy Manager’s to mentor, train and monitor staff. Individuals must also have significant knowledge in dealing with customer concerns or complaints, and regularly engage with other health professionals.

Pharmacy Managers can gain a median base Salary of $146,412, where 2,009 jobs became available in 2018.

1. Physician

Amassing a median base salary of $195,842, 3,038 new physician roles came onto the US market in 2018, highlighting that physicians will continue to be integral to the delivery of patient-centered care.

Global ageing populations, complex long-term health conditions and rising healthcare costs will further transform traditional physician roles of Medical Doctors and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine.

It will be imperative for physicians to examine patients, diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medications and operate where required (for those with specialisms in areas such as dermatology, cardiology, ophthalmology and radiology.


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