25 Most Popular Health Care Jobs

Here are the 25 most popular health care jobs in the US, based on national employment figures. Figures are current as of 2007.

Occupation

Employment

Nurses
3,187,580
Administrative support
2,657,060
Nursing assistants
1,390,260
Home health care aides
834,580
Management
530,800
Physicians and surgeons
468,000
Medical assistants
390,000
Cooks and food workers
306,000
Pharmacy technicians
301,950
Dental assistants
283,680
Clinical lab technicians and technologists
267,420
Pharmacists
253,110
Paramedics and EMTs
201,200
X-ray technologists
200,370
Medical billing and coding
197,550
Counselors
169,000
Dental hygienists
168,600
Physical therapists
161,850
Occupational therapists
91,920
Dentists
89,750
Medical transcriptionists
86,990
Surgical technologists
86,000
Physician assistants
67,160
Physical therapist assistants
59,120
Ultrasound technologists
46,770

Figures courtesy of Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.