Post # 32
I’m a former respiratory therapist (from 2007-2011 & still have my RRT), and I am currently in PA school and set to graduate in 19DAYS! I take boards on Sept 5, so hopefully in about 5 weeks i will officaly be a PA-C.
I agree that the median salary for RT is around 50-60,000, and the median salary for new grad PA’s in my area (depending on specialty) is 75-90,000.
Post # 33
@ccantics: I’m sort of in healthcare – I’m a health educator. Sometimes I work with people who are in the healthcare field, and sometimes I work with laypeople. My main job is health educator/trainer with a major non-profit, and I really love it thus far (I just started a couple of months ago). I also do freelance work as a sex educator, and have done several workshops with nurse practitioners and doctors recently.
The median salary for both jobs varies a lot. For my main job, it’s working for a non-profit so I will never become rich off of it 🙂 My husband will most likely always make more than me (& he’s a nurse, finishing grad school to be a nurse practitioner). Anyway, working as a bartender paid better than what I make from my main job, but I feel so much more fulfilled and it’s not as hard on my body. I made less as an assistant manager at a dog salon and as a key holder in a retail store, FWIW. As for my freelance, I’m not doing it full time and some months are much busier than others. when I go to conferences, I don’t make money but it is great experience. I also vary my rates based on how big of an audience, travel, etc. I also negotiate, but try to not undersell myself. I will say that if i worked equivalent hours, I’d make more doing freelance than my other job, even factoring in overhead.
Lots of people who work for the non-profit didn’t have formal schooling in health. A fair amount of people with my job are people who are older than me – a few people retired and wanted soemthing to do. One of my friends was an EMT. The non-profit is great at training though. I have a graduate degree in this field though, certifications, and left a PhD program. I used to teach in teh health field at a university (and may go back to that at some point). Lots of my friends who are sex educators have a bachelor’s degree, a few have master’s. Some have their degrees in this field, but a number have degrees in gender studies, psychology, history, etc. Most of us have just built off of our experience
Post # 34
I am a physician assistant. I graduated in Dec 2012 with a masters. I am doing an extra year of training right now in a fellowship and only make around 45K. But will make about 100k in November. I work in the Emergency department.
Post # 35
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@ccantics: Be a physicians assiatant if you afford the schooling, if not, the best bang for your buck is medical billing/coding but make sure the school you go to has a high internship rate because that will help you find employment after graduation. If you’re super hot and well spoken plus you have a lot of education, then going into pharmaceutical sales is one of the more lucrative areas.
Post # 36
I just recently graduated from dental hygiene school. I’m not working yet, but got a job offer that I plan to accept, although it means relocating. I could make around $65,000 – $67,000 before taxes.
Post # 37
I am a speech language pathologist. In the nursing home I work at my starting salary out of college was about $69 k. You need a bachelors and masters degree in speech language pathology. However, there are programs where you can get both In 3 years. I have since moved to work as an SLP in the school system though and make significantly less haha !
Post # 38
Another Speech Pathologist here! I have a Master’s of Science (6 yr of school). I work in geriatrics. It’s hard to give an average that a SLP makes because it varies so much between setting. I’d say for geriatric speech therapists (nursing homes), probably around 60k. Speech pathology isn’t a career that has a lot of upward movement opportunities, but if you are easily bored… great job! I’ve worked in nursing homes, hospitals, home health, private clinics, and schools. They are all completely different and bring new challenges. My hours are also VERY flexible and you can work and earn as much as you like and have time for.
Post # 39
I am currently finishing my degree in Athletic Therapy with a double major in Exercise Science. Prior to that I did two years pre-med… then I got to visit the cadaver lab and realised I am in no way cut out for med school.
Once I graduate, in my area the average starting salary is 79000 a year. However, it is difficult to get full time status and certify. A majority of the grads never make it through the 1200 required hours and gruelling 3 day exam.
(He degree itself is four years. Most finish in 6 due to the heavy courseload and high standards. Students must maintain a minimum grade of an 80 on all components in order to pass each course.
The good news is there are tons of opportunities for advancement through additional degrees, continuing education, and moving to larger leagues and teams. The other lucrative sector involves private practice as the workers compensation board and public insurance cover treatment.
I am lucky enough to work and travel with two well ranked teams, as well as in a university clinic as part of my internship. I absolutely freaking love what I do everyday. It is exhausting but so rewarding. I love that I develop repertoire with my athletes and get to see them excel and grow as people.