TABLE B-1 Health Care Occupations Identified in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-2009

Occupation

Minimum Degree

No. in Profession

Average No. of Credits

Cost per Credit

Health Care Practitioners and Technical Occupations

Audiologists

Doctorate

12,826

12.5

$39a

Chiropractors

Doctorate

65,000

17

$17

Dentists, General

Doctorate

141,315

18

$28-$42

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Doctorate

7,044

18

$28-$42

Orthodontists

Doctorate

10,184

18

$28-$42

Prosthodontists

Doctorate

3,404

18

$28-$42

Optometrists

Doctorate

33,000f

18

$20-$27

Pharmacists

Doctorate

230,000

15

$30

Physicians and Surgeons

Doctorate

816,727

28

$30

Clinical Psychologist

Master’s, Doctorate

39,731

16

$15-$20

Physical Therapists

Master’s, Doctorate

175,488

30

$30

Occupational Therapists

Master’s

101,560

12

$27.50

Speech-Language Pathologists

Master’s

118,270

12.5

$39

Social Workers

Master’s Bachelor’s, many require

555,000

12.5

$0-$50

Physician Assistants

Bachelor’s/PA program

79,980

25

$30

Registered Nurses

Bachelor’s, Associate’s, or diploma

2,909,357

12

$8-$10



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