3 Medical Careers That Pay Off (and You Can Learn in Under 2 Years)

by Susie on August 3, 2015 · 8:00 am

Editor’s Note: This article was updated with the most current BLS data on 11.28.2018.

When most people consider a career in the medical field, they think it takes several years of school before they can start working. That’s not always the case. In fact, there are medical careers that offer decent pay and take less than 2 years of college to earn an associate’s degree and start a career.

Respiratory Therapy program 150Respiratory Therapists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $59,710 in May 2017, and they estimate that between 2016 and 2026, employment for Respiratory Therapists will grow 23 percent [Source: BLS – Respiratory Therapists 11.28.2018]. SJVC offers a Respiratory Therapy program that can be completed in approximately 19 months. The accelerated pace of the program helps graduates get started on their career (and earning a decent living) in under 2 years. Learn more about SJVC’s Respiratory Therapy program.

Dental Hygiene program 150Dental Hygienists

The median salary for Dental Hygienists — at $74,070 in May 2017 [Source: BLS – Dental Hygienists 11.28.2018] — is a great benefit to those who work in this career. Employment for Dental Hygienists is expected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations [Source: BLS – Dental Hygienists 11.28.2018]. In SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program, students can earn their associate’s degree and be out working at a dental practice in about 16 months. Find out more about SJVC’s Dental Hygiene program.


Surgical technology program 150Surgical Technologists

Between 2016 and 2026, employment of Surgical Technologists is projected to grow 12 percent, and in a May 2017 report, Surgical Technologists were earning a median salary of $46,310 [Source: BLS – Surgical Technologists 11.28.2018]. The Surgical Technology program at SJVC can be completed in 15 months, so students can train in the program from start to finish and be out working in operating rooms in well under 2 years. Learn more about SJVC’s Surgical Technology program.

While it may take doctors 10+ years to earn their full credentials, Respiratory Therapists, Dental Hygienists and Surgical Technologists can train for and start their careers in under 2 years. These medical and dental careers are worth looking into, and SJVC is here to answer any questions you have about our programs. Request information or give us a call at 866-544-7898.



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