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Why You Should Consider a Career in Allied Health

27 November 2012 Written by: Guest Author No Comment

The thriving healthcare industry provides some of the nation’s best career opportunities. If you’re seeking a personally and financially rewarding career, consider an allied health occupation. The allied health field covers an array of healthcare positions, except for those in nursing and medicine. As an allied health professional, you’ll work with other caring people to improve the lives of patients.

Allied health workers aid, support, and help to improve the efficiency of medical and nursing teams. These professionals work to detect and treat diseases, disorders, and other maladies in patients of all ages. Some allied health providers work independently while others work as part of a team.

The United States has more than five million allied health care workers in more than 200 different career fields. Allied health professionals represent 60 percent of all healthcare providers and include therapists, technologists, and technicians. Most allied health therapist jobs and some technologist positions require at least a bachelor’s degree, but most require two years of education or less. Some technician positions require just one year of education, usually from a community college or technical school. Technicians often report to technologists or therapists.

Allied health employment is expected to grow during the decade due to an aging population as well as advances in technology and cost control. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects the healthcare field will provide more new jobs than any other field. They forecast a 33 percent employment growth for the healthcare and social assistance industry from 2010 to 2020, providing 5.7 million new jobs.

Some popular allied health technician jobs are listed below:

  • Radiological technician
  • Ophthalmic laboratory technician
  • Clinical laboratory technician
  • Cardiovascular technician
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Ultrasound technician
  • Dietetic technician

Some allied health therapist occupations are as follows:

  • Massage therapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist
  • Radiation therapist
  • Rehab therapist

Finally, here are some allied health technologist job titles:

  • Clinical laboratory technologist
  • Medical technologist
  • Nuclear medicine technologist
  • Radiologic technologist
  • Surgical technologist
  • Angiography technologist/li>
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Histotechnologist
  • Polysomnographic technologist

For those who want to get in out of school as quickly as possible, here are some allied health jobs that only require an associate’s degree but still pay well:

  • Cardiovascular technologist and technician
  • Radiologic technologist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Massage therapist
  • Diagnostic medical sonographer
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Occupational therapist assistant
  • Physical therapist assistant

Brian Jenkins writes about cardiovascular technologist careers, as well as other career fields in allied health, for the Riley Guide.


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