The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions defines allied health professionals as “the segment of the workforce that delivers services involving the identification, evaluation, and prevention of diseases and disorders; dietary and nutrition services; and rehabilitation and health systems management.” Allied health professions are typically either technicians (assistants) or therapists/technologists. These can include dental hygienists, diagnostic medical sonographers, dietitians, medical technologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, radiographers, respiratory therapists, and speech language pathologists.
What is the outlook in allied health?
Currently, health care in America is facing a crisis. There is a significant shortage of workforce supply in the demand gaps across the United States in acute care, long-term care, and primary care providers. More and more allied health professionals are needed as the demand for healthcare workers will grow twice as fast between now and 2020. In the United States, healthcare makes up about 18% of the economy, which is twice as high as in many other countries. Allied health professionals are essential in providing health services to our communities while filling the gaps in the healthcare workforce that are not filled by traditional providers such as physicians and nurses. The majority of jobs in the healthcare industry are those in allied health.
|Rank||Occupation||% Growth Expected|
|4||Social and Human Service Assistants||49|
|5||Home Health Aides||48|
|6||Medical Records and Health Information||47|
|7||Physical Therapist Aides||46|
|10||Physical Therapist Assistants||45|
|16||Occupational Therapist Aides||43|
|18||Personal and Home Care Aides||40|
|21||Occupational Therapist Assistants||39|
Is a job in allied health right for me?
There are many professions that fall under allied health. These professions are a great way to obtain paid hands-on clinical experience, to serve as another health career option, or as a temporary job during your gap year(s) after graduation. For those looking for more experience before entering professional school, many allied health professions allow you to work one-on-one with patients. Utilize the following table below to compare the many different allied health professions.
|Allied Health Profession||Undergraduate Degree Requirement||Number of US Schools||Years of Training||Medican Income|
|Cytogenetic Technology||Bachelor's Degree||28||1||$61,235|
|Blood Bank Technology||Bachelor's Degree||13||1+||$50,000-75,000|
|Dental Laboratory Technician||N/A||19||1+||$28,498|
|Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)||N/A||473||2+||$31,020|
|Physical Therapist Assistant||N/A||120+||2||$45,000|
|Clinical/Medical Laboratory Scientist||N/A||228||2||$45,000-60,000|
|Anesthesiologist Assistant||Bachelor's Degree||10||2||$110,000-120,000|
|Athletic Training||Bachelor's Degree||N/A||4||$35,000-75,000|
|Nuclear Medicine Technology||N/A||88||1+||$65,000|
|Pathologists' Assistant||Bachelor's Degree||8||2||$90,000|
|Dietician or Nutritionist||Bachelor's in Dietetics or Nutrition||224||4+||$42,000-55,000|
|Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)||N/A||200+||1||$31,440|
|Certified Nursing Assistant/Aide (CNA)||N/A||120+||0||$25,620|
|Veterinary Technician||Min. 2 Year Undergrad||120+||2||$30,290|