3 Top Careers in Allied Health


When it comes to careers related to healthcare, the traditional options of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy etc. pop up in our minds. However, the field is getting saturated and it takes years to prove yourself better than the existing practitioners and professionals. If you are keen on choosing the health services profession, then the allied health services are a great career option. For those who are still wondering what this is and if this field has lucrative career options, read further.

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The Allied Health field covers everything related to patient care whether it is direct, therapeutic, technical or diagnostic. Most of you will also be surprised to know that allied health professionals comprise about 60% of the total health care professionals. Basic education and specific courses are required depending on the career option you choose.

In fact according to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics US, there are chances of over 25% annual growth in this field. Out of the many options available, following are the Top 3 careers in this field:

Medical Assistants:

Medical AssistantOne of the most common yet important positions in the Allied Health industry is that of medical assistants. Right from answering phone calls, scheduling patient appointments, maintaining patient records and correspondence to laboratory services and much more, is all handled by these professionals. By now you obviously understand that no hospitals or medical facilities can operate without the assistance of these professionals. There can never be a dearth of jobs if you choose this as a career option. You need to attend a 1 or 2 year professional course along with your graduation degree. The investment is less as compared to that of the conventional options. The compensation is lucrative too.      

Laboratory or Clinical Medical Technologists:

Medical TechnologistThe professional you meet in a white coat at laboratories is the technologist. To diagnose any ailment or disease, patients are advised to visit the labs and hand over blood, urine, stool samples. It’s the responsibility of these technologists to perform tests and arrive at correct conclusions. However, the term medical technologists, does not cover this job profile alone. Your ultrasound (sonography) technicians, radiology technicians, imaging technicians, diagnostic professionals are a few profiles that fall under this category. This field also offers you the opportunity to train assistants and work in close association with pathologists and radiologists. You can also be employed as a teacher or lecturer on similar topics. A bachelor’s degree is required for this profession.


DieticianWe have all heard of them. Ever since the concept ‘sedentary lifestyle’ has mushroomed, people have started flocking to dieticians and nutritionists. The profession has earned a separate identity for itself. While dieticians require a special license and different course of education, nutritionists can enroll for related courses and acquire the authority to practice within a short duration. These professionals are present in all major hospitals and facilities today to work on the dietary patterns and healthy eating habits of patients. You can also be employed in gymnasiums, spas, facilities that offer cellulite treatments and other weight loss techniques, at beauty pageants, in schools and colleges or hostels etc. You can also practice independently from home or at your clinic.

So you see, these are just 3 out of the 100s of career options available in the Allied Health services field. A detailed research in to the topic will open up a new and rewarding career path for you.

This interesting guest post was provided by Bella who is affiliated with healthschoolguide.net as a freelance writer. If you want to join one of allied health professions you can visit the website to find a list of degrees offered by various campus and online colleges in the US.

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