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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Allied Health's Many Occupational Choices

Allied health is an industry with many job options. Besides doctors, dentists and nurses, all of the other healthcare jobs are categorized as allied health. Because there are more than 85 career options in this field, allied health is one of the fastest growing career fields in the U.S. Job-seekers continue to flock to this industry. In fact, studies predict that the growth in allied health jobs will continue over the next ten years. Since there are so many jobs to choose from and such a positive career outlook, allied health is a great career choice.

The infographic below explains some of the fastest growing allied health jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these positions will expand by 28% or more by 2020. The expected increase is a very promising statistic to those considering a career in allied health.

Another fantastic aspect of the allied health industry is how it suits such a wide variety of people. There are all sorts of personality types working in allied health. There are also people from varying education levels, so many different job-seekers can find something to meet their needs. There are positions that only require certification before employment, such as medical assistants. On the other hand, careers like physician’s assistants may require a master’s degree.

The growth within the allied health field can be attributed to several things. Since Baby Boomers are projected to live longer than previous generations, there will be an increased demand for medical services. Allied health is a career choice with exceptional long-term potential. Even better, it is a career that helps people. Working in the allied health industry affords people the opportunity to make a difference.

   Allied Health Careers
Infographic by U.S. News University Directory, your source for the Best Allied Health Programs Online.

This guest post was provided by Erin Palmer. Erin writes about allied health careers like medical assisting and healthcare administration for US News University Directory. For more information please visit

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