If you’re interested in the healthcare field, you may have heard the term "allied health" as well as careers in allied health. So what exactly is “allied health”?
Allied health refers to healthcare professions other than medicine, pharmacy and nursing. These include positions as laboratory technicians, physical and occupational therapists, diagnostic professionals, medical assistants, medical secretaries and coders, and healthcare information technicians. Allied health professionals are trained to perform hands-on patient care, administrative work, or both. They usually assist other healthcare professionals in a variety of patient care settings. The range of allied health professions is quite diverse. Each path requires special training because a professional will have a very specific role in the healthcare field. Without allied health professionals, the healthcare system wouldn’t be able to run, as they make up an estimated 60% of the healthcare workforce. These are the people who work on the front lines of healthcare, doing important work in promoting and maintaining the health of the general public.
Choosing a path in allied health can be a good fit for those who want to specialize in a certain area of healthcare. Allied health professionals are usually highly organized people with an affinity for the biological and physical sciences, as well as effective communicators and collaborators who can use a variety of technical skills to help colleagues provide good patient care.
According to U.S. government statistics, healthcare is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States. The country's aging population combined with advances in medical treatments will significantly increase the demand for well-trained individuals in the healthcare field.
- Since 2000, employment in the health sector has grown 25% while total employment declined by more than 2%.
- Between 2000 and 2010, the overall economy lost over 3 million jobs while jobs in healthcare increased by more than 2.8 million.
- In 2010, there were more than 19 million jobs either in the health sector or in health occupations outside of the health sector, accounting for over 13% of the total U.S. workforce.
- The health sector is projected to continue to grow between 2010 and 2020, adding more than 4 million jobs during that time, an increase of 30%.
- By 2020, nearly one in nine jobs in the U.S. is projected to be in the health sector.
- Between 2010 and 2020, nearly 7.5 million health workers will be needed nationally to fill new jobs and to replace workers who leave their jobs.
Healthcare is dynamic and stimulating work. A career in the allied healthcare field offers many rewards including making a difference in the lives of patients, intellectual challenge and continuous learning, job security and the ability to work almost anywhere in the U.S.
Professor of Medical Assisting & Program Coordinator
Professor of Allied Health
ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAMS
|Medical Assisting||Associate's Degree|
|Health Career Pathways||Certificate|
|HIMT: Coding Specialist||Certificate|
|Medical Office Skills||Certificate|
|Patient Care Technician||Certificate|