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6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

by Kaitlyn Maxwell | Nov 08, 2017
It's National Allied Health Professions Week, so we're giving you the top 6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health!

6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

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There are a wide variety of career options in allied health. Some career options include rehabilitation therapy, preventive and diagnostic evaluation, nutritional and dietary advice, treatment to diseases and disorders, and managing and operating our heath care systems. Allied health workers represent nearly 60% of our health care workforce and job opportunities continue to increase every year.

Some examples of allied health professions include medical laboratory scientist, imaging technologist, physical therapists, occupational therapists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, nutrition and dietitians and physician assistants and many more.

6 reasons to pursue a career in allied health

  1. Flexibility Pursuing a career in allied health can be flexible. Allied health careers often require less education and training than medical doctors so they can enter the workforce quicker. Allied health professions also have offer a variety of jobs all over the word in all different types of settings. You can work in a hospital or laboratory, work from home and offer counseling and therapy, work for corporations and government agencies or provide medical billing and coding services.
  2. Personal Satisfaction by Helping Others People often choose to pursue a career in health care because of the opportunity to help others. They enjoy working with people everyday, giving advice to others and helping people live better and healthier lives. There are very few jobs that allow you to make a significant difference in someone’s life, and there is no greater service that can be offered than by helping others in need to better their lives.
  3. Job Security and Stability There are many different careers that can be pursued in allied health and all allied health careers are growing at rates faster than the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks the field of health care as one of the country’s largest and fastest growing industries and estimates that 3.2 million new health care jobs will have been created by 2018.  Additionally, careers in allied health are offered in just about every major city around the nation. As long as people exist, there will always be a high demand for careers in allied health.
  4. Benefits and Competitive Pay Along with having flexible work schedules, allied heath care professionals earn competitive pay compared to other health industries. Most allied health professions also offer generous career benefits, including health insurance, vacation time and retirement plans. Many healthcare employers also provide tuition reimbursement and paid training programs to employees who commit to work for a specified time following graduation.
  5. Military-Career Advantages When pursuing a career in allied health this can open the door to work in military services. There are many benefits to working in military health care, including helping others and serving your country. Several students at the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences are either completing their education after being in the military or pursue work in a military setting after graduation.
  6. Advancement Opportunities There are many ways to advance when working in allied health. With the experience that you gain, you can open your own clinic or continue to pursue an advanced degree in your field. Many hospitals even offer continuing education programs and paid higher education opportunities to help employees in healthcare advance in their career.

Pursuing a career in allied health is a great way to get started in the healthcare field and for many it can turn out to be a very fulfilling career with great job stability and benefits and many ways to advance! 

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