Did you know that doctors and nurses are only 40 percent of all health care providers? The other 60 percent are allied health practitioners. The work of these highly skilled health care providers support, facilitate, and compliment the roles of doctors and nurses. Over 5 million health care providers in the United States work in more than 80 allied health professions, which include:
- certified athletic trainers,
- dental hygienists,
- diagnostic medical sonographers,
- health information management,
- industrial hygienist,
- medical transcriptionists,
- occupational therapists,
- orthotists and prosthetists,
- physical therapists,
- respiratory therapists, and
- speech language pathologists.
These professionals get their training on the job, at community colleges, or at 4-year colleges and universities. Individuals who are trained for allied health professions are in high demand, and this demand will continue in the future. The top 30 fastest growing jobs in the U.S. predicted through 2010 are in allied health occupations. Read on to find out if one of these jobs could be right for you!
Three sites have information on allied health. We highlight the sites and the content we think you'll find useful as you explore your career options in this area of health care.
For a quick overview of what each site below offers, click the link.