What You Earn in an Allied Health Job
Check out these HOT jobs to find out!
Healthcare jobs are hot, Hot, HOT right now, which is great news if you’re interested in a career in Allied Health. Jobs in this field currently make up more than 60 percent of all healthcare positions, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for these trained professionals has soared in the last decade and are expected to grow even more to 2022.
So, if you’re thinking about a career leap into this field, here’s a list of the fastest growing and top-paying Allied Health jobs:
WHAT THEY DO: Occupational therapists work with injured, ill or disabled people. Patients usually have difficulty performing tasks needed for daily life and work, so occupational therapists lead their patients therapeutically through everyday activities.
AVG. ANNUAL SALARY: $80,000
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Master’s degree. All states require occupational therapists to be licensed or registered.
EXPECTED JOB GROWTH: 19%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, Vascular and Cardiovascular Tech
WHAT THEY DO: These healthcare professionals use sonography equipment to perform diagnostic examinations under the direction of a doctor. Sonographers can specialize in multiple areas including OB/GYN, Abdomen, Adult Echocardiography, Breast, Vascular, and more.
AVG. ANNUAL SALARY: $68,390
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Formal training resulting in an associate degree or a post-secondary certificate. Some employers require professional certification.
EXPECTED JOB GROWTH: 39%
Radiologic and MRI Tech
WHAT THEY DO: Both of these professions specialize in the creation of diagnostic images. Radiologic techs conduct medical imaging examinations, usually X-rays. Whereas, MRI techs operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. MRI techs also work under the guidelines set by radiologists and ordered by physicians.
AVG. ANNUAL SALARY: $67,300
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Radiologic techs are often required to have an associate degree. There are two routes to becoming an MRI techs: some will start out as a radiologic tech and certificate programs that focus solely on MRI training. Licensing and certification requirements vary by state.
EXPECTED JOB GROWTH: 21%
Medical and Clinical Lab Tech
WHAT THEY DO: Medical and clinical lab techs collect medical samples and conduct lab tests. They work in all areas of the clinical lab, including blood banks, chemistry, hematology, immunology, histology and microbiology
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Associate degree or a bachelor’s degree. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed.
AVG. ANNUAL SALARY: $60,560
EXPECTED JOB GROWTH: 22%
WHAT THEY DO: Surgical techs assist during operations by preparing the operating room, arranging equipment and distributing surgical instruments before the procedure. They also play an important role in postoperative care.
AVG. ANNUAL SALARY: $45,010
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Post-secondary certificate or associate degree. Only a few states regulate surgical technologists.
EXPECTED JOB GROWTH: 30%
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
WHAT THEY DO: Medical records and health information techs organize and manage patient records and other health data. These professionals use different classification systems to categorize information for insurance reimbursement purposes, database registries, and maintaining patients’ medical histories. Medical billing and coding is a popular area of specialization.
AVG. ANNUAL SALARY: $38,860
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Post-secondary certificate or associate degree. Many employers require professional certification.
EXPECTED JOB GROWTH: 22%
WHAT THEY DO: Phlebotomists draw blood and prepare it for lab testing. Other duties include managing transfusions, blood donations and research. They work closely with patients.
AVG. ANNUAL SALARY: $31,890
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Post-secondary certificate from a phlebotomy program. Many states do not require formal certification, but most employers strongly favor phlebotomists who are professionally certified.
EXPECTED JOB GROWTH: 27%
WHAT THEY DO: Medical assistants manage administrative and clinical tasks that may involve direct patient care and treatment, or management of patient records and health information data.
AVG. ANNUAL SALARY: $31,220
EDUCATION/TRAINING: High school diploma. Learning through on-the-job training is possible, but many employers prefer candidates with a certificate or an associate degree.
EXPECTED JOB GROWTH: 29%
WHAT THEY DO: Pharmacy techs help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or other health professionals. Knowledge in areas such as pharmaceutical terminology, proper drug administration, drug classifications and pharmacy management is usually required.
AVG. ANNUAL PAY: $31,090
EDUCATION/TRAINING: Most states regulate pharmacy technicians. Applicants need to pass an exam or complete a formal education or training program.
EXPECTED JOB GROWTH: 20%
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