5 Allied Health Careers Poised For Growth

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As long as there is life on this planet, you can be sure that there will be an industry built around maintaining its health. The health care industry is as old as time itself, and is still rapidly expanding. With this expansions, there is – and will continue to be – an ongoing need for health care professionals (and more specifically, allied healthcare professionals.)  Here are just a few of the allied health careers projected to have the largest amount of growth in the next decade.

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists help various patients in rehabilitation, movement and pain management. Physical therapy is not only one of the fastest growing careers in the health industry but one of the fastest growing careers in the world. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in physical therapy are expected to grow 34% by the year 2024. With a median pay of $82,390 per year it’s hard not to look into a job in this industry.

Physician’s Assistant

One of the highest paying and fastest growing allied health careers is the physician’s assistant. Physician’s Assistants (more commonly known as P.A’s) are medical professionals who provide various health services under the supervision of a licensed doctor. With a median salary of $95,820 per year jobs in this industry are very attractive and require just 2 years of full-time training within an accredited physician’s assistant program. Due to increasing population sizes in large cities, physician’s assistant jobs are expected to increase 30% by the year 2024.

Audiologist

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the field of audiology are expected to grow by a massive 29% by the year 2024. Audiologists help to treat hearing related disorders such as hearing loss, with devices like hearing aids, cochlear implants, or even surgical treatments in more extreme cases. Audiologists receive a median salary of  $73,060 per year. To become an Audiologist, you are required to have Au.D or doctorate in audiology. This degree consists of 75 semester hours and supervised experience after a bachelor’s degree.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Much like a physician’s assistant, an Occupational Therapy Assistant provides care to patients under the watch of a certified supervisor; in this case, an Occupational Therapist. Like an Occupational Therapist, an Occupational Therapy Assistant helps patients develop and rehabilitate their general motors skills. Occupational therapy assistants and aides earn great salaries. with the median being $52,300 per year as reported by the BLS. To become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, you will need a degree from an accredited school, and then you will also need to become licensed. Jobs as Occupational Therapy Assistants are the fastest growing by far, being projected to grow an astounding 43% by the year 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Physical Therapy Assistant

Often called PTA’s, Physical Therapy Assistants work under the direct supervision of a physical therapist. Physical Therapy Assistants, much like Physical Therapists, help patients regain strength, mobility and also aid in pain management after traumatic injuries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary of a Physical Therapy Assistant is $54,410 per year. To become a PTA, you need to receive a degree from an accredited institution. You also need to become licensed and certified. Jobs in this field are expected to grow by 41% by the year 2024.

As you can see, allied healthcare is on the move…and it’s a good time to jump on the train. While often overlooked, it is allied healthcare professionals who act as the oil between the gears of the healthcare industry.

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