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Allied Health Professions

With over five million healthcare providers working in one of allied health's 80 professions, allied health is one of the largest health career fields in the United States. An astounding 60% of all healthcare professionals and providers in the United States now work in an allied health profession. The demand for qualified allied health professionals and specialists continues to climb and the job outlook for these professions couldn't be better.

Allied health providers and health specialists typically work in direct patient care ennvironments. However, those who further their education, and gain relevant experience, often make career transitions into healthcare administration and management. Most allied health professionals work in public and private healthcare facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics and laboratories, but some operate their own private practices or work as part of a team medical professionals that provide specialized medical and patient care services.

Allied health professionals and specialists typically fall into one of three categories: technicians, technologists or therapists – technicians being the most common of the three. The prerequiste to becoming a technician is typically the completion of a 1-2 years training program from an accredited school or college. Technicians work under the supervision of technologists, therapists and physicians. Technicians are employed in almost all 80 allied health fields including respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, radiology, medical laboratory, and physical therapy, to name just a few.

Technologists conduct general medical procedures, patient evaluations and medical diagnostics. Technologists who specialize in a specific may be involved in the design and implementation of specialized patient treatment plans, evaluate and monitor patients' reaction to treatment/medications, implement complex medical procedures and make treatment recommendations to their supervisors (i.e. medical doctors, osteopathic doctors, etc.)

Therapists work in direct patient care environments providing a variety of specialized healthcare services aimed at physical and mental rehabilitation.

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