Allied Health is a term usually associated with Health-Related Professions or for identifying a group of health professions at some institutions. It includes more than s 200 health careers. In United States there are 5 million allied health care providers that are employed in 80 different professions and represent approximately 60% of all health care providers. But, still this number is not sufficient. Due to multiplying rate of medical centers and increasing population in the country, the demand for these professionals has increased a lot.
A professional employed in this field deals with all the issues regarding patient health, and in your field you are regarded as an expert. Depending on your choice, you can start your career in this field. You can work as part of a health care team or can practice independently also. Assessment of patient needs and providing continual evaluations is the main aim of these professionals. They are expected to report clinicians, about everything related to patient’s health.
The allied health professions can be grouped in two different categories: therapists/technologists and technicians (assistants). For performing these complex procedures, technicians need a training of minimum two years. They work under the guidance of technologists or therapists. The careers which you can look for in this field are physical therapy assistants, radiological technicians, occupational therapy assistants, medical laboratory technicians, respiratory therapy technicians and recreation therapy assistants.