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A Guide to Allied Health Careers

A Guide to Allied Health Careers

Few things are sure in our uncertain world, but here is one: people will always need healthcare. Particularly in an aging and health-conscious society, professionals that help us safeguard our physical and mental health are as important as ever. 

But solid job outlooks are not the only reason a career in health care is a good choice. Helping people through each day’s work can lead to great job satisfaction and a feeling of fulfillment. Many different careers are available in the health care field, and these options don’t always require a medical degree or nursing specialty. 

A career in allied health is an opportunity to work behind the scenes or directly with patients, supporting health care practitioners in patient care and diagnostics. Below is a guide to what allied health careers involve, the benefits the work brings, demand and salary expectations, and how to pursue a career in the field. 

How it works

  • No college degree required: To qualify, you only need a high school diploma.
  • Get started today:  This certification course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. You'll have 6-18 months, depending on your program, from the time you register to complete the program.   
  • Benefits:  Allied health workers enjoy many benefits as physicians and nurses, like job security and varied and fulfilling work. 
  • Financial assistance is available: This course is non-credit and does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant, but financial assistance is available to those who enroll and meet certain requirements.  You can learn more about financing options at

Bottom line:  The job outlook for allied health careers looks positive, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting that an additional 2.4 million new jobs could be added in the sector through 2029, a rate faster than other occupations

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