What Are the Hot Allied Health Jobs Right Now?

by Howard Gerber on September 27, 2018

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allied health jobsAllied health is currently a hot field. Many jobs in allied health are expected to grow much faster than average over the next decade. Why is there such a need for allied health professionals?

There are several reasons that allied health workers may be in demand. The population is living longer, which creates a need for more health workers in different disciplines to care for patients. Also, advances in medicine are creating various specialties that did not exist years ago.

If you’re thinking about a career in allied health, you have several options. Below are some of the hottest allied health careers.

Medical Technologists

Not all allied health professionals work directly with patients. Medical technologists (also called clinical laboratory scientists or medical laboratory technologists) work behind the scenes, but their role is vital. They manage the testing aspects of a patient’s health information. Medical technologists analyze and test body tissues and fluids or any other sample removed from a patient for testing. They are also responsible for ensuring lab results from patients are completed in a timely manner.

Cath Lab Positions

Cath lab techs spend most of their time in an operating room. Patients rely on these professionals for assisting physicians before, during, and after cardiovascular procedures. Before and during surgery, the cath lab tech is responsible for ensuring all equipment is functioning properly. They will keep the doctors informed if they notice anything abnormal that needs to be addressed.

In some instances, the cath lab tech will help prepare patients for surgery by cleaning, shaving, and if needed – anesthetizing the area of insertion.

Radiation Positions

These include positions for radiation techs and interventional radiology. These professionals are responsible for performing diagnostic imaging and administering radiation treatments. Working in radiation requires prior knowledge of human anatomy, equipment protocols, safety protocols, and basic patient care.

Some radiation professionals may specialize in a certain area of healthcare, such as cardiovascular, mammography, sonography, or general radiology. Those who specialize in radiation technology most likely deliver services to patients with cancer and other diseases.

Pharmacists

With the increased risk of respiratory diseases and rising need for medication consulting, pharmacists are a huge part of the need for allied health professionals. Pharmacists interpret prescriptions from doctors, prepare medications for patients, and consult with patients to ensure they follow safe medication practices.

Travel pharmacy is a growing field, as many facilities are needing professionals to cover shifts or provide extra help during certain seasons. Pharmacists with multiple years of experience who are interesting in working in different cities and states should consider travel pharmacy.

Respiratory Therapists

Advances in medicine and technology have created more of a demand for respiratory therapists. Respiratory therapists treat people of all ages that have breathing problems, such as COPD, asthma, and cystic fibrosis. RTs also provide therapy for premature babies and trauma patients.

Respiratory therapy may include managing a patient’s ventilator, administering breathing treatments, or educating patients about their lung disease. RTs work in acute care hospitals, sub-acute facilities, and rehabilitation centers.

With all the options in allied health, what sounds like a good fit for you? Share with us in the comments below, then check out all of our open allied health jobs here.

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