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What are some career options that can be pursed with an allied health major (major designed for further education in the medical field) after graduation?

I am a sophomore college student, pursing an allied health degree, with hopes of becoming a Physician assistant. However, after graduation I don't know where to go to pursue a good job before or attending graduate school. #physical-therapist #physicians-assistant #career-planning

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ABDUL’s Answer

Hi Raeanna,
Allied health professionals work as part of a health care team, providing support services to dentists, nurses and various medical doctors. Allied health is a broad field, with job options ranging from anesthesia technician or chiropractor to arts therapist or speech-language pathologist. Some common allied health careers you might consider include:

EMT or paramedic. These professionals provide emergency, sometimes life-saving, care in the event of an accident or sudden illness.
Laboratory technician. These allied health workers draw blood and other fluids under a physician's direction and process these samples to help diagnose and treat illnesses.
Dental hygienist. As a dental hygienist, you would clean and inspect patients' teeth, as well as alerting the dentist to any signs of oral disease. You also might assist the dentist during procedures, including replacing fillings or performing extractions.
Medical assistant. Often employed in private practices, medical assistants typically take medical histories, keep records and schedule appointments.
Some allied health workers have little or no direct contact with patients, but instead work in specialized clerical and administrative fields, such as medical coding and billing or record keeping. Allied health careers are among the fast-growing occupations in the healthcare industry with a projected job increase of 22% between 2008 and 2018, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures (www.bls.gov).

Wishing you all the best in all your future endevours.

Thank you ABDUL WAHAAB for taking time to answer my question. Here is another, what jobs look well on a resume as I begin thinking about graduate school? What volunteer work can I look to do now that will help me in the long run? Thank you very much. RaeAnna T.

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Vickey’s Answer

Physician Assistant, Respiratory Therapist, Xray Technician, Ultrasound Technician, Pharmacist Technician, OR Technician, Phlebotomist, Occupational/Physical Therapists. The list is pretty long. Pick a few your are interested in and you can contact programs that offer them to see what specifically is required.