10 things you should know about allied health careers

Allied Health Professions Week is being celebrated nationally, November 5-11, 2012 to honor those working in the more than 200 allied health professions. 

Here are 10 things you should know about allied health:

  1. Allied health careers refer broadly to a wide range of health care professions that deliver patient health care services, besides nursing or physicians.
  2. Allied health professionals participate in all aspect of care.
  3. Allied Health jobs represent a stable and relatively profitable employment sector, being:
    • Relatively less vulnerable to international competition
    • More resilient to economic recession
    • Not as susceptible to outsourcing trends seen in manufacturing and other
  4. Statistics show that proportionately the population of North Carolina is growing slightly faster than the United States as a whole.  An adequate supply of allied health professionals, especially here in eastern North Carolina, is vital. 
  5. Although North Carolina is facing increased demand for allied health workers, some educational programs that produce these graduates face serious challenges, one being too few qualified applicants.
  6. Despite economic downturns, people continue to get sick and need healthcare. This is why some people call it the “beating heart” of the U.S. economy. By 2016, the government predicts that nearly 2 million new jobs will be created in the health care industry.
  7. Allied health careers are some of the most physically and emotionally demanding careers, and yet they offer some of the most rewarding opportunities.
  8. There are lots of opportunities for advancement in allied health.
  9. One of the biggest draws to the health care profession are the salaries, flexible work schedules and wide range of opportunities, especially in the area of allied health.
  10. East Carolina is the largest university provider of allied health professionals for the state.  The college has more departments and degrees than any university in the state.

This week, show your appreciation.  Take this opportunity to acknowledge some of the allied health professionals here in eastern North Carolina who are actively involved in maintaining your high standard of health care. 

Stephen W. Thomas, Dean
College of Allied Health Sciences

Sources:  Council for Allied Health in NC, NC Area Health Education Center, Cecil G. Sheps Center