Did You Know

  • Allied Health is made up of about 80 different professions and 200 different careers.
  • At least 5 million people are Allied Health professionals in the U.S., and it is the fastest-growing part of the health care industry.
  • The job outlook for many fields is very good. Between 2008 and 2016, the need for qualified Allied Health workers will grow faster than most other occupations. Some examples of projected growth:
    • Dental Assistants, 36%*
    • Respiratory Therapists, 21%*
    • Sonography (Ultrasound) Technologists 18%*
  • Some institutions use Health-related to refer to Allied Health fields.
  • Jobs exist for nearly every interest. Allied Health professionals work in hospitals, clinics, labs, doctors offices, home health care and specialized facilities.
  • Most but not all jobs involve direct contact with patients.
  • As medicine becomes more specialized, the Allied Health fields do, also. Advances in technology also create new opportunities. Ultrasound technology and sleep disorder fields are good examples.

Projected job growth by Allied Health field 2008-18*

Programs available at Volunteer State Community College Growth Percentage
Dental Assistants 36%
Physical Therapist Assistants 33%
Respiratory Care Therapists 21%
Health Information Techs 20%
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 18%
Radiologic Techs 17%
Firefighting occupations 17%
Medical Lab Techs 14%
Emergency Medical Technicians 9%
Chart of available VSCC Allied Health programs *SOURCE: U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11
Other Allied Health Programs
Physician Assistants 39%
Dental Hygienists 36%
Medical Assistants 34%
Pharmacy Technicians 31%
Occupational Therapist Assistants 30%
Surgical Technologists 25%
Medical Transcriptionists 11%
Growth of other Allied Health fields *SOURCE: U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11