It’s a good day to be an allied health professional (dental assistants, pharmacy techs, nursing assistants, x-ray techs, medical billers and coders). The job market for these positions will be growing through at least 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In fact, the BLS reports that it believes at least 3.2 million (3,200,000) jobs will have been created in healthcare in the decade between 2008 and 2018 and many of those positions will be in the allied health sector. In fact, the rising demand for qualified workers actually could result in shortages in some fields, meaning many allied health professionals should enjoy terrific job security/stability as well as earnings.
The BLS predicts that “job prospects” for those working in the allied health fields will stay strong due to an aging population (we all tend to need more medical care as we get older) as well as advancements in medical technology will keep demand high.
Below are some of the BLS predictions for growth for a handful of allied health fields (from 2008-2018):
- Medical Assistants: 34 percent growth
- Pharmacy Techs: 31 percent growth
- Dental Assistants: 36 percent
- Health Information Techs: 20 percent
- Nursing Aides/Nursing Assistants: 19 percent
- Radiologic (X-ray) Techs: 17 percent
- Clinical Lab Techs (including Phlebotomy Techs): 16 percent
What can you expect to earn in one of these positions? The BLS states the following as median hourly wages:
- Phlebotomy Techs (including Medical Lab Techs): $17.44
- Dental Assistants: $16.09
- Pharmacy Techs: $13.65
- Health Information Techs: $15.55
- Medical Assistants/Secretaries: $15.30
- Nursing Assistants/Aides: $11.54
Keep in mind that the above hourly wages are median; your pay may be more or less depending on your experience and where you work.
Also keep in mind that traveling healthcare professionals often receive higher hourly wages, especially when you factor in the hefty tax breaks/deductions you often can claim on your tax return.
Allied health professionals, from OTs, PTs, speech therapists, pharmacist, pharmacy techs, nursing assistants, coders, etc. are all in demand here at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We have many assignments at healthcare facilities all over the country in critical need of your skills and knowledge.
If you have at least two years’ experience in your field, we’d love to hear from you. Call us for more information or send your CV/resume today!