Healthcare is a booming business. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2012–2022, the healthcare industry is expected to grow 2.6 percent. That’s faster than any other sector of the United States workforce.
Good news for allied health workers
As a professional working in allied healthcare—a specific branch of the field that includes dozens of different job titles—you’ll have plenty of opportunities to bolster your job portfolio. And if you’re willing to travel for work, you’ll have that many more options, since the entire country will be your oyster. This is especially true if you work in one of the six fastest-growing allied healthcare careers. These include:
- Diagnostic medical sonographer. This position is expected to grow at a staggering rate of 46 percent from 2012–2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Diagnostic medical sonographers aid physicians in patient diagnoses through the use of special imaging equipment. They conduct certain tests or create images of body systems. And they’re well compensated for it. The median annual wage for this job was $65,860 in 2012.
- Surgical technologist. Also known as operating room technologists, these allied health professionals assist doctors with surgeries. Their duties include setting up the operating room, sterilizing equipment and preparing patients for surgery. This position is expected to grow 30 percent from 2012–2022, with a median annual wage of $41,790.
- Medical assistant. This up-and-coming healthcare position is growing at the rate of 29 percent: much faster than the national average. Medical assistants aid doctors and other healthcare professionals, completing administrative and clinical tasks that differ by location and practice.
- Radiation therapist. Radiation therapy positions are set to grow at a rate of 20 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Therapists in this field earn an impressive median annual wage of $77, 560 and are among the highest paid of all allied health professionals.
- Respiratory therapist. At a growth rate of 19 percent, respiratory therapy jobs are also expanding rapidly. A therapist in this position cares for patients with asthma, emphysema, or other health conditions that makes breathing difficult. And they command a respectable salary. In 2012, the median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $55, 870.
- Cardiovascular technologist. Healthcare professionals in this position conduct electrocardiograms, lung capacity exams, or other tests to help determine patients’ heart and lung function. Cardiovascular technologists earn a median annual salary of $55, 210.
Are you an allied health professional looking for your next travel assignment?
If so, MedPro Healthcare Staffing can help. We place travel nurses, therapists and allied health professionals with travel positions throughout the country. To learn more, contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing today!