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¿Está una carrera en la salud aliada para usted?
It’s graduation time!Congratulations on a job well done!So…where do you go from here? Do you like people? Do you like helping others?Then the Allied Health Careers field may be for you! There are jobs from A – T, with salaries ranging from $16,000 (starting) to $100,000+ (upper range), plus you have the opportunity for advancement, both personally and professionally. You’ll be able to network with other professionals, attend informative seminars, and learn the latest technological advances! Some of these lucrative jobs include:
- Anesthesiologist Assistant
- Athletic Trainer
- Certified Medical Assistant
- Clinical Lab Technologist
- Dietetic Technician
- Health Information Technician
- Marriage and Family Counselor
- Nuclear Medicine Technologist
- Surgical Technologist
You may ask, “So how long will this take? I need to get a job!” You can complete some certificate programs in as few as nine months! For example, a medical assistant program can be completed in nine short months, enabling you to start your medical career. You always have the opportunity to continue your education in local colleges and, in some cases, even online! Many colleges offer a certificate program with a degree program available. The credits earned will “rollover” towards the degree, thereby reducing the collegiate time significantly.
The Allied Health Careers field is in dire need of professional, career-minded individuals. We need people who are eager to learn, interact with others, and promote the field. Both men and women are needed; there is no discrimination according to gender, race, origin, etc. People who speak more than one language are desperately needed as the patient clientele includes many diverse cultures. There is a need for those individuals who are self-motivated and willing to “step out” and take a stand against illness and mental and physical disabilities. There is a need for those unique people who place others before themselves. Do these statements describe you? After completion of your program, you may acquire licensing, certification, and registration – depending on the particular Allied Health Career field you choose. For example, medical assistants who have completed an accredited program through the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants) may sit for the national certification test, which is administered twice yearly in January and June at various locations nationwide by the AAMA. Upon successful completion of the test, you are certified for five years and earn the prestigious title of CMA (Certified Medical Assistant). For more information, please see the AAMA Web site, listed below.
Our society is fortunate to benefit from the latest technological advances, good healthcare, and the necessary medicines to promote longer lives. This also increases the patient load of care facilities. Where will these people obtain the needed health care? At local doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals, urgent care centers, emergency rooms, assisted living facilities, extended care facilities, ambulatory centers, etc. Even those individuals incarcerated are entitled to healthcare, and all of these facilities need the skills, knowledge, and personable qualities of an Allied Health Professional! Your job opportunities are virtually limitless! Why wait? Get started today – join the Allied Health Care Team!!
Editorial provided by Kay A. Nave, CMA/MRT. Kay is a certified medical assistant and medical receptionist/transcriptionist. She is the Medical Assistant Program Director at Hagerstown Business College in Hagerstown, MD, a Kaplan Higher Education College.