Celebrate Allied Health Week!

Dental AssistingCongratulations! You’re on your way to becoming an Allied Health professional, and this week, November 3rd to 9th is recognized nationwide as National Allied Health Professions week. This annual event honors the more than 3 million health care providers who work in allied health professions. This week celebrates you and your new profession, so give yourself and your classmates a collective pat on the back!

At Carrington College, we often have spirit weeks that celebrate the individual professions within the allied health care field, but this week celebrates you all. The careers you have chosen will continue to influence the health care industry for years to come. The skills you are building will be vital as you support, facilitate, and complement the work of physicians and other health care specialists.

Whether you’re just starting your program, or approaching the final weeks, here’s a little reminder of why you chose to enter this fast growing industry. I picked statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)  for just four of our programs, you can find more employment information for your career, if it’s not one of the four below, at www.bls.gov or by speaking with your campus Career Services department.

Dental Assisting
Employment of dental assistants is expected to increase 31% – much faster than the average for all occupations – from 2010 through 2020.* Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to increase the demand for preventive dental services. As dental practices grow, more dental assistants will be needed. The median dental assistant salary was $33,470 in May 2010.*

Medical Assisting
Employment of medical assistants is expected to increase 31% – much faster than the average for all occupations – from 2010 through 2020.* This growth will come from physicians hiring more medical assistants to do routine administrative and clinical duties, so that they can see more patients. The median medical assistant salary was $28,860 in May 2010.*

Pharmacy Technology
Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 32% – much faster than the average for all occupations – from 2010 through 2020.* As a result of advances in pharmaceutical research, more prescription medications are being used to fight diseases. Also, the number of older people is growing, and older people use more prescription drugs than younger people. The median pharmacy technician salary was $28,400 in May 2010.*

Medical Billing & Coding
Employment of medical records and health information technicians is expected to increase 21% – faster than the average for all occupations – from 2010 through 2020.* This growth will result from the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments and procedures that will be performed and the use of electronic health records. The median medical records and health information technician salary was $32,350 in May 2010.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Ed.)

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