5 Reasons to build a career in Allied Health
To be honest, there are dozens of reasons you should seriously consider a career in Allied Health. But we’ll focus on a few key ones so you know why Allied Health is as varied and interesting as a medical career can be.
One: You like the idea of working in a wide range of medical field
That’s the first key to understanding where you can go with an Allied Health qualification. You’re simply not restricted to one medical area.
In fact, you can hop between physiotherapy, podiatry, dietetics, occupational therapy and speech therapy and be a valuable link to all; a hands-on assistant to practitioners in all these areas and more.
Acute care, aged care, mental health, rehabilitation, hospitals; your day will be as varied, challenging and exciting as a day can be. Allied Health Assistants are trained to be versatile with the skills to leap seamlessly from one medical discipline to another.
Two: You care about people
Young people, old people, people with special needs; you’ll work with them all. And along the way, you’ll have the chance to make a big difference in people’s lives. A great Allied Health Assistant will be passionate about life and the well-being of others.
Interested in this career path? Read our previous post on 'What do Allied Health Assistants do?'
Three: You’re ambitious
A career in Allied Health is immensely rewarding in itself, but it will also open all kinds of doors throughout the medical profession. If you’re ambitious and passionate about your career, who knows where Allied Health could ultimately take you.
Four: You want to work in an exciting growth industry
The health industry is not only thriving it’s growing at a rate of knots. That means jobs and job security.
Job Outlook predicts that opportunities for Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers will grow to 105,900 by November 2022. If you start your Allied Health course now, you’ll be qualifying at exactly the right time.
Five: You love the idea but don’t think you qualify
Right now you probably don’t – anything medical requires a serious qualification. After all, any patient in your care is putting their life in your hands.
You may not have done well enough in school to qualify for university. But you still have the chance to pursue a vocational qualification. Why? Because vocational training gives you specialised skills for a specific job.
Also, the good news is that you can do most of your Allied Health training at your own pace via online study modules and get work experience working with Allied Health professionals as part of your study’s practical component. The online study aspect proves beneficial as it means that you can train while still working in your current job.