Allied Health Professions
Types of Degrees Allied Health Professions Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many allied health professions graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Allied Health Professions Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to allied health and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Allied Health Majors
According to O*NET survey takers, a major in allied health should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
- Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Skills for Allied Health Majors
allied health majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Abilities for Allied Health Majors
A major in allied health will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
- Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
What Can You Do With a Allied Health Professions Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with allied health:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians||10.0%||$56,850|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonographers||23.2%||$72,510|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||15.1%||$34,320|
|Health Specialties Professors||25.9%||$97,370|
|Health Technologists and Technicians||19.6%||$42,920|
|Hearing Aid Specialists||20.6%||$52,770|
|Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists||13.4%||$71,670|
|Nuclear Medicine Technologists||10.0%||$76,820|
|Occupational Health and Safety Technicians||9.9%||$50,780|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Allied Health Professions?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of allied health majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||403|
|Hispanic or Latino||824|
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Allied Health. About 0.9% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
How Much Do Allied Health Professions Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in allied health professions made a median starting salary of $99,600 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $93,900 (25th percentile) and $106,700 (75th percentile).
We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to allied health so take that into consideration.
Salaries According to BLS
Average salaries range from $51,380 to $78,870 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to allied health. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Allied Health Professions
Some careers associated with allied health require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.
How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to allied health have obtained the following education levels.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|Less than a High School Diploma||0.1%|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||5.1%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||12.1%|
|Some College Courses||5.9%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||40.8%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||1.4%|
|First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession.||2.9%|
Online Allied Health Professions Programs
In 2018-2019, 1,834 schools offered a allied health program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||878||56|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||936||27|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||135||1|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||7||1|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||7||5|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||1||0|
Is a Degree in Allied Health Professions Worth It?
The median salary for a allied health grad is $61,540 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 54% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $432,800 after 20 years!
Majors Related to Allied Health Professions
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to allied health.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
More about our data sources and methodologies.