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10,882 Master's Degrees Annually
295 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#21 in Popularity (Master's)
$61,540 Median Salary

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
Master’s Degree 10,882
Doctor’s Degree 295
Graduate Certificate 83

What Allied Health Professions Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, allied health majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the 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:

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  • 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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to allied health:

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  • 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

As a allied health major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • 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?

People with a allied health degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Athletic Trainers 22.7% $47,510
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
Neurodiagnostic Technologists 19.6% $42,920
Nuclear Medicine Technologists 10.0% $76,820
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 9.9% $50,780
Physician Assistants 37.4% $108,610
Radiation Therapists 12.6% $82,330
Radiologic Technologists 12.3% $59,520
Respiratory Therapists 23.3% $60,280
Surgical Technologists 11.7% $47,300

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Allied Health Professions?

10,882 Master's Degrees Annually
73% Percent Women
22% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Allied Health Professions runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #21 out of all the graduate majors we track. In 2019, about 10,882 graduates completed their master’s degree in this field. This major is dominated by women with about 73% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of allied health majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Allied Health Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 835
Black or African American 403
Hispanic or Latino 824
White 7,598
International Students 99
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,123

Geographic Diversity

Allied Health appeals to people across the globe. About 0.9% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom

How Much Do Allied Health Professions Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of allied health professions students with a master’s degree is $99,600 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $93,900 (25th percentile) and $106,700 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a allied health degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Allied Health majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $51,380 to $78,870 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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.

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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.

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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%
Bachelor’s Degree 17.7%
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%
Master’s Degree 7.7%
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%
Doctoral Degree 1.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.7%

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
Associate’s Degree 2,187 66
Bachelor’s Degree 43 6
Post-Baccalaureate 878 56
Master’s Degree 405 33
Post-Master’s 5 0
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!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to allied health.

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 63,380
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 23,124
Medicine 19,720
Public Health 18,212
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 16,970
Health & Medical Administrative Services 14,633
Mental & Social Health Services 14,322
Communication Sciences 9,970
Osteopathic Medicine 6,700
Dentistry 6,403
Veterinary Medicine 3,297
Alternative Medicine & Systems 2,714
Chiropractic 2,608
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 2,301
Optometry 1,747
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,654
Health Sciences & Services 1,526
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,418
Other Health Professions 1,292
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1,117
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 842
Medical Science 809
Podiatry 579
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 553
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 475
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 455
Alternative Medical Support Services 129
Dental Support Services 83
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 79
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 34
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 19
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 3
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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