Allied Health Professions Major
Allied health professions is a major that typically falls into the Health Professions category.
There are 2,166 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in allied health, 820 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 365 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 12 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.
Who Is Getting an Allied Health Degree?
Allied health professions runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #46 out of all the majors we track. In 2017, about 10,900 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this major. This major is dominated by women with about 70.1% of recent graduates being female.
At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of allied health majors is as follows:
- Asian: 4.5%
- Black or African American: 6.6%
- Hispanic or Latino: 11.8%
- White: 67.8%
- Non-Resident Alien: 2.1%
- Other Races: 7.2%
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in allied health. About 2.1% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending allied health majors to the U.S. are Saudi Arabia, Canada and Japan.
What Will You Learn as an Allied Health Professions Major?
An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to allied health to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for Allied Health Majors
Allied health majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
Skills for Allied Health Majors
When studying allied health, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:
Abilities for Allied Health Majors
A major in allied health will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
What Can You Do With an Allied Health Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with allied health:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||15.1%||$34,320|
|Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians||10%||$56,850|
|Occupational Health and Safety Technicians||9.9%||$50,780|
|Nuclear Monitoring Technicians||0%||$79,140|
|Health Specialties Professors||25.9%||$97,370|
|Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists||13.4%||$71,670|
|Hearing Aid Specialists||20.6%||$52,770|
|Respiratory Therapy Technicians||-56.5%||$51,210|
Allied Health Professions Major Salary
Allied health majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $51,000 to $79,000. 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, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.
Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.
Amount of Education Required for Allied Health Professions Major Jobs
Some careers associated with allied health may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.
How much education 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.
|Level of Education||Percentage of Workers|
|Less Than a High School Diploma||0.1%|
|High School Diploma or Equivalent||5.1%|
|Some College Courses||5.9%|
|Associate's Degree or Equivalent||40.8%|
|First Professional Degree||2.9%|
Online Allied Health Professions Programs
There are 820 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in allied health professions, with 88 of them offering at least some courses online.
Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.
Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.
Is an Allied Health Professions Major Worth It?
The median salary for an allied health grad is $62,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 58% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $452,800 after 20 years!
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