SOURCE: CourseAdvisor

May 07, 2008 09:00 ET

Allied Health Careers on the Rise

CourseAdvisor Pairs Students With High-Demand Healthcare Programs

WAKEFIELD, MA--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - The rising demand for health care services is creating many new high-paying career opportunities across a wide range of medical and wellness occupations. Physicians and nurses may be the most visible professions in the healthcare field, but many other professions support their efforts, including allied health. The advantage of many allied health careers is that they require only an associate's degree or professional certification. CourseAdvisor, an established marketing and lead generation company operating one of the top online education directories, CourseAdvisor.com, offers information on financial aid and several online degree programs and online courses for those interested in pursuing a career in the allied health field. Alternatively, the CourseAdvisor education wizard can save prospective students time by matching them directly to online or campus healthcare programs best suited for their requirements and goals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the allied health field is expected to grow more than 21 percent between 2006 and 2016. "In order for medical and nursing professionals to provide the best possible service, they rely on an extensive team of allied health professionals," said Greg Titus, founder and CEO, CourseAdvisor. "With the current economic instability, students are challenged with finding the right career with low risk and high reward. The demand for allied health professionals with a two-year associate degree or professional certification is rapidly growing as the health care field expands."

In today's rapidly expanding nursing and healthcare field, allied health professionals include diagnosticians, administrators, managers, and therapeutic or wellness specialists such as massage therapists. These professionals typically work at medical laboratories, hospitals, outpatient clinics, pharmacies, and doctors' offices. Allied health careers requiring only professional training and certification or a two-year associate degree include:

--  CT Scan or MRI Technician
--  Dental Hygienist
--  ECG/EKG Technician
--  EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) or Paramedic
--  Health Information Specialist
--  Massage Therapist
--  Medical Administrative Assistant
--  Medical Assistant
--  Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
--  Medical Technician
--  Personal Trainer or Fitness Worker
--  Pharmacy Assistant
--  Pharmacy Technician
--  Phlebotomist
--  Respiratory Therapist
--  Surgical Technologist
--  Ultrasound Technician/Sonographer
--  Veterinary Technician
--  X-ray Technician
    

For more information on healthcare careers and online education, visit http://www.courseadvisor.com.

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CourseAdvisor helps postsecondary schools maximize enrollment with high volumes of qualified leads. Combining mathematical modeling, behavioral analysis, and sophisticated search technology, CourseAdvisor, owned by The Washington Post Company, predicts and adjusts for new behaviors to stay ahead of enrollment trends. Currently, more than 2.5 million students use CourseAdvisor's leading online education directory, CourseAdvisor.com, where they can match their skills to online degree and certificate programs from over 500 educational institutions and 8000 programs. For more information, please visit http://www.courseadvisor.com/.

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