The Allied Health field is growing rapidly and there are many specialties for a travel nurse to choose from. In this article, we highlight the top Allied Health positions for 2021. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a traveler, we’d love to talk to you!
Top Allied Health Positions for 2021
Respiratory Therapists are in greater demand than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They develop treatment plans for patients with breathing conditions, including COVID-19, Cystic Fibrosis, and asthma. They also perform diagnostic tests, procedures like tracheostomy maintenance, and monitor the progress of patients at home. While some find work with an Associate degree, many earn bachelor’s degrees, and all except those in Alaska, are required to be licensed, much the same as a nurse. The pandemic has brought the importance of these professionals to the forefront and AB Staffing has had many requests for Respiratory Therapists for Crisis Contracts.
Medical Lab Tech/Medical Technician, and Clinical Lab Scientist (CLS) field is expected to grow an average of 7% per year over the next 10 years. Technicians analyze bodily fluids, examine blood samples, calibrate, and sterilize lab equipment, and enter patient medical history. In terms of education, it is largely specific to the state and employer. While some states require licensing and/or an Associate or bachelor’s degree, others do not. If you’re a new traveler, this is a great starting place for you.
Computerized Technology (CT) Technologists are responsible for operating the CT equipment which captures images of bones, organs, and tissues of patients in order to diagnose medical conditions. The education required is an Associate or bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology plus licensing. Over the next 10 years, this field is expected to have 10%-13% growth. CT Techs can enjoy a variety of career opportunities in high-paying positions and job security working in hospitals, physician offices, medical labs, and colleges.
Pharmacy Techs are primarily responsible for dispensing prescribed medications to patients, retail pharmacy customers, and/or other health professionals. These jobs start at an average salary between $26,000 and $39,000, depending on the type of facility and part of the country where you are working. Growth in this field is expected to be 12% over the next five years which is higher than average growth. This is due to an aging population. Education requirements can vary and may include certified pharmacy tech training and on-the-job experience.
Ultrasound Techs are responsible for working with technology and equipment that produces images of muscles, organs, and tissues through high-frequency sound waves. They are required to identify and diagnose diseases and injuries and monitor the growth of a fetus. Job growth in this field is expected to be 12% over the next five years. Education requirements include an associate degree in applied science with a focus on diagnostic medical sonography. Bachelor’s degrees are available and may be required for advanced positions and licensing may be required depending on the state. Typically, these are high-paying jobs with daytime work hours.
Dental Assistants are another top Allied Health position. They’re expected to experience a 7% growth over the next few years, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a dental assistant, you will prepare patients for treatments, ensure instruments are sterilized, x-rays are taken as needed, and provide patient care. Demand is increasing because of advances in preventive dental services. While some states do not require formal education, others require dental assistants to graduate from an accredited program before they are allowed to work. This job is typically high-paying and offers daytime hours.
As you can see, there is growing opportunity in the Allied Health field and many positions to choose from. If you’re interested in becoming a traveler, please contact AB Staffing at 888.515.3500.