Allied Health Career Options

Dental Hygiene
Graduates with an associate's degree in Dental Hygiene are qualified to work as dental hygienists. Dental hygienists are responsible for a variety of tasks in dental practices, including collecting patients' health information, performing teeth cleanings, and taking x-rays. Dental Hygienists must be licensed in order to practice.

An associate's degree can also lead to a position as a dental assistant, which involves more administrative and fewer clinical duties than that of a dental hygienist. Dental assistants may occasionally assist with teeth cleaning and x-ray processing, though the position does not require certification.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of dental hygienists is expected to grow by 38 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing research linking oral health and general health will continue to spur the demand for preventative dental services, which are often provided by dental hygienists.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Graduates with an associate's degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography are equipped to begin careers as sonographers (RDMS), Echocardiographers (RDCS), or Vascular Technologists. All three positions use imaging equipment to assess and diagnose various medical conditions, though sonographers specialize in ailments throughout the body, while echocardiographers and vascular technologists specialize in heart and blood vessel ailments.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow by 44 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As ultrasound technology evolves, it will become a more common method used to assist in diagnosing medical conditions, favored over more invasive procedures.

Funeral Service Education
Graduates with an associate's degree in Funeral Service Education are qualified to take positions as funeral directors, funeral home assistants or apprentices, embalmers, morticians, or funeral attendants. The scope of the work takes place mostly in funeral homes or crematories, with on-call hours including nights and weekends. Funeral directors and their apprentices and attendants arrange the details and logistics of a funeral or services to honor the deceased. Funeral directors also handle the paperwork involved with a person's death.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of funeral directors is expected to grow 18 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Nursing (LPN & RN)
Graduates of the program find jobs in a variety of health care settings, such as: hospitals, extended care facilities, home health care agencies, state and federal health-related facilities, the armed services, private duty nursing, and in physician and dentist office settings.  

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of nurses is expected to grow 26 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of technological advancements; an increased emphasis on preventative care; and the large, aging baby-boomer population who will demand more healthcare services as they live longer and more active lives.

Radiography
Graduates of the program can expect to find jobs as Radiographers (R), administrators, bone densitometrists (BD), Interventional Technologists (IR), Computed Tomography Technologists (CT), health physicists, instructors, mammographers (M), Magnetic Resonance Technologists (MR), Nuclear Medicine Technologists (N), Quality Management [Quality Assurance/Quality Control] Specialists (QM), Radiation Therapists (T), sales representative, or Sonographers (RDMS).

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment for those with a background in radiography is expected to grow by 28 percent by 2020, faster than the average for many occupations.

Veterinary Technician
Graduates of the program can expect to find jobs as Veterinary Technicians, in biologic research labs, as Lab Animal Technicians, in small and large animal practices, in exotics and specialty practices, at zoos, with wildlife rehabilitation centers, and with pharmaceutical companies, teaching institutes, diagnostic labs, aquariums, animal shelters, and animal feed companies.

Veterinary Technicians perform many of the same tasks for veterinarians that nurses and other professionals perform for physicians. These tasks include general animal care, surgical assistance, laboratory tests, x-rays, anesthesia, and critical care.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to grow 52 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities are expected to be excellent, particularly in rural areas.

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