Careers in Allied Health include diagnostic medical sonographer, medical laboratory technologist, health service manager and physician’s assistant. These are also some of the highest paying careers in Allied Health.
A diagnostic medical sonographer administers echocardiogram, sonogram and ultrasound tests to diagnose injuries or illnesses. These professionals are also responsible for ensuring that results are fit to be used for diagnosis and also maintain medical equipment. Associate and bachelor degree programs are available in sonography, and courses may include interpreting images, clinical study and terminology. Some sonographers specialize in specific body areas, such as skeleton, gynecology or obstetrics.
Medical laboratory technologists test blood for typing and compatibility, operate lab-testing equipment, and analyze tissue and fluid samples. Medical laboratory technologists are required to have bachelor’s degrees. Courses including chemistry, microbiology, biology, management, math and clinical lab techniques increase the chances of getting a job.
Health service managers handle group practice, hospital departments, clinics and nursing homes on behalf of doctors. They supervise records, finances and billing. Additional duties may include managing compliance with regulations and scheduling. Master’s degrees are common in this field, although most health service managers have bachelor's degrees in health administration.
Lastly, physician’s assistants work under doctor supervision and are responsible for a range of duties, including performing exams, interpreting tests, treating injuries and meeting with patients. Study areas for physician’s assistants include physiology, anatomy, clinical medicine and ethics.