NHM Health Focus: Allied Health Professions
Emergency Medical Technicians,
Occupational Therapists are among the more familiar of the many
allied health professionals involved in our recovery from injury and
Other examples of the more than 100 allied health professions include:
Therapist - uses the creative process of art to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well being of individuals of all ages
Trainer -works with athletes and other to prevent, recognize,
manage and rehabilitate injuries that result from physical activity.
- specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of hearing,
central auditory processing, and balance disorders. They work in schools,
hospitals, businesses, in private practice, in universities, research
laboratories, and government agencies.
- works in hospital and research laboratories examining human cell
samples under the microscope, looking for early signs of cancer and
- Health Information
Manager - maintains, collects,, and analyzes health information
needed by doctors, nurses, and other providers as they perform their
- Medical Appliance Technician - constructs, fits, maintains, or repairs
medical supportive devices, such as braces, artificial limbs, joints,
arch supports, and other surgical and medical appliances.
Illustrator - creates visual material to help record and disseminate medical, biological and related knowledge. Medical artists are employed in hospitals, clinics, dental schools, and schools of veterinary medicine.
Therapist - provides treatment for physical, psychological,
cognitive, and social needs of individuals through the structured
and specialized use of music. They assess emotional well-being, physical
health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive
skills through musical responses.
Medicine Technologist - works nuclear medicine physician to
:prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals, perform patient imaging
procedures, analyze biologic specimens, and provide images, data analysis,
and patient information to the physician.
Therapist, - works with anesthesiologists to monitor patients
breathing during surgery, helps diagnose sleep disorders like apnea
or works one-on-one with patients in home health care environments.
Some RTs are first responders who provide emergency care
to people with lung injuries from fires or other disasters.
For an interesting look at how some of these professionals can make a difference in our lives, visit Allied Health Professional Story, an educational tale about a child involved in a bicycle accident and the allied health professionals involved in his recovery.
For additional examples of health professions please visit the Web
sites listed under Allied Health Careers in the box above.
For those interested in an allied health career, or for those still
an interactive career exploration web site for middle and high school
students, is a good place to begin career exploration. Users can browse
for information on more than 100 medical science and health careers
by title, education required, interest area, or median salary. LifeWorks
contains factual career data. In addition, true stories of successful
people illustrate a variety of real-life career pathways, from the carefully
planned to the unpredictable. The associated "Career
Finder" can be used to generate a customized list of careers
especially suited for users' skills and interests.
Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has
these resources related to allied health careers:
Health Headquarters: Question of the Week - Health
Health Headquarters NHM Health Focus - School Nurses
Resource Center: Career Center - Career Profiles
Resource Center: Career Center - BIO
Career Guide Information
Resource Center: About Biotech - Science
Resource Center:About Biotech - Careers
in Life Science
Resource Center: About Biotech - On
Becoming a Scientist
Let's Collaborate: Teaching and Learning - Careers
Let's Collaborate: Technology in Education - Energene