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How will your allied health education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your allied health education with allied health education around the nation. There are 3,145 traditional allied health schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had allied health programs were:

  1. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  2. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  3. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California

Student Demographics

In 2010, 326,594 students earned certificates in allied health in the US. Of these students, 229,739 received certifications in allied health, 85,146 received an undergraduate degree in allied health, and 11,709 received a graduate-level degree in allied health.


Students can pursue education in allied health at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Allied Health
  • Bachelor's Degree in Allied Health
  • Master's Degree in Allied Health
  • Doctoral Degree in Allied Health
  • Certificate in Allied Health

Allied health students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying allied health:

  • Coordination
  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pathology


Students at allied health schools around the nation paid an average of $21,712 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following allied health schools:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183

The allied health schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577
  3. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491

How will your allied health job compare?

Home health aide, nursing assistant, psychiatric aide, occupational therapy assistant, or occupational therapy aide are the professions of choice for a majority of allied health graduates in the US. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 3,698,420 allied health professionals working in the US, including 523,260 certifed medical assistants, 982,840 home health aides and 1,451,090 nursing assistants. The following states have the largest number of allied health professionals:

  1. California - 339,850 Allied Health Professionals
  2. New York - 302,170 Allied Health Professionals
  3. Texas - 285,070 Allied Health Professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 4,812,660 allied health professionals will be working in the US. This would require the number of allied health professionals to grow by 16%. The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for allied health professionals over the next few years:

  1. Utah - 48%
  2. Georgia - 31%
  3. Idaho - 30%


On average, allied health professionals earn a salary of $30,603 per year in the US. However, factors such as education, your exact job description, and education can cause the salary for allied health professionals to vary greatly dependent on the exact allied health profession you pursue. Salaries for allied health professionals range from less than $15,300 per year to more than $130,780 per year. Allied health professionals in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Alaska - $42,221 per year
  2. Connecticut - $37,890 per year
  3. Washington DC - $36,539 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for allied health professionals are:

  1. Mississippi - $26,902 per year
  2. West Virginia - $27,340 per year
  3. South Dakota - $27,505 per year

The allied health professionals with highest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Occupational Therapy Assistant - $51,300 per year
  2. Physical Therapist Assistant - $49,810 per year
  3. Massage Therapist - $39,770 per year

The allied health professionals with lowest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Physical Therapist Aide - $25,000 per year
  2. Pharmacy Aide - $22,830 per year
  3. Home Health Aide - $21,760 per year

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants 1,451,090 $25,140 4.3%
Home Health Aides 982,840 $21,760 48.2%
Medical Assistants 523,260 $29,760 36.7%
Dental Assistants 294,030 $34,140 8.6%
Medical Transcriptionists 78,780 $33,530 -12.8%
Physical Therapist Assistants 65,960 $49,810 12.4%
Psychiatric Aides 64,730 $26,710 15.3%
Massage Therapists 60,040 $39,770 59.4%
Pharmacy Aides 49,580 $22,830 6.4%
Medical Equipment Preparers 47,310 $30,350 13.2%
Physical Therapist Aides 45,900 $25,000 9.5%
Occupational Therapy Assistants 27,720 $51,300 25.1%
Occupational Therapy Aides 7,180 $31,090 15.4%