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Allied Health - In-Demand Careers that Make a Difference

Jul 31, 2020

Workers are needed in many areas across the health care spectrum. In fact, growth in health care is outpacing many other industries. Now is the perfect time to begin a career in an allied health field.

Who works in allied health?

Allied health workers support doctors, nurses and dentists in providing patient care. Some examples of allied health careers include Tonette Steeb dental assistant, dental hygienist, respiratory therapist, nutritionist, athletic trainer, counselor, lab technician, health educator, and more.

Allied health at DVC

DVC offers programs that train students for careers in several allied health fields. Some are geared toward students who plan to transfer for further study, while others can lead to a job. Many allied health careers do not require a bachelor’s degree.

Most health care programs include options for experiential learning - learning by doing. Many classes involve labs, and some replicate a clinical setting. These opportunities will be available to students once social distancing requirements have been eased.

“Health care requires hands-on skills. It also involves soft skills because you are working with people. Students must practice these skills to build confidence. They also need to improve their listening and talking skills to communicate about procedures and outcomes,” said Barbara Hewitt, the department chair for health sciences at DVC.

Students choosing careers in health care often join the DVC health care learning community.

“They are able to visit local health care centers and hear industry speakers. They learn about infection control and protecting the privacy of patients’ health records,” said Hewitt.

Student members of DVC’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter attend the annual state conference. At the event, they compete with their peers and network with professionals.