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What can I do with an allied health degree?

Allied health courses have always been popular, but more so since the pandemic. Allied health refers to a broad term of careers that are distinct from medicine and nursing. Allied health professionals work to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and illnesses. They also involve administration work to support health care systems. As allied health qualifications are on the rise, you might be wondering what you can do after you have qualified with an allied health degree.  This blog post aims to cover the different sectors you can expect to work in, the skills that employers often require you to have and the salary expectations.

Most popular occupations within the allied health sector:

  • Ambulance services
  • Care homes or hospices
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine (doctor, surgeon, GP)
  • Medical research
  • Customer care
  • Health clinics
  • Marketing
  • IT
  • Physiotherapy
  • Administration and management
  • Medical equipment sales
  • Nutrition and diet
  • Biomedical science or pathology
  • Pharmacy
  • Opticians or optometry
  • Psychology or Therapy
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • HR
  • Hospitality

* Please also be aware that further study may be required for some career paths listed above

 What recruiters look for and skills you will develop from an Allied Health degree 

  • Commercial awareness (or business acumen): This is about knowing how a business or industry works and what makes a company tick.
  • Communication: This covers verbal and written communication and listening.
  • Teamwork: You’ll need to prove that you’re a team player but also can manage and delegate to others and take on responsibility.
  • Negotiation and persuasion: This is about being able to set out what you want to achieve and how, but also being able to understand where the other person is coming from too.
  • Problem-solving: You need to display an ability to take a logical and analytical approach to solving problems and resolving issues.
  • Leadership: You may not be a manager straight away, but graduates need to show potential to motivate teams and other colleagues that may work for them.
  • Organisation: This is about showing that you can prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time well.
  • Perseverance and motivation: Employers want people to have a bit of get-up-and-go.
  • Ability to work under pressure: This is about keeping calm in a crisis and not becoming too overwhelmed or stressed.
  • Confidence: In the workplace, you need to strike the balance of being confident in yourself but not arrogant, but also having confidence in your colleagues and the company you work for.
  • Managing ambiguity: This is a particularly important skill in a complex, fast-changing environment, such as the health sector.
  • Resilience: Graduate employers look for resilience in their recruits because it enables employees to cope with change, problems and stress.
  • Analytical skills: Enable you to work with different kinds of information, see patterns and trends and draw meaningful conclusions.
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills: Spotting gaps in the market, suggesting ways to improve processes, or coming up with new ideas are all signs of an entrepreneurial approach.
  • IT skills: The best way to demonstrate your IT skills to employers is to show that you have been able to use them to achieve something, and you can demonstrate this with examples.
  • Caring skills: The ability to demonstrate empathy to patients, clients, or service users.
  • Flexibility: The ability to be adaptable in a working environment.
  • Working Independently: the ability to work both independently on tasks and projects.
  • Report writing: The ability to communicate thoughts, ideas, and information to a broad audience.
  • Following Instructions: The ability to follow clear instructions and guidance in a health or social care setting.

 What is the average salary of an allied health professional?

The national average salary for an Allied Health professional is £34,137 in the United Kingdom.  Allied Health graduate’s salaries can range from £18,599 to £26,116 depending on the subject studied and whether significant further study was undertaken.  Those graduates who didn’t complete any significant further study were likely to be earning a salary below the all-graduate average (of £24,250).

Who are the biggest employers in healthcare?

Company Name Employees
UnitedHealth 230,000
NHS 1.6 million
Janssen 40,000
Humana 52,000
Teva 30,000
Takeda 30,000
Spire Healthcare 4,908
Serco 50,000
BMI HealthCare 9,500
Care UK 3,410
Tribal Group 1,200
Alliance Healthcare 2,674
Bayer UK/Ireland 1,249
Priory Group 1,452
Pfizer 96,500
System C 285
Department of Health & Social Care Not available
Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) Not available
The Medical Device Company Not available
Nuffield Health 11,000
Private Healthcare UK Not available
Ramsay Health Care 3,500

 

Useful healthcare websites with further information:
British Medical Association
British Medical Journal
Department of Health & Social Care
Public Health England
Health Careers
Health Service Journal
Medical Research Council
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
World Health Organization

There are many study routes into allied health and its different specialisms. Find out more about starting your journey in the healthcare field.

At RCL, students get access to a dedicated career and employability adviser. Services include:  

  • 1-to-1 careers and employability support sessions
  • Opportunity to attend careers and employability webinar sessions
  • Access to Career Connect – our online careers support platform
  • Opportunity to engage with external employers
  • Developing and enhancing employability skills through courses like the ECDL (European Computer Driving License)
  • Work experience and placement advise S
  • Student events such as the Apprenticeship Week, National Careers Week and Employer Engagement Day

 

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