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For parents and guardians

Wondering whether a career as an allied health professional is a good option for your child?

  • Qualified orthoptists, podiatrists, prosthetists & orthotists, and therapeutic radiographers are in demand all over the country, in both the NHS and the private sector. Nine out of ten students have job offers before they even graduate.
  • Working as an allied health professional is highly fulfilling and rewarding. Working directly with patients means they can see the positive difference they make to people’s every day lives. For most, it’s a job for life.
  • Salaries in the allied health professions start at £23,023 (for a newly qualified practitioner) and go up as you gain experience and specialise. There are lots of chances to specialise –in treating certain conditions or types of patient, for example.
  • Most relevant courses are three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) honours degrees. Studying is fairly full-on, combining lectures with clinical placements, where students treat real patients in a working hospital.
  • Because so much of the learning is hands-on, the jump from studying to working is easy to make. By the time they graduate, students are already experienced practitioners, ready to start their professional careers.
  • Many allied health professionals work 9 to 5, and those who don’t still have reasonable, predictable hours. It’s rare for an allied health professional to work shifts or be on call. So it’s perfectly possible to keep a healthy work/life balance.

If this sounds like the right choice for your child, you can find all the relevant university courses in England with our Course Finder.

Downloads

Need help talking to your child about careers in the allied health professions? Download and print the I See The Difference booklet.