Allied Health Schools in Minnesota

According to the 2010 census, more than half of Minnesota’s population resided in the fast-growing metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the sixteenth largest metro area in the country. The metro Twin Cities area thus offers great opportunity for health care professionals. Most of the remainder of the state is sparsely populated and is known for its robust and rugged population—many of them independent-minded Scandinavian and German immigrants—so the opportunities for allied health care specialists are limited in these outlying areas.

The Growing Allied Health Care Industry

An allied health school is a type of technical school intended for the health care professionals who assist physicians, nurses and dentists. Using data from the Bureau of Labor, the Altarum Institute reported that employment in the health care industry grew by 5.5% between December 2007 and September 2010 (during the throes of the recession), while the combined total for all other jobs fell by 6.8% during the same time frame. This equates to a net gain of 12.6% for health care jobs over other jobs.

All signs point to a continuing growth in the health care industry. According to the American Medical News, health care employers more than tripled their hiring rates in the first three months of 2011 as compared to the same period in 2010.

Careers in the Allied Health Care Industry

One career option you might consider is to become a medical biller, a person who codes, bills and tracks the diagnoses of patients, based upon lab procedures, signs and symptoms. According to, the average annual salary for a medical biller in Minneapolis is $25,000, which is 11% lower than the national average.

Another option is to become a health care administrator. You could choose to become an office manager, an information manager or a health services manager. states that the average salary for a health care administrator is $57,000, 11% below the national average.

Other potential jobs include medical assistant, dental assistant, veterinary technician, pharmacy technician, athletic trainer, nutritionist and massage therapist.

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