Pathways to professional success are not always straightforward. Circumstances—including access to education, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and geography among other factors—can create twists and turns that shape each path. It can be long and winding, but with training, education, and commitment to themselves and from others, individuals can navigate to success.

National certification is a starting point, like the red star on a map that shows “you are here.” It designates readiness for the career journey ahead because it demonstrates a standardized measure of knowledge and skills. Once you’ve earned it, you’re ready to traverse a journey to career success. Again, the pathway is unique to the individual.

Educators see certification as a milestone for students. Passing a nationally accredited exam means a student is more likely to be work-ready. Employers value the standardization national certification provides and use it to screen job applicants. By using certification as a start, health care professionals can carve their paths by honing soft skills, seeking additional clinical training, taking on more responsibilities, and developing advanced skills to continue moving upward.

Because no pathway to professional success looks the same, NHA sought to uncover what factors impact the journey. The 2020 Industry Outlook collected insights and data from employers of allied health professionals, digging deeper to understand what they seek in candidates, what these professionals’ daily work looks like, and what traits and skills make them most successful in their roles.

As an advocate for allied health professionals, we hope you can use this data to help your students and employees navigate their own path to achieve their career dreams.

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SOURCE: National Healthcareer Association