Obtaining a certification in your allied health profession is a good career move, even when the job does not require certification. The healthcare industry is growing at a rapid pace creating many job opportunities in allied health occupations. Certification indicates that you meet a certain standard of competence and can give you a competitive advantage, more job opportunities, higher pay, and job security.
FIVE reasons to get certified now:
1. Get ahead of the competition.
Your current skills may be in demand but gaining a credential can give you the leverage to choose your employer. A certification is an advantage in the difficult allied health labor market. It adds value to your application.
For some allied health jobs, such as medical assistants or home healthcare workers, a certification may be a necessity in the crowded labor market.
2. Qualify for high standard jobs with employers.
If your allied health skills are in demand, you are likely to find a job. However, if you want to work for a major medical center or a high-end specialist’s office, a certification may help set your candidacy apart. Many employers require certification even if the state does not.
Healthcare providers tend to feel more comfortable when their workers are certified in their occupations. Certification demonstrates that a staff is properly trained for the standard of care.
3. Stack your skills to increase your employability.
When you obtain a certification in an additional specialty it increases your flexibility, which will make you more valuable to your organization. Having more credentials shows employers you have achieved a certain level of education/training in multiple areas, making you a valuable employee.
Employers see credentialed candidates as more committed to their career and to excellence. It shows they are willing to go the extra mile and put forth more effort.
4. Increase your earning potential.
When you add a certification to your resume you increase your chances of earning a higher compensation. Additionally, there are often pay increases associated with a certification for your current job.
5. Build a reputation in your professional field.
One final reason to consider obtaining a certification is you earning a reputation for achieving a professional level of practice in your chosen occupation. Certification is a reassurance for both the people you work with and the patients you care for, that you have the education and skills necessary to perform your duties.
Learn how certification can advance your allied health career.