Health Care Career Opportunities of the Future
In Tuesday’s blog we took a look at how artificial intelligence could change the landscape of healthcare. In many disciplines, AI is expected to replace positions and tasks currently filled or completed by people. But in several medical fields, AI is creating new career path opportunities instead of depleting the number of positions available. Here is a sample of some of the new occupations that could provide incredible life changing and lifesaving advances in health care.
A bioinformatician gathers and analyzes data in a number of ways. Their research combines various medical science and health fields with information analysis and technology. Applications for this new role include working in pharmaceutical development and implementing clinical trials for new drugs. Additionally, bioinformaticians could develop 3D models of DNA and protein sequences for analysis. According the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, this field is expected to grow at a rate of 8% (2014-2024).
Medical roboticists create intelligent tools to be used by or alongside medical professionals. Surgical robots can do everything from performing surgeries to diagnosing ailments. The global medical robotic systems market was worth $5.48 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach $13.6 billion in 2018. Surgical robots are expected to comprise the largest share of this revenue.
Telesurgeons are doctors who operate on patients from remote locations, utilizing a robotics system. Applications for telesurgery include assisting and training surgeons in developing countries, treating injured soldiers on or near the battlefield, performing surgical procedures in space, and collaborating and mentoring during surgeries by surgeons around the globe. According to Technivo, the telemedicine market is expected to grow steadily at a CAGR of 16.14% during the forecast period of 2014-2019.
Custom Implant Organ Designer
In 2014, the first full organ was grown inside an animal, demonstrating that it is possible to cultivate a human organ. Due to this development, it is likely that grown organs will become our main source of transplant materials, allowing us to design them to ensure 100% effectiveness. Equipped with a knowledge of genetics and an understanding of human anatomy, a custom designer for implant organs would be essential to this new field of medicine.
What other new careers would you add to this list?