Advances in technology can and have touched all industries in several different ways. The healthcare industry has seen progress everywhere from pharmaceutical breakthroughs to surgical techniques and treatment and diagnosis information available to patients at their fingertips. Trends in advancements have favoured the improvement of transparency. Patients can research symptoms and educate themselves before and during their visits with practitioners.
With technology infiltrating both how medicine is practised and delivered to the public, and important and seemingly pressing question is: what is the impact on the quantity and types of jobs available in the labour market?
Some might think improved mechanics and smart network communication systems would eliminate the need for particular technicians and administrative staff. This may be the case in some instances, however these changes have also sparked the need for exciting emerging positions. According to Aakash Ganju,
“The next 30 years promises to create millions of jobs for the application of digital technologies”.
New technology stems from the need for research and development, engineering, education and human capital - all of which are essential in operating the new machinery. All these specializations require growth to keep up with the need for advancements. An article from the American Institute of Medical Sciences & Education mentions that “New career choices such as EEG technologists, MRI technologists or surgical technologists are not uncommon these days. Plus, these types of careers are on the rise and most have an average salary between $40,000 and $60,000 making them great long-term professional tracks…Bio-engineering job openings are also steadily increasing.”
Another non-medical field of healthcare that is booming with employment opportunities is information technology. Implementing new smart information systems requires backend, frontend, and support staff to help manage and maintain their functionalities. New databases are being used to house patient logs and information, improve processes and increase efficiency. Practitioners have access to smart applications that keep them updated on the latest research and pharmaceutical advancements. The Infotech opportunities are endless.
The Government of Canada is attributing the boom in healthcare employment to the growing senior population. As Canada’s senior population continues to grow with the aging boomers, there is a need for more long-term care and overall healthcare resources. Take a look at this article that has all the data surrounding this movement.
One worry is that the current surge in demand for positions that are administrative in nature will be short-lived. As technologies evolve and are paired with rapid advancements in areas like AI, many of these positions can be automated. Nonetheless, whether such clerical and "low-touch” positions within the healthcare industry decrease over time, there is no doubt that more positions will arise, in tandem with the trajectory of the healthtech sector.