Careers in the 21st Century: Healthcare

If you were asked to list professions that are generally considered stable and profitable, which ones would come to mind?

Perhaps “doctor” would be high up on that list.

For decades, students have pursued medicine in hopes of both a stable career and of positively contributing to society.

But healthcare is changing. Technological innovation, automation, an ever-growing population, and artificial intelligence (AI) are transforming the industry.

There are benefits to technological advancement within healthcare. The digitization of healthcare records and the use of Cloud for data storage, for example, have the potential to increase efficiency in patient record-management, while mobile app technology has the potential to ease the process of scheduling appointments for patients.

Technological advancement in healthcare can be useful, but there are risks involved, such as the potential misuse of patient data. To read more about both the benefits and drawbacks of the use of technology in healthcare, check out this post.

The healthcare sector may also change in response to automation and developments in AI. If you would like to learn more about the role of AI in healthcare, read our previous post.

Additionally, we may see a loss of certain jobs in the healthcare sector. Administrative staff, for example, may soon be replaced by touch screens. To read more about the ways AI may be integrated into doctors’ offices, read this article.

On the contrary, some reports suggest that the healthcare industry will create millions of new jobs and that we will likely see a shortage of general practitioners in the coming decades.

One article suggests that this shortage may be due to the reluctance of medical graduates to become general practitioners.

Even in the face of uncertainty when it comes to the future of healthcare, there still seems to be job growth in a number of professions in the healthcare sector. Here are just a few:

  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists, dental assistants, and hygienists
  • Genetic counselors (Read more about how CRISPR is changing the face of genetic counselling in our previous post.)
  • Home and personal care aides
  • Medical assistants
  • Advanced practice registered nurses
  • Physicians assistants

To read about other healthcare jobs that will likely see growth in the next decade or so, read this article from the Bureau of Labour Statistics.

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