Future of Employment in Healthcare & Medicine


 “Disruptive technologies have already brought obvious transformation across the global industries especially the healthcare market. Some of the common designations and tasks will become obsolete as new professions and professionals emerge.”

From robot companions and organ designers to tele-surgeons, health doctor online and medical drone technicians, here’s all you need to know.

Career renovation underway

As expected from the Industrial Revolution, people are afraid that AI-powered technologies and robots will rid them of their jobs. Indeed, the very shape of healthcare, medicine and pharmacology has changed and expected to transform further with constant tech emergence which redefines how we interact with caregivers and medical professionals.

Robotics, AI, genetic modification (genomics) along as well as wearable sensors are likely to put an end to existing employment but, only to introduce many new.

Much as happened with professions in the historical ages. Take for instance automobile with replaced the typical horse carriages of the early 20th century. Those who previously rode horse carts then moved to drive motor vehicles thereby accepting the technological revolution rather than rebel because people realised the success potential and business challenges back then. Hollywood has its own way to document the entire thing in its 1928’s silent movie; Speedy. Moving to potential new healthcare jobs in the future, the most aspirational ones are:

Robot companion technician

Fast-forward; the year 2030 – Son bought a robot companion for his father who lives alone in the suburbs. The robot is to help with household chores, ensures that the father takes his medicine on time, be a companion in loneliness and capable of making emergency calls if need be.

The robot looked exactly like a 60-year old man bearing grey hairs and aged face, custom designed by a robot companion engineer after contacting the family. The engineer could’ve shaped the robot in any way depending on the client’s preferences.

But then something went wrong so the family called the company and they sent a robot companion technician who fixed the small electrical malfunction. The robot companion technician reassured the family on his 24/7 availability which concludes that this particular designation seems to take a special place in the healthcare industry.

Deep learning expert

Narrow AI or Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI) is a reality, and tech-savvy companies are already on the hunt for highly skilled data scientists and deep learning professionals. AI-based algorithms are actively assisting healthcare professionals in taking different medical decisions and are expected to dominate the industry as well as in the determination of the health insurance. Medical facilities would require experts who can programme or teach algorithms on a certain topic which eventually make them smarter with every update.

Deep learning algorithms in actual are simulated neural network based on human cognition and the way our brain functions. These artificial neural networks are interlinked with gazillion layers, data propagation and neurons which help them constantly learn and evolve. And when it needs to formulate a decision on something, such as if the MRI scan shows an active tumor, the data processes between various neural layers.

Before achieving perfection, these neural networks require a lot of programming and training, process tons of data in order to give precise output.

AI chat bot designers

AI chat bots have already found their way in almost every industry which opened new doors for professional chat bot designers. Take the example of a 19-year-old British programmer who introduced a bot to help people appealing for their parking tickets. The bot is considered an AI-powered lawyer that can comprehend what to do with the collected parking tickets through a series of simple questions. In London and New York, the bot gained success rate above 64% and is expected to soar in the coming years alongside the demand for AI chat bot designers.

Lifestyle strategist

In 2015, different healthcare businesses invested around a 100-million in wearable units to measure health statistics and it were estimated that the count for sold wearable devices would exceed 245-million by the end of 2019. Not just the number of products but the variety of wearable and health sensors available to end-users would make a difference in overall choice. All of this gives rise to lifestyle strategist to guide their clients on how to make the best use of digital healthcare technology and improve their lifestyle.

Specialisation in telesurgery

The way surgeries are performed has already seen some obvious transformation,and the industry is likely to boom as predicted that by 2020, sales for surgical robots would go beyond $6.5-billion. It’ll also increase the demand for specialists who can power-up and manage these surgical robots alongside university specialisations in telesurgery. Surgeons will soon realise that they can perform surgeries more accurately with these robots rather than the traditional manual method.

Medical drone route planners

The success potential of medical drones has been experienced in disaster-struck areas when drones supplied emergency medical aids and medicines for people in peril. These drones also used a homing beacon to guide first responders and emergency crew in areas that were detached from the geographical map after a potential disaster. The online medical care technology is expected to grow even further which eventually need expert medical drone route designers and planners.