Is Medical Technology a Good Career in 2022?

Is Medical Technology a Good Career in 2022?

1. Introduction

What do you think about medical technology? Is it a good career in 2022?

Of course, I’m not asking what you think about it, but rather what you think about it in general.

This is the big one. I would like to know the answer to the following question: What do you think of medical technology?

So, what do you think of medical technology?

If your answer is something like “I hate it!” or “I don’t like it at all!” then congratulations, you are a bad person. You have probably never had kids and thus never really experienced that much pain. You would probably be one of those people who thinks that everything that ever happens to me under anesthesia must be bad and painful. You are probably also an unsuccessful member of society because you are unwilling to acknowledge that pain and suffering exist for any reason other than evil intent or gross negligence.

If your answer is something like “I love it!” or “I don’t see any problems with it at all!” then congratulations, you are an elite member of society and an excellent leader who has a great vision for the future. You may not have had kids and thus never suffered from disease or illness, but if we were judging someone based on the fact they haven’t experienced much pain they probably aren’t a very good person with a lot of compassion either. They would likely be able to empathize with those who have (and therefore might be able to be persuaded by them).

Most importantly congratulations on being able to have children! That means that even if your vision for the future isn’t perfect (and frankly I’m not even sure it can be), your child will become part of that future anyway. And if they don’t become part of that future, then your child will certainly fail at life as an adult anyway (which is why most parents want their children to succeed). Most importantly congratulations on having a successful career in medicine; although this does make your life less interesting (since there’s a lot more suffering involved) and practical (since most people wouldn’t survive without medicine), I believe this makes our lives more pleasant as well.

2. What is Medical Technology?

This article is the first in a series of short write-ups on the various career paths we are seeing in technology and how they could evolve over the next few decades.

The world of technology has, in recent years, seen a very strong increase in jobs with a very specific focus: health care. The jobs you see here are not strictly technical but are often heavily reliant on them. Some of them are purely research-oriented (e.g. bioinformatics) and others have a more manufacturing orientation (e.g. genetic engineering).

This is part one of a multi-part series, so if you missed the previous entries, you’ll want to go back and read them before reading this one — especially if your job function is not directly related to medical technology but instead involves technological innovation or consumer products (e.g. consumer electronics or robotics).

3. How Does Medical Technology Work?

In two recent articles (“Is Medical Technology a Good Career in 2022?” and “Are Medical Technologies a Great Career?”), we started to take an in-depth look into the future of medicine. While we are fully aware that predicting the future is hard, we decided to try to answer two questions from a broad perspective:

It’s now clear that medical technology is going to be so dominant that it will have an impact on virtually every aspect of our lives in the near future. The question is no longer “is medical technology a good career today?”; it is instead, “is medical technology a good career in 2022?”

We think that this question has not yet been answered and deserves closer examination.

First, let us ask ourselves what kind of careers are out there for people involved with medical technology.

If you look at careers today, there are many different directions in which you could go — from working on machines and devices (both large and small) to being involved with scientific research and development or even becoming an entrepreneur. There are also more traditional careers available for people who want to work with computers or related scientific fields such as biotechnology.

On the other hand, if you look at what kinds of jobs were created by various industries over time, you see that most jobs have been subsets of one or another of these fields. For example, engineers might create computers or robots; computer scientists might create software or virtual reality; geneticists would create DNA testing kits; physicists might create particle accelerators and/or particle detectors; chemists would create pharmaceuticals and pharma-grade chemicals; etc. Most broadly, most jobs have been produced within a very narrow range of disciplines that functioned within relatively narrow areas of expertise (for example robotics scientists may design robots for use by medical device manufacturers). In this sense, the field can be said to be more like an industry than an organization (which means it can easily become obsolete), rather than like a profession where people with specialized skills can continue making new products indefinitely (although it does support innovation in many other ways).

Now let us ask ourselves how much impact this narrow focus on narrow disciplines has had on how we view careers today — do they still provide meaningful opportunities for advancement? To give one example: by looking at statistics from the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we discovered that while men averaged 9 years more time working.

4. The Scope of the Medical Technology Industry

Some time ago I wrote a post about my views on the scope of the medical technology industry. Since then, there have been a number of important developments in this space:

• The idea that medical technology companies are just like any other would-be job creator (regardless of what their products actually do) is becoming more and more accepted

• The rise of the autonomous healthcare system

• The concept of moving away from a physical model to a digital one (in which case virtual reality becomes more appealing than augmented reality)

• The introduction and rapid growth of open source software (integrated into the system)

It follows that the scope of the medical technology industry will continue to grow and mature. As it does, we see new areas emerging and existing ones being redefined. In fact, I would argue that now is an opportune time for those who have been interested in entering this space to take advantage of current trends instead of waiting for them to pass by on their way.

5. The Demand for Medical Technicians

This is a very hard question to answer — and there are a lot of different ways of looking at it.

We’ll look at three major areas: demand, supply, and health care reform.

Demand

The first thing we should mention is what you can expect the demand for medical technologists to look like in 2022. The short answer is that there will likely be more than enough demand to absorb all the graduates entering the field in the next few years. In 2022, the median age for people graduating from medical school is 37; this figure will likely reach well over 40 years old by then, with some people still in their 30s and 40s by then. This means that even if you do not plan to go into medicine yourself, it is highly likely that you will have plenty of opportunities to work in this field as an employee or consultant after graduation.

Supply

The second point we need to touch on supplies: will there be enough supply? The good news here is that there seems to be plenty of potential demand leaving a job market that isn’t quite as saturated as it was in 2003 (when the median age for entry-level job openings was 33). There are four main reasons why:

• A shift towards lower-paying fields with skills shortages (like nursing)

• An aging population (more and more people retiring at older ages)

• Increased healthcare costs which are driving up demand for labor

• Increased availability of technical training (and thus jobs) from medical schools & other education programs.

Health care reform may also play a part here, but whether it does or not remains unclear since employers themselves may not know what medical technology looks like in their industry in 2022 — especially since they don’t know what it looks like now! Considering how rapidly the way we use technology has changed relative to just ten years ago, it is hard for any employer to predict exactly what workplace technology looks like in 10 or 20 years’ time — especially when they aren’t sure whether they’ll still be using tablets or smartphones today! One thing they can say with certainty though, given how rapidly technology has changed over recent years, is that some things change much faster than others: so make sure your company knows what current trends look like between now and then!

As far as quality goes… well… I’m really not sure about this one either way! Some industries may see higher-quality workers move away from their current employer while

6. The Future of Medical Technology

Medical technology is not a field in which everyone is going to have the same set of skills. Like any other career opportunity, there are opportunities for people with many different skills, and it’s possible that you will be able to find a position in a field where you have a particular set of skills.

There are also job requirements that are specific to the type of work you do. This means that if you want to work in medical technology, there may be job requirements that include things like reading medical documents and talking to doctors.

However, there are also job requirements that are more general — these include things like being able to work well in an open environment with lots of different people and working under pressure.

You may need to demonstrate some ability or interest in technology so you can get hired into the field. If you haven’t done anything in this kind of thing before, this is probably a good time to choose one of the many jobs offered by companies like Google or Facebook. These companies offer internships with paid training so you can learn more about what the field involves without having to delay your job search too long (which could cause other problems later on if your eventual employer isn’t looking for someone with certain skills).

If you already have experience working in this kind of field, check out our post on how much experience matters for getting hired into this kind of job. In short — don’t get discouraged if you have no experience or no apparent interest in the field; getting into it won’t be as hard as some people think (and most students would probably agree).

7. The Pros and Cons of a Career in Medical Technology

It looks like medical technology is going to be a very big industry in the next ten years. About 10 years ago, there were only a few people working in it, and most of these were engineers. Now there are more than a hundred thousand people working in this field.

Most of the jobs that were once done by doctors are now being done by computer programmers. Some of those jobs are even being automated, but most of them aren’t: we need doctors to run our robots and we don’t want them to get too used to coding (recall the terrifying thought that one-day robots will be able to program themselves). This is because people are interested in very different things when they consider careers in medicine:

• Doctors care about pain and suffering; non-medical people care about happiness and personal satisfaction.

• Doctors care about health outcomes; non-medical people care about personal satisfaction.

There’s no reason why computers can’t do these things, as well as doctors, can; it’s just that computers have had more time to develop their skills, which means that some things take longer for computers than for doctors (e.g., legal reasoning). In addition, many jobs at hospitals are already being performed by machines that are much faster than humans (e.g., nurses), so you would think that the skills needed for doing such things would be easier to teach or learn without a human body around (e.g., coding skills). But we didn’t find anything in the research on this topic: all the articles we found on this topic seem to agree that this isn’t true at all — though there may be cases where machines could learn much faster than humans (as I discuss here ).

8. Conclusion: Is a Career in Medical Technology Right for You?

Life is a journey and not a destination. Many people who might be considered “successful” are actually not doing so well as people we would consider “failures” (and vice versa). The question then arises: what can we do to help make our career choices better? Here are some tips:

Medical technology is a very fast-changing field (and there will always be room for more medical technology graduates). If you aren’t making the most of your career right now, when you move into the next phase of your life, you need to take advantage of the opportunities that exist to help yourself and others.

Now, if you are already in this field, or if you think you might be someday, then congratulations! It’s going to be a long time before anything changes about it. But as for other fields that require your skills/education/training? I would say that your best bet is to read up on trends in these fields and look at what is going on in them today. That way, when you start looking for work in those fields, you have some insight into where things stand.

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