Diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation in the healthcare sector is seeing a rising demand for trained technologists who understand modern equipment and can operate them efficiently.
This helps surgeons perform complex medical procedures with skilled assistance.This also opens up new avenues for students fresh out of Std XII. They can look at other options instead of conventional medicine courses to become doctors, nurses or dentists.
The director-general of the Mahratta chamber of commerce industries & agriculture, Anant Sardeshmukh, said, “There is a huge need for trai ned medical professionals in allied fields. A lot of new equipment has come up in recent times. Machines for scanning, radiology , digital x-ray , dialysis, and cardiac instruments are also advancing by the day .There is a shortage of manpower. So there is a huge demand for technologists and this will keep increasing.“
Rajeev Yeravdekar, the dean of the faculty of health and biomedical sciences at the Symbiosis International Univeristy said the space for medical devices has expanded to mammoth levels globally . It is projected to reach $520 billion by 2020, he added.
With increasing advances and super specialization, the scope for tomorrow's technologists does not remain limited to just routine diagnostic tests and therapeutics, but advanced complex instrumentation and equipment which require technocrats to operate, care and appropriately provide maintenance as well, he said.
“The students thus trained in technological aspects of medical care with sound scientific foundation will be in a position to competently assist the physician or surgeon, especially in high-tech medical procedures to cater to the health care industry globally ,“ Yeravdekar added.
CEO of Maharashtra medical foundation, Dr Chandrashekhar Karve, recommends that students take these specialised courses up and then do a Masters course to further their knowledge.
“Currently it is not a highearning field but it is definitely in-demand. It is a fast developing sector and there is huge demand for all skilled technologists. Even among these, I would say that dialysis technologists, perfussionists and surgical assistants are currently most in demand as they are few in number,“ Karve added.