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The healthcare in India is need of people who are trained to meet the growing needs of the sector

Healthcare has become one of the India’s largest sectors – both in terms of revenue and employment. Healthcare comprises hospitals, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine, medical tourism, health insurance and medical equipment. The Indian healthcare sector is growing at a brisk pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well as private players. Healthcare industry at present is considered to be among the most dynamic industries with ample number of job opportunities. Over 40 million new jobs are expected to be generated by 2020, as per a report titled ‘India’s new opportunies-2020 ‘by All India Management Association, Boston Consulting Group and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

The Indian Healthcare industry also has advantage over other developing countries as a global hub for medical tourism. The healthcare sector in India is in need of skilled and efficient personnel who are excellent in medical science. Currently every city in India is witnessing a growth in the hospitals. This has resulted in a significant gap between the need and demand for trained and efficient health care personnel.

In a study by Ernst & young and KPMG, it has been stated that in the next 20 years. India will have to add up at least one lakh beds each year in order to meet the needs of the healthcare industry. Further, it is estimated that every bed will account for about five direct and 25 indirect job opportunities in the sector. Therefore, it’s a clear indication that the Indian healthcare sector will dominate the economy in future and there will be a huge demand for trained healthcare professionals in the market. These are some of the vocational training programmers which are currently in huge demand and can give new dimension to the career of youngsters.

Emergency medical technician The Emergency Medical Technician is trained to emergency medical care to emergency medical care to emergency patients. They are skilled in all levels of basic life support (BLS) procedures. On successful completion of the courses, students can work in hospitals, trauma centres, ambulance and a range of other healthcare institutions.

Advance Emergency Medical Technician The course is designed to educate and train healthcare professionals in advance aspects of emergency and pre-hospital care. On successful completion of the course students can work in air ambulances, hospitals, trauma centres and a range of other healthcare institutions.

X-Ray Technician These technicians are an important part of healthcare team. They are responsible for operating X-Ray machines and managing patients during the X-Ray procedure. X-Ray technicians are trained to proficiency level whereby they are able to comply with safety regulations involved in the use of X-Ray Equipment while on the job.

Dialysis Technician A Dialysis technician is a trained person who maintains operates the equipment used for dialysis, a process that cleanses the blood of metabolic waste products. There is a huge demand for well-trained dialysis technicians with expertise in not only handling machines but also medical emergencies that may arise during dialysis.

General Duty Assistant They support the nursing staff of a hospital or toner healthcare provider. Their job is to maintain hygiene levels to a certain standard and assist the nurse/doctor in discharging their duties. Students can work in nursing homes, home healthcare and hospitals.

Radiology Technician Radiology technicians are trained to operate advance radiographic equipment such as CT scan, MRI, and X-Ray machines. These images are used by doctors and specialist to aid in diagnosis of illness and injuries. On successful completion of the course, students can work in diagnostic centres, hospitals, educational institutes, etc.

Source: The Times of India, New Delhi/Gurgaon, December 5, 2016.

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