Demand on rise for skilled professionals

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The healthcare sector in India is in dire need of trained healthcare professionals, who have the required skills to meet the growing needs of the sector.

The healthcare sector has come up as one of India’s largest sectors – both in terms of revenue and employment. This sector 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 robust coverage, services, and increasing expenditure invested by both public as well as private players. The Indian 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 a key advantage over other developing countries as it has come up as the global hub for medical tourism. The healthcare sector in India is in need for skilled and efficient personnel who are excellent in medical sciences. Currently, all the cities in India are witnessing a growth in the number of 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 growing needs of the healthcare industry. Further, it is estimated that every bed will account for about five direct and 25 indirect job opportunities in this 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 within the market.

These are some of the vocational training programmers which are currently in huge demand and can give a new dimension to the careers of Indian youth:

Emergency medical technician An Emergency Medical Technician is trained to provide 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 services, and a wide 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 form a vital part of any healthcare team. They are responsible for operating X-Ray machines and managing patients during X-Ray procedures. X-Ray technicians are trained to such a proficiency level wherein 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 and 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 A general duty assistant supports the nursing staff of a hospital or toner healthcare provider. His job is to maintain hygiene levels to a certain standard and assist the nurses/doctors in delivering their duties. Students can work in nursing homes, home healthcare and hospitals post completion of the course

Radiology Technician A Radiology technician is trained to operate advance radiographic equipment such as CT scan, MRI, and X-Ray machines. These images are used by doctors and specialists to aid in the diagnosis of illnesses 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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