The modern job market is notoriously difficult, and with more and more jobs likely to become automated, the search is on to find careers that won’t succumb to new technologies. For many, this search has led them to the field of healthcare. With jobs centered around specialized knowledge and a personal touch, healthcare professionals aren’t going anywhere soon.
NPR estimates that surgeons have a 0.4 percent chance of losing their jobs to machines in the near future, with similarly hopeful predictions for other jobs in healthcare as well. If you’re thinking about a future in healthcare or you’d just like to find some comfort in a job that a machine can’t do, here are five great careers in healthcare for you to check out.
Nurse practitioners are becoming increasingly common, as patients and medical professionals alike realize that nurse practitioners can do virtually everything that an M.D. can do without the added expense of medical school. For the routine medical treatment that most people experience, including stitching up bad cuts, prescribing medication, or giving vaccines, nurse practitioners are more than qualified.
It doesn’t hurt that the pay is quite good. Nurse practitioners make around $78,000 a year, all while bucking the stereotype that nurses will always play second fiddle to licensed physicians. In 18 states, so far, nurse practitioners can have their own practices, meaning they don’t need to operate with the supervision of a medical doctor.
Traveling Healthcare Professional
It’s tough to find a job that lets you travel the world, but some healthcare professionals have managed to do just that. Patients who are looking for low cost, but safe, options for medical treatment are turning to medical tourism, the practice of traveling across borders to find the highest quality, and most affordable, healthcare available.
The nature of medical tourism often takes patients to popular vacation destinations such as warm Mexican beaches. Healthcare professionals of all sorts, from nurses to occupational therapists, are needed to staff these healthcare destinations. Additionally, some patients may travel with a registered nurse in order to prevent any complications on the way to or from a major operation.
While some professions are being replaced by robots, others are being adapted to work with new technologies. By utilizing advances in robotics, surgeons have been able to improve their craft. In cutting-edge surgical centers, the finely tuned skills and instincts of a surgeon are married with the incredibly precise motor control of a machine, allowing doctors to operate on microscopic levels.
Robot-assisted surgical procedures are paving the way for completely new treatments. For example, in January of 2017 surgeons at Belgium’s University Hospitals Leuven were able to perform an incredibly precise procedure on a patient with a retinal vein occlusion. This operation involves inserting a needle into a thin blood vein in the eye, then holding it there for up to 10 minutes. Without robotics, no human surgeon could’ve performed this feat.
Don’t let that food pyramid that you see on the backs of cereal boxes fool you: there is no one-size-fits all approach to nutrition. For this reason, there will always be a need for highly trained dietitians. Don’t confuse this profession with that of a nutritionist. Dietitians are licensed, whereas anyone can identify themselves as a nutritionist.
Dieticians help people identify the exact dietary needs for their specific situation. Whether a patient is a professional athlete training for a major event or an average Joe hoping to recovery quickly from surgery, dieticians will always have a place at the table.
Do you remember Dr. Lisa Cuddy from House? Her job, besides making things hard for the titular character, was that of a hospital administrator. As you might guess, hospital administrators oversee everything that goes on in a hospital. They are remarkably well-trained and well-compensated for all of their work, making an average of $110,840 a year.
The position of hospital administrator is perfect for those who like to look at the big picture. In addition, it has a crucial human element. Hospital administrators must interface with people in ways that a computer never could, making it a great tech-proof job.
The future of the job market is an uncertain one. However, thanks to highly specialized skills and necessary people skills, the healthcare domain is full of awesome jobs with great longevity.
Nick Cesare is a writer from Boise, Idaho. After completing his Masters in medical ethics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, he enjoys writing on cutting-edge topics in healthcare.