How your tech skills can change lives in the medtech sector

The pandemic has increased demand for life science professionals, and especially for technology and IT roles in the life science field.

The urgent need for efficiency and constant innovation, plus the need for testing and monitoring on a mass scale, mean that labs and other life sciences institutions require tech and tech support systems that run without a hitch.

Helping them achieve it just might be the next big step for your career.

Tech and life sciences both have to pursue improvement constantly. Problem-solving skills honed in the general tech sector can fit in perfectly in life science companies. The two fields are already cooperating more and more, with a shared goal of making life better for the general public.

All over Europe, life science business leaders are gravitating toward current tech industry hubs in hopes of hiring specialised tech pros to work on new medical and research projects. The European med-tech sector is growing, and many companies can offer tech industry transplants a level of upward mobility they might not find in other fields--not to mention the fulfillment of developing products that help save lives.

While the headline-making applications of technology in medicine, from VR-assisted surgery to 3D printed prosthetics, are well known, tech positions are vital to medical research behind the scenes as well. For instance, blockchain expertise is surging in demand as hospitals seek to put the vast amount of data now available for each patient to best use, while keeping it organised and private. On a related note, security specialists are vital as well, to ensure patient records are not used for identity theft or fraud. 

For more traditional tech specialists like software engineers, global medical research and hospital conglomerates need people who can make sure their network infrastructure runs smoothly and keeps up to date. New networks are also being built from scratch every day in the industry, and software specialists can play a vital role in shaping the way doctors and patients interact and share information. Big Data and Scrum Master experience have become especially desirable in the wake of the pandemic as more of these operations have been made remote.

While these jobs offer exciting challenges, great benefits, and opportunities to climb up the ladder, their real reward is the chance to advance public health and safety. Improving the experience of patients, doctors, nurses, and researchers means improving society--and that's clearly a job worth doing.

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