Education: Healthcare industry to see 25% growth in the next five years, says Ruchi Gupta of 3hcare.in
Healthcare sector is one of the largest sectors when it comes to job opportunities.
Healthcare sector is one of the largest sectors in India, in terms of job opportunities. “If you are wishing to reach heights, then this is the perfect sector to work. The healthcare industry deals with various services like hospitals, diagnostics, medical tourism, and medical equipment. In recent years, the healthcare sector is showing an exponential growth but there is a scope of development which is yet to be achieved,” says Dr Ruchi Gupta, CEO and Founder of 3hcare.in.
The aspiring students, who would like to pursue a degree course in the healthcare segment should know how big and diverse this field would be by the end of 2020. With the introduction of more and more private players, the healthcare sector is likely to see humongous growth of 25% in the next five years. In a tete-a-tete, Dr Ruchi Gupta speaks to The Indian News Editor, Jayashankar Menon about the relevance of healthcare industry for the student community to opt for and the career opportunities. Excerpts:
TIN: What is the scope of Diagnostics as a career option for the students in the healthcare segment?
RG: Most of the students often get confused after graduation, whether they should go for low salary jobs or pursue higher studies. In order to gain working experience, a majority of the students opt for taking up employment. Diagnostics is one such part of the sector which has brilliant prospects in the job environment and a better career option for the future. Apart from the attractive remuneration, the diagnostics sector will help the aspiring students to achieve their individual goals.
TIN: What are the other areas of scope in the healthcare segment other than diagnostics?
RG: Healthcare deals in various segments, currently, diagnostics is witnessing a boom. Pathology services, the type of diagnostic services which provides an option of being a teacher, diagnostician or an investigator. Pathologists in clinical laboratories analyse the reports for the diagnosis and better treatment of the disease.
Another field of diagnosing a disease is radiology. In this field, diseases are treated with the help of imaging medical techniques. What with the increase in demand for radiologists, the segment ensures a better career path and expected to grow faster than any other fields in the healthcare industry. The radiology technician has many options like working as an ultrasound technician, X-Ray technician, MRI technician, CT technician, and medical professional. As the demand of the radiologist is growing, there is an immediate requirement of the radiologist in hospitals, clinics, and physician offices. The radiology sector has shown a higher number of jobs than any other sector in the near future.
TIN: Can you shed more light on Radiology as a course a student can pursue and the kind of scope?
RG: For those students planning to begin their careers, the job opportunities in radiology sector are likely to remain high, particularly those who want to work in general medical and surgical hospitals. Radiology technicians can also work in private offices, clinics, urgent care facilities, and equipment sales.
Radiology is one of the heart-warming jobs of the world being positioned at world’s 15th rank. It is considered as the smartest career option to opt for. Radiologic technology is a fascinating subject to study for the students, in addition to certificates will be provided to work in the state of residence and prepares to work in the healthcare sector.
TIN: What is the overall health market?
RG: As per the research report of the Indian brand equity foundation (IBEF), the overall health market is valued at $ 100 billion and is expected to reach $280 billion by the end of 2020. Indian medical tourism with a two-fold increase in healthcare will reach $10 billion IT market by 2020. In the field of healthcare management, there is a huge boom in generating employment in the coming years.
TIN: Besides the urgent need of trained doctors and nurses, what are the other skill deficits faced by the healthcare industry?
RG: In addition to the urgent need of trained doctors and nursing staff, skillful management is required in different areas of the field. With major investments in the healthcare industry, the industry functioning has become more professional, organised and efficient.
As far as job opportunities are concerned, clinical management professionals are required to include software and imaging equipment in clinics, hospitals, NGO’s, IT firms such as Dell, Accenture, Dell, etc. In the case of a fresher who has no experience in the field would be hired as technicians and sooner with their performance and work experience they will reach heights.
Lack of talent is still a drawback for the industry. The healthcare industry is growing at a fast pace, although the talent is still lagging behind. With a focus on quality, to sustain today’s talent for long-term, there is scope for many young minds. Being able to open a young industry in the market, the learning curve will definitely be fast and the future experts can be prepared with the passage of time. The healthcare industry is trying to find individuals who are eager to learn. This will create an effect by providing promising opportunities to move forward in a healthier world. With the advancement in science and technology, the use of medical applications is increasing and IT sector. In the last decade or so the role of technicians has been changed. Most of the modern hospitals and healthcare ventures require experienced technicians and radio-interventions equipped with multi-disciplinary skills. Healthcare industry requires a skilled staff for research and professionals involved in the most important customer-focused roles. India has the potential to attract healthcare industry with skilled force.