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Healthcare Technologies

Healthcare technology may not be familiar to you, but it is a growth area for jobs; there are strong links to the Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing and Health Care sectors.

This industry is so varied; you could work in a laboratory finding cures/ diagnoses for diseases, designing new surgical instruments, working in prosthetics (artificial limbs), developing new technology for online health services to name a few options.

Types of Job

Biomedical scientist
Nation Average Salary: £41,415
Critical care technologist
Nation Average Salary: £26,805
Measurement & control technician
Nation Average Salary: £29,542
Pharmacologist
Nation Average Salary: £41,415
Prosthetist orthotist
Nation Average Salary: £34,470
Design engineer
Nation Average Salary: £26,805
Biomedical engineer
Nation Average Salary: £43,396

Are you interested in the health of people and how to improve it?

This vast work sector has a number of different apprenticeship opportunities and levels, depending on where your interests lie.

The apprenticeship areas covered by healthcare technologies and the broader care sector include; clinical healthcare support, health and social care and dental nursing. (These are Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships).

Depending on which apprenticeship path you are following, you could be learning about the role of the health and social care worker, understanding more about infection prevention and control, finding about disability or developing your practice as a dental nurse. Caring roles are needed in a wide variety of settings and at different stages of people’s lives.

Remember within such as large organisation as the NHS (a big part of the Healthcare sector), there are also many other opportunities in other work areas, such as Business Administration, Catering, and ICT.

If you are especially interested in science and maths, you may want to research the opportunities available linked to the engineering and technology aspects of the Healthcare industry. These would include prosthetics and researching into disease, plus using new technology emerging all the time.

Find out more here:-
www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/higher-and-degree-apprenticeships

The areas currently under development are; health and social care, diagnostic ultrasound and work, health and wellbeing. Keep checking to find out when these programmes of work and study are available.

Remember to look at entry requirements and progression routes with your chosen providers as part of your decision making process. Talk to as many people as possible and do your research.

Regional Facts

Employment numbers are not high at 1,570 in South Yorkshire, but this is an important and thriving sector.

People with engineering, maths and science skills earn more on average. Starting salaries for engineering and technology jobs can be as much as £32,000, putting them in the top 20% of starting salaries (nationally).

Over the years, there has been a big increase in skills shortages in scientific and healthcare technology careers and some of the most exciting career opportunities of the next five years are predicted to occur in these sectors.

Regenerative medicine has been identified as one of the 8 great technologies by the government. Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust has international recognition for its work in neurosciences, spinal injuries, and orthopaedics.

Career Facts

Skills/qualities

  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • IT and technology

Useful subjects include:

  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Design
  • ICT

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