Top 5 Medical Careers for Computer Nerds

Healthcare has evolved into an epic trend of jobs that require both clinical knowledge and the ability to adapt to the changing effects of information-technology.

Translation: If you have a knack for working with technology and have a penchant for tweaking or developing new technology, there has never been a better time to emerge in healthcare. According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, great advances in health care have so greatly that the needs will have to adapt for changing times in assistive technology for staff and patients, solving medical problems using robotics, and extensive data mining for personalized medical planning.

Health Informatics Specialist

Somewhere along the road, information and data organization has merged exclusively with health, biomedicine, and all areas of allied health. This is where the Health Informatics Specialist comes in. Simply put, these professionals ‘care for patients by caring for their medical data’. Everything must be accurate and presentable. They are also concerned with how a medical operation functions in terms of usability with the information available to both patients and staff. As a vital member of the health team, you will indeed be behind the moving parts of how information travels. According to a report from Jobs For the Future, Health Informatics is the fastest growing field in health IT today.

Instructional Designer

The more complex healthcare becomes with increased technology and advancements, the more staff will need to update their skills and remain knowledgeable in their field. If you enjoy working with emerging technology as well as the creative aspects behind teaching and delivering training in the healthcare field, this is a fast growing fit for IT professionals as well as teachers with a heart for technology. Instructional Designers use technology such as Adobe Creative Suite and other emerging tools to present education to clients. According to an article from Qual Saf Health Care, patient safety as well as intervention is vastly improved with instructional design techniques used in healthcare. An instructional designer is a part of the lifelong learning process in a medical team.

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical careers are expected to grow at a rapid rate of 21 percent to 2016. This fast rate coupled with medical advancement is a sure sign of this rapidly “nerdy” occupation that has high expectations for the future. Remote surgery using robotics, artificial limbs, and regulatory devices such as artificial hearts all are very receptive to those with a knack for programming and computer technology.

Healthcare Business Analyst

It can be frustrating for patients and staff when system data management is not up to date. There are, however, solutions in the form of multiple vendors of software for patient data protection. This is where the healthcare business analyst is found. A business analyst combines the expertise of data management software such as EPIC combined with the business skills to integrate the software economically. They also gather data and point out cost reductions and efficiency in health care.

Clinical Systems Analyst

When something goes wrong with the integrity of the IT network of a hospital, a clinical systems analyst has the advanced knowledge to upgrade and repair the software and equipment. Clinical and medical knowledge is essential and coordination with personnel is key in this vastly growing position. The clinical systems analyst often works hand in hand with the informatics specialist to make sure information is efficient. Policies go into place, based on the system analysts request, to protect the integrity of the health information systems needs.

Amy Windley is a medical data specialist and guest author at Best Medical Degrees, where she contributed to the guide to the Top 10 Bachelor’s in Health Informatics.