Med-Tech Sector - the perfect opportunity to upskill
You can build a career in a number of ways. Traditionally, you chose an industry, get a foot in the door and work your way up the ladder. In recent years, we have seen that people prefer to work across a variety of businesses for short periods to develop a more rounded experience. A big part of that trend is the need to upskill.
Upskilling is a great way to re-energise a career or move in a new direction. It’s a way to build on skills you have and apply them in a more lucrative or more exciting area. If you’re looking for a change or want to try your hand in a new industry, there are huge opportunities in the Medical Device industry both in Ireland and Internationally.
It’s a huge, growing industry
The Medical Device Industry (MedTech Industry) is such a good opportunity because it’s one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the country. Ireland is the 2nd largest exporter of MedTech products in Europe, representing 8% percent of the country’s merchandise exports in 2014. Ireland is fast becoming a hub for the Medical Device Industry with over one hundred MedTech companies based here. 13 of the top 15 Medical Device companies in the world have a base here, with expectations of continued investment likely for the foreseeable future.
That continued investment and MedTech’s vital place in the Irish economy will lead to further growth in the sector, and growth means jobs. The demand for MedTech knowledge has never been higher.
It’s not just for scientists
That demand has expanded beyond pure science talent too. MedTech is already an extremely skilled industry with more than 38,000 people directly employed in the sector; however, the skillsets required are becoming more and more varied. Technology is changing the way most businesses operate and MedTech is no different, with increasingly sophisticated processes creating a need for new skills. These businesses are more than manufacturers; they are large, global businesses, meaning they require commercial and business skills to complement the technical side of the business.
Upskilling in areas like data analytics, MedTech operations and technology will put you in demand.
Build a promising career for you
Having some of the top MedTech manufacturers in the world in Ireland creates many opportunities for career growth. Most of the larger organisations invest heavily in their staff offering opportunities to adapt, upskill, and move up the career ladder. Upskilling to move into the Medical Device industry may fit into the modern career template of varied experience, but it could also be the first step on an established career path in the MedTech sector.