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3 reasons why Healthcare Workers won’t be replaced by robots anytime soon

by Jessica Hamilton

There’s no denying it, technology is transforming the world.

In the healthcare industry alone, video conferencing technology is revolutionising the way people access quality care. While diagnostic machines, such as MRIs, are paving the way for early detection of abnormalities in the body that the human eye can’t see. However, technology can only take us so far.

If there’s one thing you don’t have to worry about as a Healthcare Worker, it’s a robot replacing your job! It’s an industry that relies on face-to-face patient contact. So, what are some of the reasons it’s such a stable, yet thriving industry to work in?

healthcare workers with a human touch

1. We need that human touch

When people are at their most vulnerable, they want to interact with another human being – not a machine. Passion, empathy and compassion are all qualities that a good Healthcare Workers possess. These traits are exactly what someone looks for when they are in need of assistance. And, luckily, these are not qualities that can be taught. Working in the healthcare industry is incredibly rewarding – you’re making a real difference in the lives of others and helping support people through the tough times in their life. The combination of practical skills and emotional support you offer is one of the main reasons your skills will always be valued, regardless of where technology may take us in the future!

2. You offer a unique set of skills

Working in healthcare requires a high-level of social interaction, creativity, an ability to think on your feet and, most importantly, mobility. You’re on your feet tending to patients, listening to their concerns, preparing care plans, and assisting your patients with getting around. You’re a carer, multitasker, problem-solver and friend, all rolled into one! These are not things that can be easily achieved by a robot, but by you, a real living human!

opportunities for healthcare workers

3. Limitless opportunities, for the living

The healthcare industry is booming and with that comes a strong demand for dedicated and passionate Healthcare Workers. According to a recent employment report released by the Australian Government, the sector is tipped to grow by 16.1% (or 250,500 new jobs created) over the next five years. This is largely being driven by Australia’s ageing population, the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and an increasing demand for childcare and homecare services.

These factors alone, make a career in healthcare a desirable prospect for those looking to get into the industry (and mean great job security if you’re already in it!). There will always be a need for people with the right skills, qualifications and passion to become a Healthcare Worker – irrespective of what happens in the technology space over the next few years.

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Qualifications that prepare you for the workforce, today

One of the great things about gaining a qualification to work in the healthcare industry is that it prepares you for what the workforce is like today. You’re learning the hands-on practical skills that you need to do a specific job and getting first-hand experience of what the industry is like. Skills that will enable you to provide the kind of person-centric, face-to-face care that your patients require.

There are many great reasons to work in the healthcare industry. Not only is it an incredibly rewarding career path, but it provides great job security. Your skills will always be valued, and you’re not in danger of being replaced by a robot anytime soon! Phew!

Use your unique skills to start a rewarding career in healthcare

Open Colleges School of Health offers nationally recognised courses in health and community care that could see you working as a Nurse, Disability Support Worker, Aged Care Worker or an Individual Support Worker. You can study online and on-campus to build your knowledge and practical skills to deliver exceptional care to patients and clients from all walks of life. Find out how.

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