Biomed departments are facing two dueling realities: large segments of their work force retiring, and the continued rise of software-enabled technology. Capturing the next wave of technical talent will determine if they sink or float. Are you prepared?
It’s Happening in a Hospital Near You
The digital transformation of every sector is leaving the business world desperate for technical talent. A recent survey of senior leaders across industries found that seven in 10 say finding and keeping top tech talent is a major business challenge.
In healthcare, technology increasingly drives modern care. Bedside medical equipment has increased 60 percent over the last 20 years. Hospitals need experienced and reliable BMETs and equipment engineering professionals to maintain, service and operate a growing inventory of equipment – and get ahead of some significant labor headwinds:
- 10,000 new HTM positions will be needed by 2031 (US. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- 85% of biomeds say their workload is heavy or excessive
- Nearly half of the HTM workforce is age 50 or older, and only 1 in 3 are under age 40 (24×7 Survey)
The Next Generation of HTM Talent Brings New Expectations and Priorities
For hospitals, recruiting and retaining talented biomedical technicians will be a key driver of their future success. But biomedical tech talent is a complex and increasingly difficult “get.” Among the challenges, the current generational shift has Millennials and now Gen Z rapidly taking over the workforce, bringing new expectations and new priorities. Millennial and Gen Z technical talent can’t easily be swayed with just a higher salary. They want more — flexibility, independence and meaning, to name a few.
So, how are leading hospitals successfully attracting and retaining biomed techs? Check out our free infographic, “How to Attract New Biomed Tech Talent” to find out.
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Originally published August 23, 2017, updated 10-14-2022