4 In-Demand Roles in Medical Technology

Nearly every day, new advances change the medical technology landscape. New technology, better applications for existing technologies, and widespread implementation have created a demand for specific positions.

For medical technology companies, these changes create a need for talent, sometimes for talent that is brand new to the industry. Below are a few examples of the roles currently in high demand.

Electrical Engineers

While the need for engineers designing new electronic medical devices isn’t a new one, it is rapidly growing. Battery-operated medical devices implanted in human bodies have saved countless lives. A common implant, the cardioverter defibrillator, sends a jolt of electricity to the heart when needed, preventing a heart attack or heart failure.

While patients’ lives are improved by this technology, if the device causes an infection or the battery needs to be replaced, more invasive procedures are necessary. To that end, engineers are needed to improve existing devices and reduce their size, need for maintenance, and risk.

Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineering is rapidly intersecting with much of the medical technology fields as well. Biomedical engineering has existed for quite some time, designing devices and care to work with the way bodies mechanically move.

Increasingly, the mechanical nature of how our bodies heal is being examined. MIT has formed degree programs that blend training from their engineering curriculum with medical school. This new field is changing the way that we recover from surgery, as well as the way surgery is performed to match the way our body moves.

IT and Computer Science

Digital transformation, artificial intelligence, and the internet-of-things; these are advances that we hear a lot about. They are changing all industries, but in medical technology, these changes require specialists to implement and build them.

As a result, more jobs are being created that blend the skills of both IT workers and healthcare workers. And with the adoption of electronic medical records, telemedicine, and ICD-10 migration, this trend is picking up momentum.


Facing recalls, new technology, and increased scrutiny from regulatory bodies, the medical technology industry needs compliance specialists to navigate the landscape. Along with the damage to a brand, the cost of a medical device recall can easily sink a company. Having the proper staff in place to avoid these costly errors is no longer optional.

Recently, federal and industry regulations have prompted the need for compliance, and that trend has only increased in magnitude and complexity. Along with that has come to enable both compliance and efficiency, without which life science organizations can’t thrive.


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