Health Information Scientist
Health informatics is the rapidly developing scientific field at the intersection of information science, computer science, and health care. It deals with the use and sharing of information within the health and biomedicine industries, using both computers and data systems as well as clinical guidelines and formal medical terminologies.
Health information scientists use technologies in computer science to assist in disease diagnosis, treatment, prediction and monitoring through the modeling, design, development, integration and management of health related information. They are analyzers and innovators whose work improves both individual patient care as well as public health concerns, like early detection of infectious disease outbreaks.
This is an excellent field for healthcare professionals interested in a role combining clinical knowledge with data and IT, or who want to help patients without having to provide direct care. Health information scientists are in particularly high demand in healthcare facilities and hospitals, government agencies, data analytics, and software development.
An advanced degree in health informatics with a strong background in academic medical and scientific research, computer science, or IT is helpful for breaking into this field. While there isn’t much information on job growth for health information scientists, the job growth by 2028 for both medical scientists (8%) and health information technicians (11%) is faster than the average for all occupations.